Various conservative media figures have attacked Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA) for his recent appearances on ABC's Good Morning America and This Week, in which Murtha addressed the alleged murder of Iraqi civilians by U.S. Marines at the Iraqi town of Haditha. Fox News hosts Bill O'Reilly and Neil Cavuto, among others, accused Murtha of "bomb-throwing" and "bashing" the military. In fact, Murtha, who had been briefed on the matter, limited his criticisms to those allegedly involved in the incident and the reported cover-up.
CNN Headline News' Glenn Beck appeared to question studies showing that global temperatures have increased by 0.6 degrees Celsius by falsely claiming that annual temperatures in the United States have remained "pretty much flat." In fact, NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies has documented a rise in temperatures in the United States comparable to the global increase. Beck's apparent doubt about whether human beings are responsible for global climate change is contradicted by the scientific consensus on the subject.
On his CNN Headline News show, Glenn Beck played an excerpt of a graduation speech by New School University graduate Jean Rohe, in which she asserted that Sen. John McCain's selection as keynote speaker "was a top-down decision that did not take into account the desires and interests of the student body." While the excerpt was playing, Beck rolled his eyes, then turned his back to the screen before covering his ears and shouting: "Jean! Jean! ... Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! I can't take her!"
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On the May 11 edition of his nationally syndicated radio program, when asked for his views on "[b]lowing up Iran," CNN Headline News host Glenn Beck answered, "I say we nuke the bastards." Beck continued: "In fact, it doesn't have to be Iran, it can be everywhere, anyplace that disagrees with me."
On his CNN Headline News show, Glenn Beck acknowledged that his May 9 assertion that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "sounded ... a lot like Michael Moore" in a letter to President Bush was "unfortunate" and "probably wrong."
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On the May 10 edition of his CNN Headline News program, Glenn Beck continued to subject CNN Headline News Prime News anchor Erica Hill to sexually suggestive comments. Beck also baselessly suggested that Iran might "already" possess nuclear weapons, and declared that his program is "not a news show," raising the question of why it airs on CNN Headline News.
Glenn Beck devoted the opening monologue of his CNN Headline News show and first guest interview to an attack on illegal immigrants, suggesting that they are "try[ing] to conquer our culture." Later, Beck said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "sounded ... a lot like Michael Moore" in a letter to President Bush and suggested that an appropriate punishment for convicted 9-11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui would be having sexual relations with syndicated columnist Helen Thomas and actress Bea Arthur, "with David Hasselhoff singing." Finally, Beck again complimented CNN Headline News anchor Erica Hill's physical appearance.
On his radio show, Glenn Beck disclosed that he had referred to Saudi Arabian "dirtbags" during an appearance on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360. According to Beck, the network subsequently edited out his remarks.
On the May 8 premiere of his CNN Headline News show, Glenn Beck devoted a segment to misrepresenting and attacking a University of California-Berkeley study for finding that children with more positive personality traits tend to develop more liberal political leanings, while children with negative personality traits more often develop conservative views. Beck also mocked one guest, author Eric Schlosser, and subjected another -- CNN Headline News anchor Erica Hill -- to a number of sexually suggestive comments.
CNN's Anderson Cooper interviewed Glenn Beck to discuss immigration. Even though Beck asserted during the interview that he has "no problem with immigrants coming in" to the United States, Cooper neither noted nor asked Beck about recent comments he made regarding illegal immigrants, Mexicans, and Mexico.
On the May 5 edition of his radio program, Glenn Beck aired a mock commercial for a fictional amusement park called "Cinco de Flag," that touted rides such as the "tractor-trailer run," in which "[w]e simulate an 18-wheeler full of illegal immigrants trying to cross the border when the INS breaks in."
During an interview on CNN Headline News' Nancy Grace, right-wing radio host and new Headline News hire Glenn Beck said of himself, "I like to say I'm a work in progress, a recovering scumbag."
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Newly hired CNN commentator Glenn Beck said a caller was "exactly right" in predicting that "the left" would make convicted September 11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui a "celebrity," because Moussaoui was sentenced to life in prison rather than to death. Later in the show, Beck declared: "[I]n 30 years, I think this guy [Moussaoui] could become the next [Stanley] 'Tookie' Williams."
New CNN Headline News hire Glenn Beck defended with falsehoods his September 9, 2005, on-air statement that "when I see a 9-11 victim family on TV or whatever, I'm just like, 'Oh, shut up!' I'm just so sick of them because they're always complaining." Beck claimed that he was merely drawing an analogy between the 9-11 families "complaining on television" and the looters in New Orleans "that are stealing the televisions" because both groups are "trying to benefit from the tragedy." In fact, Beck did not specifically criticize looters in his 2005 remarks but, rather, referred to "those who were left in New Orleans, or who decided to stay" as "scumbags."