Aussie Prank story takes another bizarre turn

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The radio station responsible for prank calling the nurse who was caring for Kate Middleton has taken drastic measures after that nurse committed suicide. The station has banned prank calls and has fired the show responsible for the bit. Will that solve anything? Glenn reacts on radio today.

“It’s a horribly tragic story.  However, first of all, if you’ve killed yourself over putting a prank phone call to the princess of England, if you kill yourself over there, you have issues,” Glenn said.

“The criticism of the DJs and I’m surprised how many conservatives are going to it.  It’s the Costas analogy.  Well the deejays are at fault for this.  Oh the guns are at fault for this.  She had – I don’t know what her issue was,” Stu added.

“Suicide only happens to gravely unstable individuals.  The rrational mind – you have a survival instinct,” Glenn said. He explained that a rational person would not think the world would be better off without them if they weren’t already suffering great pain and suffering.


  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    Glenn Beck is such a piece of crap.

    People who say and do things that might cause people undo pain bear no responsibility for effect it has on people? What was that about yelling “fire” in a crowed theater?

    Glenn Beck doesn’t thin there should be accountability because if that were the case Glenn Beck would have to be accountable for the things he says.

    Glenn Beck lies and distorts the facts agitating people to attack the targets of his lies he bears no responsibility either.

    On a similar note:Retirees don’t get cheated out of their life savings. They write the checks out themselves.

    I heard today that traffic fatalities are the lowest since 1949.Why?

    In part because big government demanded safer vehicles and safer road construction.

    Maybe Big Government should require Glenn Beck actually allow the people like Francis Fox-Priven or Michael Moore or Sean Penn a chance to defend themselves from his smears.

    • Pink_Panther

      Thorstein, check your traffic fatalities stats please: You are wrong. ty.PS ` why do you come to this site if you are a liberal? Oh, are you a communist agitator? RSVP real soon.

      • ThorsteinVeblen2012

        Why should it even occur to you that I shouldn’t come to this site?

        Are you afraid that some “communist agitator” might write something so threatening that it might challenge the conclusions you’ve already drawn?

        Are you that insecure in your beliefs that you feel threatened by different views?

  • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Words and deeds have consequences, even a joke pulled in the wrong way can cause harm in so many ways people would never expect. There is a line that should never be crossed, and while the nurse did take her own life, the two DJ’s have a portion of responsibility to be accounted for as well.

    This is a case where their choice to pull that prank has brought death to one, and great emotional harm to the nurses family and friends. Personally, firing them is the best thing that could have happened.

    Words and deeds have consequences, so this is a prime demonstration of it.

  • Anonymous

    this whole thing is tragic but to hold those 2 responsible for her committing suicide is ridiculous. she was going to kill herself no matter what. if someone is on that brink, there is no stopping them. i understand this firsthand. what good will that accomplish to fire them? they will have to live with their own guilt for quite some time. that is more than enough punishment for such an ill-timed prank.   

  • Anonymous

    Speaking of wacky radio stunts, could you retell the story of how you called your competition’s wife and made fun of her miscarriage when you were on air in Phoenix? That’s good radio schtick… you hack.

  • Anonymous

    No. I don’t agree with you.  The DJ’s crossed the line.  It’s not fun and games.  It’s a form of bullying. Shame on them and I’m glad they were fired. They are grown-ups.  I would not want to know them. You need to rethink this Glenn.   

  • Anonymous

    I totally diagree – Words cause  Action.  The DJ’s caused the start of this and now you want to give them a pass.  Does anyone know if her job or if she would have problems at work over this? Could SHE  afford the consequences of this?  Yes it was her choice to commit suicide but the DJ’s need to own up here.  A line was crossed here – I look at it this way   “Would Jesus approve of this prank?”  If not then it crosses the line of respect.

  • Anonymous

    I disagree with you on this Mr. Beck.  While the DJs are not directly responsible for the suicide, they crossed a line.  No one should be making prank calls to a hospital.  It doesn’t matter whether or not they actually thought they would get through.  You like to talk about personal responsibility and decency; these two DJs demonstrated callous disregard for others, but you seem ready to leap to their defense. I don’t understand that. Yes, the royal family is by their very nature in the spotlight, but does that mean they deserve to be at the center of “pranks” such as this.  Hospitals should be going about the work of saving people’s lives, not dealing with shock jocks.  

    I work in healthcare; the consequences of divulging information to the wrong party about ANY patient can bring terrible consequences – lawsuits and disciplinary actions up to loss of licensure.  Thrown in that the information released, no matter how innocuous, was about a member of the royal family and was highly publicized and it becomes even more nerve wracking for the nurse responsible for that call.  The royal family takes their privacy very seriously; I can only imagine what she feared might happen to her.  Yes, she undoubtedly had other issues going on, if she felt that suicide was the solution to this problem, but a lot of lives were damaged in the pursuit of “entertainment” for the masses, and I think it’s wrong.

    • ThorsteinVeblen2012

      Glenn Beck is a former DJ who learned to affect emotion. He gets teary eyed and tells his audience he loves his country.

      It’s an act done to make money.

