Glenn Beck: Wolf Blitzer’s Conversation with an Atheist Was a Setup

Glenn Beck, the professional conspiracy theorist, said on his show last night that Wolf Blitzer‘s conversation with Oklahoman Rebecca Vitsmun was pre-planned by a producer clearly sympathetic to atheists:

Sure… and while we’re at it, the tornado was all part of the environmentalists’ plan to make God look evil, right?

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    Glenn Beck says something seems “weird” to him? …? …?

    • MsCrabass

      Yes, he seems uncharacteristically suspicious.

    • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

      Exactly, a normal person giving a simple answer to a straight forward question is bizarre in his world. Now, if Wolf Blitzer asked if she blamed Obamacare for causing the storm and her answer was to scream “Hitler” over and over, then that would be normal in little Glens world.

  • KMR

    Glen is right in that it was an extremely awkward question. I guess Blitzer could have known she was an atheist and told to ask the question in order to get her to out herself for the sole purpose of crushing stereotypes. I would think it would be to start a controversary but whatever. Glad Glenn has a more upbeat theory although I’m sure he finds it anything but since he mentions the good ‘ol fight against the demon world in the next breath. Either way it’s a pretty douchebag thing to do to an unsuspecting person who had just survived a pretty horrific event. However, it could also be the most obvious explanation in that Mr. Blitzer is a crappy journalist who assumes that everyone is Christian and wants to tell the world how glad they are that God spared them and killed the person next door instead. Hard to tell.

    • MsCrabass

      He was criticized all over the FB atheist community for his earlier comments to the victims by always mentioning “the Lord”. I’m sure that got around to his people fast and he’s saving face.

  • Rain

    He’s actually way more successful than PT Barnum, but he will not stand the test of time like PT will. Kind of like Beethoven vs. Katy Perry. One is way more successful than the other but will be forgotten in 100 years. Yes, it’s an unfair comparison since Beck is obviously a complete joke and a blatant con artist, whereas Katy Perry has very big songs.

  • Roger Peritone

    Looks like some loons (Alex Jones) are already saying that the tornadoes are a gov’t conspiracy.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

      I think Alex Jones makes this shit up just for the money. I doubt he truly believes what he spews but sadly millions do.

      • ortcutt

        He seems like a bona fide loon to me. There doesn’t seem to be any artifice in it.

        • Matt

          I think his lunacy is more of the sociopathy type than thwe out and out crazy type. I’m with Kevin in thinking that he comes up with this shit, specifically to rile up the crazies and make money. He seems to have no concern for any human life whatsoever. A very scary man.

      • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

        I don’t know about Jones, but I’m quite sure that there are other people who believe every word. I had one as a FB ‘friend’ for a while. Ab-so-lute-ly batshit.

    • decathelite

      So the government can control the weather to strategically kill the people it needs to,, and yet Alex Jones is still alive. Alex Jones is the false flag, people! Study it out!

  • A3Kr0n

    I had the same conclusion Glen had. The question did seem a little strange sounding, like he already knew the answer. Even so, this is probably the first time in history an atheist spoke up like that during an interview after a disaster.

    • ortcutt

      He expected to get the default answer, “Oh, Wolf, I’m so thankful to The Lord.” But he didn’t. So then he tried again. That’s the only thing that was weird about it. She violated the script for disaster reporting and WolfBot 3000 couldn’t compute.

    • Gus Snarp

      How much of Wolf Blitzer interviewing people have you watched? He’s incredibly awkward when talking to ordinary human beings.

  • Sven2547

    It’s a strange culture, the American far-right.
    Everything is either God’s will, or an organized plot by the people who want to thwart God’s will.
    They’re fighting an imaginary war, and everybody’s paying for it.

    • http://twitter.com/ThyGoddess Michelle

      Really…Why can’t God stop people who wants to thwart his will of sending huge deadly tornadoes? Is he lazy? But then again he made himself so much work, sending that tornado there to kill some people (including children) because of some gay athlete and then telling an atheist to get out of her house…. So she can thwart him on TV? Confusing guy I tell ya.

      • The Other Weirdo

        God moves in mysterious ways. Who can understand the ways of God? God’s ways are a mystery, except when he happens to hate the same things we hate. Then… “Let me tell you about God’s will in this matter and what He wants me to do about it.”

      • JET

        Sorry, but the tornado was not god’s will. Alex Jones (the undisputed KING of conspiracy theories) says that it was a government “weather weapon.” Didn’t you see the planes flying around right before it happened? No? Well, they were there… Coincidence? Crazy Alex thinks not…

        • JET

          Oops… already covered in another post. Sorry.

      • jdm8

        The supernatural using very normal natural disasters to do its will?

        The believers need something better, like a blizzard in the Amazon, a major earthquake away from the known fault systems, something like that. A devastating tornado in tornado alley is a tragedy, but not a sign from god that the gays are ruining things for him. If that’s the case, then what of California? Oklahoma is one of the Jesus capitals of the US. If God’s trying to punish the wicked, then he has terrible aim.

        • Derrik Pates

          There must be a whole lot of gay aliens on Jupiter, what with that huge, never-ending storm on the planet and all.

    • LesterBallard

      My concern is if/when it stops being an imaginary war.

  • McAtheist

    “…in the middle of the heartland where most people are god fearing…” no shit! Especially if you believe a god sends tornadoes.

  • von flue choke

    Can’t believe I actually agree with Glen on this one. Terrible akward question either way.

