Glenn Beck: Video Game Bloggers Are "Losers"

May 5, 2008 -
Socrates, Plato, Aristotle... Morons!

N'Gai Croal, Brian Crecente, Stephen Totilo... Losers!

So sayeth Glenn Beck, anyway.

Beck exploited the popularity of the Grand Theft Auto IV phenomenon again this evening. It was Beck's second GTA IV-themed segment in the last few days.

GamePolitics readers will recall that Beck allowed Jack Thompson to smear the ESRB and several major retailers last week without once advising his CNN Headline News audience that they were listening to a lawyer facing possible disbarrment.

Dr. Cheryl Olson, co-author of Grand Theft Childhood was Beck's guest this time. She was quite reasonable, but Beck made faces during certain parts of her commentary.

The highlight of the segment came when Beck played the role of the martyr:
I will tell you that all these video gamers... they're bloggers, as well as video gamers - they're writing all kinds of stuff about me [that] I'm the enemy now of video gamers. I could care less about video games. Video game bloggers? They're losers...

UPDATE: Mark Methenitis, an attorney who pens the excellent Law of the Game blog, has written an open letter to Glenn Beck regarding Jack Thompson's appearance.


I kind of thought Glenn Beck was an alright guy. He gave Ron Paul the time of day when no one else would and I thought that was pretty cool. Of course it was for ratings though, he was just taking advantage of Ron Paul's popularity at the time. Same thing is happening with GTA IV. Its hot news and thats exactly what these "news" programs are. I mean his show is trying to bring you some sort of news or at least enlighten you about what is going on in the world of current events. Of course televised news is only used to get a quick, intense, and superficial interest from the viewers on topics they view as important. And instead of presenting facts they present opinions so it turns from being informative to being persuasive and in many cases purely entertainment value. Which would explain why many of these supposed informative talk shows such as the one Glenn Beck has will consider 'The Daily Show' and 'The Colbert Report' to be competition.

To wrap up my little rant I believe Glenn Beck is a joke. Not that I'm comparing him to other news programs but I am comparing him to the very idea of having an informative news talk show program and also to a decent human being. Both of the things I'm comparing him to he tends to not match up closely. I don't really think these things I say are a result of me just disagreeing with the man but rather the because I think he is a 'loser' himself.

To put it in nice little package that both makes me happy and nicely sums up this entire post here is a message for Glenn Beck: “You’re an ignorant douche and your show sucks.”

Tell you what Glenn, I will take the label as a 'loser'. But at least I'm not arrogant, ignorant, unenlightened and dishonest. All of which you ARE for pretending you know anything about this topic.

Wow, I would have expected this from Fox News, but CNN?

Seriously Glenn no one watches you on that sorry excuse for a network, I could post a myspace bulletin and get higher ratings than anything on CNNHN.

Also didn't KSTE cancel your ass?

My question is this:

Where the hell was his coverage on Video games when Halo 3 was released and broke all sales records?

The answer is simple, it only had violence and language, it didn't have sexual themes in the game at all, talk about a double standard.

@Deadly Cyclone

"Wow, I would have expected this from Fox News, but CNN?"

Every village has its share idiot(s), I guess.

Bah. We need an edit button.

"Every village has its share of idiot(s), I guess"

Glenn Beck is not only a lvl 80 Hypocrit, he also has all purple gear and macros and UIs set up to be the most efficient hypocrit possible. You can find him LFG, searching for Loudmouths and Irresponsible Reporters.

The best thing you can say about him is that he isn't calling Obama "Huissien Obama" or bringing up his pastor constantly.

Thefremen - I HATE when people talk about Obama that way. I'm openly against Obama, Clinton and McCain but at least I find legitimate reasons to dislike them as politicians. Honestly, sinking so low to bringing up Obama's insane pastor and poking fun at his name? It is honestly foolish and I am surprised at how frequently I hear both the Huissien Obama comment and also comments about his pastor. Its the thing people fall back on when they don't know what they are talking about.

But praising him for those things is kind of like saying "Well he stinks like ass, but at lease he doesn't stink like a horse's ass."

Why are we amazed at Mr. Beck performance? After all, if he were on Fox 'news', he would just be one of the mindless idiots, babbling and drooling about those damn violent video games. But, because he's on a real news network that has this thing called JOURNALISM, we take notice. Why? Cus he's not a journalist nor professional. He's just a loser in a suit.

He's no Wolf Blitzer, nor Walter Cronkite.

CNN wanted in on some of the sensualism dollars that Fox 'news' rakes in. So they hire Glenn Beck to talk his mouth off like an imbecile. Why? Because your watching CNN and not Fox 'news'. Why is that important? Cus of the commerials!

If we want to watch Journalist show their professionalism, then, shut Mr. Beck off.

