Glenn Beck is presently the most famous—and possibly the most infamous—Mormon in America. He is better known than President Monson or Steve Young and is more popular than Harry Reid or Mitt Romney. Some see Beck as a populist prophet of the coming apocalypse while others consider him the most dangerous man in America. This session looks at Beck’s identification with Cleon Skousen, the John Birch Society, and the Tea Party; his meteoric rise as a right- wing media maven; his role in American media and politics; and his representation of Mormon principles and values. It considers Beck’s impact on the Church and on Mitt Romney’s potential bid for the presidency of the United States.
ROBERT A. REES, ERIC SAMUELSEN, JOANNA BROOKS, DAVID KING LANDRITH, KATHRYN BOYCE HEMINGWAY