Tuesday, August 14, 2018
TV and Media

Glenn Beck just offered Bill O'Reilly a job at TheBlaze

Where does a former Fox News host turn when he is ousted by an advertiser boycott? Maybe to another former Fox News host who was ousted by an advertiser boycott.

Glenn Beck offered Bill O'Reilly a job during a radio interview on Friday, O'Reilly's first media appearance (besides his own podcasts) since Fox News fired him last month. Beck, who left Fox News in 2011 and threw himself into TheBlaze website and cable channel, said that he and O'Reilly "could unite our powers for good."

This was their exchange, which began with O'Reilly expressing his admiration of Beck's entrepreneurship:

O'REILLY: Beck doesn't work for anybody but himself, and he was smart to do that. Because the left now can't get Beck because Beck controls his own destiny, unlike me. I had to deal with a whole bunch of other things when they came after me, and people should know that you can say and do what you want to do because you control - Glenn Beck controls his own destiny, which is very different from most other people in the media.

BECK: Well, I thank you for that, Bill, and I would like to say publicly, honestly - and I know you're not going to get into this, so just shut the fat trap - it's why I would like you to work for TheBlaze. Because I could not get the cable coverage by myself because not powerful enough, unless you have a giant corporation behind you. And when you have that, then you're beholden to somebody. But if we could unite our powers for good, as opposed to evil - but that's another conversation.

Beck joked about paying O'Reilly "in sandwiches," but he seemed quite serious about teaming up. His remark about being unable to get sufficient "cable coverage by myself" is not just idle chatter. While some major cable providers such as Verizon and Dish Network carry TheBlaze, others like Comcast and DirecTV do not.

Getting carriage has been one of Beck's biggest challenges. He mounted an effort last year to replace the defunct Al Jazeera America in channel lineups that has been unsuccessful so far. TheBlaze regularly urges viewers — or would-be viewers — to petition cable providers to add the network.

Beck seems to think that he would have more clout with O'Reilly at his side, and he is offering O'Reilly more freedom in return.

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