Who the hell is this Beck guy anyways? Seriously? Who the hell cares what he thinks? He's entitled to his ignorant opinion, since he's the the real loser, losing out on life...

Didn't CNN hire Glen Beck as a "posterchild for Conservatives"?

ie. "This is CNN, and this is what Conservatives actually believe! LULZ!"

Wow, Beck. I thought your statement here means that you're a SORE LOSER. FYI, you keep pointing JT as if he's some dog of yours, and yet there's still NO CONSTITUTIONAL ANTI-VIDEO GAME LAW AS OF YET.


Celebrating the birth of 'his' lord not 'our' silly generalisation there. No one knows when Jesus' birthday is. 25th December was a festival celebrated already by the Pagan religion, some think he was born in October or even in the summer.
Going one further, he forgets that the US was not founded to be a Christian, Catholic or any religion country. And all the God stuff was added in the 1950s.

Family friendly Wal-Mart? So many things with that, besides selling of guns which is ookay for them but not in GTA IV.
Sorry, I've just got in to Uni and this isn't the best thing to watch

The "video game bloggers/losers" part struck me as unprepared rambling as he tried to recover from the shock of his guest not parroting everything he said.

This is the way I look at it -- he's clamoring for our attention, but we're posting Youtubes of his stupid ramblings. So ... we get hits/discussion topics, and he gets nothing, really. So, we losers have that on him.

She has the right attitude. The Attitude of a person with logic. Now if only everyone was like her.

[...] Posted by on May 6, 2008   Glenn Beck has clearly gotten a taste for blood, as he continues his temporary crusade against Grand Theft Auto — and it WILL be temporary, as he’ll get bored of it when his viewers do. Here we see him talking to Dr. Cheryl Olson, co-author of Grand Theft Childhood, and as you can tell from his flabbergasted face, Beck seems quite disappointed that she’s an expert who, for once, is NOT saying things he agrees with.   It’s quite enjoyable watching him struggle to find a way to twist the argument back into the “GTA is evil” sentiment after Dr. Olson undermines his entire point. His shallow attempts to cash-in on the controversy (ironic that HE’s the one who says “M” stands for “Money”) come to a head when he randomly, for no reason, blurts this little gem of wisdom out during the interview:   I will tell you that all these video gamers … they’re bloggers, as well as video gamers - they’re writing all kinds of stuff about me [that] I’m the enemy now of video gamers. I could care less about video games. Video game bloggers? They’re losers …   Yup, that’s us. The very same bloggers you guys rely on to look trendy and cool nowadays are losers. I’m not even offended by that, actually. If Mr. Beck wants to tar an entire blogging industry with the loser-brush, that’s his business. Our business, however, is posting a Youtube of his stupid ramblings so we can all get hits off it, without providing a single shred of a f*cking rating to CNN.   So suck that one down, mate.    [Thanks to Jeffrey Strike] [...]


But thankfully, like aany 'lock, Beck's "Fear" spell suffers from diminishing returns.

“Wow, I would have expected this from Fox News, but CNN?”

Are you serious? Every news channel has people who blame video games on it. It's easier than doing research, and they know there are plenty of irresponsible parents out there who need an excuse for why their kids are acting like animals.

I'm one those that used to like Glenn, but I can't stand how he blames the stuff that kids do on things like movies, television, "evil" heavy metal music, and, of course -- video games.

When I was growing up and I did something wrong, I got in trouble for it -- I got blamed for it, and that's all there was to it. I learned to be responsible for my actions because of those (sometimes painful) lessons.

I think that's why so many kids run around and do such crazy things, because they know they aren't going to get blamed for it in the first place. There are so many parents out there who won't blame their kids (their little angels) when they do something wrong, that the kids know they can do whatever they want and get away with it.

When I was growing up, my brother and I were wrestling around in the living room, and, well -- my brother got hurt. Mom knew the inspiration for our antics came from watching wrestling on television, but the interesting thing is, she didn't blame the wrestling show for what WE DID, she blamed the two stupid kids who thought they could do what those wrestlers were doing, and we learned to be responsible for our actions because we knew we would be held accountable.

@Everyone who thinks that Mr. Beck should have notified the viewers of Jack Thompson's disbarment trial - I disagree.

If you put a disclaimer before JT's speech you are using the logical fallacy of argumentum ad hominem - attacking the person, not the argument.

Anybody who listens to JT will conclude that something isn't quite right with his hamster upstairs, but will listen to his argument, because it is capable of standing by itself.

Of course, if you just want to hate on the man, well - I can't stop you - go ahead if you must ...

