Beck Mocks ‘Sponging’ Owner of Burned Down House (Video)
October 6, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)— There are just no words to describe this level of cruelty and inhumanity. But we are talking about Fox News’ favorite conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck, who once phoned the wife of a competitor on the air and cruelly mocked her recent miscarriage, while cracking wise about the inability of her husband to father a child. Salon describes the episode, as “one of the cruelest bits in the history of morning radio.” And in the intervening years, nothing has changed, if anything, Beck has become even more vicious and unhinged. On his radio program yesterday, Beck decided to mock a Tennessee man whose family homestead burned to the ground last week, as firefighters stood idly by watching, refusing to use their hoses to put it out. Why? Because the homeowner, Gene Cranick didn’t pay the required $75 fee to receive fire services. And although Cranick offered to pay the fire department whatever it cost to save his home, they refused. Beck decided Cranick got what he deserved, as a good-for-nothing freeloader, who would be “sponging off” his neighbors, if the county firefighters didn’t take a stand. Welcome to Beck’s libertarian tea party paradise. The specter of this scenario playing out across America, if the extremist Republicans regain power, should create a queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach.
This story has received national attention as an extreme example of a cold-hearted, uncaring government and has Cranick’s neighbors in an uproar. The firefighters finally turned on their hoses, only after the fire had spread to a neighbor’s field. The mayor had little sympathy for the family’s loss. “Anybody that’s not in the city of South Fulton, it’s a service we offer, either they accept it or they don’t,” Mayor David Crocker said.
And the right-wing magazine, The National Review weighed in on the controversy with some of its famous compassionate conservatism, deciding that the town firefighters did the right thing. The homeowner was smeared as a “freeloader.”
Glenn Beck, who once called our first black president a “racist” harboring “a deep-seated hatred for white people” on national television, descended into the gutter once again yesterday, as he cruelly ridiculed Cranick and his family, rejecting the idea that the town or we as Americans, should show an ounce of compassion for his loss. Besides losing his home and everything in it, three dogs and a cat perished in the fire.
Beck, suggested that libertarian free market principles and personal responsibility should be the governing force in our society. “This is the kind of stuff that’s going to have to happen, said Beck as his sidekick producer Pat Gray spoke in a derogatory southern drawl.
Think Progress reports on Beck’s twisted tea party libertarianism:
GRAY: (mocking Cranick’s accent) Even tho’ I hadn’t paid mah seventy five dollahs I thought dey’d put it out. [...] I wanted ‘em to put it out, but dey didn’t put it out.
BECK: Here’s the thing. Those that are just on raw feeling are not going to understand. [...]
GRAY: But I thought they was gonna put the fire out anyway, but it burned down. Dat ain’t right! [...] What’s the Fire Department for if you don’t put out the fire?! [...] I thought they’d put out mah fire even if I didn’t pay seventy five dollars.
BECK: This is the sort of argument that Americans are going to have.
GRAY: It is.
BECK: And it goes nowhere if you go onto “compassion, compassion, compassion, compassion” or well, “they should’ve put it out, what is the fire department for?” [...] If you don’t pay the 75 dollars then that hurts the fire department. They can’t use those resources, and you’d be sponging off your neighbor’s resources. [...] It’s important for America to have this debate. This is the kind of stuff that’s going to have to happen, we are going to have to have these kinds of things.
A truly vile and disgusting performance.