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Time to be Heard

I have watched Glenn Beck exactly twice, so it’s fair to say I don’t know much about him, other than what I’ve read by people who do and don’t like him. Some bloggers I like to read consider him evil incarnate. Mr. Fascism. I don’t understand that. He strikes me as more of a showman than a politician. So I was not surprised at his bringing together a few score African-American conservatives for his show tonight. That’s provocative stuff, when the legacy media and the Democrats who control the White House and the Congress would have you believe that the only authentic black person is a liberal black person. Or a race monger like Jackson and Sharpton.

That’s the showman part of Glenn Beck. Find a provocative hook and run with it, to mix metaphors. But it was an intriguing event. The only sad part was there was so little time for the various people to say anything. Some of them, like Maria, the conservative black blogger My Voice on The Wings of Change, whose post on the show tipped me to it in the first place, didn’t get to say anything and were upset about it afterward. She’s promised a post tomorrow night explaining why she came away from it unhappy.

Well, those kind of cattle calls, where a moderator is trying to herd a room full of disparate voices into a coherent whole, often wind up pleasing no one, including the audience. Which underlines my point that Beck is first of all a showman. He knew what he was doing in being provocative with this one, and he also knew from experience what the result would be, i.e. a lot of displeasure from the participants and the audience. But I have to give him credit for doing it at all. And for leading me into discovering that Cobb is not the main black conservative in the blogosphere. There are plenty more (check the links there) who are also fun to read, such as Adrienne at Motivation:Truth. Especially because they go against the grain.

Glenn Beck: antique media’s latest nemesis

"It will be fun reading the New York Times tomorrow morning as it tries to explain another controversy that it failed to report."

                    —Don Surber on Glenn Beck, a sort of serial Matt Drudge, "the guy who ran the gift shop at CBS [and later] made Monica Lewinsky a household name."

Via Instapundit.