Losing Before the Starting Line

Glen Beck, the lat­est angry US pun­dit, spoke out a cou­ple of days ago against US Pres­i­dent Oba­ma’s (now unsuc­cess­ful) trip to Copen­hagen to lob­by the Olympic Com­mit­tee to hold the 2016 Olympics in Chica­go. He men­tioned that the Van­cou­ver Olympics had already “lost a bil­lion dol­lars”.

The White House called him out on the fact that as we all know all-too-well around here, the Olympics haven’t tak­en place yet:

RHETORIC: BECK SAID VANCOUVER LOST $1 BILLION WHEN ITHAD THE OLYMPICS.” Glenn Beck said, “Van­cou­ver lost, how much was it? they lost a bil­lion dol­lars when they had the Olympics.” [Tran­script, Glenn Beck Show, 9/29/09]

REALITY: VANCOUVER’S OLYMPICS WILL NOT TAKE PLACE UNTIL 2010. Van­cou­ver will host the 2010 Olympic and Par­a­lympic Games from Feb­ru­ary 12 – 28, 2010 and March 12–21, 2010, respec­tive­ly. [Vancouver2010.com, accessed 9/29/09]

In response, Beck explained that he meant Cal­gary, and then began an account­ing of how much he thinks Van­cou­ver is going to lose, with the final tab com­ing to some­where around a 4.5 bil­lion-dol­lar short­fall. I’m speech­less. The audio, via YouTube, is below:

One Reply to “Losing Before the Starting Line”

  1. Well my quick check of Wikipedia says that Cal­gary made a prof­it of between $90–150 mil­lion. I’ll be kind and assume that Mr Beck is refer­ring to Mon­tréal going into the hole when it host­ed the 1976 sum­mer games. But then again, giv­en the gen­er­al qual­i­ty of argu­ments, it would­n’t sur­prise me if he would­n’t rec­og­nize a ‘fact’ if he found it in his bowl of soup.

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