Beck Pretends to Have Another Confirmed Prophecy

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.

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  • raven

    Who got it right was the CDC.

    They’ve been saying for months that a few cases of Ebola would make it to the USA.

    They didn’t base it on an email from god either. It was just simple reasoning and our experience from previous outbreaks of emerging diseases.

  • dingojack

    “Beck wanted to know “how many times do you have to be right” before people will listen to you,…”

    At least once, Mr Bek.

    Dingo

  • raven

    OT but related.

    1. I haven’t seen many people panicking. Most people look at Ebola as a novelty and learning experience but worth keeping an eye on.

    2. I have seen a few people panicking though. Literally shaking in their boots, flip flops, or athletic shoes. They are all low education types who watch Fox NoNews.

    3. Budgets for the NIH and especially the CDC have been falling for years in buying power. The CDC alone is down 10% in the last few years.

    It is starting to show.

    4. Just about everyone has been dropping the ball big time on Ebola. Obama, the NIH, the CDC, The UN/WHO, and lately that hospital in Texas which failed in numerous ways. It’s probably going to keep happening.

    The only ones who didn’t were the docs on the ground in West Africa, who started asking for help 6 months ago. They knew there was going to be a problem. Some of those docs are now dead from…Ebola.

  • raven

    Beck Pretends to Have Another Confirmed Prophecy

    This is how prophecy always works. Just make it retroactive. Never fails.

    I predict Obama will be the president starting in 2009 right at the start of a Great Recession.

  • Morgan

    “The only thing we know about Nigeria is that … Ebola is breaking out!”

    I’d almost believe that’s all Glenn Beck knows about Nigeria, except it strains credulity that he hasn’t heard of Boko Haram.

    It’s the seventh most populous country in the world, jackass. Admitting to near-total ignorance of it isn’t a badge of pride.

  • Trebuchet

    I’d almost believe that’s all Glenn Beck knows about Nigeria, except it strains credulity that he hasn’t heard of Boko Haram.

    It’s the seventh most populous country in the world, jackass. Admitting to near-total ignorance of it isn’t a badge of pride.

    It starts with “Nig…” That’s all he and his listeners need to know.

  • John Pieret

    Hey! He got Texas right and that it would originate somewhere over in Africa too! So what if he had a 1 in 50 chance of the state being right and a 1 in 1 chance of it originating in Africa? It’s better than Rick Wiles has ever done!

  • raven

    “The only thing we know about Nigeria is that … Ebola is breaking out!”

    And ending.

    Both Nigeria and Senegal have had cases of Ebola. And it looks like they have stopped them.

    One hopes that Texas is also equally as successful.

  • Doubting Thomas

    What about these Liberian prison guards Texas is bringing in? Really?

  • lorn

    “how many times do you have to be right”

    Once, would be a a start … and a novelty.