On the May 11 edition of his nationally syndicated radio program, when asked for his views on "[b]lowing up Iran," CNN Headline News host Glenn Beck answered, "I say we nuke the bastards." Beck continued: "In fact, it doesn't have to be Iran, it can be everywhere, anyplace that disagrees with me."
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."
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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.
On his radio show, Glenn Beck disclosed that he had referred to Saudi Arabian "dirtbags" during an appearance on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360. According to Beck, the network subsequently edited out his remarks.
On the May 5 edition of his radio program, Glenn Beck aired a mock commercial for a fictional amusement park called "Cinco de Flag," that touted rides such as the "tractor-trailer run," in which "[w]e simulate an 18-wheeler full of illegal immigrants trying to cross the border when the INS breaks in."
Newly hired CNN commentator Glenn Beck said a caller was "exactly right" in predicting that "the left" would make convicted September 11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui a "celebrity," because Moussaoui was sentenced to life in prison rather than to death. Later in the show, Beck declared: "[I]n 30 years, I think this guy [Moussaoui] could become the next [Stanley] 'Tookie' Williams."
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.
Glenn Beck claimed that there are three reasons that an illegal immigrant "comes across the border in the middle of the night": "One, they're terrorists; two, they're escaping the law; or three, they're hungry. They can't make a living in their own dirtbag country."
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."
On his nationally syndicated radio program, Glenn Beck said of Native Americans who are considering circumventing a new South Dakota law banning nearly all abortions by opening an abortion clinic on an Indian reservation in the state: "Indians will have found something that can be more profitable than casinos, and that's abortion clinics. And then, look out, man -- exploiting everything illegal for profit."
A day after he stated that Mexico "has been overtaken by lawbreakers from the bottom to the top," Glenn Beck said that even though he "got beat up yesterday" for making that comment, he "pretty much stand[s] by" his claim that "Mexico is run by nothing but criminals."
In a segment on recent protests against proposed immigration restrictions, Glenn Beck stated that Mexico "has been overtaken by lawbreakers from the bottom to the top," adding, "And now what you're protesting for is to have lawbreakers come here."
After the contentious exchange between Hearst Newspapers columnist Helen Thomas and President Bush during Bush's March 21 press conference, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and several other conservative commentators rushed to attack Thomas. O'Reilly accused her of "hat[ing] Bush and try[ing] to undermine everything he does," and even suggesting that if he were Bush, he "would have laid her out." Several other conservative media figures -- including Jonah Goldberg, Fred Barnes, Glenn Beck, and Tucker Carlson -- have followed suit, sometimes with highly personal attacks.