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article imageOp-Ed: Can Glenn Beck reinvent himself?

By Walter McDaniel     Jun 19, 2014 in Politics
Glenn Beck made a career on being the "rightest" of the right wing. However he has gone through a lot of changes with his career and life. His persona of always standing up for the right wing may be slowly crumbling.
I link the above video not to make fun of Mr. Beck but to point out how over-the-top his persona was. He had created an image of himself that was so impassioned for his cause. Even if he believed in his topics genuinely it must have been a serious strain to push himself on air every day. You can easily find many other examples of where he appeared to be pushing himself.
The transformation was spurred on first with events like being sued for defamation and a huge amount of controversy about the future of his show. He eventually left and moved on to his radio show which he has now.
Since then some cracks seem to slowly be forming in his right wing stance. He admitted that he felt that the war in Iraq may have been a mistake. "Liberals said we couldn’t force freedom on people. You were right. Liberals were right; we shouldn't have." Beck said on his radio show according to a report by Salon.
He also remembered his time at FOX news with a few regrets “I think I played a role, unfortunately, in helping tear the country apart." said Beck in a spotlight in the Atlantic. It appears that Beck is clearly trying to distance himself from his previous work.
So what is he turning himself into? The evidence so far is a moderate version of his old personality. He believes in the right but not to the exception of everything else. Others in the media have noticed this transformation and responded with ridicule.
Will this remake of his personality prove successful for him? Many are skeptical after his fall from glory. It isn't up to me to decide who Glenn Beck really is under his personality. That is up to his fans and our readers.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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