Controversial radio and TV show host Glenn Beck has launched a new conservative news and opinion website called The Blaze that he says will be a place where you can find 'breaking news, insightful opinions and engaging videos about the stories that matter most.'
The new service will tilt rightward as does Beck's current employer, the Fox News channel.
Beck said he was frustrated with the way the national news media covered his 'Restoring Honor' rally this weekend. In a scathing attack on Slate.com, pundit Christopher Hitchens wrote: 'Glenn Beck's rally was large, vague, moist, and undirected — the Waterworld of white self-pity.'
Beck, who is perhaps angling for a media mogul role like his employer Rupert Murdoch, was incensed by the media's disrespect.
'Too many times we see mainstream media outlets distorting facts to fit rigid agendas,' he wrote on The Blaze. 'Not that you've ever heard me complain about the media before. Okay, maybe once or twice. But there comes a time when you have to stop complaining and do something. And so we decided to hire some actual journalists to launch a new website.'
In 2009, Beck is reported to have earned $32 million through a mix of books, radio, TV, digital media, and speaking fees.