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Yes, he's nuts No, just a bad day
Debate Score:96
Arguments:48
Total Votes:102
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Is Glen Beck crazy?

Well, I was on the interwebs, and I found this recording of Glen Beck flipping out on someone who disagreed with him about healthcare and it made me think... well see for yourself:

                                                              The Phone Call                                           The Remix

Yes, he's nuts

Side Score: 58
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No, just a bad day

Side Score: 38

I think Glenn Beck is Rush Limbaugh's inbred cousin disguised as a faux newsman. He is stark raving mad and the way he treats his guests is deplorable. He must have a messiah complex the way he went on about that little girl...as though he could help in any way! Doesn't it occur to him that if people are getting killed by just bringing the incident up there's something wrong with the picture and that it's more than a little kid being kidnapped? He's so dumb it sits on him like a halo.

Side: Yes, he's nuts
3 points

I don't know how many times I've said he's crazy on this site, but it's nice to be validated.

Anyway, to those who say "no just a bad day," apparently he has a lot of bad days, like all of them I guess.

Side: Yes, he's nuts
3 points

He lost my respect when he was talking about different things Obama was doing to try and help minority groups, and GB said, "what more do these people want? Wasn't the Civil War enough"? WHA???? DID he just say that?? REALLY? And then a few days later when he said Obama hates white people. Geez, yeah, he's nuts...and an a$$hole

Side: Yes, he's nuts
1 point

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HWKzobeya4

Him crying on air... this guy has issues

Side: Yes, he's nuts
MKIced(2511) Disputed
2 points

Oh no! How dare he get emotional over something near and dear to his heart! What a crazy person. I know I've NEVER gotten emotional over something that meant a lot to me that I couldn't do anymore.

(Try to get a sense of a little sarcasm there)

Side: No, just a bad day
Spoonerism(831) Disputed
4 points

Sarcasm duly noted ;-)

But seriously, he's not just getting a little emotional over something. The man is SO self-absorbed. He believes it is his duty/mission/etc. to "save the world" by leading his followers to believe what he tells them to. That's pretty insane by most standards (unless you're Jesus).

Side: Yes, he's nuts
1 point

I've long known that Glenn Beck is insane...and not in a good way.

But hey, at least he's entertaining!

Side: Yes, he's nuts
1 point

He's not crazy for flipping out. Everyone does that sometimes.

He is crazy for thinking that his points of view are right, and neither reason nor fact can effect them. The last thing this man needs is a tv show to compliment and intensify his Messiah Complex.

The difference between Glen Beck and my Anderson Cooper is not only monumental, it's epic!

Side: Yes, he's nuts
ThePyg(6737) Disputed
2 points

Well, Anderson Cooper considers himself a reporter and not a pundit, yet calls the protesters tea baggers.

I've never heard Beck use a derogatory term like teabagger. I mean, not only is it a very crude term, but it's unnecessary in every way.

I actually used to like AC. But the problem is that he's a pundit without admitting that he is one.

Side: No, just a bad day
3 points

Seriously? "Get off my phone, you little pinhead" isn't a derogatory term? Unnecessary much? That's the very soundbyte that's in the description....We're all sitting here watching Glenn Beck hang his head out the bus window on the way to crazy town, and you don't see him being extremely derogatory and unnecessary?

Not to mention, is "teabagger" really derogatory?...Don't they call themselves teabaggers?

Supporting Evidence: Cavuto (FOX News)- 'Score one for the teabaggers' (www.foxnews.com)
Side: Yes, he's nuts
Cerin(203) Disputed
1 point

You must have missed the show where Beck called Obama a Nazi and a racist...

Side: Yes, he's nuts
1 point

I'm sorry, but since when is it a good idea ever to hire a comedian, for a news program.

Side: Yes, he's nuts
1 point

Since Jon Stewart was voted the most trusted name in news :)

Side: Yes, he's nuts
1 point

Although I never met him, Probably yes. I saw on youtube him screaming like crazy at someone!

Side: Yes, he's nuts
1 point

Yea, sure, he's a little crazy...but at least he's entertaining..

I rather see someone, uhm, "passionate" about what they believe...really, really, really passionate...than someone who simply soaks up an idea and accepts it (I'm speaking of him as a political advocate/voter/person rather than a political reporter, of course)

I say if he wants to be crazy, let the man be crazy...!

Side: Yes, he's nuts
1 point

Yes, but by being crazy what he is doing is fanning the flames of public outrage that tend to be based on unfounded fears (a.k.a. death panels). I would understand if he was just a normal person, but he is a public figure who is heard by millions and therefore has a responsibility to not merely be crazy, but instead base his views on rationale arguments.

