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Controversy Pays -- Glenn Beck Pulls in $32 Million

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Disproving the old saying "if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all," Glenn Beck has made off quite handsomely by saying critical things -- to the tune of $32 million. Forbes magazine says Beck made that staggering amount in the year ending March 1.

Surprisingly, just a small amount of that total comes from his most high-profile platform, Fox News. The story says Fox pays Beck $4 million per year. The rest of the money comes from publishing ($13 million), radio ($10 million), online ($4 million), and paid appearances ($3 million).

Beck has a company, Mercury Radio Arts, that runs the non-Fox parts of his business. He calls it an "entertainment company," not a political entity.

"I could give a flying crap about the political process," Beck said. "I aspire to Walt Disney's never-ending quest to try to improve the quality of what he's doing, his never-ending vision of, 'Yes, it can be done.'"

Beck has been a lightning rod for controversy since coming over to Fox from CNN Headline News late in 2008. He saves most of his angry rhetoric for President Obama, whom he has called, among other things, "a racist" who has a "deep-seated hatred for white people."