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These people just keep getting sicker and sicker

Nationally syndicated Clear Channel radio host Glenn Beck referred to survivors of Hurricane Katrina who remained in New Orleans as "scumbags." Also, after acknowledging that nobody "in their right mind is going to say this out loud," Beck attacked victims of the disaster in general and the families of victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, saying: "I didn't think I could hate victims faster than the 9-11 victims."

From the September 9 broadcast of The Glenn Beck Program:

Here is some of what he says

But the second thought I had when I saw these people and they had to shut down the Astrodome and lock it down, I thought: I didn't think I could hate victims faster than the 9-11 victims. These guys -- you know it's really sad. We're not hearing anything about Mississippi. We're not hearing anything about Alabama. We're hearing about the victims in New Orleans. This is a 90,000-square-mile disaster site, New Orleans is 181 square miles. A hundred and -- 0.2 percent of the disaster area is New Orleans! And that's all we're hearing about, are the people in New Orleans. Those are the only ones we're seeing on television are the scumbags -- and again, it's not all the people in New Orleans. Most of the people in New Orleans got out! It's just a small percentage of those who were left in New Orleans, or who decided to stay in New Orleans, and they're getting all the attention. It's exactly like the 9-11 victims' families. There's about 10 of them that are spoiling it for everybody.

The Republican party is even worst

"The reform of government needs to continue," said House Budget Committee Chairman Jim Nussle, R-Iowa.

Cuts are planned for the Medicaid program for the poor and disabled, student loan subsidies for banks, farm subsidies and food stamps, among others. Katrina has helped solidify opposition to them among moderates in both parties.

Do these people have no shame?

Update: Remember this is the same person who called for the death of Michael Moore.

From the May 17 broadcast of The Glenn Beck Program:

BECK: Hang on, let me just tell you what I'm thinking. I'm thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I'm wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out -- is this wrong? I stopped wearing my What Would Jesus -- band -- Do, and I've lost all sense of right and wrong now. I used to be able to say, "Yeah, I'd kill Michael Moore," and then I'd see the little band: What Would Jesus Do? And then I'd realize, "Oh, you wouldn't kill Michael Moore. Or at least you wouldn't choke him to death." And you know, well, I'm not sure.

Originally posted to AHiddenSaint on Sat Sep 10, 2005 at 02:58 PM PDT.

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  •  Oh god. . . (none)
    It's that same idiotic logic that causes Republicans to look at the red/blue county map and call it "Bush country" because it's mostly red.  Yeah, if trees or ears of corn voted. . .

    "0.2% of the disaster area". . .oy vey.

    And of course, that's the least offensive thing he said.  But I always harp on innumeracy.

    •  Exactly my first thought (none)
      All that red in the plan states doesnt have as many people as that little blue dot in southern New York.

      A great episode of the HBO series "Rome" this week: Rome is burning while Nero refuses to leave his vacation -Dave Letterman

      by jj32 on Sat Sep 10, 2005 at 03:27:24 PM PDT

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  •  When did "reform" (none)
    start meaning "murder" ?
  •  Sounds like (none)
    this guy needs to go into Bill In Portland Maine's Hall of Shame

    I thought his title was president of the United States, not of Iraq. -- Patrick Maunder, Seattle

    by mlk on Sat Sep 10, 2005 at 02:58:31 PM PDT

  •  It's one man, one vote... (none)
    ...not one acre, one vote.

    (Yes, I used "man" in the broader sense.  I never heard the idea referred to as "one person, one vote" even though that's what it is.

    You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on. -- George W. Bush

    by KTinOhio on Sat Sep 10, 2005 at 02:59:39 PM PDT

  •  "...Spoiling it for everybody"? (none)
    Damn those 9/11 families (Jersey Girls, I assume he means) for ruining the fun of the other families and friends of those killed.  <eye roll>

    Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler - Proverbs 17:7

    by Barbara Morrill on Sat Sep 10, 2005 at 03:00:03 PM PDT

  •  Those Darned 9/11 Families... (none)
    ...when will Beck and his ilk just shut up...

    Shut Up!
    Shut Up!
    Shut Up!
    Shut Up!
    Shut Up!
    Shut Up!
    Shut Up!

    "Ninety-nine miles of solid-gold track, lay on the whistle and don't look back..."

    by InquisitiveRaven on Sat Sep 10, 2005 at 03:00:19 PM PDT

  •  I'd love to see cowardly Glenn (none)
    say that to the faces of the hurricane survivors or the 9-11 families. Like his Leader, he keeps himself protected from those whom he insults. Seems cowardice is a common trait of our native Fascists.

    "In the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other large-scale emergency, the Department of Homeland Security will assume primary responsibility..."

    by assyrian64 on Sat Sep 10, 2005 at 03:01:49 PM PDT

  •  "And they will know we..." (none)
    "And they will know we are Christians by our love"

    I seem to remember this guy is a fairly recent convert to Mormonism too.

