Gavin McInnes, the co-founder of Vice Media who became an alt-right superstar only to abandon his association with a violent gang he had created, will be joining the new company formed by a marriage of two conservative media empires.
Glenn Beck, the former Fox News conspiracy theorist, is joining his company in corporate matrimony with that of Mark Levin, one of the most influential right wing radio hosts in the country and founder of CRTV, which hosts McInnes’ show.
Combining The Blaze with CRTV, the new entity will be called Blaze Media, and feature McInnes alongside such CRTV luminaries as crazy-eyed Michelle Malkin, alt-right hero Steven Crowder, Tea Party astroturfer Matt Kibbe, and the Taliban-bearded Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty infamy.
“Tens of millions of Americans have had it with the biased, ideologically driven mainstream media outlets that sanctimoniously advance their own agendas under the guise of ‘news’ and ‘journalism,'” Levin said in announcing the merger, thus projecting his own business model on more fact-based outlets.
you heard it here folks. mark levin and glenn beck have not merged. totally different organisms. 100 percent true https://t.co/a4YUXQBziS
— ˡᵛˡ ⁴⁵ CHAOS POTUS (@thetomzone) December 3, 2018
The merger means that McInnes, who recently stepped down from leadership of the alt-right “Proud Boys” after he learned that the group is under law enforcement scrutiny for their violent street tactics, will appear in the same space as the man who once convinced tens of millions of Fox News viewers that step-dancing black children were a dangerous Obama militia in training.
What could possibly go wrong?
‘Glenn Beck and Mark Levin are teaming up by merging TheBlaze and CRTV to create a conservative-media entity dubbed Blaze Media, which they say will reach 165 million people via television, digital platforms and social media.’
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) December 3, 2018
Comparing the new company to a movie studio — and hinting at plans to expand his white nationalist fan-fiction into films — Beck told Hollywood Reporter that the merger has nothing at all to do with his past financial woes.
Financial terms of the merger were not disclosed, but Beck acknowledges his company had bled some red ink, though it has been profitable for about 12 months.
“We worked hard to make sure we’re in the black. If we had spoken to CRTV a couple of years ago, it would have been a different story,” he says. “We talked about a merger when neither of us need it. That’s the best time.”
Get that? Glenn Beck has wasted tens of millions of dollars on various flops since Fox News cut him loose — his bizarre, elaborate, short-lived steampunk musical being just one good example — but this merger is entirely unrelated to his squandered fortune, how dare you suggest anything of the sort? Beck had to work hard at employee layoffs to make this happen. He was firing people as recently as six months ago. Don’t minimize his sacrifices!
if you search 'Glenn Beck announces' it's like opening a portal into some alternate universe. pic.twitter.com/h0Z8n4eUrd
— Schooley (@Rschooley) December 3, 2018
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