Dear CNN Headline News:
On the October 22 edition of his nationally syndicated radio program, host Glenn Beck stated, “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 today.”
Beck’s comment came as more than a dozen uncontained wildfires raged across Southern California, threatening thousands of structures, scorching nearly 425 square miles and forcing more than 300,000 people to flee homes from San Diego to Malibu to Lake Arrowhead.
It is unconscionable that Mr. Beck would exploit this national tragedy for a partisan political attack.
It is inconceivable that CNN Headline News would continue to allow Mr. Beck air time after his unfounded, insensitive comment.
I urge you to force a public retraction and apology from Mr. Beck and, if that’s not forthcoming, to suspend or fire him. I will also register my concerns with Mr. Beck’s advertisers (legalzoom.com, gotomypc.com and rainx.com among them) and suggest they reconsider their sponsorship.