On Fox, Beck Profits With Doomsday Scenarios

New pundit's ratings up in Obama admin
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Mar 6, 2009 10:17 AM CST

(Newser) – On Fox News, Glenn Beck is pushing the apocalypse—and it’s working out nicely for him, the Los Angeles Times reports. Beck’s new show averaged 2.2 million viewers during February, double the number attracted by the time slot last year. Why does Beck think the Obama administration has been such a boon? “People know in their gut that something’s not right. They're not getting the truth.”

With President Obama in charge, “our country is on the verge of disintegration,” Beck says. Fox News in general has taken this confrontational stance, with emphasis shifting from reporting to punditry. “I think we’ve been doing a very good job of trying to point out some things that maybe some other news organizations haven’t pointed out,” says a Fox exec.