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 Californiathreatening 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.

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    • I can’t say, but I sure feel it’s important to call people out for outragous statements like this one.

      I just posted an update. We’re doing okay…thank you so, so much for asking. xo

  1. I read that quote last night and felt like blowing a gasket. I’m so sorry people such as that exist in this world and am even sorrier they’re afforded a platform.

    Still sending good, moist thoughts your way, Melodye.

  2. No, thanks, I love Glenn Beck. People are completely overreacting. This was a reference to scumbag Sean Penn and many of the other Hollywood losers whose egos are so overinflated to allow them to think they know so much about politics because they made a movie. Those who watch Beck regularly have seen him make countless pleas that those caught in these fires would be safe.

    • People are completely overreacting.

      Are you serious? How can you possibly justify a partisan political attack in the face of a tragedy like this? I see that you’re not from California, so you probably either can’t comprehend or don’t care what happens out here, but for those of us that actually live in this state, this is a very serious matter. There are tens of thousands of people in this state having to flee their homes not knowing if they’ll ever see it again. There are entire communities being burned to the ground. And you think that this is an appropriate time for petty partisan attacks? You say that he was referencing Sean Penn and other “Hollywood” losers… I say, who gives a DAMN who he was referencing when people are losing their lives and their homes. I happen to have a lot of friends who aren’t those “Hollywood losers” you have so much disdain for whose homes and lives are threatened at the moment.

      That Beck would choose this time to engage in a political attack speaks to the absolutely reprehensible and detestable character of this “man.” That you choose to defend him speaks volumes about you as well.

      And by the by… have you ever had a conversation with Sean Penn? Do you happen to know how much he actually knows about politics? No? Didn’t think so. Word to the wise, don’t believe everything you hear on Fox News… they’re not exactly a bastion of truth or honest reporting. Try thinking for yourself for a change.

      • I was waiting for someone to reply! I can’t ever give my simple opinion on LJ without someone jumping down my throat. So I will play along.

        What is your real issue here? That he was making fun of a liberal and accusing them of hating America? Because his comment really wasn’t about the fire as he has stated countless times that he has sympathy for those in CA. It was not his intent to insult those people whose lives are in danger.

        The fact that you can relate even a little bit to those Hollywood types shows how out of touch with reality you are. I stand 100% by my views. I laugh out loud when people think I’M the one who is uniformed because they’ve obviously been sucked into the liberal media’s cyclone of stupidity, like so many others who can’t think for themselves. Do you really think Fox News is the bad guy and all the other news channels are fair and unbiased??

        • I can’t ever give my simple opinion on LJ without someone jumping down my throat

          See, that’s the funny thing about putting your opinion out there where it can be viewed by others… other people might actually comment on or take issue with what you say. Funny how that works, huh? If you put something out there that can be viewed as idiotic or ridiculous, would you really expect others to remain silent? Would you rather we just pat you on the head and smile?

          My real issue? I think I stated it fairly clearly in my first response actually. But since reading comprehension doesn’t seem to be a strong suit for you, let me try again. And I will do my best to use small words so you can follow along… My issue is that while our state burns, while more than 250,000 people have been removed from their homes, while entire communities are being wiped out, Glenn Beck chose that moment to launch a partisan political attack. I could care less if he didn’t “intend” to insult the people who have already lost their lives and their homes to these fires… with such a callous remark, he did. Period. You saying that he’s expressed “sympathy” doesn’t mean a damn thing once he opened his mouth and uttered such a reprehensible remark as he did. You and those of your ilk may find Beck’s comments to be funny, but I can assure you that nobody here in California is laughing. This is not a liberal v. conservative issue… this is a humanity issue. A humanity apparently missing in Glenn Beck and in those that might condone or encourage his remarks. It’s the same as making inappropriate jokes about New Orleans when Katrina hit. Did you think that was funny too?

