orsonAP3810300180At last, an answer to the question Alexander Zaitchik, biographer of the most fiery and controversial cable news pundit of the past several years, asked in April 2009: "Is Glenn Beck the Orson Welles of Our Time?"
In the wake of last week's unceremonious announcement that Beck will end his daily Fox News show following months of mounting tensions with network brass, Kat Stoeffel further fleshes out the comparison in today's New York Observer.
"Mr. Beck's modest production company, Mercury Radio Arts Inc., was named for Welles' radio theater, and Mr. Beck once re-created Welles' famous War of the Worlds broadcast stunt. And the loyal and ragtag crew of Mercury is poised to perpetuate Mr. Beck's signature hysteria in a devilish style that would make Welles the prankster proud," writes Stoeffel. "Like Welles' radio entertainments, and not too far from Kane's more propagandizing stunts, Glenn Beck's brand of commentary is only feasible because it is not journalism."
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