Drudge is reporting (this via the N.Y. Times) that Glenn Beck, one of CNN’s O’Reilly-wannabe talk show hosts is going right where he belonged all along: to FOX News. The Times is reporting this as a big loss for CNN:
His defection is a serious loss for Headline News, which has seen its ratings soar since it replaced hourly news updates with opinionated hosts in prime time.
I’m not sure. I don’t see Beck as a good ideological fit for CNN (unless they’re looking to build their right-wing audience). Personally, if I were the boss at CNN I’d try to steal Keith Olberman or Rachel Maddow away from MSNBC to replace Beck. I think they’re much more in synch with the CNN audience; or at least more in synch with it than Beck ever was. And given what’s likely to happen on November 4th, I think interest in liberal political talk shows is going to increase massively just as FOX blossomed when Bush assumed the presidency.
By the by, I reported here that Beck, during an interview, accused Keith Ellison, the first Muslim-American to sit in Congress, of supporting Islamic terrorism. Is that the kind of journalism for which CNN was specially suited?