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Glenn Beck to James Cameron: It was a joke, you knucklehead!

March 24, 2010 |  4:05 pm
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As we suspected, Fox New's Glenn Beck didn't let the opportunity pass to respond to James Cameron, who was all steamed up yesterday about Beck. If you recall from our last post, when Beck was a talk-show host at CNN in 2007, he said that Cameron was "officially running for anti-Christ." On his show today, Beck said he was, ahem, joking. He was only worked up at the time because he didn't like Celine Dion.

At any rate, Beck was deliriously happy that Cameron had gotten so lathered up about his remarks, saying "the best part is that this guy has carried this joke around with him for three long years. The guy's making a billion dollars on a Smurf-murdering movie and he's stewing about a joke nobody heard on a network nobody watched!"

It wasn't enough for Beck to nail Cameron and CNN in one fell swoop. He also gleefully responded to Cameron's overheated rhetoric about global warming deniers, noting that the filmmaker had said that he wanted to "shoot it out with those boneheads." Claiming that 79% of all Americans don't believe that greenhouse gases are the most important factor in the planet's warming, Beck -- pretending to weep -- cried out, "Why must you kill all of them?"

It was marvelous television, and not just because when the segment concluded, we got to watch an ad for a company that promotes investment in gold bullion, featuring its spokesman, G. Gordon Liddy. But it made me think that with Cameron having so much down time between Hollywood epics, maybe MSNBC could give him his own show, perhaps right smack in Beck's time slot. Judging from the way Cameron shoots his mouth off, he's locked and loaded and ready to make a splash in cable news. 

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Photo of Glenn Beck by Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times.

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