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Glenn Beck Time article 9-2009

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Help (new window) Basic Advanced Topics Browse Publications My Research 0 marked items Databases selected: Multiple databases... Give us feedback and you could win $100! Document View « Back to Results < Previous Document 5 of 50 Next > Print | Email | Copy link | Cite this | Mark Document Translate document from: Other available formats: Abstract The Agitator David Von Drehle . Time . New York: Sep 28, 2009 . Vol. 174, Iss. 12; pg. 30 Abstract (Summary) The Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck is the hottest thing in the political-rant racket, left or right. For conservatives, these are times of economic uncertainty and political weakness, and Beck has emerged as a virtuoso on the strings of their discontent. » Jump to indexing (document details) Full Text Interface language: Go
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(4058 words) Copyright (c) 2009 Time Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this material may be duplicated or redisseminated without permission. Glenn Beck is channeling the fears and anger of Americans who feel left out--but is he also stirring that anger and heightening those fears?.? On Sept. 12, a large crowd gathered in Washington to protest ... what? The goals of Congress and the Obama Administration, mainly--the cost, the scale, the perceived leftist intent. The crowd's agenda was wide- ranging, so it's hard to be more specific. END THE FED, a sign read. A schoolboy's placard denounced OBAMA'S NAZI YOUTH MILITIA. Another poster declared, WE THE PEOPLE FOR CAPITALISM NOT SOCIALISM. If you get your information from liberal sources, the crowd numbered about 70,000, many of them greedy racists. If you get your information from conservative sources, the crowd was hundreds of thousands strong, perhaps as many as a million, and the tenor was peaceful and patriotic. Either way, you may not be inclined to believe what we say about numbers, according to a recent poll that found record-low levels of public trust of the mainstream media. At any rate, what we can say with confidence is that Deanna Frankowski was there. A cheery woman of 49 from Leeds, Ala., Frankowski said she had come to Washington as part of a group of 100 or more protesters. They filled two buses. And they were motivated by a concern about runaway government spending--that, plus an outraged feeling that their views as citizens are not being heard. "We are sick and tired of being ignored," she said. "There is too much money being spent." Frankowski has been hit hard by the economic turmoil of the past year. Short of funds to make the trip, she painted an American flag on a pane of glass and asked people at her church to chip in toward her expenses, with one of them taking home the flag. She would like to share a house with her soon-to-be husband, but first she must figure out how to get free of the house she has--the one with the underwater mortgage. Some left- leaning writers argue that people in her boat must be deluded to oppose Barack Obama, but Frankowski is skeptical that her interests are being served by trillions in new government interventions. So she said, "I've paid my mortgage every month. And I'm getting no help. I'm just saying, Let capitalism work." Then she
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