Tears of a Clown

  • by Dana Milbank
  • Narrated by Oliver Wyman
  • 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank takes a fair and balanced look at the unsettling rise of the silly Fox News host Glenn Beck. Thomas Jefferson famously wrote that the tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. In America in 2010, Glenn Beck provides the very refreshment Jefferson had in mind: Whether he's the patriot or the tyrant, he's definitely full of manure.
The wildly popular Fox News host with three million daily viewers perfectly captures the vitriol of our time and the fact-free state of our political culture. The secret to his success is his willingness to traffic in the fringe conspiracies and Internet hearsay that others wouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole: death panels, government health insurance for dogs, FEMA concentration camps, an Obama security force like Hitlers SS.
But Beck, who is, according to a recent Gallup poll, admired by more Americans than the Pope, has nothing in his background that identifies him as an ideologue, giving rise to the speculation that his right-wing shtick is just that - the act of a brilliant showman, known for both his over-the-top daily outrages and for weeping on the air.
Milbank describes, with lacerating wit, just how the former shock jock without a college degree has managed to become the most recognizable leader of antigovernment conservatives and exposes him as the guy who is single-handedly giving patriotism a bad name.

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Beck Exposed In His Own Words

I am sure Glenn Beck is calling this "a hit piece" or "a smear job" but most of this book is simply using Beck's own words and past statements which suffeciently does the job of outlining how he uses fear and fringe conspiracy theories nightly on his Fox News show. I am not a fan of Beck but think he is a fascinating character and this book really does a great job of showing just how far out and crazy this guy has become.
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- Chris

Who is more of a clown the author or Beck?

This was the most tedious, boring book I have ever listened to. However, it seems the author in her viewpoint is as confused as Beck. Beck sees danger in our future. The author sees none. No mention of the perils of our times by this author. The author seems to think all is well with the things that are. No mention of oil depletion, worldwide climate change, loss of civil rights, the loss of arable land and decreased ground water to feed and alleviate the thirst of increasing numbers of humans, the loss of nutrition from foods grown in depleted soil, or the undue influence of rich, profit-minded corporations in all of our legislative bodies. So who is the clown?
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- Carol Grosser

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-05-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios