October 4th, 2009
07:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Beck is 'out and out nuts,' Carville says

Democrat James Carville said Sunday that conservative commentator Glenn Beck is 'out and out nuts' while Carville's wife, a Republican, had kinder words about the Fox News anchor.
Democrat James Carville said Sunday that conservative commentator Glenn Beck is 'out and out nuts' while Carville's wife, a Republican, had kinder words about the Fox News anchor.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Fox News anchor and conservative commentator Glenn Beck was taking incoming fire Sunday from both ends of the political spectrum, but especially from Democratic strategist James Carville.

"I think he's nuts, OK?," the outspoken Democrat said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union,"

"Just out-and-out nuts. And I also think that he's a blatant hypocrite," Carville said. "Here's somebody that sits on his show ... weeping about how much he loves America and ... and then he's absolutely giddy when his country doesn't get the Olympics. And this is - I'll tell you another thing about Glenn Beck. He wouldn't know the difference between a football, a bat and a hockey court. This guy is not - he's just all - he's just all weeping."

Carville was reacting to earlier comments Sunday on Fox News, where Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina made it clear that he was not a fan of Beck.

"[H]e doesn't represent the Republican Party," Graham said of Beck, "When a person says he represents conservatism and that the country is better off with Barack Obama than John McCain, that sort of ends the debate for me as to how much more I'm going to listen."

"So he has a right to say what he wants to say. In my view, it's not - it's not the kind of political analysis that I buy into," Graham said.

Republican strategist Mary Matalin disagreed with Graham and with Carville, who is her husband.

"[Beck] has two best-sellers," Matalin told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, "This has never happened before. Two No. 1 best-sellers in hard-cover and paperback, non-fiction. All right. Somebody out there is listening [to] what Glenn Beck says. I know he [Carville] doesn't listen and Lindsey doesn't listen."

"[Beck] doesn't affiliate with either party, or any party," Matalin also observed Sunday, "but he has tapped into this mainstream of America who feels otherwise not listened to."

Before joining Fox News, Beck anchored a show on CNN Headline News, a sister network to CNN.

Carville and Matalin are both CNN political contributors.


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soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. Doug

    Tick, Tick, Tick.......

    Glenn Beck's ratings continue to grow.......

    And the Pundits can't understand why.........

    October 4, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  2. Dick

    You know, I used to think Bill OReilly was a nut case and a disgrace to the REAL media. But O'Reilly is not near as ridiculous as Glenn Beck. What a phoney. I wish he had the guts to tell his audience the REAL reason he dislikes President Obama. Yes, Glenn Beck....the REAL reason. He doesn't have the guts to come out and say it. Glenn Beck is a true Anti American.

    October 4, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  3. Brian

    Yep – it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that Glen Beck is a total wack job

    October 4, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  4. Matt

    And I agree,

    Glenn Beck is nuts.

    Bill O'Reilly is nuts.

    Rush Limbaugh is nuts.

    Ann Coulter is nuts.

    This bunch of crazies (and many more I have not mentioned) are an embarrassment to us true conservatives. They make it very difficult to stand up and have an honest debate as a conservative, because those I would debate have already dismissed conservatives as a bunch of loons, based on having heard the bunch above.

    I wish they would all just go away, and leave conservative thinking to us real, sane people.

    October 4, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  5. Cato

    Beck is an idiot, an hypocrite and worst of all....he is a very dangerous man!

    October 4, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  6. Mary

    Glenn Beck is an entertainer...not a reporter – don't confuse the two – what he reports is not necessarily based on facts, but sound bites meant to disturb, entertain, or get people listening....shame on him for using ignorant people for ratings....

    October 4, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  7. Gus The Willie

    Two bestsellers? Utah must have run out of toilet paper. The guy is not really there, but unfortunately, a lot of folks buy into his rhetoric.

    October 4, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  8. Barbara

    Tell it like it is James! Beck is a racial bigot who has one agenda-bring down President Obama whatever it takes. He is tapping into that segment that Palin/McCain targeted when shouting horrible acqusations about Barack Obama. Beck is but a mere short, pudgy, disgusting little guy with a big mouth that spouts garbage.

    October 4, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  9. DarthVader

    The problem with the hyped title of the headline on the main CNN page is that Glen Beck is not a newsman . . . he gives social and political commentary. Just because CNN has chosen, as of late, to play into yellow journalism, it doesn't mean that you can say up is down. Glen Beck is entitled to his opinion, but the hate and conspiracy theory nonsense he spouts doesn't make him a newsman.

    October 4, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  10. kgeukes Michigan

    Mary Matalin is a whiny spoiled debutante that's pissed 'cos no one wanted to dance with her at the prom...She makes about as much sense as calling Glenn Beck a patriotic American. He's a whiny narcissitic, liar because when he puts on his "show" he says it's about being an American but it's really about money. Nothin' but Money!!!!!

