The Year in Failed Glenn Beck Predictions

Glenn Beck is constantly telling his audience that he predicted everything that happens. He gets away with it because his audience is credulous and has a strong desire to believe him. Thankfully, Right Wing Watch actually tracks what he says so it can be checked. This one seems particularly amusing right now:

After predicting that the Ebola virus would become airborne and be brought into the United States by Nigerian prison workers, Beck then spent a week in October completely freaking out after a handful of American healthcare workers contracted the disease, warning that it could spell the end for this nation and telling his audience not the listen to anything the government says. Instead, Beck called upon millions of Americans to march on Washington demanding a ban on travel from West African nations, screaming that failure to do so was “literally going to be the death of us all.”

And then what happened? Nothing. It wasn’t the death of any of us (us being Americans; one Liberian man did die after coming here), much less all of us. Ebola didn’t become airborne. And Beck just moved on to the next object of his hyperbole and declared himself a prophet a few more times.


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  • U Frood

    Throw enough predictions at the wall and something’s bound to stick.

    Beck should take a page from the Bible and word more of his predictions so they’re open ended. Then when someone points out that a prophecy didn’t come true he can say, it didn’t come true YET.

  • blf

    Mr Feckingmad is completely correct. The “problem” is USAlienstanis are too stoopid to realize they are dead, and have no idea how to lurch around as zombies or ______(insert favourite cheap shot here, “Texan” is the default)_____.

  • dingojack

    Yes when Ebola goes airbourne (I’m assuming he means droplet spread or some such) the best thing you can do is all congregate together in a large crowd in mid-autumn, coughing and sneezing all over each other — brilliant!

    @@ Dingo

  • ArtK

    Ed, Ed, Ed… you really don’t understand how this works. Beck was absolutely, 100% correct about Ebola. It’s just that God changed His mind at the last minute when all of the Good Christians prayed that he would spare them. Since His aim is notoriously bad, He decided to forgo the entire operation, rather than try to hit the bad people and save the good ones.

  • blf

    Ebola goes airbourne (I’m assuming he means droplet spread or some such)

    Mr Feckingmad very probably has no idea what airbourne means. Whilst droplet spread is considered “airborne”, so is spreading via dust contamination and the like, and airborne diseases (typically?) remain viable for a considerable period of time. Whilst sneezing or coughing might spread Ebola, that has never(?) been shown / documented, and the virus is known to expire very rapidly outside the host.

  • Michael Heath

    Here’s the biggest root cause defect we suffer from when observing a guy like Glenn Beck. Even if his fans abandon him given his behavior, those same fans, and others like them, will not consider why they were conned by him and adapt their thinking accordingly. If they did, religion and authoritarian political ideologies would have gone extinct decades if not centuries ago.

  • John Pieret

    Well, in a sense he had one prediction right … his audience did not listen to anything the government said and wound up freaking out about Ebola as much, if not more so, that Blech himself.

  • busterggi

    Beck’s predictions have gotten worse – perhaps he’s possessed by the spirit of Sylvia Brown?

  • gerryl

    Well, he was sort of right about Ebola going airborne. A handful of people with the disease were transported by plane to the US. He can always claim that is what he meant.