2009 Pulitzer Prize winning PolitiFact.com has taken a look at six statements made by Glenn Beck and rated their truthfulness on their Truth-O-Meter. They found that none of those statements were more than half true.
- Forty-five percent of doctors “say they’ll quit” if health care reform passes. FALSE – A questionable assertion based on questionable data
- “You don’t know if this (the H1N1 vaccine) is gonna cause neurological damage like it did in the 1970s.” BARELY TRUE – Three decades of flu shots since then without problems
- Van Jones “is an avowed, self-avowed radical revolutionary communist.” BARELY TRUE – “Was,” not “is”
- Van Jones signed a petition indicating he “thinks the Bush administration blew up the World Trade Center and covered it up.” HALF TRUE – A conspiracy theory of the left
- John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, “has proposed forcing abortions and putting sterilants in the drinking water to control population.” PANTS ON FIRE – Holdren never endorsed these ideas
- “Why do we have automatic citizenship upon birth? We’re the only country in the world that has it.” FALSE – Brazil, Canada, Guatamala, Romania…We could go on.