He is actually hurting our ability as a nation to have a real debate on the issue by arguing with emotion rather than logic. Have you seen the videos of people who stand up in town hall meetings and shout stuff? Why do you think people are acting this way? Because they are being scared by people like Beck who act crazy and talk about how America is going to collapse if this healthcare bill passes. That's not how a democracy should work, and Beck should be ashamed of himself for contributing the way he does.

If he disagrees, great, but talk about why and not just using meaningless accusations like "this isn't the America I grew up in."

Side: Yes, he's nuts
repubgal(336) Disputed
1 point

So you're trying to imply that all public figures should be held accountable for their "craziness"??

Are you trying to tell me this is strictly a conservative "issue"?

You're worried about misunderstandings, but don't these occur on both sides??

What about even the comedy side of this...I'm most certain that the same people believing in what Glen Beck says all the time might just be buying in to the comedy acts of Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart...Absurd? No, not if we are speaking of weak minded people...Let's prosecute everyone who tries to present the truth in their own opinion, or even with satire, don't stop there...Let's just write off everyone who attempts to contribute to the world of politics, but some people disagree with...He doesn't claim that what he says is fact, but just a very strong opinion

I am most certain this is not the America Beck grew up in, we aren't the same country we were 20 so-years ago...

Side: No, just a bad day
0 points

He really does make Libertarians look like idiots, similar to how Rush Limbaugh makes Republicans look like idiots.

Side: Yes, he's nuts
2 points

Haven't we all had bad days where we flip out? If it was on tape I'm sure someone could put it in remix and make you look real crazy!

Goes to show how powerful technology is.

I saw the 1st video but not the remix one because youtube is being super slow. But I'm sure it's funny.

I do admit though, he is different.

Side: No, just a bad day
DEL681651(70) Disputed
3 points

Try finding a BBC reporter crying on the air or flipping out on a guest. Or any non-crazy reporter.

Side: Yes, he's nuts
xaeon(1093) Disputed
4 points

Whilst I totally understand the point you're making (and totally agree with it - no one does actual news like the BBC), I feel I just had to post this.

BBC Reporter - Going Mad At Scientologists
Side: Yes, he's nuts
ledhead818(638) Disputed
3 points

That just shows how incredibly partisan and biased you are. Try learning to be objective some day. Glenn Beck is an asshole. From the start of the call he was incredibly rude to the woman. Other than Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh I have never seen any reporter, and I use the term very loosely, act that way toward a guest. You just don't do that. It is completely uncalled for. That is not an acceptable way to treat guests. If it was the most liberal host in the world, I would still find it disgusting, and so would you.

Side: Yes, he's nuts
2 points

Actually, I fuckin' love this. I hate it when morons (like that lady) say stupid shit like that and NO ONE catches them on it.

I don't know, maybe it's the misanthropy kicking in, but I seem to like Beck more and more (despite the fact that I disagree with him in the big picture points) because of shit like this. Total morons who raid and just cause butt hurt finally getting a bootfull of ass kicking. Only on Beck.

Say all you want, but I probably would have hunted down the bitch and ear raped her with facts for the whole day.

Side: No, just a bad day
Cerin(203) Disputed
2 points

I actually kind of agree with you. I think Beck's a douchebag, but the woman clearly didn't have her facts straight. However, spinning off the handle like that doesn't reflect well on him either. He's supposed to be a professional adult. Not someone who goes into a berserker rage whenever someone disagrees with him.

Side: Yes, he's nuts
Spoonerism(831) Disputed
1 point

I don't recall hearing him reciting any facts. He mentioned a few general statements, but nothing that could actually be counted as a fact, in terms of being something one could research that could be defintively true or false. For example, had he named names of foreign leaders, rather than just titles, he may have had a point, but as it is, not so much.

Side: Yes, he's nuts

Im with you there...I think it's hilarious how he's two seconds removed from going completely coo-coo bananas, and follows it up with "Buy my book that teaches you how to argue with logic and reason..."

Side: Yes, he's nuts
ThePyg(6737) Disputed
2 points

He was actually upset with the fact that he gets the same kind of people ALL THE TIME. He constantly explains shit like that on his program. The problem is that people who never watch or listen to him call in randomly (organized raids from MediaMatters, MoveOn and DailyKos) with these arguments that he has refuted again and again in the past.

He just got fed up with it. I completely understand. The problem is that I get the same argument from the same people a lot of the time (different issues of course, I focus more on social and historical issues, not economics or health care).

Side: No, just a bad day
2 points

I can't stop watching the remix it's so freaking funny! I think we can all agree on that?

Side: No, just a bad day

It's really hard to always keep your cool when dealing with stupid people ;)

Side: No, just a bad day

I know what you mean. The lady did a pretty good job of it though.

Side: No, just a bad day

Oh please, don't tell me you're one of those national healthcare nuts ;)

Side: No, just a bad day