    October 4, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  11. Wm Scot

    When this corpoations , like FOX News and the AM radio staions , pay these diito heads these huge salaries to stir up the hate that is out there from the minority they will continue to get people like this guy.
    One of these days some one will do something to OUR president and these people will be to blame.

    October 4, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  12. Rob

    Can we all please just focus our collective national attention on remedying the jobs situation? All this rhetoric about people's opinions fillsall the air time but accomplishes zilch. Can anyone honestly say that what commentator-celebrities like Beck, Carville, Matalin, Limbaugh, etc. think and say accomplishes anything substantive like economic recovery, new job creation, health care reform, etc. I honestly feel like I'm watching and listening to a junior high school game of "gossip" where the original truth statement gets so twisted anew with each repeating of it down the food chain that it is no longer recognizable. Honestly, if most Americans are sick of anything I think it has to be the inability of anyone in Washington to resolve problems completely and thoroughly without taking moments out for he said-she said arguments, bickering, namecalling and fingerpointing. It's ridiculous. Do the American people have to vote every incumbent out of office in 2010 to get an effective, representative government in Washington, D.C.? Enough of the bickering, children. Recess is over. It's time to get back to work solving problems.

    October 4, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  13. Tristan

    Nuts, and maybe a bit paranoid too.

    October 4, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  14. Roger That

    Carville said "He wouldn't know the difference between a football, a bat and a hockey court." Carville, you are truly an idiot.

    October 4, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  15. Rick Alan

    Hey Carville, Beck doesn't know the difference between a football, a bat and a hockey COURT? What's a hockey court? I have heard of a hockey rink and a basketball court, but a hockey "court" is new to me.

    Carville doesn't know the difference between a "court" and a "rink"? I guess he must be nuts, too.

    October 4, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  16. GlennBeckIsNOTaChristian

    Beck is worse than Limbaugh.
    He is the worse kind of Hypocrite and if you think he is weeping now, wait til he stands before God on the Day of Judgment.
    Glenn Beck is beyond immoral. He has no soul. He, Hannity, O'Rielly, Sarah Palin and all of those evildoers who call themselves Christians while spreading hate...they will tremble before God on that terrible day when all mankind will be judged.

    October 4, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  17. Geoff

    It's amazing how much media attention is given to a mere entertainer who makes sufficiently outrageous political comments to suggest the need for a reply. Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity et al are not unlike reality TV: it's the shock value and histrionics that attracts attention, ratings (and of course pious protestations of innocence).

    Listen to the talk radio clowns for what they are: amusing entertainment, not to be taken seriously, sort of junk food for the mind and let it go. It's Howard Beale, come to life.

    October 4, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  18. steve

    Watch out for Carville he's a snake oil salesman.

    October 4, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  19. james

    Beck is nuts! He is also where the money is. Last year we had the worst heath care in the world, this year the best health care according to Beck.
    He has the right to Lie all he wants too, this is a free country now. If Beck had his way we would not be free.

    October 4, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  20. Oomah

    There is nothing wrong with Glenn. If you would take a moment and actually listen to what he says and if you still have doubts, verify and check the facts out for yourself. He would not steer you wrong. He is just trying to open the eyes of those in our country who choose to look the other way for the sake of change.

    October 4, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  21. andrew st louis

    you just have to know beck is a comedian and entetains the wacko far right. if you truly believe him what he says and think he is correct you truly are dense

    October 4, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  22. Mike Toussaint

    Hoo boy! Now isn't that the pot calling the kettle black!

    Lindsay Graham is right. Mr. Beck may peddle in an absurdity sundae sprinkled with nuts, but he has the right to speak his views. Just like Mr. Carville. He's been batty since before Glenn Beck was born, but I still enjoy his input. A lot of good views are represented by men of hyperbole and vociferous monologue, and it's to a news audience's dismay and delight to see them banter on against each other as though one were saner than the other.

    Perhaps popular programs like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are simply the most honest of whimsical news. With a stage so full of clowns and spectacle, why not just call modern news what it appears to be?
    A comedic circus parading the news on the backs of elephants and donkeys with commercials in-between.

    Not that a circus is not immensely entertaining and occasionally informative. Bravo for the show that goes on and on! :)

    October 4, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  23. Randy Buckner, Washington

    That's rich - Carville calling someone nuts. He is nuttier than a November squirrel himself, and he has the audacity to call Beck nuts? Best laugh I've had all day.

    October 4, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  24. laura

    he's not only nuts, he's dangerous. he is the same as joe mccarthy was in the 1950's.

    October 4, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  25. Richard

    Carville and his wife are complete idiots. Glenn Beck could mop up the floor with either of them in an open debate / discussion regarding politics. Carville and all the liberal moonbats can't stand the fact that Glenn Beck is so right on with his commentary regarding the state of the country under our current democrat, liberal "leadership" (and I use the term loosely). Beck wasn't cheering that the United States lost the Olympics. He was cheering the fact that Obama learned he is not as influential as he thinks, and now will maybe will keep to the business he should really be attending to – running our country (though he seems to be running it into the ground).

    October 4, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
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