September 3rd, 2010
02:40 PM ET
4 years ago

Beck scoffs at 'lie' allegations

 Beck is laughing at critics who are making a big deal over his 'lie.' at last weekend's rally.
Beck is laughing at critics who are making a big deal over his 'lie.' at last weekend's rally.

(CNN) -Glenn Beck is scoffing at recent attacks from MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and others after the Fox News host inaccurately told the crowd at his recent Washington, DC rally that he "held" George Washington's handwritten inaugural address.

"I thought it would be a little easier in the speech," Beck told his radio listeners Thursday as he dismissed the most recent liberal attack directed at him.

The uproar from the left came in response to a comment Beck made during his Restoring Honor rally on the National Mall last weekend in which he said, "I went to the National Archives and held the First Inaugural Address written in his own hand by George Washington."

Turns out the Archives' policy doesn't allow members of the public to touch rare documents like the First Inaugural Address. Instead, Beck was permitted to view the document through plastic – prompting Olbermann to declare "his story that he actually got to hold it…is wrong."

"His fib stands in stark contrast to the point of the rally, which was all about restoring the principles of courage and honor that the nation was founded upon," the publication Mother Jones chimed in.

But Beck himself didn't seem frazzled by the allegations.

"They are like, 'He's such a liar. Glenn Beck is such a lair!' said Beck laughing off the criticism.

"I thought I'd be a little easier than to say, 'Yesterday, I went to the National Archives, and they opened up the vault, and they put on their gloves, and then they put it on a tray, and they wheeled it over, and it's all in this hard plastic, and the because you're sitting down at a table and you can't – because of [Former National Security Advisor] Sandy Berger - you can't actually touch any of the documents because they are very rare'…..I thought it was a little clumsy to explain it that way."

"Might have been a little too much useless information!" Beck exclaimed. "Once again, they caught me."


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soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    What a Joke – Obama lies at least 10 times a day EVERY day and you never see anything about this from CNN, Double standard – ya think

    September 3, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Rightwingevangelicalconservatism is a disease

    Glenn Beck is human scum and a liar. He contradicts himself incessantly and wants to hold everyone to a higher standard than he can hold himself.

    September 3, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. Jane

    I have not seen CCN's headline "Obama caught in a lie" when Obama does more than shade the truth – Why does the main stream media do this – could it be they are afraid of Beck. They could not complain that Beck was poliical or that he slammed anybody – all he did was praise the military and praise God – hard to find fault with that.

    September 3, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Molly

    Gotcha journalism at its WORST!!! Nothing else to say about the event, so of course start saying that Glen Beck was lying. Jeez, you people should really be sterilized so we can be rid of you in a few decades!

    September 3, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. Kevster

    Really is that the best you guys have against us. Why do you track all the lies you say every day on the news and your liberal goverment. Keep trying to smear us Keep trying to bad mouth us people will wake and have seeing who is the FARCE and it is you.. THE MEDIA...

    September 3, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. duke

    glenn beck is a moron not a mormon.

    September 3, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Orlando Patriot

    So Beck is raked over the coals for a "lie"? Okay, maybe he shouldn't have misled whether the motives were right or not. However, if one "untruth" is enough to have an uproar that what do we do with an Obama/Pelosi/Reid who lie a multiple of times on a daily basis? Obama has been caught in lie after lie after lie after lie (i.e. "transparency", "you can keep your current insurance if you like it", "unemployment will stay below 8%", etc.). If Beck lied once (which was wrong and he should not have misled) what should happen to an Obama who lies daily? Any thoughts?

    September 3, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. sskrill

    Its not so earth shattering but he could have just said "I went to the archives and saw it with my own eyes" and would have achieved the same result.

    I think Beck is a scumbag among scumbags but I don't think this is something to really focus on.

    September 3, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Robert

    Beck, Palin, Bachman, Angle etc are FRAUDS! Stay the course and Vote DEMOCRATIC!

    September 3, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. NEC

    Of course Glen Beck is a liar! He's a wanna be politico isn't he? You HAVE to be a liar to be a politician! Doesn't matter whether your a Repub or a Demo, they're all liars!

