CNN Headline News' Glenn Beck appeared to question studies showing that global temperatures have increased by 0.6 degrees Celsius by falsely claiming that annual temperatures in the United States have remained "pretty much flat." In fact, NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies has documented a rise in temperatures in the United States comparable to the global increase. Beck's apparent doubt about whether human beings are responsible for global climate change is contradicted by the scientific consensus on the subject.
On his CNN Headline News show, Glenn Beck played an excerpt of a graduation speech by New School University graduate Jean Rohe, in which she asserted that Sen. John McCain's selection as keynote speaker "was a top-down decision that did not take into account the desires and interests of the student body." While the excerpt was playing, Beck rolled his eyes, then turned his back to the screen before covering his ears and shouting: "Jean! Jean! ... Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! I can't take her!"
On his CNN Headline News show, Glenn Beck acknowledged that his May 9 assertion that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "sounded ... a lot like Michael Moore" in a letter to President Bush was "unfortunate" and "probably wrong."
On the May 10 edition of his CNN Headline News program, Glenn Beck continued to subject CNN Headline News Prime News anchor Erica Hill to sexually suggestive comments. Beck also baselessly suggested that Iran might "already" possess nuclear weapons, and declared that his program is "not a news show," raising the question of why it airs on CNN Headline News.
New CNN Headline News hire Glenn Beck defended with falsehoods his September 9, 2005, on-air statement that "when I see a 9-11 victim family on TV or whatever, I'm just like, 'Oh, shut up!' I'm just so sick of them because they're always complaining." Beck claimed that he was merely drawing an analogy between the 9-11 families "complaining on television" and the looters in New Orleans "that are stealing the televisions" because both groups are "trying to benefit from the tragedy." In fact, Beck did not specifically criticize looters in his 2005 remarks but, rather, referred to "those who were left in New Orleans, or who decided to stay" as "scumbags."
Right-wing radio host Glenn Beck is set to host a one-hour talk show as part of CNN Headline News' prime-time programming, beginning May 8. Media Matters for America has previously questioned CNN's decision to hire Beck and now offers a compilation of Beck's latest outrageous statements.
In an attempt to devise a "politically correct name" for bunker-buster nuclear weapons to make their use more accepted, Glenn Beck proposed "climate-control device" and "butterfly bomb" before settling on the name "anti-cancer bombs" because "you treat cancer with radiation." Beck also suggested the name "bomb de tropical" as "something for the tanning index," adding, "We could use that one in Venezuela."
In describing Nigeria's new public education campaign to fight the spread of bird flu, radio host Glenn Beck stated that the country has "actually resorted to radio jingles," and then asked if the United States could be "as dumb as Nigeria."
On the February 9 edition of MSNBC's Countdown, Keith Olbermann honored Fox News and CNN with "Worst Person in the World" awards; Fox News took both the bronze and gold medals and CNN, the silver, all based on Media Matters for America items.
During his nationally syndicated radio show, Glenn Beck repeatedly referred to former President Jimmy Carter as a "waste of skin," adding that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il was not a bigger waste of skin because "[a]t least evil is using that skin."
Reacting to the recent designation of 'Worst Person in the World' by MSNBC host Keith Olbermann for saying that anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan is "pimping out the tragedy of her own son's death for her own agenda," Glenn Beck expounded further: "It's almost so horrible, it seems true."
Keith Olbermann named right-wing radio host Glenn Beck, recently hired by CNN, the "Worst Person in the World" for calling anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan "a pretty big prostitute."
On his radio show, newly hired CNN commentator Glenn Beck called Cindy Sheehan "a pretty big prostitute" but later agreed that "tragedy pimp" would be a more accurate term for Sheehan.