One of our favorite people to annihilate in the pages of The Daily Banter is Alex Jones. But there’s one thing I’d offer up as a compliment: at least Alex Jones is original. He’s a psychonaut and an exploitative matchstick man who’s making millions on the paranoid naivete of his gullible, mentally unbalanced disciples. But he’s kind of the first big-time household name in the universe of broadcast conspiracy theorists.
I can’t say the same about Glenn Beck. Anyone who’s been familiar with Beck and Alex Jones over the years has always known that Beck is a knockoff of Alex Jones. Of course Beck tosses in dashes of morning zoo deejay stuntcasting, comedy bits and witty goofballery simply because that’s his broadcast background. But the right-wing evangelical paranoia and conspiracy theory marketeering is 100 percent Alex Jones. Not surprising considering how most right-wing talkers are radio careerists who are conservative as a career move (as personality-driven FM radio declined, the AM right-wing entertainment complex ascended).
This is all to say that Glenn Beck is a more successful, more accessible version of Alex Jones. And there’s no doubt that Beck is a conspiracy theorist. He’s a purveyor of wacky, purely fabricated gibberish leading to the ultimate conclusion that there’s an unholy cabal composed of the Obama government and “fascist” progressives out to destroy us all.