The premiere Webcast of @katiecouric is Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 7:00 p.m. ET with Glenn Beck, a major conservative presence on TV, radio and the Web, and the author of Arguing with Idiots, How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government.
David Von Drehle described the climate in which Beck is delivering his messages in his Time article, "Is Glenn Beck Bad for America?":
"The old American mind-set that Richard Hofstadter famously called 'the paranoid style' - the sense that Masons or the railroads or the Pope or the guys in black helicopters are in league to destroy the country - is aflame again, fanned from both right and left. Between the liberal fantasies about Brownshirts at town halls and the conservative concoctions of brainwashed children goose-stepping to school, you'd think the Palm in Washington had been replaced with a Munich beer hall.
Watch a clip from Tuesday's premiere show:
"No one has a better feeling for this mood, and no one exploits it as well, as Beck. He is the hottest thing in the political-rant racket, left or right. A gifted entrepreneur of angst in a white-hot market. A man with his ear uniquely tuned to the precise frequency at which anger, suspicion and the fear that no one's listening all converge."
As an example Beck's on-air style, which he calls a fusion of entertainment and enlightenment, he critiqued the Obama administration's bevy of czars, or special advistors to the White House; "America cannot give the benefit of the doubt of things like the czars. I am waiting for a good reason why every person that pops up in this administration is a Marxist ...."
Be sure to tune in to Katie's interview with the controversial Beck at http://www.cbsnews.com/katiecouricshow Tuesday night or anytime after on CBSNews.com. It's sure to be fascinating and illuminating.
Following the Webcast, CBSNews.com is teaming up with Facebook to host an online video chat for the community to talk directly with Katie after her interview with Beck. The live video player from CBSNews.com will be posted on the CBS News Facebook page, Katie Couric Facebook page, and CBSNews.com.
Disclosure: Glenn Beck's book "Arguing with Idiots" is published by Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS corporation; also Mr. Beck and Katie Couric are both represented by Hiltzik strategies.