Glenn Beck’s Unlikely Guru

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Matthew Hiltzik’s representation of Glenn Beck comes under scrutiny in the Washington Post, which profiles the odd coupling of a former Democratic strategist with one of the most influential and outrageous critics of the Obama administration.

Jason Horowitz writes, “The close friendship and lucrative business relationship that has developed between the 45-year-old conservative firebrand and the 37-year-old former Democratic operative shows how partisan media personalities get discovered, promoted and catapulted into the political stratosphere, even when the talent and the talent broker have opposing ideologies. But for Hiltzik’s former Democratic allies, the alliance is still mostly shocking.”

Hiltzik represented Harvey Weinstein in PR and political affairs, in an effort to boost his profile, but offers this reasoning for their teaming. “”Everyone knows they’re dating,” joked Harvey Weinstein, who called his former right hand a deeply religious, brilliant guy. “It must be that kind of attraction. I can’t see any other reason.”

“His voice turning more serious, Weinstein said there was perhaps a simple reason Hiltzik felt comfortable representing Beck. “I had a lot of actors Matt came in contact with,” Weinstein said. “I just think Glenn is another one.””

Other former Hiltzik associates and clients, like Mark Green, aren’t laughing. And Hiltzik’s friend, Ken Sunshine, has a firm that is representing Color of Change, the firm that is pushing the Beck boycott campaign.

The Artists & Athletes Alliance hosts a briefing on major issues facing the Obama administration tonight at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles, with Mark Halperin (whose book about the ’08 campaign will be called “Game Change”), Mark Preston, Maria Cardona and Ed Goeas.

Sean Penn’s trip to Cuba is especially timely for the release of Ann Louise Bardach’s new book “Without Fidel,” which includes a chapter on the actor’s previous visit to interview Raul Castro. Big Hollywood has an excerpt.

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