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Glenn Beck's Fade At Fox News

Viewers are leaving Glenn Beck in droves. I think that David Carr hits the nail on the head:
The problem with “Glenn Beck” is that it has turned into a serial doomsday machine that’s a bummer to watch.

Mr. Beck, a more gifted entertainer than most cable hosts, can still bring it, lighting up with characters and voices. But much of the time, there is sense that the fatigue from always being on alert, tilting forward in the saddle against the next menace, is starting to wear him down.

What had been a fast and loose assault on all things liberal has grown darker and less entertaining, especially with the growing revolution in the Middle East, a phenomenon Mr. Beck sees as something of a beginning to some kind of end. He’s often alone in the studio with his chalkboards and obscure factoids, a setting that reminds me of an undergrad seminar on macroeconomics with an around-the-bend professor I didn’t particularly enjoy.

Last Wednesday, as he grabbed all the disparate strands from around the globe and tied them into a great, grand bow of doom, he ambled alone between various blackboards, each jammed with portentous bullet points. He often looked away from the camera into a middle distance as he spoke of a calamity that only he can see.
While I think the idea of Fox dumping Beck is insanely premature, Carr raises a good point; viewers can only stomach so much gloom & doom. After a while, that story gets old -- regardless of world events.

Still, as Carr points out, Beck's ratings are higher than all of his competition combined. That's got to count for something with the Fox brass, no?