Looking through the referral logs from sitemeter, I've noticed that some very specific search terms bring me search engine traffic. Lately, among queries like IN HER ASS (don't ask me...) and crazy "christian fundamentalists", two search terms are giving me a lot of hits; Ezekiel 38 and variations of glenn beck idiot, with the occasional glenn beck asshole.
People searching for the biblical chapter Ezekiel 38 might be a little disappointed with my take on it - it's a favorite of the lunatic fringe and some the people reading my post about it won't be happy to find out they're kooks. And, since I'm ninth on the first page of the results for that query right now, that'll be a lot of people.
People searching 'glenn beck idiot' and 'glenn beck asshole' won't be so disappointed. What I find so funny about this is that there are a lot of people out there who think CNN's Glenn Beck is an idiot and/or asshole. According to Media Matters, Beck has said that Bush is alone fighting "World War III," while Gore worries that "[t]he ice is starting to melt in Greenland", that Cindy Sheehan's a "tragedy pimp" for her hunger strike to protest Iraq war, that he "likes Bush" and that "stupid people" vote for Kerry, "Can you imagine ... The New York Times coming out and saying, 'Hey, the ovens aren't so bad,' back in World War II?" , and - what got him on this blog - If "Shanghai is under water," "does anybody really care?" regarding global warming.
So it's really no surprise that 'glenn beck idiot' and 'glenn beck asshole' are popular search terms in regards to this moron (now I'll see 'glenn beck moron').
I have a theory about Beck. He's a bad publicity whore. P.T. Barnum once said, "There's no such thing as bad press," and I think Beck agrees. No one on cable news needs publicity more than Beck. According to TVNewser, CNN's newest rightwing bozo is tanking.
When he premiered in May, he averaged 81,000 demo and 167,000 total viewers. In June, he sagged a bit, averaging 76,000 demo and 163,000 total viewers.
Now his show airs several times a night -- at 7, 9, and midnight -- so Headline News will point out that he actually gets three times as many viewers. But let's look at his individual time slots. At 7pm, Beck averaged 79,000 demo viewers in June. Showbiz Tonight averaged just a few thousand less last June. And he's actually down 19 percent among total viewers for the hour.
At 9pm, Beck is losing viewers for Headline News. In June 2005, Prime News Tonight averaged 110,000 demo and 317,000 total viewers. In June 2006, Beck averaged 82,000 demo and 196,000 total viewers -- declines of 25 and 38 percent respectively. Maybe Beck's premiere poll, "When Will the TV Show Get Cancelled," wasn't a joke...
It's been suggested that as much as half of Bill O'Reilly's audience are people wanting to find out what Keith Olbermann and Jon Stewart are going to rip Bill for saying the next day. Maybe Beck wants a slice of that demographic pie.
But, compared to O'Reilly, Beck is just no fun. O'Reilly's a mental lightweight and blowhard who tries to put himself across as a serious pundit. His bluster, tortured logic, and transparent lies make for great unintentional comedy - FOX gave a show to a monkey who doesn't know he's a monkey.
Beck, on the other hand, thinks he's a comedian. And, while an idiot like O'Reilly taking himself seriously is a hoot, a comedian who's not funny is only sad. No one watches Beck because, honestly, there's no way for it to be any good. If you take it as a comedy show, it's not funny. And you can't take it as Bill O'Reilly style unintentional comedy, since the comedy is only theoretical and it's not unintended anyway.
As much as I enjoy getting traffic from people typing 'Glenn Beck is an idiot' and 'Why is Glenn Beck an asshole?' into Google, I'm not fooling myself that it's going to last much longer. Unless he figures out some way to make his show watchable, he'll be gone before next year.
I guess I better write about Ezekiel some more...