CORRECTION: The original article stated that several of the arrested arsonists over the past year were also instigators in Black Lives Matter rallies, violent protests, and Antifa riots. To clarify, one arrested arsonist was affiliated with BLM and one was "rumored" to be connected with Antifa. Glenn Beck's argument was focused specifically on showing that several of the fires were started by arson and not caused by climate change.
Glenn stated the left has already determined that the wildfires raging across the West Coast were definitely caused by climate change and Big Tech is determined to silence anyone who dares suggest otherwise. Facebook even announced a sweeping policy on Saturday to remove posts that claim the fires were caused by arson from far-left activists.
On his radio program Wednesday, Glenn revealed multiple arrest records for suspected arsonists in California, Oregon, and Washington state over the last year. He also called out the "news gods" in Big Tech, daring them to try to censor his video.
"I asked my staff, to see if there was any evidence [of arson] on the fires. And I don't mean evidence from Twitter. I mean evidence. Is there anybody who has been arrested for arson?" Glenn said. "Well, here they are. And YouTube and Facebook, go ahead. I want you to demonetize this clip. I want you to somehow or another say that we're lying. I want you to throttle this. Go ahead. Because then you're going to have to explain what we got wrong. And I happen to have all the documents right here. So my attorney is really ready for that throttling or demonetization. You say you're a protector of the truth? Great, here it is."
Glenn read off the first 10 arrest records, which combined allege the destruction of more than 120,000 acres and 700 structures over the past year, as well as tens of thousands of people evacuated from their homes.
The Politifact article cited by Glenn does not explicitly list arson as a suspected cause, writing instead that "Some fires were purportedly set deliberately, such as one near Eugene, Ore., that burned hundreds of acres and a small brush fire in Puyallup, Wash. But extremist groups are not thought to be connected to them, and arson appears to be the exception — not the rule."
The burning of hundreds of thousands of acres over the past year by those Glenn lists seems to be more than just an exception.
"You want to tell us, PolitiFact, how you came to the conclusion ... that there was no arson in these fires?" Glenn asked. "Can you tell me how you came to that conclusion? Because your fact-check seems to be entirely false."
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