Glenn Beck and Oprah
Day-time talk-show host Oprah Winfrey has a well-known “book club.” Basically, she endorses a book and her minions go out and make it a best-seller. Sometimes the book is already critically acclaimed and does not need Oprah’s seal of approval, e.g. Elie Wiesel’s “Night.” However, Oprah is not a book critic and she has selected books for her ‘club’ which aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.
Glenn Beck has recently been recommending all kinds of books, and I’ve read a few of them. For example, he recommends Hayek’s “Road to Serfdom.” But Glenn has admitted several times that he is reading and learning, he does not claim to be an expert. Therefore, before rushing out to buy his latest recommended book on one of the Founders, we should keep in mind that Beck may not be fully informed. To his credit, though, he does promote the reading of original sources like the diaries and documents written by the Founders themselves. This is sound advice.