Dana Milbank is a columnist for the Washington Post. As a journalist he covered the 2000 and 2004 Presidential elections as well as George W. Bush's first term in office. He has written several non-fiction books following American politics, and his latest book is the biography of Glenn Beck, Tears of a Clown: Glenn Beck and the Tea Bagging of America.
"At the end of 2009, Gallup asked Americans which living man anywhere in the world they admire most. More volunteered Beck than offered the pope, Bill Gates, Billy Graham, Bill Clinton, or George H.W. Bush. The only man to be mentioned more often than Beck was South Africa’s Nelson Mandela. These Beck admirers do more than worship the man; they obey his every pronouncement. Beck, in an interview with The New York Times in early 2009, said, 'I say on the air all the time, if you take what I say as gospel, you’re an idiot.’ In fact, Beck often does the opposite, demanding 'Where am I wrong?' and pointing out that the red phone, supposedly a hotline for which only the White House has the number, never rings to correct him."
— Tears of a Clown: Glenn Beck and the Tea Bagging of America.