Politico published a profile on Glenn Beck Saturday morning, focusing on the growth of Glenn's increasingly diversified media business since he left cable news to focus on building his own network. From TheBlaze to 1791 Jeans to Man in the Moon, over the past year and a half Glenn has found new and innovative ways to spread the message of independence and liberty beyond his highly successful radio and book businesses. Today, Glenn looks to expand into entertainment with The American Dream Labs, while TheBlaze simultaneously grows it's influence in the realm of news and opinion.
Speaking to Politico, TheBlaze's President & Chief Content Officer Joel Cheatwood said, “Glenn has never been a guy, at least in my time with him, who has accepted the norm...A good idea is really not good enough. It’s got to be a really great idea. A big idea should be bigger. And he’s always, in a good way, pushing all of us to take our ideas to the next level. And he usually comes in with one that’s 15 stories above where we’ve been.”
“To say he’s two or three or four years ahead of the game would be probably to minimize the true impact of his thought process," Cheatwood added.
Politico also reached out to members of Congress. Senator Rand Paul said in a statement, "Beck connects, in a very visceral way, with those who believe in Constitutional government. Glenn’s influence goes beyond the political as he understands that the very root of our crisis is spiritual. Likely, no other broadcaster in America attracts as fervent a following.”
Of course, the D.C.-based website also reached out some of Glenn's progressive critics to get their take on his growth and success. Let's just say that while they couldn't deny the continuing success of TheBlaze and Glenn's other business ventures, they managed to say that this meant he was less influential than he was on FOX News. None of the critics were able to articulate any metrics for this declining influence, which contradicts outlets like Forbes which continue to note Glenn is "only getting more powerful".
You can read the full profile on Glenn at Politico.