Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Glenn Beck Understands Addiction


Glenn Beck is the host of CNN's “Glenn Beck” show – that is available in 85 million households... Although in my household, I usually change the channel whenever he's on. I'm convinced far too much of what he says is either distraction or propaganda. But, for a change, I decided to see what he's up to.


Glenn Beck “reported” that an article was published online by BBC that told that global temperatures have been falling since 1998. This report was simply wrong. Most of the mainstream press (legitimate) journalists haven't reported it. In fact, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann named Glenn Beck as his runner-up for the “worst person in the world” after Beck made the claim that the hottest year in global history was 1934. (That was actually the hottest year in the United States.)


But that hasn't stopped Glenn Beck. He continues to quote US temperatures as global temperatures – in a round about way. The BBC article was online for all of 16 minutes, and then modified. Glenn Beck “reported” it as environmentalist “McCarthyism.” Apparently, an irate individual emailed the BBC reporter and threatened to send the article to other global warming activists. That's right; she threatened to promote his article – and he immediately backed down... No way! Now if this were a small rural newspaper and giant corporation threatened to sue, I might believe it. But an email from essentially unknown person intimidating the BBC... Not!


Let's consider what really must have happened. The reporter published an article that was wrong. As soon as someone from the BBC realized it, the article was fixed. How embarrassing. No wonder they don't want to talk about it.


However, Glenn Beck fabricated this elaborate story about how one global warming activist could stifle the truth. Being a global warming activist, I know how much even a small rural newspaper listens... they don't. They can easily ignore us. They almost have to, or otherwise nothing would get published. Let's face it; somebody always gets aggravated when enough people pay attention. And a lot of people pay attention to BBC.


So, why would Glenn Beck essentially make up this implausible story about environmentalist “McCarthyism?” More importantly, why would people believe him? And how did a top 40 DJ rocket past thousands and thousands of degreed journalists to become a host on CNN (Cable News Network)? ...Maybe because that's what people want to hear – even if it's not the truth.


People don't like change if it means doing without. And Glenn Beck is telling us what we want to hear; that we can keep our keep our gas hog cars, and we don't have to pay attention to what the power companies are doing. The uncomfortable truth is that the world needs to change, or face an environmental catastrophe. Yes, I realize conservatives don't like change. But extreme climate change is not what conservatives should stand for.


It isn't any surprise that the coal industry has been running a number of expensive ads on CNN. What is surprising is that one ad shows FutureGen, a canceled clean coal power plant, as an example of where coal is headed. This was the only coal-fired power plant to utilize carbon sequestration on the drawing boards. And the last time I checked, the Federal Government won't pay for it. In other words, forget clean coal.


Even George W. Bush has admitted that “America is addicted to oil.” Here's our proof that America is living up to the accusation. Addicts lie to themselves to keep being addicts. Addicts believe lies to keep being addicts. These lies would be self-evident if the addicts really cared to check. Unfortunately, many Americans won't change until they hit rock bottom, and our climate changes horrifically – which, of course, will be too late.


Considering his addictive past, you'd think Glenn Beck would know better. Then again, maybe he just has an addictive personality. Maybe all he cares about is getting what he wants; money and fame now, instead of drugs.



17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love how you attack Glenn Beck's character and not what he's talking about, as well as the fact that you resorted to pure speculation on what could have happened instead of the fact that Glenn actually presented documentation of the exchange that occured regarding this matter (in the form of the email exchanges).

If nothing else, the writer of the article (Roger) had his intelligence/education insulted, as well as his reputation about to be blackmailed during the exchange. For such a simple "error" with what BBC wrote (nevermind the fact that article went from agreeing with the WMO's assessment to sidestepping the issue), it's disturbing that all timestamps to the changes in the article were all removed.

Rick Spilsbury said...

I don't like attacking a man's character. I want to see talented people from the outside do good. I sometimes see myself as that.

But when I see highly paid individuals claiming outrageous things that quite obviously go along with generous advertisers' wishes, I have to speak up - and call a sell-out a sell-out.

We both see something wrong here. I recommend that when you suspect a conspiracy, first FOLLOW THE MONEY. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Follow the money? Oh, like Al Gore... ah, no really, makes sense.

Anonymous said...

