Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly says while his colleague Glenn Beck’s announcement he is leaving his program has caused “great joy among some uber-liberals,” it just shows they are basically against free speech and “anything Beck.” O’Reilly also wrote on his website billoreilly.com that unknowledgeable people just listening to the “left-wing media,” would think “Glenn Beck is the anti-Christ.”
“My pal Glenn Beck is leaving his program on the Fox News Channel later this year. This has caused great joy among some uber-liberals who object to free speech as well as to anything Beck,” O’Reilly wrote. “When you get past all the rubbish, Glenn Beck is really Norm, the guy on the sitcom ‘Cheers.’ He sits on a symbolic barstool and vents. He sees bad things happening to his country and objects. Because his rap is so interesting, millions of Americans want to hear it. So what on earth is wrong with that?
“If you just got off the plane from Mongolia and dialed into the left-wing U.S. media, you might think Glenn Beck is the anti-Christ,” he continued. “The hue and cry about Beck is downright hysterical.”
O’Reilly wrote ideologues on both sides of the fence do not like hearing opinions that are not their own.
“And if someone is successfully bloviating views that differ from their orthodoxy, they go ballistic. And Glenn Beck is certainly successful,” he said. “Remember, he’s the guy who exposed Obama’s ‘green jobs czar,’ Van Jones, as a communist sympathizer and 9/11 ‘truther.’ Jones said a quick goodbye before the White House door hit him in the butt,” O’Reilly said. “Beck also drove a campaign against the ACORN group that was taking taxpayer dollars and using them to commit voter fraud in some places. Subsequently, Congress defunded ACORN.”
O’Reilly said Beck will have the last laugh.
“His media empire is now so expansive, he doesn’t need the daily grind of TV news analysis. The guy has a hot website, ‘The Blaze,’ has a syndicated radio program, even has an imprint at a prestigious publishing house,” he wrote. “Plus, his speaking fees could considerably reduce the national debt.
“So three cheers for Glenn Beck — aka Norm — a regular American who loves his country and is willing to suffer the slings and arrows to make his voice heard. We’ll miss seeing him as much on Fox News, but his voice will still resonate throughout the media,” he added. “And, to those who respect Glenn Beck, that’s all that really matters.”