Speaking of fevers, today’s media news is that Glenn Beck has inked a new five-year deal to continue his syndicated radio show, which continues to rank third behind Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity in terms of total estimated listeners. Clearly this supreme crackpot (an archaic but apt term for Beck) and his paymasters see nothing on the horizon that would diminish the demand for his peculiar brand of paranoid hysteria, which involves an unusually intensive effort to rewrite American history to his specifications. Yes, he got booted from Fox News, but his ravings are never far from the fingertips of anyone traversing the highways and biways of our nation.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.