I wrote you an E-mail and asked that you correct the lies you are spreading about Glenn Beck. I even said in it that I doubt you will correct your error (to embarrassing for you to admit you were wrong and really don't know what you are talking about?) You libs always say you want the truth but it seems like you only want truths that fit your agenda. So I guess I will take it upon myself to post the real transcript regarding Glenn Beck and 1934 being the hottest year in US history. Enjoy… P.S. thanks for being a man about it and taking responsibility for yourself so someone else doesn’t have to clean up your mess.

Anonymous said...

CAPS LOCK SHOWS CLEARLY WHERE SECONDS AFTER SAYING 'GLOBE' HE CORRECTED HIMSELF AND SAID 'AMERICA'. BUT THATS NIT PICKING ISN'T IT?

"We’ll tell you the truth. We’ll tell you the things that are politically incorrect. I’ll go on and I’ll tell you the fires have very little to do with global warming, if anything. The globe was the hottest in 19 — was it 1934, Stu [executive producer Steve “Stu” Burguiere], or ‘37? — ‘34, 1934 was the hottest year. A stat, by the way, that was, I believe, intentionally distorted by the guy the left holds up as the scientist on global warming. AMERICA’S TEMPERATURE peaked in 1934. Since 1934, the hottest year on record was 1998. It has not gotten warmer since 1998. That’s a fact.
Now, why are these fires burning out of control? Al Gore and everybody else will have you believe that it is all about global warming. Well, really? A one-degree temperature change that happened at the first part of the century, not in the last part of the century, at least most of it, and a temperature change that hasn’t changed since 1998 is causing super fires in California and only California? Only America? It’s in the American borders. How is that possible?

indie pride said...

He's very funny, but a little quirky, too. It's sometimes hard to distinguish when he's being serious.
Beck is definitely bi-polar radio!


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Evil Conservative said...

"first FOLLOW THE MONEY"

Let's do that shall we?

1)Where do global warming "scientists" get their money? The US Government alone is going to drop $7,400,000,000.00 on "climate change programs" in fiscal 2008. Now if these "scientists" came to the conclusion that there is no problem do you think they'd get $7,400,000,000.00 to study a non-issue next year? No problem equals no JOB!

2) Al Gore... well...
"Financial disclosure documents released before the 2000 election put the Gore family's net worth at $1 million to $2 million. After years of public service--and four kids needing high-priced educations--Al and Tipper used to fret occasionally about money. Not anymore. They have a new multimillion-dollar home in a tony section of Nashville and a family home in Virginia, and have recently bought a multimillion-dollar condo at the St. Regis condo/hotel in San Francisco. Available data indicate a net worth well in excess of $100 million." Source: http://www.fastcompany.com/node/60067/print

3) Al Gore part 2: So Al, tell the people why you're such a staunch environmentalist. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8spRiNtfJA

4) NBC Television Network... Remember when NBC "went green" and they did stupid crap like turn off the lights in the studio to save carbon emissions and to raise public awareness about global warming... They did that out of the goodness of their hearts right? Yeah, I think NBC's website says it best:

"In 1986, RCA was purchased by General Electric, which today wholly owns and operates NBC."

Now, I could be way off base here, but isn't GE's whole business strategy "green" now? Uh, they make CFLs... Here's some key product descriptions I picked off the GE website:
"An Earth-Friendly Gas Turbine" (For Oil & Gas drilling rigs)
"GE offers nearly 400 products — from refrigerators to cooking appliances to dryers — that meet ENERGY STAR® standards."
"More Power. Less Fuel. Fewer Emissions. The GE90." (Description of Jet Engine)

You know what, I'll just summarize it using GE's own new business slogan: "GE ECO-magination"

They must loose money on all these "green" products that people HAVE to buy to "save the planet" right?

5) Cap & Trade for carbon emissions? That's worth $150,000,000,000.00 a year to the federal coffers. Source: http://money.cnn.com/2008/05/14/news/economy/climate_change_bill.fortune/

6) While we're at it, lets examine those evil "profits" that all the big, bad, oil companies use to buy puppets like Glenn Beck... Well according to Forbes...

Chevron: Net Profit Margin (Total Operations) 8.4%

ConocoPhillips: Net Profit Margin (Total Operations) 7.6%

Marathon: Net Profit Margin (Total Operations) 5.6%

Sunoco Oil: Net Profit Margin (Total Operations) 2.5%

So now that we have an oil company baseline let's look at the good hearted people at GE that care not about money, only the environment...

General Electric: Net Profit Margin (Total Operations) 12.0%

So yeah, how's that following the money look to you?

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