Eric Burns: "Beck is a problem of taste as well as ethics."

Former Fox host, Eric Burns, breaks his year long silence, calling Fox "news" a "Right-Wing partial-news-but-mostly-opinion network.," He leaves his most damning commentary for Glenn Beck, however, who he describes as “a problem of taste as well as ethics.”

He also expresses his gratitude for not having "to face the ethical problem of sharing an employer with Glenn Beck" any longer.

Via Think Progress:

I speak out now because it is the time of year when one is supposed to count blessings. I have several. Among them is that I do not have to face the ethical problem of sharing an employer with Glenn Beck.

Actually, Beck is a problem of taste as well as ethics. He laughs and cries; he pouts and giggles; he makes funny faces and grins like a cartoon character; he makes earnest faces yet insists he is a clown; he cavorts like a victim of St. Vitus’s Dance. His means of communicating are, in other words, so wide-ranging as to suggest derangement as much as versatility.


While comparing Beck to Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and John Birch, he explained why he wouldn't have acted “as admirable as” Jane Hall -- a frequent guest on his show --had acted when she left Fox:

I ask myself what I would have done if I worked at Fox now. Would I have quit, as the estimable Jane Hall did? Once a panelist on my program, Hall departed for other reasons as well, but Beck was a particular source of embarrassment to her, even though they never shared a studio, perhaps never even met.

I think…I think the answer to my question does not do me proud. I think, more concerned about income than principle, I would have continued to work at Fox, but spent my spare time searching avidly for other employment. I think I would not have been as admirable as Jane Hall. I think I would not have reacted to Beck with the probity I like to think I possess.


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