          The fact that you can relate even a little bit to those Hollywood types shows how out of touch with reality you are

          And when did I say that I “related” to the “Hollywood types?” Please show me where I said that? I simply asked if you’d ever had a conversation with Sean Penn to determine for yourself whether he was politically informed or not. Taking that to mean that I “relate” to him is simply a creation of your mind.

          I laugh out loud when people think I’M the one who is uniformed because they’ve obviously been sucked into the liberal media’s cyclone of stupidity,

          See, now this is really funny. That you actually think there is still such a thing as a liberal media shows that you’ve bought into the right-wing idea of our media today, hook, line and sinker. Gotta love those Republican talking-points, huh? It’s because I think for myself that I have utter disdain for our media and know that our media establishment, as it stands, is utterly worthless. And since you put it out there, the “liberal” media is long gone. The media has taken a very hard slant right. Yes, there are still outlets that are more liberal than others… the NY Times for instance, but the notion that liberalism is running rampant in today’s media is incredibly idiotic and naive. And if you truly do believe that myth, then yeah, I’d say you’re woefully uninformed and aren’t able to think for yourself.

          Is Fox News the bad guy? Yeah, but they’re far from the only one.

          • But since reading comprehension doesn’t seem to be a strong suit for you

            I’d say you’re woefully uninformed and aren’t able to think for yourself

            Why do you think you need to insult my intelligence to make a point? People can have different views from you and not be idiots. Though I have much to say to counter the veracity of your remarks, I want nothing more to do with to someone who thinks that because I express a different viewpoint, I am ignorant. In doing so, you proved yourself to be the most pathetic and ignorant of all.

          • For the Record…

            Since you’re taking your ball and going home, let me just put this out there anyway…

            Why do you think you need to insult my intelligence to make a point?

            Hmmmm… quite possibly for the same reasons you do. Allow me to quote you directly:

            The fact that you can relate even a little bit to those Hollywood types shows how out of touch with reality you are.

            And this precious little nugget:

            I laugh out loud when people think I’M the one who is uniformed because they’ve obviously been sucked into the liberal media’s cyclone of stupidity, like so many others who can’t think for themselves

            Now those aren’t exactly nice things to say, are they? And one could even interpret them as an attack on my own intelligence. What is it they say about glass houses and stones?

            Also, let me just point something else out here… You took a partial quote from me and provided no context for it, thus distorting what I’d actually said… Let me explain:

            You quoted:

            I’d say you’re woefully uninformed and aren’t able to think for yourself

            The actual quote was:

            And if you truly do believe that myth, then yeah, I’d say you’re woefully uninformed and aren’t able to think for yourself.

            The context of the conversation, you can read, was in regard to the myth of the “liberal” media. It sort of changes the meaning of what you quoted, don’t you think? Far from simply stating that you’re uninformed and unable to think for yourself, the context AND the full quote itself is vastly different from the piece of the quote you selected to be upset about.

            This isn’t a simple matter of differing views. There is a universe of difference between disagreeing and debating about something like say… a policy issue and a tragedy that has wiped out entire communities, has displaced hundreds of thousands of people and has shattered the lives of so many. And if you can’t see that, if you can’t make that distinction, then I believe that speaks more to your own character than mine.

            This isn’t a squabble over funding for some pet program. To marginalize and trivialize such an enormous tragedy the way Glenn Beck has, with the approval of folks like yourself, is what is truly pathetic and truly ignorant. It’s absolutely reprehensible and quite honestly, you should be ashamed of yourself for approving of his remarks.

          • Re: For the Record…

            Your record is a broken one, going around in circles, dearie.

            It’s absolutely reprehensible and quite honestly, you should be ashamed of yourself for approving of his remarks.

            HAHAHAHAH!! I love it! Like someone who has all the time in the world to ramble on regarding their agenda because they obviously have no other point to their life, could make me feel ashamed of myself.

            Gee, I can’t understand why you didn’t get what Glenn Beck was saying…you are obviously so intutitve.

