A New York Times Magazine piece on the putative unpopularity of Glenn Beck with Fox puppetmasters has this memorable reaction from Roger Ailes:
But he [Ailes] has also been vocal around the network about how Beck does not fully appreciate the degree to which Fox News has made him the sensation he has become in recent months. In the days following Beck’s Lincoln Memorial rally, which by Beck’s estimate drew a half-million people, Ailes told associates that if Beck were still at Headline News, there would have been 30 people on the Mall.
That’s Roger Ailes basically admitting that the most visible part of the Teabagging movement is a Fox news production.
One final note about Beck, a figure I hope to soon find myself thinking about with a “whatever happened to…” preface. Think of me, Glenn Beck, as the ghost of Christmas future, here is your visitation:
As many may or may not know, Downey Jr. died penniless and despised, and nearly forgotten; that is he would have died forgotten, if he hadn’t crashed back into headlines by writing a backwards swastika on his forehead with a sharpie in a men’s restroom and hysterically claiming that he’d been attacked by Neo-Nazis. A few years later, he died of cancer.
Downey expressed a great deal of remorse for what he had done to the public discourse before he died. But everyone who remembers him, still remembers him as a total dick. It’s not too late: Glenn Beck, shut up, move to the hills and never speak in public again, and you may be lucky enough to be completely forgotten, rather than recalled as the total douche you are.