Saturday, March 19, 2011

glenn beck conservative radio and television

Glenn Edward Lee Beck born February 10, 1964 is an American conservative radio and television host, author, entrepreneur, and political commentator. He hosts The Glenn Beck Program, a nationally syndicated talk-radio show that airs throughout the United States on Premiere Radio Networks; and also a cable news show on Fox News Channel. Beck has authored six New York Times-bestselling books, with five debuting at #1. Beck is the founder and CEO of Mercury Radio Arts, a multimedia production company through which he produces content for radio, television, publishing, the stage, and the Internet.
Beck has received wealth and fame, as well as controversy and criticism. His supporters praise him as a constitutional stalwart defending traditional American values from secular progressivism, while his critics contend he promotes conspiracy theories and employs incendiary rhetoric for ratings.
Contents
* 1 Personal life
o 1.1 Early years
o 1.2 Adulthood
* 2 Career
o 2.1 Radio
o 2.2 Television
o 2.3 Books
o 2.4 Stage shows and speeches
* 3 Projects and rallies
o 3.1 9-12 Project and Tea Party protests
o 3.2 Restoring Honor rally
* 4 Political views
o 4.1 Countering progressivism
* 5 Ideological influences
o 5.1 Political and historical
o 5.2 Religious
* 6 Public reception
o 6.1 Critical biographies
o 6.2 Satire, spoof and parody
* 7 Public disputes
o 7.1 Obama
o 7.2 Van Jones
o 7.3 ACORN
o 7.4 Satire website
o 7.5 Jewish Funds for Justice
o 7.6 Reform Judaism
* 8 Websites
* 9 See also
* 10 References
* 11 External links
o 11.1 Multimedia
Personal life
Early years
Glenn Edward Lee Beck was born in Everett, Washington, to William and Mary Beck, who lived in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. The family later moved to Mount Vernon, Washington,where they owned and operated City Bakery in the downtown area.He is descended from German immigrants who came to the United States in the 1800s. Beck was raised as a Roman Catholic and attended Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Mount Vernon.
Glenn and his older sister moved with their mother to Sumner, Washington, attending a Jesuit school in Puyallup. On May 15, 1979, his mother drowned in Puget Sound, just west of Tacoma, Washington. A man who had taken her out in a small boat also drowned. A Tacoma police report stated that Mary Beck "appeared to be a classic drowning victim", but a Coast Guard investigator speculated that she could have intentionally jumped overboard. Beck has described his mother's death as a suicide in interviews during television and radio broadcasts.
After their mother's death, Beck and his older sister moved to their father's home in Bellingham, Washington, where Beck graduated from Sehome High School in June 1982.In the aftermath of his mother's death and subsequent suicide of his stepbrother, Beck has said he used "Dr. Jack Daniel's" to cope. At 18, following his high school graduation, Beck relocated to Provo, Utah, and worked at radio station KAYK. Feeling he "didn't fit in", Beck left Utah after six months,taking a job at Washington D.C.'s WPGC in February 1983.
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