In case watching Glenn Beck evangelize live to hundreds of theaters next month during his Christmas Sweater simulcasts doesn’t give you enough sense of satisfaction that you, as a middle-class Christian, are a true American, you’ll have another chance to see Beck in short order. And even more live! He and his Fox News colleague Bill O’Reilly are going to embark on an East Coast Extravaganza! It’ll be called the Bold & Fresh tour, and so far stops are scheduled in Tampa, Florida; Norfolk, Virginia; North Charleston, South Carolina; and Westbury on Long Island. “It’s time for the truth — straight up, whether you like it or not,” warns the website. “Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck are teaming up and going on tour. Your town may never be the same.”
To whet your appetite, here’s a little teaser of the event from the tour website:
There’s no shortage of people talking about what’s going on in the world today, but there are far too few who are actually saying anything of substance. Faceless pundits talks [sic] around the issues, not about them … celebrity gossip passes as breaking news … and the liberal bias spewed by the mainstream media makes them like [sic] less like a public service and more like an extension of the White House Press Office. Enough is enough-it’s time for the truth from somebody who’ll give it to you straight, whether you like it or not. Actually, make that …somebodys [sic] - Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck.
Emphasis emphatically not ours. “It’s an event that makes professional wrestling seem like a night at the opera,” the website marvels at itself. “You’ll hear from Bill, you’ll hear from Glenn, and then … they’ll take the stage together. What happens then? Heaven only knows, but one thing is for sure — you’ll want to see it with your very own eyes.”
It’s worth noting that Fox News is not involved in this (likely lucrative) tour. The network is only mentioned once on the website, and isn’t linked to anywhere. A Fox rep confirmed that the tour is being produced by the pair independently. What’s going on here? Do Beck and O’Reilly think they are bigger than the network that turned them into stars? Are they fomenting a plan to break away on their own? Maybe, maybe not. We’re just asking the questions. Roger Ailes, take note.