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. Demsareduds

    Please focus on the lies of the Democrats and their leader Obumer, just look at health care bill and wait to you see everybodies taxes go up do to all of the bills this admin has passes. Your credabiity is lacking but go ahead and call me a racist or bigot it does not mean anything anymore...this is what happens when you call everyone the same names.

    September 3, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. important

    the only news here is that any news network would allow the likes of olberman and maddow to spew their gibberish on air.

    September 3, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Mike

    Olbermann is just trying to be mentioned in conversation at this point. Poor guy, hahaha.

    September 3, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. It's the leaders, not the cause

    "is this the best you have against us?" Really? This is about Glenn Beck, not those you support much of what he is advocating. He reinvents himself at will. How many of his loyal followers watched him before he was on Fox? How many know he was on CNN. I'm guessing not too many since he was a liberal advocate promoting things such as the need for a complete transformation of our healthcare system. He's a snake oil salesman. If he lived in Tehran he'd be a huge supporter of Islamic fundamentalist. Small government, lower taxes, fiscal responsibilty, are all great causes that deserve support and all those who gathered at the mall in Washington to advocate for these are to be commended. Your cause is just. Beck, Palin, Limbaugh and Hannity do you a disservice with their rheotoric.

    September 3, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. John N Florida

    Beck has been caught so many times in his lies, it's no longer surprising. He even lies when the truth would be easier.
    The shrinks have a name for somebody who lies rather than tell the truth.
    "POLITICIAN"

    September 3, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. AZGUY64

    Glenn Beck is a P.T. Barnum for the 21st century!

    September 3, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. Jen

    How obtuse. There was so much good at this rally and if ANYONE else had held it, you would be able to look past your stubborn rose colored glasses to see that. I feel so sorry for all in the media and those angry....YES YOU R THE ONES WHO ARE ANGRY....leftists like Olbermann, Matthews and Shultz (OMG this guy is the worst) Everything you say about Glenn Beck viewers, you are actually saying about yourselves. Jealousy really tears you up inside, doesnt' it?

    September 3, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Glenn Beck wants power and control. Power to tell people what to do and think – and control to manipulate resources to serve his own means. This is your leader T-Baggers. Enjoy...

    September 3, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. rick garrett

    glen beck-i think american idiot was written for him-he is everything that has made american a laughing stock-please take your white sheets off-and leave my country you fd it up enough

    September 3, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Leave it to that pompous twit Olberman to build a molehill into a mountain. And I love the reference to Sandy Berger - you know, Clinton's security adviser who had a habit of spiriting material out of the National Archives that related to some of the more unsavory facts of that administration.

    September 3, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. Q

    That's it?

    September 3, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    All one has to do is sit back watch, wait and listen and people like Beck will always reveal their true identity. It's not nice to tell a lie while holding a Bible in one hand, there is only one God and he has the final say.

    September 3, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Diana

    He also lied about the correspondent's dinner a few years back and when he went on "The View" Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg tore him a new one. It didn't surprise me that he lied about something so big as that. The issue is that he lies about stuff like that because stupid people believe him. And those same stupid people start to believe that the fool can actually go into the archives and do what he says he did without asking questions. Therein lies the danger within both parties. No one is asking questions. I hold no validity to what Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin says. They have both proven to be liars, and quitters.

    September 3, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. Ignorant

    How could this be? I thought Beck a.k.a. Jesus can never lie....

    September 3, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. vet in tx

    Beware of whom you choose to believe as that they will be prosperous from the backs of the easliy misled.

    September 3, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. RobertF

    Anonymous, please tell us the 10 lies that Obama told yesterday...or the day before...or any day. How about telling us even one lie he told today! Beck says he wants to bring honor back to America but he can't tell a simple little story without lying.

    September 3, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. april

    anyone who listens to/watches Beck and takes him seriously is an idiot. plain and simple. he even labels himself an entertainer. he's putting on a show to make money...and ignorant people angry about having a black president suck it up, listen to him as if he is an actual journalist. he is a fake, a fraud, a con-man.

    September 3, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. Nate

    I'm a liberal and I feel a little bit dumber after reading this article.

    September 3, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. Karen Elley

    So Beck is now saying that he was simply trying to save his audience from an inconvenient truth with a convenient lie? He could have simply stated, "and saw with my own eyes, George Washington's handwritten inaugural address," and been both truthful and concise. Bet that never occurred to him.

    September 3, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. anonymous2

    so, Anynymous – what "10 lies" did Obama tell today? Can you list at least 5? How about 1?

    September 3, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. NC

    Some of you Beck followers have your heads buried in the sand. Beck was caught in a LIE.

    September 3, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Ann in Ohio

    Keith could fill his whole show every night with lies that Beck tells every day. That man is an idiot.......This is a none story. Hey Anonymous, have some gonads and print your name when you print BS about the President. lily-livered chicken........

    September 3, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. Mitch P

    Beck is a pure liar and hypocrite. He'll tell lies about any progressive person, even drag their families into it, yet claim that families should be left out of public discourse. And not to mention his for-profit event in Washington, where the money raised FIRST went to cover his expenses before going to a single soldier. Very generous coming from a mulitmillionaire.

    September 3, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. The Unsub

    i don't care for beck.

    September 3, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. shawn

    You Libtards are suck DA's. Osama's preacher is a racist that HATES whites, and you guys doent even talk about it, but Beck says some writing he is holding, and you guys go off. Must be nice in la la land.

    September 3, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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