Glenn Beck To Transition Off Daily Fox Show

No one is quite  sure why, but Glenn Beck is giving up his highly successful daily program on Fox News, later this year.

The news of his departure was announced Wednesday in a joint statement from Fox news and Beck’s production company, Mercury Radio Arts. An end date for the program, Glenn Beck, was not specified.

Mercury Radio Arts will work with Fox News to “develop and produce a variety of television projects for air on the Fox News Channel as well as content for other platforms including Fox News’ digital properties,” according to the press release.

The news release, via The Blaze:

Fox News and Mercury Radio Arts, Glenn Beck’s production company, are proud to announce that they will work together to develop and produce a variety of television projects for air on the Fox News Channel as well as content for other platforms including Fox News’ digital properties. Glenn intends to transition off of his daily program, the third highest rated in all of cable news, later this year.
Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of Fox News said, “Glenn Beck is a powerful communicator, a creative entrepreneur and a true success by anybody’s standards.  I look forward to continuing to work with him.”

Glenn Beck said: “I truly believe that America owes a lot to Roger Ailes and Fox News. I cannot repay Roger for the lessons I’ve learned and will continue to learn from him and I look forward to starting this new phase of our partnership.”

Joel Cheatwood, SVP/Development at Fox News, will be joining Mercury Radio Arts effective April 24, 2011. Part of his role as EVP will be to manage the partnership and serve as a liaison with the Fox News Channel.

Roger Ailes said:  “Joel is a good friend and one of the most talented and creative executives in the business. Over the past four years I have consistently valued his input and advice and that will not stop as we work with him in his new role.”

“Glenn Beck” is consistently the third highest rated program on cable news. For the 27 months that “Glenn Beck” has aired on Fox News, the program has averaged more than 2.2 million total viewers and 563,000 viewers 25-54 years old, numbers normally associated with shows airing in primetime, not at 5pm. “Glenn Beck” has dominated all of its cable news competitors since launch.

Ace muses that this was largely Beck’s call.

Because that show must have been pretty exhausting to do.


Help Stop Obama,  a new conservative fund-raising website, was launched yesterday with the  mission is to raise money in support the Republican nominee to defeat President Obama in the 2012 presidential election.

John Hawkins, from Right Wing News, who helped create the organization, is asking conservatives to  “chip in some money, pass around the web page, and do your part to help get this PAC going.”

Launched by the activist team of Charlie Smith, former College Republican National Committee President; Kellen Giuda, New York City Tea Party co-founder and former Tea Party Patriots Board of Directors member; and conservative Blogger John Hawkins, Raising Red PAC and Raising Red Action Fund were born from a need for an innovative and forward-thinking political operation focused on candidates that will solve the problems that have been passed on to the Millennial Generation by decades of irresponsible politicians.

Charlie Smith, founder of Raising Red and former College Republican National Committee President said, “Yesterday, President Obama launched his re-election campaign, we want him to know that the results of the 2010 election were no fluke. The American people are fed up with his big-government agenda, and we’re not going to just sit around and watch while he drives this country into insolvency.”

In a political environment dominated by social and online technology, vibrant citizen activism, and new changes in campaign finance law, Raising Red PAC is focused on empowering concerned Americans to support a Republican nominee that will defeat and replace President Obama in the 2012 election, one in which the president is expected to raise $1 billion for his re-election effort.

“Our generation, our entire country, cannot afford four more years of the Obama administration’s debt-ridden agenda,” said Kellen Giuda, NYC Tea Party co-founder. “After leading tea parties and tea party rallies across the country since 2009, it’s clear that the time has come to channel that energy and take our country back. Raising Red gives us the tool to do that.”

Times are tough, but they’re going to get a lot tougher if we don’t stop this Cloward/Piven-driven, economy crushing wrecking ball we currently have as President. Please give if you can.

Cross-posted at Potluck and The Minority Report.

Prosser/Kloppenburg Wis. Supreme Court Race Too Close To Call (Updated)

As of 1:23 am, CST, Prosser was holding a slim lead:

Supreme Court REPORTING 99%
David Prosser (inc) 733,074 50%
Joanne Kloppenburg 732,489 50%
robertcostaNRO Robert Cost, reporting from Kloppenburg headquarters on Twitter:
Klopp: “we won’t know till tomorrow . . . It’s not over, we’re still hopeful”

It looks likely that the vote will come down to a recount. And I hate to be a pessimist, but, recounts, somehow, always end up swinging in the Dems’ favor.

But this has to be a moral victory for Republicans. The unions rallied fiercely, spent a million dollars on this race, and threw everything but the kitchen sink at Prosser, and it looks like he may yet squeak out a (temporary) win.

The death of the  tea party has been greatly exaggerated.


RESULTS as of Wednesday, Apr 06, 2011 at 08:12 am CDT
Election Home

Supreme Court REPORTING 99%
David Prosser (inc) 736,878 50%
Joanne Kloppenburg 736,043 50%


Who could have predicted that the late, hand-counted votes would swing Kloppenburg’s way:

RESULTS as of Wednesday, Apr 06, 2011 at 10:47 am CDT
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Supreme Court REPORTING 99%
Joanne Kloppenburg 739,574 50%
David Prosser (inc) 739,350 50% 


The latest update at Hot Air by Allahpundit:

As of 12:45 ET, 3629 of 3630 precincts are reporting — and Kloppenburg still leads by 224 votes. Two caveats, though. First, the vote totals didn’t change after the last two precincts came in, so the AP may still be in the process of updating the numbers. Keep an eye out here. And second, the one remaining precinct is in Jefferson Country, which has been leaning towards Prosser. He could still close the gap. Or maybe we’ll end in … a tie.


The final tally has Klopps up 204 — let the recount begin:

Supreme Court REPORTING 100%
Joanne Kloppenburg 740,090 50%
David Prosser (inc) 739,886 50%

See also:

Legal Insurrection: Lessons of Wisconsin Supreme Court Election