QUOTE(mipadi @ Oct 24 2009, 05:39 PM)
I don't buy it. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck. Beck may not want to call himself a journalist, but if you report on news and social goings-on, and provide commentary for them, you are, in fact, a journalist. Beck does sneer at other journalists and the "lib'ral media", as evidenced in the very video I posted. There's a subtext to his claims of not being a journalist: he clearly doesn't want to associate himself with the news media because it would damage his conservative credibility.
Bloggers do all of those things, but would you call them journalists? Stewart and Colbert?
I used to watch Glen Beck's program on CNN (back when it was cool, yo), and I did so because I found it entertaining, not because I was expecting him to inform me of what was going on in the world. Stuff like this:
was clearly not hard news, so I didn't treat it as such. I found it entertaining to watch a guy who was diagnosed with ADHD sarcastically giving his opinion on current events. Wasn't hard to distinguish between hard news and opinion/entertainment. Heck, I just went on his website right now and it says right at the top that his program is the "fusion of entertainment and enlightenment."
I admit that I haven't caught his new show on Fox News, but if his current website is any indication, he doesn't seem to be trying to hide the fact that his show is meant for entertainment, so why is there confusion?