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.
Glenn Beck relayed a message to a 7-year-old New York girl who wrote a poem titled "White Nationalism Put U In Bondage": "You want to go to Africa? I will personally purchase your airfare." Beck added: "You have to sign a contract that you will never return to the United States."
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."
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."
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.