While passionate about the things he believes in, Glenn Beck also has a tendency to sometimes get caught up in the moment and overreach.
…but does that apply to his critique of conservative media?
Joining Mediaite columnist John Ziegler on his latest podcast, Beck discussed right-of-center media and how it reacted to now-President Donald Trump.
Without naming names, Beck said when it comes to media figures, “there’s nobody that really means it.”
But he said there are different categories and while there are “true frauds,” people who “would say anything to keep their empire,” there are some who “actually believe it, but are scared to death to risk and lose their following,” choosing to stick with “easy, convenient lies.”
And while there’s selling out for money and ratings, there’s also something to be said for keeping the doors open and a lot of folks on the right do not enjoy Beck’s celebrity status to fall back on.
Beck went on to suggest that many in the media who have achieved fame have “lost their souls.” He added that, right or left, “well over 90 percent” are frauds.
Ziegler weighed in to say that Beck may be the “only guy standing on the right” who isn’t.
“That sounds like I’m kissing your ass, but I’m not,” he said.
As for the president, Beck praised his own coverage when asked how conservative media has dealt with Trump.
Beck stressed that he was “most disappointed” in those people who have taught the principles of the conservative movement turning on that “in a heartbeat.”
“If you understand I’m principle-driven, you’ll be able to predict my every single move,” he said. “If you think I’m driven by anything else, you’re going to lose.”
Beck said “it cost us a lot” not backing Trump, saying that this has been the “hardest year of keeping doors open.” But he said TheBlaze is now seeing an increase in their audience numbers where others are seeing a decrease.
Noting that it was “shocking” to see some of his long-term followers turn on him over the decision, Beck said it was “the hardest lesson I’ve ever learned and it almost made me quit.”
Ziegler pointed out that saying things that are popular is more beneficial than being truthful for some in the conservative media, and while no one advocates for not being truthful, failing to cater the message to your audience will result in not having an audience.
Listen to the fascinating discussion in its entirety below.
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