M equals money? I don't think so, just look at the list of top selling video games for 2007

1) Halo 3 -- Rated M17+
2) Wii Play -- Rated E (Everyone)
3) Call of Duty 4 -- Rated M
4) Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock -- Rated T (Teen)
5) Super Mario Galaxy -- Rated E (Everyone)
6) Pokemon Diamond -- Rated E (Everyone)
7) Madden NFL 08 -- Rated E (Everyone)
8) Guitar Hero 2 -- Rated T (Teen)
9) Assassin's Creed -- Rated M
10) Mario Party 8 -- Rated E (Everyone)

Most of the games on the list are for everyone, and only three adult games made it to the top ten.
It makes sense, PG-13 movies make more money than R rated movies because they are accessible to a wider audience, and games that appeal to a wide age range sell better than mature titles.

What a pretentious condescending douche. I mean, there is nothing more frustrating then watching TV personalities act they're better then a certain group of people. I know this happens all the time but I'm thinking this guy needs to understand the collect wrath of the gaming community. At least we can show him and other like minded folk that we're more intelligent than they like to think. Probably better drivers too.


"'Anybody who listens to JT will conclude that something isn’t quite right with his hamster upstairs, but will listen to his argument, because it is capable of standing by itself."

... forgive me while I die from laughing. when has ANYTHING JT said been capable of standing by itself? lol =P

Anyway back to topic: I say that all us "loosers" stop watching CNN, Im pretty sure all bloggers are video gamers and majority vis versa, and that makes up for a large percent of the popluation. Ratings will drop and so will Beck. ^_^


Yeah I know it may make us look like a bunch of psycos... but you know what. They already think that? Why not keep on honest rep lol. But he is not just insulting us, he is insulting the gaming industry as well.. which is a very powerfull industry. The gaming biz makes close to what hollywood makes. So obveously alot of people play games. This means he is insulting alot of people. Especially when he talks about a top selling game like grand theft auto 4.
Im pretty sure alot of hardcore gamers are bloggers... This is not a good thing for him to do. I hope something happens. You know what I would like to see?

I would like to see a debate on hardball. That would be entertaining. And it would be fair because they would have someone for the games and against it.

I stopped watching CNN when retarded shills like Nancy Grace and Glenn Beck started becoming commonplace. It's like they sacrificed character to become Fox News Lite (but then again, like they had character in the first place?).

And to think, Maddox had Glenn Beck pegged two years ago:

Er, why the Socrates/Plato reference?

Glen beck: a moron in media who thinks media makes stupid people stupid, with him being part of media I would have to agree........

R S Blackrose
Anderson copper is ok,love Lou dobbs but news media,or I should say entertainment news just grinds on you after awhile.

This is my response email to CNN in regards to glen beck.

Mr. Beck loses all credibility as any kind of journalist the minute he gang rapes GTA IV with the lawyer everyone loves to hate Jack Bruce Thompson. Pretending to know all about a game he has not even played and GB chimeing in with his oh so witty remarks (M for money, classic... but not really though), and then going out and generalizeing game bloggers as losers. Pretty clear what side of the fence he is on but instead of educateing people and parents about the content of the game he bashes it and takes a few of the worst pieces and makes them much worse than they seem.

For example here is a quote from the show "You can take a chainsaw and cut a cop in half,". Truth is there is while you can kill cops in the game there is no chainsaws and no cutting peoples arms legs heads or any parts of the body off. A parent hearing his "facts" about the game would be worried about thier children doing that when it is absolutely not true.

How can you have a debate on the show when everyone is agreeing with eachother about how evil the game is and yet not a single person has played it. This is mud slinging at its lowest level and by all rights Take Two interactive should sue for slanderous remarks about thier products. If a BK advertisement says Mcdonalds makes you mensturate and grow breasts they should be held accountable for the backlash and so should Mr. Beck. An apology is all that is required and an attempt to set the record straight and tell some truth for once.

Just another guy trying to get his ratings up with the moron demographic by bashing on something he has no clue about. I have been playing GTA IV since the day it came out, and yet I see no nudity. Yes you can have sex with a hooker and kill them, but you don't have too. No point in the game forces you to find one, screw them in your car and then kill them, trust me I'd rather spend the 5$ in game to eat food to restore health than the amount I need to shell out to a hooker to do the same thing.

He talks about murder and cop killing, yeah try killing anyone one the street and see how fast the cops are on you. Yeah One Star, easy to get away, two a little tougher but still manageable, three they begin to swarm like locus, four and up you are screwed. The game doesn't let you kill random people and get away with it, the consequences usually cost you your life in game.

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Beck is a hack. I don't know how many times I can say this. He's an O'Reilly wannabe.

Just watched his interview with Ben Stein over "Expelled"... If the man kowtowed himself any more, he'd be licking Ben's shoes...

He might as well be advertised as CNN's resident preacher.
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Why not Googlebomb him with the phrase "loser"?

