How could a breakup between Mr. Beck and Fox News - a bond that seemed made in pre-Apocalyptic heaven - come to pass? They were never great friends to start with: Mr. Beck came to Fox with a huge radio show and had been on CNN Headline News, so he did not owe his entire career to Fox and frequently went off-message. The sniping between Fox News executives and Mr. Beck's team began soon after he went on the air in 2009.
Many on the news side of Fox have wondered whether his chronic outrageousness - he suggested that the president has "a deep-seated hatred for white people" - have made it difficult for Fox to hang onto its credibility as a news network. Some 300 advertisers fled the show, leaving sponsorship to a slew of gold bullion marketers whose message dovetails nicely with Mr. Beck's end-of-times gospel. Both parties go to some lengths to point out that that the discussion has nothing to do with persistent criticism from the left.
We don't doubt that there are a lot of people at Fox News who would like to see a drama queen like Beck lose his show—Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly, for example. But how outrageous can you really call that accusation about the president and white people when Fox News' owner Rupert Murdoch said he though Beck was "right" to call Obama a racist?