The business of crackpot conspiracy theorist seems to be the only industry that has seen massive gains since the economic recession of 2008. Hell, the Kenyan Socialist has made Glenn Beck $80 million, and he’s now among the richest celebrities according to Forbes. I don’t know what’s more frightening and disconcerting: Beck being a multi-millionaire or that he’s considered a “celebrity.’ Sen. Marco Rubio’s Water Bottle is more deserving and talented, but such is life in today’s upside down, planet-of-the-apes America. But the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting seems to have made crackpot conspiracy theorists a regular cottage industry, and that industry is booming.
Weeping crackpot cancer, Glenn beck, continues to speak batshit as a second language. Worse yet, his latest ravings claim to have medical facts on their side. Facts and Beck go together like John Boehner and smiling, so this should indeed be rich. Beck, who adamantly opposes gun reform in the wake of the Newtown massacre, recently said it’s a “medical fact” that video games are the “gateway drug” that lead to mass shootings.
“We are, I think, the only network that is sticking to the truth here on this one, the core of why so many kids and others like them are resorting to such heinous acts,” Beck explained during the Thursday broadcast of his Internet-based show. (Raw Story)
Perhaps Bubble Boy (literally now) meant to say that his network is the only one that leads to making already mentally unstable, societal failures even crazier and more prone to violence?
Hilariously enough, Beck went on to erroneously claim that CBS News deliberately “disappeared” one of its recent reports about a “trove” of video games found in the basement of the Newtown shooter.
Here was Beck on violent video games leading to violence being a medical fact, courtesy of (Raw Story):
“Sources say Lanza spent countless hours there alone, in a private gaming room with the windows blacked out, honing his computer shooting skills,” CBS News wrote, later clarifying that Connecticut State Police had told the network that “the investigation into the motive for the Newtown shooting has not been completed and therefore any statements about the shooter’s intent are mere speculation. Lanza saw his victims as merely characters in a video game,” Beck insisted. “We have to do everything we can to make sure that the heart does not grow cold. Virtual reality is meshing now with reality, and we’re at the very beginning of this. Our sons and daughters are becoming desensitized to right and wrong. If your kid is playing these video games, you have to step up now. I beg you, pray on it if you want confirmation,” he added. “The only way we’ll survive is if we pull together as a team. Video games — for our children, not for adults — but video games are a gateway drug for our kids. And instead of a high, they get a numbness. They get an indifferent heart and a mind that cannot tell the difference between fiction and reality. This is medical fact. This is not crazy theory.”
Naturally, Beck misrepresented most of the CBS Report.
In fact, a 2002 study conducted by the U.S. Secret Service found that only “12 percent of school shooters had an interest in violent video games.” Further, thirty-seven percent “exhibited an interest in violence in their own writings, such as poems, essays or journal entries,” according to the study.
Personally, all video games appear to do is make morbidly obese children and the makers of Cheetos richer as the blame ultimately rests on the individual or the parents. And since debunking anything Beck says is like spear fishing out of a barrel, a recent ten country comparison found little to no link at all between video games and gun murders. But Beck realizes that if he’s going to remain super rich, he’s going to have to continue to out-crazy Alex Jones on the gun issue.
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