Editors Note: Newsweek portrays Glenn Beck as a conspiracy theorist who appeals to his followers and to his liberal critics, because he embodies the liberal view of conservatives as conspiracy theorists. This absolutely does not represent the views of the Western Center for Journalism who applauds the work Beck is doing to expose the Obama Administration including Van Jones. We post this to show how the liberal media attempts to discredit anyone who doesn’t follow their mold.

Hello, America.

Tonight, a report on how Glenn Beck is planning to replace our democracy with a fascist Mormon regime—and how he’s relying on a Saudi Arabian terrorist sympathizer to help him do it.

I know, I know. You haven’t read anything about Beck’s nefarious plot in the paper. But that’s the mainstream media—too busy refilling their lattes to bother covering our country’s impending collapse. Good thing I have this chalkboard ready so I can diagram it out for you.

At this point, there are two types of people in America: the 10 million people who pay attention to Glenn Beck and the 294 million who try, and fail, to ignore him. Until last week I was one of the latter. I’d never watched his show on Fox News. I’d never listened to him on the radio. I’d certainly never read one of his books. And yet somehow I kept stumbling, via cable news and the blogs, upon footage of Beck calling President Obama a “racist” and/or weeping like a baby. He was like the political version of pollen—in the air, inescapable, irritating. Why, I asked myself, are we giving this guy so much attention? How is he different from other right-wing provocateurs like, say, Michael Savage?

Beck’s show featured a few quick flashes of fairly quotidian conservative punditry—an antitax riff here, an attack on “Obamacare” there. But the fuel, the thing that really got Beck going, was a good old-fashioned conspiracy theory. Others have already observed that Beck is the consummate contemporary practitioner of what the historian Richard Hofstadter identified in 1964 as “The Paranoid Style in American Politics”—that is, the belief that “the old American virtues have already been eaten away by cosmopolitans and intellectuals; the old competitive capitalism has been gradually undermined by socialistic and communistic schemers; the old national security and independence have been destroyed by treasonous plots, having as their most powerful agents not merely outsiders and foreigners as of old but major statesmen who are at the very centers of American power.” Still, it’s a bit of a shock to actually see a television personality in the year 2010 lumbering around a silent, empty set, mugging for the camera, and scrawling on a chalkboard in full-on “paranoid style” mode.

Read More: By Andrew Romano, Newsweek

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