  •  What I would like to do to people like that (none)
    is illegal.
  •  Um... (none)
    Do these people have no shame?

    That's a rhetorical question, right?

    What did the President know and when did he stop knowing it?

    by Pyewacket on Sat Sep 10, 2005 at 03:10:25 PM PDT

  •  hang Glenn Beck... (4.00)
    ...around the neck of the GOP party.  

    "Glenn Beck, a Republican radio host, said this...[insert viles quotes here].  I assume you agree?"  

    Maybe they refuse to answer, maybe they say they don't agree...but we've tied these quotes to the Republican party, where they belong.  

    They wanna make us answer for Ward Churchill?  I say it's time to make them fucking answer for their rightwing radio propagandists AND, not incidentally -- their most incendiary rightwing elected officials.  THEY ARE REPUBLICANS, ONE AND ALL.  

    Oh, and re my subject line:  also hang Glenn Beck, period.  As in from a fucking rope.

  •  How convenient (4.00)
    Clear Channel lists the names and e-mail addresses of its top executives on its website. I'm going to simply copy that hateful quote into an e-mail, ask them if it's true, and ask them if they think it's acceptable.

    Fire away, kids.

    Lowry Mays
    Chairman of the Board

    Mark Mays
    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Randall Mays
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    Andrew W. Levin
    Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

    Lisa Dollinger
    Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer

    Bill Hamersly
    Senior Vice President, Human Resources

    Herb Hill
    Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer

    Julie Hill
    Senior Vice President, Finance

    Kathryn Johnson
    Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations

    Jessica Marventano
    Senior Vice President, Government Affairs

    Randy Palmer
    Senior Vice President, Investor Relations

    John T. Tippit
    Senior Vice President, Strategic Development

    Diane Dalton Warren
    Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs

    David Wilson
    Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

    Brian Coleman
    Vice President, Treasurer

    Mickey Gayler
    Vice President & Deputy General Counsel

    Rick Wolf
    Vice President, Corporate Counsel

    Of science and the human heart, there is no limit. -- Bono

    by saucy monkey on Sat Sep 10, 2005 at 03:16:05 PM PDT

    •  Excellent idea (4.00)
      and while we're at it...who sponsors this guy show?

      maybe they'd like to hear about this.

    •  FWIW (4.00)
      here's the letter I sent:

      Dear Sirs and Madams,

      I am shocked and horrified by your client, Glenn Beck's, remarks on talk radio of September 9.  He called the hurricane victims of New Orleans "scumbags," and said he hated them even more than he hates the 9/11 victims.

      How can any decent American tolerate such hate-filled spew coming out of their radios?  Worse, how can any broadcast corporation actually pay someone to make these kind of comments?

      I demand that you fire Glenn Beck immediately.  Don't wait, and don't do it in private.  Announce why you're firing him.  Don't bother giving him a chance to shed some crocodile tears and "apologize" for being "misunderstood."  He knew what he was saying, and he's said hateful drivel like this before.

      If you do not fire Beck, I can only assume that you support his hate-mongering, and I and thousands like me will contact the sponsors of his show, and of Clear Channel, and demand they withdraw their support immediately.  Lists of sponsors are already being compiled.

      Either stand up for America, or be hit in the wallet.  It's your call.

      Max Black

  •  What does it take for these people to get fired? (none)
    He actually said this while he is raising money for Hurricane Katrina Victims.  He is sponsoring an on-line auction of donated goods from September 7th through September 20th.

    Beck and others of his ilk continue to spew hate-filled drivel and very rarely get called on it. I remember when Michael Savage was on MSNBC and got canned over comments regarding gays.  He just went back to radio and kept on trucking.  It's almost as though talk radio is a "no accountability zone."

  •  And Glenn Beck (none)
    is usually one of the less rabid conservatives...

    He shouldn't worry...we'll be hearing more from Mississippi...we didn't hear as much for awhile because they were truly forgotten out in the rural one from FEMA acknowledged their existence.  

    The media channels have had reporters in Mississippi since the beginning and have done nearly as many stories about survivors there as in New Orleans.

  •  Downright Mean an apologist for the Devil himself (none)
    Well, one thing my Mom always said was that you can't go around being mean like that to people, that sooner or later, it catches up with you, and even worse.

    Let's hope Mom is right, and it catches up to this clown real soon.

    Bush has got to go. Keep surfin, keep rockin, Baja Margie alias Pargie

    by Pargie on Sat Sep 10, 2005 at 03:57:49 PM PDT

  •  call premier radio (none)
    call premier radio  at 800-533-8686 and leave a message on the voice mail, if they get a few thousand messages maybe it will sink in.beck is a drunk who
     professes to be recovered and a christian. what a hypocrite, he basically was calling black people scumbags what a racist!
    •  Hmmm (none)
      A drunk who professes to be recovered and a Christian . . . now, where have I heard that before?

      Of science and the human heart, there is no limit. -- Bono

      by saucy monkey on Sat Sep 10, 2005 at 04:12:35 PM PDT

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