Glenn Beck, the somewhat mercurial radio talk show host and Fox News personality, has unveiled the latest part of his media empire, a news and commentary site known as “The Blaze.” Beck recently conducted a ‘Restoring Honor Rally’ in Washington.
The front page of The Blaze contains stories written by in house journalists as well as stories from various wire services. The Blaze also contains a blog written by several of the in house writers.
As of this writing, the front page of The Blaze headlines a story about a plan to give illegal aliens GPS telephones to aid them in crossing the border into the United States. Other stories include one about HHS Secretary Sebelius’ use of the word “reeducate’, a profile of White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, a couple of stories about the 9/11 Mosque, and, naturally, several stories about the ‘Restoring Honor’ rally that took place on the Washington Mall as well as about Glenn Beck specifically.
Glenn Beck’s message on The Blaze, in part:
“If you are like me, watching the news or reading the paper can be an exercise in exasperation. It’s so hard to find a place that helps me make sense of the world I see.
“Too many important stories are overlooked. And too many times we see mainstream media outlets distorting facts to fit rigid agendas. Not that you’ve ever heard me complain about the media before. Okay, maybe once or twice.
“But there comes a time when you have to stop complaining and do something. And so we decided to hire some actual journalists to launch a new website – The Blaze. And we moved fast. We built the team and the site in just two months.
“We want this to be a place where you can find breaking news, original reporting, insightful opinions and engaging videos about the stories that matter most.”
That is the wonderful thing about the Internet. Not only can anyone become a journalist, but anyone can become a media mogul. Glenn Beck’s notoriety will certainly contribute much to The Blaze’s likely success.
It’s always interesting when a man like Glenn Beck, who makes so much news, also sets out to report on it. It will be a surprise to no one that The Blaze will have a particular point of view, which is not just conservative (there are plenty of news sites like that on the Internet) but specifically Glenn Beck’s, with his curious mixture of politics, religion, and historical analysis. Two of the front page stories as of this writing are specifically responses to criticisms of Beck, one by Al Sharpton, the other in the Huffington Post.
This is not a bad thing if one approaches a site like The Blaze with open eyes. Fair it may be; balanced it will certainly not be. But for anyone with an interest in the more fascinating cultural and political phenomenon to hit the American consciousness since Rush Limbaugh first took to the air ways, The Blaze is worth a look. That will be true if one hates Glenn Beck or loves him. There doesn’t seem to be too many people on the fence.
Source: The Blaze
Glenn Beck ‘Restoring Honor’ Rally Part Religious Revival, Part Patriotic Gathering, Mark R. Whittington, Associated Content, August 28th, 2010