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    The problem with Glen’s take isn’t whether or not the question was set up by anyone, but that it was part of some spiritual warfare.

    I’d really like to see him say that to the one atheist he seems to have some respect for- Penn Jillette.

  • Tim D.

    Hemant, if you only knew….there are people who legitimately DO believe that the Tornado was the work of the US government, to — get this — distract the public from Benghazi and the IRS “scandal.”

    Stupidity knows no bounds, even outside of religious circles, it seems….

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    I demand a Congressional investigation! (Take a number for better service. The line for Congressional investigations of scandals and conspiracies starts waaaay dowwwn therrrre.) We must get to the bottom of this! Wolf Blitzer and The People’s Liberal Media Army are helping to promote the Atheist Agenda®. They’re trying to strike a death blow in the Heartland of America! Scattering atheists in strategic spots in Oklahoma will attract more of God’s wrath, and considering that He’s the worst shot in the universe, many good Christians will be killed!

    • Octoberfurst

      So true Richard! I’m convinced that God knew that the evil liberals were planting atheists into Godly states like Oklahoma to undermine the morals of those saintly citizens so he did what he always does—he sent a killer storm to kill people! Oh sure, it was mostly Christians who were effected by the devastation but, as you pointed out, God is a lousy shot. But hey, it taught those liberals a lesson right? Right?

  • Octoberfurst

    Glenn Beck–leader of the tin-foil hat brigade where EVERYTHING that happens is part of a conspiracy by the government. Ouch I just stubbed my toe!! Damn you Obama! Why do you keep messing with me?

    • sware73

      Damn those stealthy end table legs!

    • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

      The problem with government conspiracy theories is that they require a level of competence and secrecy that have never yet been demonstrated to exist.

  • DougI

    Beck is merely a well paid internet troll. It’s sad that those in the media actually pay attention to this loon. Find a homeless guy with schizophrenia raving on a street corner, put him in a suit and now you have the next Glenn Beck.

  • Solarcide

    “We are not fighting flesh and bone! We are fighting the forces of spiritual darkness!”

    I wonder why this was edited into the end of his monologue. Was it the natural conclusion of what he was saying, or was it taken out of context? That’s the problem with getting a video from a propaganda site, no matter which “side” it leans towards.

  • mikespeir

    I think it should be okay to ignore this guy now.

  • ravenlynne

    She should have mentioned something to Wolf about “thanking God” that he killed kids in a school instead of her. It’s ridiculous. Because that is basically the same thing.

  • Gus Snarp

    It truly damages my faith in humanity that so many people around the world are struggling to get by while idiots like Beck can make millions convincing unstable people and ordinary retirees of the most deranged conspiracies, making the world a demonstrably worse place.

    It at least explains why they’re so adamant about a completely hands off, unregulated free market economy with absolutely no public broadcasting funding: because it leads inexorably to a race to the bottom in media that allows them to get rich simply by spewing nonsense without doing any real work.

  • Paul Reed

    What if?

  • AxeGrrl

    Glenn Beck still has a microphone somewhere?

    Yeeeesh.

  • Oswald

    I’m surprise Beck didn’t speculate that the atheist woman was clearly harvesting a baby she found, orphaned after the disaster.

  • Guest

    Glenn Beck needs to be restrained, sedated and submitted for observations. The term “bat shit crazy” comes to mind every time i hear him speak. So many stoopid people that buy into his conspiracy theories too. SMH

    • Sven2547

      I wouldn’t go that far. Having really, really stupid ideas isn’t really grounds for restraint and sedation.

      • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

        Having delusions is. Personally I think he knows it’s all bs and is just giving his audience what they want. No one that stupid or crazy could pull this off. He knows exactly what he’s doing.

  • severalspeciesof

    Wow Glenn… first you need to find an atheist… so how would that go right after a horrific event? *shouts out* “Anybody out there an atheist? Forget about looking for loved ones here or trying to figure out just what to do next, I want an atheist please… any takers?”

    Then you need to set the stage; “OK Rebecca, now, so when Wolf here asks about thanking the lord, you need to use oscar winning acting skills to convey that you’re a bit taken aback by his questioning.” *turns to Wolf* “Uh, you need to make this as awkward as possible, you got it?”

    *Steps back* “OK now, roll the tape… ACTION!!!”

    Yep, that’s the way it probably went… *rolls eyes*

  • MsCrabass

    I love how he uses the term “God-fearing”. That alone speaks volumes.

    “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
    ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Even Roosevelt believed in God but did not make it any part of his public life.

  • Pawel Samson

    Aside from the crazy religious views, Glenn Beck really reminds me of Andrew Ryan.

  • Sue Blue

    Glenn Beck still has a show? I thought he’d finally gone China Syndrome during one of his crazy on-air meltdowns and disappeared into an ever-deepening hole.

    • kaydenpat

      Unfortunately not.

  • rustygh

    The great thing is, as people like beck keep saying this type of stuff more and more people stop listening!
    He proves himself a nutjob.

  • SeekerLancer

    Rolling my eyes. Moving on.

  • Nate

    Dude, can’t you see it? It’s obvious… This was all part of an EVEN BIGGER plot set up by Glenn Beck himself… Wolf was to ask an awkward question, the woman was to reply that she’s an “atheist,” and then Beck was to blow the cover off of the whole thing, thus perpetuating his conspiracy theory. This is brilliant TV!


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