On CNN‘s Reliable Sources, conservatives Jennifer Rubin and David Frum discussed the declining television ratings of Glenn Beck and the recent conservative attacks on him. Rubin said Beck was creating a bad image for the Republican party, whereas Frum, a longtime Beck critic, suggested audiences are just tired of hearing ludicrous conspiracy theories.
Rubin, seemingly speaking on behalf of Beck’s “elite” conservative critics everywhere, said:
“Sure he doesn’t need our approval and we’re not giving him our approval. But to the extent to which he wants to influence events, which is presumably why does it – other than the money of course – he should seek to be part of the conversation as opposed to be a circus act which is what he’s become.”
Whereas Frum suggests Beck’s path is similar to other conservative personalities like Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin who increasingly needed to get more extreme to maintain their followers, Rubin thought it was important to make clear that Beck is in a category all by himself. Rubin applauds Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham as examples of conservatives who always remain responsible with their criticism. Regardless, host Howard Kurtz reminds them that although Beck’s ratings might be down, he still draws a huge crowd to his late afternoon show proving that no matter what they say, Beck indeed still has a following.
Watch the clip from CNN below:
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