Glenn Beck and Brian Williams

Today was Glenn Beck’s last broadcast on the Fox News network.  I’ve found him both entertaining and enlightening, and I’ll be sad to see him go.  At the end, he remarked that he was leaving now because it was his last chance to escape the business with his soul.

Yes, Glenn would run off at the mouth.  Although one could reasonably characterize his views as conservative, there was something more than that: he reminded us of what our country stands for, and why we should not let it go.

A half-hour later, I was watching Brian Williams on NBC.  Of course they have different roles, but there’s something more than that.

Glenn Beck asks us to think about what he was saying, and draw our own conclusions; Brian Williams tells us the events, and then what we’re supposed to think about them.   A few years ago, when we were playing the is-it-or-isn’t-it game about the recession, he reminded us incessantly that consumer spending was good for the economy, and the lack of it was obviously bad.

I’ll miss Glenn Beck; when Brian Williams is eventually replaced, as much as I like him now, I’ll just change the channel.  Or maybe I won’t.  Whatever.

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