Beck vs. Games


Glenn was once an aspiring magician... In the days before video games and internet blogs, nerds were limited to other activities such as magic and radio...

Glenn:  Hang on just a second.  Speaking of losers, we have Stephen on the phone.  Stephen?

Caller:  Yes.

Glenn:  Yes.  Go ahead.

Caller:  Yeah.  How many spots on CNN have you had this year on the game, the video game DTA, Glenn?

Glenn:  I believe.

Caller:  So, you would consider that to be news?

Glenn:  That's why it's at 20 after.  It's some news, yeah.

Caller:  It's got to be news.  So, Glenn, recently you commented in your M ‑‑ rated M for money segment ‑‑

Glenn:  Yes.

Caller:  ‑‑ that video game bloggers are losers.  I might fully classify that, because a blogger is just a person who maintains a web log.  So, therefore, they maintain news about video game.  They automatically become a loser?

Glenn:  No.  This is really much more, Stephen, to irritate people like you because listen to what you're doing right now.  I mean, it's a video game.  Don't you have a life?

Caller:  Glenn, I do have a life.  I'm a web developer.  I'm a voter.  I'm a fan of your show or possibly former fan of your show and I'm an official member of the Nintendo generation.  I've been playing video games since '88, buddy.


Glenn:  Okay.

Caller:  So, if I'm a gamer, I'm automatically a loser?

Glenn:  Stephen ‑‑

Caller:  If I went to a web blog about news, I'm a loser?

Glenn:  Stephen, you're spending your time obsessing over three segments on a television show where I say, I'm not blaming Grand Theft Auto for all the ills of asset, but you can beat a prostitute to death with a baseball bat.  In the following segment, because all of these people are taking me apart of these blogs go, Oh, Glenn Beck, look at him.  They didn't even listen to what I said.  I'm not blaming the society ills on Grand Theft Auto.  I think it's really a bad idea to use the technology developed by the Pentagon to teach people to kill to then just, you know, let people just play these all the time.  I'm not saying pull it from the shelves.  I'm not saying everybody who plays it it is going to turn into killer.  I'm saying we should probably look at this as one of the very many factors that is causing our society to break down.  Because all of these bloggers started coming after me, you know, in some sort of witch hunt, I decided, oh, okay.  I offhanded said, in a joking fashion, they're all losers, I even said, to piss them off and now look at you.  You're so obsessed with it.  What time did you get up this morning to make sure you could call?  How many hours have you spent thinking about this?

Caller:  Actually it was about 15 minutes, Glenn.  I logged on to one of my favorite blogs.  You're on the front page.  Do you know what ‑‑

Glenn:  I'm on the front page?

Caller:  Yes.

Glenn:  Doesn't that say something?

Caller:  I was disappointed to hear that come out of your mouth.  You're basically labeling a whole lot of us.  I don't care about Grand Theft Auto.  I'm playing Nintendo WII.  If I want a hooker, I'll go to a different part of the city.  Who cares about that?  But you're labeling a lot of us reporting news as losers.  That so broad.

Glenn:  So disrespectful and so opinionated, which I never engage in opinion.

Caller:  Yes.  I understand.  You have an opinion, but I just think you kind of crossed the line there, Glenn.

Glenn:  And blogs, I hate to get into ‑‑

Caller:  Grand Theft Auto, I understand that, but you're labeling way too many people.

Glenn:  The video bloggers.  I know.  I'm nervous about the video blogger industry.

Stu:  You've got to watch yourself.  All he's doing is trying to annoy you.

Glenn:  No, I'm not.  I'm serious about these.  These video bloggers, he's a loser.  You could never hold down a job, Stephen.  Stephen?

Caller:  Yes.

Glenn:  Yes.  If you weren't in your mother's basement right now, you would never be able to ‑‑

Caller:  I'm in Florida, baby.  There's no basement.

Glenn:  Your mother's garage she converted into a little, you know, Star Trek kind of ‑‑ what was that?

Caller:  I just happen to have been playing video games since 1988, Glenn.  I just happen to be a member of the generation.  I've got my subscription.  I've got my wife.  I've got my house.  I've got my big salary.  I just happen to frequent video blogs because I want to know about the latest video blogs and when you are on the front page blog calling us all losers, I'm disappointed in you.  What can I say?

Glenn:  I love you people.  If that's not the definition of a loser, I don't know what is.  Front page news on your blog?

Stu:  Why are you torturing these people?

Glenn:  Because they're so easy to torture.

Stu:  Just leave them alone.

Glenn:  If I was dressed up in sort of a sexy outfit, he could beat me to death with a baseball bat.  What?  Video bloggers are never going to do anything.  They're never going to get violent.  Anybody who plays video games who could never get violent.

