Posted: Sep 27, 2009 9:20 pm
I don't have television but do pay attention to media news, so I have an idea of who Glen Beck is. The first time I've seen/heard Glen Beck is this video interview in which Katie Couric exposes his shortcomings just as she did Sarah Palin.
I watched that video and hurt for our civilization. That people take someone like Glen Beck seriously when they could turn to McNeil/Lehrer or The Wall Street Journal for news (or comfort) shows how weak we have become. If someone is/wants to be conservative, that's fine... it's only insulting when people take the Glen Becks and Ann Coulters (modern American ghouls) seriously (and choose them over the George Wills and David Brooks).
And then I turn to npr.org and see the front-page headline that William Safire has died. I've disagreed with Safire since he worked for Nixon, but I always was sure to read his conservative opinion pieces and his Sunday 'On Language' column in The New York Times Sunday Magazine is a week's highlight.
I may have disagreed with him about Watergate and Reagan's Star Wars, but he was a hero nonetheless. In a world where Rush Limbaughs and Bruce Tinsleys exist, William Safire was a treasure.