    September 3, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. Edna

    Prove a lie that President Obama has told. Can't do it, can you?

    September 3, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. vel

    and this was all about faith... Gee, Mr. Beck, isnt' lying a sin anymore as long as it is "easier"? I see Kevster thinks the same. As long as you whine "you do it too" that makes lies by you and your ilk okay. And if you want to accuse someone of lying, at least provide evidence. We can see Beck lied here. Where are all of these "liberal lies"? Just saying it doesn't make it so, an idea evidently lost on Mr. Beck.

    September 3, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. Erika

    I've got to admit, most people with a lick of common sense (believe me, it isn't that common) already know that most of the 'information' coming from sources like Beck, Palin, and anyone else that believes you have to fit the "gun-toting, Christian-reformed, close-minded" stereotype in order to be what they consider a "true American" is nothing but an exaggerated version of nonsense.

    September 3, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. jay

    Everyone except the right wing nuts knows he's a Liar.

    September 3, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Josh

    I am about as liberal as they come, and I'm a fan of Keith Olberman...but this really is grasping at straws, I don't think Glenn Beck intentionally lied about it, and if he did, who cares?! And now CNN is covering the controversy like its news!! FOX news and its anchors lie and bend the truth about much more imporant things, and this is what you're going to make a story out of?! I don't get any news from FOX because I know it is very skewed, and I should stop getting news from CNN because its not newsworthy. I used to watch The Daily Show because I thought it was funny, now I watch it because its the only show that reports on anything that really matters!

    September 3, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. stephen johnson

    the beckster caught in a lie...you say???? No kidding???? Why I never would have thought the beckster would lie!!! And he represents the korporate, gawd luv'n right wing constituency??? Who's have thunk!! Simply terrible!!!!

    September 3, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. mfb

    "Let me tell you this one more time. (recall finger wagging at the camera) I did not have sex with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky." and did we ever determine what is, is?

    yep, and Beck's a liar. Right.

    September 3, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Alice

    Beck lies, Palin uses words that she doesn't really understand, Limbaugh uses scare tactics, and no matter how hard he tries, Newt will always be Newt. So with this in mind, don't you think that both Democrats and Republican need to move on and solve the issues. Get these bozos off the public stage and allow the real problem solvers to get the job done without the distraction of the playground.

    September 3, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. Marion

    All these lies these responders say Obama told, where are they?? And why didn't someone call him on them?? Ridiculous! I think Glenn Beck is just goofy to pull something like he did. . .

    September 3, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. Greg In Virginia

    So to all of you Beck fans, I have one question for you and you can answer yes or no.

    Did he Lie?

    September 3, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. GOPvsUSA

    Hey .... Beck followers?

    This isn't an Obama thread .. try to stay on topic!

    Oh wait ... that would mean you'd have to defend his latest lie though wouldn't it?

    LOL!

    What's the matter? You can't blame Clinton for this one like you did for 8 straight years under Dubya?

    See, this is what happens when a guy who "doesn't think he has to check his facts because he's only a commentator" (as he said on The View) continues to try stating them.

    It's as if this guy has a drinking problem or couldn't graduate unless he started his own university or something ...

    September 3, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. Observer

    Why should Glenn Beck telling a blatant lie be news anymore?

    September 3, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. Bluemax77

    Does anyone actually care about or listen to this clown?? Where does the Right find these idiots? Put a skirt on Beck and you’ve got Palin. Please, life’s far too short to be reporting on people who talk and act like 8th grade kids...

    September 3, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. Really?

    Wow! What a piece of priceless journalism. Olberman is such a waste of time. Throw the book at Beck, but let the rest of Washington skate on by on their real lies. Just like lamestream media

    September 3, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. Buster Bloodvessel

    Of course, and his flock will believe he held that document no matter what the truth is. It makes a better story if he went to the Archives and they all fell down and worshiped him and washed his feet and let him play with the documents. Then he healed a leper, walked on water, and went out to give his Sermon on the Steps. We're witnessing the birth of another religion, folks!

    September 3, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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