Glen beck... your mother.

Glenn Beck is an idiot.

I really like the points Dr. Cheryl Olson made. She seems very level headed and reasonable. I really have to keep an eye out for her book. Could be an interesting read.

@ GP

LOL! I LOVE the Princess Bride referrences.

Honestly, I agree with everyone's points (except gnome, retard). We really should just let this go. Glenn Beck is obviously looking for ratings and I completely agree that JT is the real enemy here, not Glenn Beck. Glenn is just being a complete tool. End of story.

With JT leaving him alone is a mistake. With Glenn it seems to be however the wind blows. He's more attention whore than a vendetta driven mad man like he-who-shall-not-be-named.

He made his stance clear. If we start scorching everyone who differs with our viewpoint we simply become the problem rather than the solution. Glenn looks to me as someone just trying to get a reaction and that's exactly what he's accomplished.

I will restate what others have already said: Glenn Beck is no JT.

I feel my English citizenship qualifies me to say "What a wanker!"

I mean come on.. "I heard it gives you leprosy". Is that a joke? Is it actually?

I find it funny that the people that he considers "loosers" (I wonder if someone could sue for slander on that one....) has more factual information than he does.

Now, I don't own a blog. I do reply to reports and comments on websites reporting such news and information, but that is completely different than having a blog.

Here is a good example of a blog:

What a hypocrite.

This guy is nothing more than a fascist that wants spread propaganda in order to skew everyone's views of the subject matter to brainwash people into thinking that the blame that a child can access this material is the game developer's fault and not the fault of the parents.

He loves to state all this stuff about the game, which parts of the information is incorrect such as any nudity be it topless or full nudity although there are some places that do wear very revealing clothing, but at no point does he state that the two consoles that play the games have a built-in system to prevent kids from playing games that have a certain rating.

Glen Beck, like many other idiots that want to abolish most video games, rather lie about to everyone about the content in a video game to get rid of the developers and publishers of such games despite the effect that it would have on our economy and not tell anyone that tool to prevent kids from playing these games, if they so wish, has been sitting right there under their nose the entire time.

Glen Beck is an asshole and should not be able to speak on public television unless he is willing to provide factual information with relevant proof and is willing to inform parents that the necessary tools to help prevent kids from playing said games is in the damn console that the kids use to play the games.

This guys, while being an ass for his overall tone and rude sarcasm, is not nearly as bad as some of the people that are against video games. He himself said that it is not just video games, but attributes problems to culture as a whole, and in way I agree. Granted he does place far more emphasis on video games, but that is only because the topic was on video games to begin with. He was however quite fair(mostly) when he was talking to Dr. Cheryl Olson who did very well in answering him.
The only 2 things that really bugged me in the clip was when Dr. Olson made the remark "...Its almost like a big sand box game..." and his 'swing' at video game bloggers.

1. The gaming community have been calling it, and games like it, a sand box game for YEARS, and a non gamer has finally just figured it out. That is kind of sad. Hopefully more parents will read that book and pay some head to what it says.
2. How immature can someone be? "I’m the enemy now of video gamers. I could care less about video games. Video game bloggers? They’re losers…" Oh thats how. He must be pretty high on himself if he thinks that the gaming community hates him that much after making one public anti-video game statement. Sure there are probably some people who have done that, but honestly we are not that stupid.
I also love his statement that he makes at the end. "...everyone dismisses their little part of it." It is so true, that it also applies to news media as well as everything else. That means you too Glenn Beck.

too bad he didn't die in the hospital when he made that delirious video.

Glenn reminds me of the WKTT station.(GTA4, ironically)

"Technology is a lie so the Liberals could kill us!"

funniest station ever XD

"There are 2 things that are infinite in this world, the universe and human stupidity, and frankly I m not so sure about the universe" ~ Albert Einstein.

apparently human stupidity is at its highest levels lately.

Wow i can't even begin to dissect the ignorance in that video, that's almost worse than Jack Thompson. The way he grinned and looked away while she was talking was so goddamn lacking in respect If you don't care about gamers and games don't fucking talk about them, i don't take shit out of my ass and smear it all over your favorite interest on national telly.

It's "I couldn't care less", Glenn. Somebody who is on news television should learn how to properly use a phrase if they are going to try and make a point.

"I couldn't care less."

Pulled faces did he? Bit immature on his part and so is calling people "losers", it's like being back in the playground.

Anyway, I have a hard time getting angry with the guy, he just strikes me as supremely foolish. Case in point, declaring himself and "enemy of gamers"? If he starts provoking such a large internet community does he not realised we're talking the very definition of asymmetric warfare here? Millions of mostly anonymous people vs one very public target... the guy will be flamed to a cinder.

Very silly indeed.


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