Stu:  I mean, you know I disagree with you on this Grand Theft Auto for the most part, but, honestly, getting that fired up over you just trying to needle them ‑‑

Glenn:  That is exactly ‑‑ did you see the segment will where I said, oh, I'm going to die.  Stu, the whole show is booked for tonight.  We've got to squeeze it in.  Somehow or the other, I've got to squeeze in ‑‑ what else can I say about video blogs?  I've got to have something that ‑‑ I've got to insert something in tonight's show ‑‑

Stu:  We should put something in like, you know, these people who are playing video games are playing games like Pac Man and they are eating ghosts.

Glenn:  Do you know what?  Here's the thing.  Here's the thing.  There's a food shortage on and it's because of these video bloggers that they're not out working the farm land like they used to.  All these young men who are out there that should be working the farm land, they're in their mom's basements making video blogs instead and that's why we've got a foot shortage and they're solely responsible for the food shortage because you know what?  If they didn't have all their ‑‑ if they didn't have all of their Mrs. Pac Man video games down in the basement, mom would have had a place for her catch up.

Stu:  That's pretty good, although is Pac Man officially married?  I think she's Ms. Pac Man.

Glenn:  Oh, is she Miss?

Stu:  Yeah.  She's not Mrs.

GlGlenn:  She's a feminist?  Hey, chicks can eat ghosts just as fast as any guy can do it.  And how come it's not Mr. Pac Man?  Why is it Pac Man and Ms. Pac Man?  Why isn't it a mister?  Where's the respect? And by the way, you notice they keep them in little separate mazes.  Do you know why?  Because the guy would kick the Misses' butt.

Stu:  This is controversial talk here, Glenn.

Glenn:  This is front page news on video blogs.  All right.  Let's see.  Let me take a break here for a second.  I'll give did you responsible sponsor.  You know, I want to talk to you about what's happening in Philadelphia.  I mean, I've got to go away from the front page news on what I said about Grand Theft Auto 4 and, more importantly, I want to go into the news of what happened in Philadelphia.  What happened in Philadelphia is ‑‑ who's surprised by this?  By the way, why have all of my television sets turned to some guy who's dressed like a priest but isn't a priest and he's talking to ‑‑ I mean, what ‑‑ I mean ‑‑ is there a message that I should be getting here?  I've got, like, all of the television sets, the networks have been taken over by some ‑‑ like ETW.

Stu:  I was going to say, what it's hackers?

Glenn:  Oh, my gosh.  It could be video blog hackers.  It could be.  Those guys rule the world from Dad's garage.

Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 799,995 (up from 735,135 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 38,735 (up from 34,807 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 169,995 (up from 155,950 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 11% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 164,359 Confirmed Cases and 3,173 Deaths, up from 142,746 cases and 2,489 deaths Yesterday
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 63,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 11,591 officially dead)
  • US has 3,173 Dead vs 5,507 Recovered and 3,512 in Critical Condition
  • The US Currently has 155,679 Active Cases of COVID-19, with less than 0.6% of the total US population tested
  • 15% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
The Moment of Trump's Conversion: Dr Anthony Fauci Takes Full Responsibility https://dailycaller.com/2020/03/30/anthony-fauci-moment-donald-trump-realized-extend-social-distancing-mandate/
  • Dr Anthony Fauci, the Chief Medical Advisor to the coronavirus task force, explained on CNN that Trump listened and "got it right away" after being shown new data projecting as many as 3 Million deaths in the US if COVID-19 mitigation policies were lifted.
  • Fauci also said Trump's "first goal is to prevent suffering and death" and this was part of the reason why he knew the COVID-19 guidelines should be extended.
  • "You know, interestingly, we showed him the data, he looked at the data and he got it right away, it was a pretty clear picture," according to Fauci.
  • "Dr. Debbie Birx and I went in together and leaned over his desk and said 'Here is the data, take a look.'
  • Trump reportedly looked at them, understood the implications and he shook his head and said 'I guess we got to do it.'
  • "Medically, this is the right decision, and I stand behind it 100%," Fauci said.
  • "From a public health standpoint, we felt strongly that it would have been the wrong decision to pull back," Fauci said. "I mean, we are scientists, physicians, public health officials. We're not economists. We're sensitive to the idea that the economy could suffer, but weigh that against tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of American lives."
  • "...it was patently obvious looking at the data that at the end of the day if we try to push back prematurely, not only would we lose lives, but it probably would hurt the economy as well. So you would lose on double accounts. So, to us, there was no question what the right choice was."
Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland Join States Issuing House Arrest Orders https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/30/coronavirus-violators-of-marylands-stay-at-home-order-face-criminal-charges.html
  • Maryland and Virginia became the latest states on Monday to enact "stay-at-home" mandates amid the coronavirus outbreak, except for essential travel for work.
  • Virginia's order is in effect until June 10, making it one of the longest statewide mandates implemented so far.
  • Maryland's penalties for violating its order are among some of the strictest in the country, including a $1000 fine, and up to 30 days jail time for repeat offenders.
  • In total, more than 210 Million Americans now effectively live under some form of House Arrest or Shelter In Place type orders, with another, 50 Million facing travel or shopping/eating restrictions.
  • Only 6 states have not closed schools.