Only time will tell if this is a serious effort to launch a real libertarian network, or an attempt to co-opt the massive youth libertarian crowd created by Ron Paul/ It would also be interesting to know where Beck is receiving funding for his show. It is known there is some degree of contact between Beck and billionaire Charles Koch, who has turned the Cato Institute into an outpost for the pro-war wing of the Ayn Rand movement.From Buzzfeed, "Glenn Beck relaunching The Blaze as global libertarian network"?
...to expand the news operation in his media company, The Blaze, and refocus it as a libertarian network, opening three foreign bureaus, debuting a nightly news magazine show, and relocating his New York staff to showy new offices. Beck introduced his ambitious plans by standing in front of a split screen with MSNBC's Chris Matthews on one side and Fox News's Sean Hannity on the other, and bemoaning the fact that cable news has devolved into the "far left [and] far right... yelling at each other." "We're not gonna play in that crazy space as a network," he said, adding, "I consider myself a libertarian... I'm a lot closer to Penn Jillette than I am to Chuck Hagel." He said over the next 60 days, The Blaze will open three foreign bureaus in cities that are "important to America." He will also relocate his New York staff from their current midtown offices into a building that will "send a very clear message to everyone in New York... it will piss everyone off."We here at Libertarian Republican congratulate Glenn, and wish him all the best in his endeavor. He is a libertarian in the truest sense. In fact, he was calling himself a libertarian way back in the late 1990s when he was a sex, booze and rock 'n roll Mancow-style shock jock in the Tampa Bay media market. Funny all these Beck critics don't remember that about Beck. To go from goofing-it-up sex happy shock jock to stridently anti-Islamist, pro-free markets rightwing commentator makes a lot of sense in our right-libertarian eyes. We're proud to have him our libertarian movement. Best of luck! You've come a long, long ways friend.