[Mario Peperni]



El Mundo, Spain

Beck and Palin Search for Mythical 'Paradise Lost'


"With the summer slowly simmering through the party primaries, the U.S. has rediscovered the wild seasoning at its essence. It's the umpteenth return of those who see the state as a hunting ground for the idle. Beck serves as the prophet and Sarah Palin, the commander-in-chief."


By Julio Valdeón Blanco


Translated By Halszka Czarnocka


August 28, 2010


Spain - El Mundo - Original Article (Spanish)

Glenn Beck rallies his faithful at the Lincoln Memorial: Hopelessly misguided - or is he onto something?


BBC NEWS VIDEO: Glenn Beck rally draws comments on faith and government, August 29, 00:03:23 RealVideo

WASHINGTON: Eric Burns, a veteran journalist who for years was the icon of Fox News, defines him as “the shame of American conservatism.”


The scourge of Obama - TV presenter, incendiary host, extremist and clown Glenn Beck, who accuses the president of being socialist and a White-hating racist - has replaced Bill O'Reilly as tormentor of the liberal wing in the United States.


The author of books like Arguing with Idiots, in March he asked Christians among his followers to leave their parishes if their priests spoke of “social justice,” which is a concept Beck associates with Nazis and/or communists. Behind his words lurks a personality well-suited for show business, a comedian turned journalist, or rather a journalist who, far from giving an account of what has happened, is far more interested in rewriting the past, altering reality, and making that into history. Having dug deep into the nation's self-consciousness, he knows how to choose a sliver of news and present it wrapped in phrases that sizzle.


This is the man who has called for a rally on Saturday, the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King's historic speech, alongside Sarah Palin in front of the Lincoln Memorial. He wants to restore honor to the nation, sullied by Obama's presence in the White House, and explains political life in terms of conspiracies.


He insists that the destiny of the world is determined in the style of the purest, bottom-eating bestsellers. In other words, he uses heavy artillery and raw demagogy. As David von Drehle put it writing for Time Magazine in 2009, "the paranoid style" - the sense that Masons or the railroads or the Pope or the guys in black helicopters are in league to destroy the country - is aflame again. ... No one has a better feeling for this mood, and no one exploits it as well, as Beck.”


Forty five years ago, Norman Mailer discovered the same truth in a debate with Truman Capote, when the dwarf-genius knocked down Mailer's passionate defense of Jack Kerouac with six words: “That's not writing, that's typing," and the next day no one remembered anything else they said. Rather than rational, prosaic explanations, we TV viewers love short sentences, pithy messages and crude slogans that are spectacular, brilliant and magical.


Beck, a Mormon and a populist born in 1964 and with a 2009/10 salary estimated at $32 million, reminds us of those Promise Keepers who took Washington in the 1990s. Like them, he proclaims the return of a purer America - the one preceding feminism, rock and the sexual revolution.  



It's a mythical country, with covered wagons crossing prairies or neon gas station signs that light up when he evokes them on behalf of the middle class. Beck knows how to excite his audience. He knows well the source of its melancholy, its nostalgia for paradise lost. With his own junk, fast-food intellectualism, he has led a renaissance of an extremism that has never gone away, even while insisting that his event on Saturday be apolitical. The proceeds will go to fund scholarships for children of American soldiers killed in combat. 



Der Standard, Austria: In Despair Over Democracy - Both America's and Ours

National Post, Canada: U.S. Democracy Suffers 'Death By Talk-Show Host'

La Jornada, Mexico: Beck and the New U.S.-Right: 'Like a Horror Movie'

Iraq News Agency, Iraq: Sarah Palin: The 'Seductress' of the American Election

Liberation, France: The Awakening of the 'White American Male'

Der Tagesspiegel, Germany: An 'Evil Omen' for Obama


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If we are to believe him, the convergence of his event with the anniversary of King's speech is pure coincidence. In other words, an influential political commentator doesn't remember the date of an event that marked the end of apartheid in the United States. Did he blush? Did someone say something about blushing?


Alveda King, a niece of the murdered reverend, is to share the stage with Beck. In a burst of euphoria, she compared the journalist with her uncle: “Haven't you heard him say that there is only one race and we need to understand one another? It didn't bother you when my uncle said that we have to learn to live together or die like fools, but this is Glenn Beck saying something similar …”



With the summer slowly simmering through the party primaries, the U.S. has rediscoveredthe wild seasoning at its essence. It's the umpteenth return of those who see the state as a hunting ground for the idle. Beck serves as the prophet and Sarah Palin, the commander-in-chief.



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