David Frum is not amused by Glenn Beck:
The audience for Beck's Friday night special were each given copies of two books. One of them was Cleon Skousen's Five Thousand Year Leap. Skousen, who died in 2006, is one of the legendary cranks of the conservative world, a John Bircher, a grand fantasist of theories about secret conspiracies between capitalists and communists to impose a one-world government under the control of David Rockefeller.
There's always been a market for this junk of course. Once that market was reached via mimeographed newsletters. Now it's being tapped by Fox News.
It's not a new message of course. In fact, big parts of it seem almost self-consciously copied from Peter Finch's legendary declamation in the movie Network.
Of course, Finch was only pretending to be crazy. He was an actor performing a role. Then again – so probably is Glenn Beck.
But what about Fox News? What's their excuse?