      You people, some of you sincere people are being manipulated.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn I disagree with you. You said she was unstable, this is why you don’t pull pranks on strangers. You don’t know what their circumstances are.  You get a really good salary Glen but yet in my opinion your job is in no way as hard as a nurses job. Nurses are responsible for peoples lives and they are around unhappiness and crankiness 8 or 10 or more hours a day. There are people who are raised to treat people with respect, to care about how they treat others. These people do not give people a bad time, they don’t project themselves on others. They also endure from selfish people like you Glen; people projecting themselves on them. People who sympathize with these people see themselves, and what could happen to them if they decide to have fun at someone else’s expense. Glen I couldn’t decide if your ignorant or a hypocrite. Jesus wouldn’t support pranking people, he would support treating people with respect. People can have fun without forcing their form of fun on others; keep it in your circle of friends. You are a hypocrite because you are ignorant. You feel bad for the DJ’s. They are still alive, and a philosopher I like to listen to believes when people don’t have compassion for someone, and they give them a bad time, that person will walk in their shoes. The DJ’s now feel the sadness the nurse must have been living with, the difference is she probably didn’t project or scapegoat others like the DJ’s did. This is why we are losing America, American’s are hypocrites, they are not walking the talk, they are not acting or thinking the way God intended them to. People like you Glen teach people to be inconsiderate of others because you can’t have fun if you have to accept there are people who think differently than you do. There are consequences for peoples actions. Mario on Extra, Extra was a fun example to make a point to. He said the DJ’s didn’t expect this to happen, they shouldn’t be punished. I pointed out to him “when you were having sex with your girlfriend were you thinking I bet she gets pregnant, has the baby and I will marry her sometime down the road”. Our actions put in motion the next moment. Your have the typical ex-alcoholic personality. Your cruel and callous. Your numb, and only feel for yourself. You have a long way to figuring out what compassion is for others. Signing off have a good night U S of Mexico — its the white peoples fault, White people have become callous hypocrites, who talk Christian and love for others but don’t walk the talk. 

  • Anonymous

    Pathetic is the only word to describe this whole chapter and Beck’s apologist mentality. Don’t blame the djs, they were just in it for the profit! They do not give a d— about decency or privacy–they do not have to; they are like me-in it for the ratings. Beck the great defender of the First Amendment has never been troubled by the ethical, moral and indeed legal obligation to make speech responsible.First, what is funny about attempting to learn the details of any woman’s troubled pregnancy? Aside from immediate family members and close friends, who on earth thinks they are entitled to know? Second, what lowlife stoops to the level of creating an elaborate ruse to invade someone else’s privacy? This is necessary why–in order to make their sorry egos feel better? To boost their ratings?

    Beck opining on suicide; beautiful; yes we know your difficult life story; but that does not make you an expert pal. If anything, it should make you more sensitive to the fact that there are unstable individuals out there. Yeah, unforseen outcome–how about at a minimum, the job security of the individual who let the call get through? I’d say at a minimum that was a likely outcome. Who did these pranksters think would benefit from their call?

    I am sure all of your loyal fans remember how you thought it was appropriate to ridicule the miscarraige suffered by one of your competitors’ wife. yeah, that was Freedom of the press in its finest moment Glenn. So Christian of you too. My goodness. Thank God we have you to carry the flag of freedom. Shame on you and all of your ilk. We all make mistakes in our youth Glenn; making fun of a miscarraige–yeah that is something I am sure none of us ever thought about doing.  In case any of you loyal fans missed it, here is an excerpt from Salon:

    “The animosity between Beck and Kelly continued to deepen. When Beck and Hattrick produced a local version of Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” for Halloween — a recurring motif in Beck’s life and career — Kelly told a local reporter that the bit was a stupid rip-off of a syndicated gag. The slight outraged Beck, who got his revenge with what may rank as one of the cruelest bits in the history of morning radio. “A couple days after Kelly’s wife, Terry, had a miscarriage, Beck called her live on the air and says, ‘We hear you had a miscarriage,’ ” remembers Brad Miller, a former Y95 DJ and Clear Channel programmer. “When Terry said, ‘Yes,’ Beck proceeded to joke about how Bruce [Kelly] apparently can’t do anything right — about he can’t even have a baby.”
    “It was low class,” says Miller, now president of Open Stream Broadcasting. “There are certain places you just don’t go.”

    Hey Glenn, how about we just say a prayer for the loss of the life of a mother, a wife, a health care worker instead of extolling the alleged rights of pathethic juveniles with outsized egos.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, the hospital where the Duchess was treated is a
    private hospital, not a public one.  The UK has a two tier system, as I’m sure we will have.

  • Anonymous

    The radio team could not have predicted that the receptionist would take her own life, but they should have known that she could possibly be sacked if they got through. And they decided to do the stunt anyway, to serve their own agenda even if at the expense of her job. For this they should be sacked. And who knows? the hospital is not saying anything but maybe she received news from the hospital that she was no longer required shortly before taking her life. This seems to me to be a more plausible explanation to me for what happened than the official public line that all was forgiven and she took her own life anyway. Either way, the radio team saw it as joke for them but ignored the reality that it is a serious issue for the people entrusted with the security of the hospitals patients.

  • Sam Fisher

    The DJs did not know this was going to happen. They are not seers of the future. Who is to blame for this the hospital for not making sure it was the queen and following the rules when it comes to that.

  • David Barber

    Thou shalt not lie.

    The DJ’s pretended to be someone they were not. They intentionally deceived the nurse.  The nurse acted in good faith and, …..  well you know the rest of the story.  The DJ’s were clearly in the wrong.

    However, The nurse whom we assume was embarrassed, threatened with being fired, etc.  If those bad things did happen to her she was wronged, but is that sufficient reason to commit suicide?  I think not.

    I see a lot of confused people in this.

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