          • Re: For the Record…

            Interesting reactions from you from beginning to end, I must say. It’s sad that you, like Glenn Beck, lack empathy and compassion for the hundreds of thousands of people whose entire worlds are in upheaval. Sad stuff indeed.

            But hey, it’s not affecting you so I guess it doesn’t matter. You have a good night now.

          • Re: For the Record…

            I have lots of friends and family in SoCal. However, they’ve been through this before. I used to live there, too. But you obviously don’t know me.

            The point is, Melodye posted her side of the story. I spoke up and posted a contrasting view, which I am allowed to do, in attempt to round out the story. The fact that you attacked ME and MY MORALS for expressing my view in a country where we’re free to do so, does a lot to depict you as one of “those handful of people who hate America”, which is perhaps why Beck’s words angered you so.

    • Strip away the politics, and you’re dealing with an insensitive comment, unjust and ill-timed (if it can be argued that there’s ever a good time for it).

      It’s been, like, forever, since people were able to buy “indulgences.” You don’t get a get-out-of-jail-free card by offsetting an egregious comment with a few kindhearted words (sincere or no, either side of that equation).

      • As insensitive as it may have been, it does not call for him to be fired. If we did that every time someone said something insensitive, nobody (from either side of the political spectrum) would be on the air. So I still think people are overreacting.

  3. No, thanks, I love Glenn Beck. People are completely overreacting. This was a reference to scumbag Sean Penn and many of the other Hollywood losers whose egos are so overinflated to allow them to think they know so much about politics because they made a movie. Those who watch Beck regularly have seen him make countless pleas that those caught in these fires would be safe.

  4. Far Right pundits see Calif. as a bastion of this and that…never mind that tragedies happen everywhere. Offensive to hear something like this as so many are fleeing their homes. Same was said of New Orleans. I’ll write CNN and the advertisers, AND keep all of you in my thoughts.

    • Glenn Beck is a far-right pundit and (I believe) he was disparaging people on his political left. He probably wasn’t aware that most of the heaviest-hit areas are conservative Republican blocs. Push aside that irony — eh, get rid of the politics altogether. No matter how you look at it, it was a horribly insensitive, incorrigible thing to say.

      Thank you for the good thoughts and for letting CNN know how you feel. xo

  5. I couldn’t agree more with you, Melodye. But sadly, this is what I expect from Glenn Beck. He’s an absolute tool. This isn’t the first time he’s said something as horrific as this and I suspect it won’t be the last. Beck is simply disgusting.

    I’ll definitely be firing off some emails today. Thanks for this post.

      • but there is in all of us a flash point, isn’t there? This one hit home.

        Oh absolutely I agree. I certainly didn’t mean to minimize what you were saying in any way. Not at all. I think this one is hitting home with a lot of us. He’s just a repugnant human being. And my emails were sent, by the way! 🙂

        Thanks, Melodye. Things are going very okay. So far, so good. I really appreciate your good thoughts.

  6. I don’t watch Glenn Beck because he annoys me. But still, I can’t believe that he would say that. It always shocks me when people say things like that about other people suffering through tragedy. Does he not get that these are real people, not just walking opinions that disagree with him?

  7. As you know, I’m more conservative than most on here. When a person makes a statement as Beck did, I have nothing but contempt for him. This is not a political problem, it’s an act of nature. It’s just like when Katrina hit New Orleans, some said Bush caused it to hit there. Beck is in the same league as those few. And he is showing his stupidity. I’ll voice my outrage to CNN as well. Conservative, liberal, to the right, to the left, it doesn’t matter as remarks of this nature does not need to be made. Pure and simple.
    Glad you and your family are ok but will continue thoughts and prayers for everyone in harms way.

  8. John Gibson, Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh… They’re All Lunatics

    And Beck: He is an arse. Did not hear these comments, Melodye. Grateful to you for pointing out their evil existence. Will follow through at once with letters to CNN and his advertisers. Why these pigs remain on the air to spout their vitriol is a mystery to me.

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