Schadenfreude* should probably be enjoyed sparingly—you know, that whole karma thing; take pleasure in someone else’s failing and you’re bound to stumble to someone else’s delight sooner or later—but after learning the fact that Glenn Beck has lost more than one million viewers, but couldn’t help but crack a smile.
Mark Sandlin, over at The God Article, put it nicely (much more nicely than I could have):
So, when I read a blog post on alternet.org about how Beck’s show has lost a million viewers (that’s a third of his viewership) in just one year, I have to admit, it really made me happy. I’m glad to see that the work of those opposing Beck is making a difference. This is the kind of peaceful, non-violent resistance we are supposed to practice when faced with hurtful forces. Because of the work of many, many people and organizations, advertisers are stepping away from Beck’s programs. New York and Philadelphia radio stations have dropped his show. All of this happened on the heals of massive exposure for Beck last year. It’s pretty impressive work.
I honestly feel a bit bad about feeling good about his fall from grace in the eyes of his viewers. I wonder if Jesus felt bad about the money changers being kicked out of the temple? Probably not. At any rate, I’ll have to work this guilt out with God… but in the mean time, I am glad, I am thankful, that the hurtfulness of Glenn Beck seems to be winding down.
* For those of you unfamiliar with the term: Schadenfreude (pronounced /ˈʃɑːdənfrɔɪdə/ Audio (US),) is pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.