(04-10-2011 11:20 AM)Lucy in the Sky Wrote: It is a sign of the nation’s health and resilience that Beck, after 27 months at Fox, is meeting a similar end."
The main thing I have learned from studying history is not to make pronouncements like this until well after the fact.
I'd certainly like to think this statement is true, but I suspect that it isn't. I've often compared Beck to Coughlin, but it's a shallow comparison that focuses primarily on their rhetoric and similar degrees of paranoia. There are many differences between them, however, some of which make Beck far worse than Coughlin ever could have been. High among them is that Coughlin was a "True Believer." He wasn't trying to entertain anyone, and he wasn't particularly after the money. Beck is driven by money and his own fame. He'll say whatever he has to say and do whatever he has to do to remain relevant. He may believe some of the crap he spouts, but then again he may not. No one really knows.
Remember, Beck was a failed shock jock who wanted little more than to achieve Howard Stern's level of success. He's not fading away the way Coughlin did anytime soon, I expect.
It's also important to note that Coughlin lost his influence along with increasing awareness of depravity of European anti-Semitic regimes -- including Nazi Germany, but not just them. He had the power of the Catholic Church turning against him and FDR himself using whatever means were available to him to lessen his influence. If Obama tried anything like what FDR did, the howling would be fierce from both right and left.