Did CNN’s Rightwing Nutcase Glenn Beck Say Malibu Liberals Hate America, So Deserve Wild Fires?

Most of the 300,000 Evacuees Are from Republican Enclaves

On his radio gabfest yesterday, CNN’s resident rightwing crackpot Glenn Beck implied that because residents of Malibu, Calif., “hate America,” they were therefore unluckily suffering the loss of their homes to wildfires:

I think there is a handful of people who hate America. Unfortunately for them, a lot of them are losing their homes in a forest fire [sic] today.

Leaving aside the fact that there isn’t a “forest” within miles of Malibu, just seconds before that outrageous, though half-baked, assertion, Beck made a statement that contradicted what he was about to say:

[We’re] all one America, that just because I disagree with you doesn’t mean you hate America, and I love America. We all love America. We just disagree on how we should function…

He then contradicted himself in the same sentence a second time, saying he was not referring to Democrats but to nefarious people (liberals? terrorists?) who pretend to be Democrats:

There are a few people that hate America. But I don’t think the Democrats are those. I think there are those posing as Democrats that are like that.

Huh? It’s always dicey trying to parse logic from the ravings of an unbalanced mind, but since the fires being reported in the national news yesterday were mostly in the Malibu area, it appears that Beck’s “America haters” are Hollywood liberals who live in Malibu.

Or maybe he was referring to Muslim terrorists who are hiding out in Malibu pretending to be Democrats. (If so, they are rapidly burning through Osama bin Ladin’s fortune.)

Ironically, while the wildfires on Sunday did significant damage to the tiny but wealthy and politically liberal beachfront enclave of Malibu, the widespread and horrendous destruction that is going on now is in the politically conservative areas of inland Los Angeles County, coastal Orange County and throughout northern San Diego County, where around 300,000 people have been evacuated.

This recalls TV preacher and diamond-mine owner Pat Robertson’s prophesy in 1998 that God would destroy Orlando, Fla., with a hurricane because Disney allowed a gay group to host activities in its theme park. Instead, God smote Robertson by hurling Hurricane Bonnie directly at his headquarters in Virginia Beach that August.


  • GarryInNola
    October 23, 2007 - 9:02 am | Permalink

    I think that by “covering” Glenn Beck we are just driving more interest towards him. It’s like Ann Coulter; she makes an outrageously ludicrous statement and the next day all the media is covering it. Which is exactly what she wants. She sells books and gets invited for on-air interviews precisely because she says something so off-the-wall. The best way to neutralize Beck’s influence is to ignore him. I understand that his ratings at CNN are tanking.

  • Wish I were the one to do it
    October 23, 2007 - 10:37 am | Permalink

    Maybe someone should find out where Mr Beck lives and burn down his home… Let’s see, CNN’s HQ is in Atlanta… Does Beck live in Atlanta too? But first they should have him stand back about 1000 feet and watch the flames approach his home and not be able to do a thing to stop them… I hope karma is alive and these hate mongers get their due…

  • Dick Cheney
    October 23, 2007 - 10:38 am | Permalink

    Glenn Beck is a tool…my tool.

  • nikolai
    October 23, 2007 - 10:41 am | Permalink

    I don’t hear “liberals” making these kinds of stupid statements! If the “conservatives” really wanted to increase their traction with the American people, they would silence fools like beck, coulter, malkin and limbaugh. Thank god they’re NOT, thus showing good Americans (and TRUE Christians) that they and people like them are full of hate and bile and are evil, nasty little people.

  • God
    October 23, 2007 - 11:39 am | Permalink

    The comment by GaryInola said it best………

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  • Alberta
    October 23, 2007 - 11:57 am | Permalink

    Hmmm, liberals don’t make stupid statements, like “America deserved 911??” “Israel shouldn’t exist??”

  • davefromqueens
    October 23, 2007 - 12:22 pm | Permalink

    ah it was conservatives like Rush Limbaugh, Jerry Falwell, and Pat Robertson who made statements along the lines of America deserved 9/11.

  • Leftside Annie
    October 23, 2007 - 2:57 pm | Permalink

    I hope his house burns flat.

    – a liberal from Southern California

  • Greg Bacon
    October 23, 2007 - 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Beck’s station, CNN, is in Atlanta.

    Since the southeastern US is experiencing the worst drought in history, does that mean that bastion of Republican voters hate America?

    Beck, as someone already pointed out, is just a tool of Dick Cheney.

    Cheney’s got his hand up puppet Beck’s ass so far, that that lump in Beck’s throat isn’t his adam’s apple, but the outline of Cheney’s knuckle.

  • John Jay
    October 28, 2007 - 7:38 pm | Permalink

    To Alberta a few posts up: Youc an find someone, somewhere, to say America deserved 9/11 and Israel should not exist.

    But you can not find a liberal commentator with the coverage and and stature of Limbaugh, Beck, or Coulter saying things like this.

    If one lines up a name against market share against stupid statements, it is objectively and factually possible to say that the Right says far more hateful things than the Left.

  • Jo Ann Muenstermann
    December 19, 2007 - 8:34 pm | Permalink

    Glen Beck and Pat Robertson make a lot of sense, but those who are so carodid with the crust of idolitries like power, money, pride, self, technology, can’t see what’s really happening and thus, simply criticize what they do not understand. You are to be pitied. those who have their values in proper order are victims of your impious arrogance. Beware. You will pay a price for that bit of bad judgement.

  • toe b
    December 23, 2007 - 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Beck speaks the truth thats why people disagree with him. truth hurts!

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