It’s amusing to me to watch Glenn Beck, who is nearly always wrong about virtually everything, pretend to be a prophet and repeatedly declare his predictions to have come true when they didn’t. Now, for example, he’s claiming that he predicted the confirmed Ebola patient in Texas just last week.
Yesterday, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that someone who had recently flown from Liberia to Dallas has been diagnosed with the disease and is now in quarantine.
So naturally, Beck is now taking a victory lap, declaring on his radio program that his warning has been proven correct.
Fuming that he had been mocked for his warning, Beck wanted to know “how many times do you have to be right” before people will listen to you, insisting that other than the infected patient having come from Liberia and not Nigeria, “everything else I had right.”
Beck then warned his audience, utterly without irony, to “stop listening to people who are telling you things that continue to be wrong.”
But let’s set the wayback machine for last week and see what he actually said:
Citing fears that the Ebola virus could mutate into an airborne respiratory virus that could be passed by a cough or a sneeze, Beck then connected that to a “tip” he received from one of his The Blaze readers, who informed him that Texas is facing a shortage of prison guards and is therefore bringing in workers from Nigeria to fill those positions, which has reportedly been going on for years.“There is this weird twist that nobody seems to be talking [about],” Beck said. “The only thing we know about Nigeria is that … Ebola is breaking out! So we’re hiring people from Nigeria who are going back and forth to their country. Does that really seem like a good policy, for a number of reasons? And again, what pops out is Ebola!”
So let’s compare his actual claims to reality:
1. Ebola is going to go airborne. (FAlSE)
2. Ebola is going to spread in the US by Nigerian prison guards being brought here for work. (FALSE; the man is Liberian, not a prison guard and did not come here for work)
It was pretty much inevitable that someone from a West African country was going to make it to the United States without knowing they were infected with Ebola (the virus does have a three week incubation period, after all). That’s why the CDC and hospitals around the country have been preparing for such an eventuality.
And just for fun, Right Wing Watch has a rundown of some of Beck’s more ridiculous predictions that didn’t come true. Hey, whatever happened to that Saudi guy that Beck claimed was a terrorist and that he was going to prove it if the government didn’t come clean? Oh yeah, he was totally innocent, Beck didn’t have any evidence and the man is now suing him for defamation. If he was a Biblical prophet, he’d have been stoned to death by now.