September 3rd, 2010
02:40 PM ET
10 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. linda iowa

    So much for restoring honor. It is the hypocrisy!!!! You can not be touting honor and lie.

    September 3, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. walleye

    EVERYTHING this Nazi says is a lie. Only the weak of mind and the idiot Teabag lemmings follow him and Hannity.

    September 3, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    First off, Who is "they" in "they caught me"? Keith Olbermann made this accusation and it didn't come from everyone on the left. Stop falling for this stuff. Most liberals just kind of roll our eyes when Keith makes these trivial points. But since there are those who are quick to come to Beck's defense, answer this question, did he lie or not? Give me the 10 lies Obama "tells everyday" as one of you has thrown out there and we can have a conversation. Defend with facts not emotional bs.

    September 3, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. PZ

    Well this pretty much invalidates everything Beck has ever said. (sarcasm). I can't believe there are people at CNN whose job it is to write about such petty issues. Isn't this what basement bloggers are for?

    September 3, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Mitch

    Olbermann needs to get a life. Keith wishes he could get 100 people to show up at a rally. If that is the only criticism he can scrape up then he needs to keep his mouth shut.

    September 3, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. ABM

    To Anonymous – what koolaid have you been drinking?

    Bush and Cheney lied to us all about WMD. -> FACT
    – Did they do anything to keep oil and gas prices down? No!
    – Did they do anything to prevent the finacial mess we are in now? No. Bush could not even admit to it halfway into it!
    – The McCain ran under the motto – Country First. Has he or any other member of the GOP done this or acted professional since the election? NO!!!!!
    – Did Fox stepup and attack the Office of the President day after day? YES!
    – Has anyone protested Fox or any of the minions who can't bring themselves around to the fact that the People of this country elected a Black President? NO!
    Has the current administration worked hard to pass Healthcare and Financial Reform to help the people of this country? YES!!!!!!

    What do you have to say to that. [nothing]

    Dems: 100 - GOP: 0

    Don't hate – appreciate. Things could be much worse – Palin could have been Vice President. Then US would then had been a total joke and an EPIC FAIL.

    Sit back and relax. Learn to respect the President and get over it!

    September 3, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Elaine

    Glen Beck is crazy. I don't understand why you want to put Obama down when he is doing the best he can do. Beck is a dangerous man and yet the weak take up for him. They can't see beyond their nose.

    September 3, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. JAB

    What kind of honor is lying to people????

    September 3, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. Bob of Lompoc

    Beck is such a strange, strange man. Do people who behave like him eventually kill themselves? I'm thinking he is not balanced, and a threat to himself and his family. If you're religious, and like the guy, I suggest you pray for him. He will need it.

    September 3, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Shucks

    What a FREAK!!!!

    September 3, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. Tubbykid

    Gee, I hope he doesn't get caught several more times, people will think he's a liberal Democrat.

    September 3, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. Michelle

    We all lie!

    September 3, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    I do believe that "Rightwingevangelicalconservatism is a disease" needs help....

    September 3, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. Anon

    Beck has been getting alot of attention and dorks like Olberman are becoming even more obsessive of him. Lets look at some real whoppers. Look up Obama Clinton debate Nafta. If Olberman wasn't such a shill he would report about lies told by our politicians...even Democrats.

    September 3, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. Bill

    Why are you so obsessed with Beck? Nothing else to report on. Why don't you just make things up like you usually do.

    September 3, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. g girl

    and, did anyone read Kathleen Parker's take on Glenn's "tentless revival"?! She nailed it – and, she isn't a friend of the lefties, so maybe the righties should stop and wonder who's having the wool pulled over their eyes, and who's pockets are being emptied by "wolves in sheep's clothing", or in this case one impersonating the "new Messiah"........ hmmmmmmm??!!

    September 3, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. Linton

    I agree with Kevster – the WMD that was a LIE!

    September 3, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. Lori

    And he calls himself a christian!

    September 3, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. AEJ

    As if this is news. Anything and anyone out of Foxs News is 100% LIE!!! But really now – is this news. We all knew this was a glorification of BECK.

    On any given day this mall attracts 20000-40000 people. So CBS 87,000 people – what's the big deal. I actually watched people walking away when "SAINT BECK" was talking. A freaking lunatic he is and what better lunatic to have besides him but SAINT SARAH – THE MOOSE KILLER!!

    September 3, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Derek

    Yeah, Obama lies 80 bagillion times a second but Lame Stream Media only picks up on the one thing Beck misquoted cause they are liberal scum! Give me a break! CNN reported it as Beck scoffs at Lie allegations. Go back to watching Faux News you whiney Christian Conservatives. They will feed you only what you want to hear.

    September 3, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. Tom

    Quoted from Rightwingevangelicalconservatism is a disease post above: "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"

    I think you need to turn around and take a close look at the leftists behind you! Are you serious? If he is scum and a liar where does that leave you?

    September 3, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. Shucks

    His little we love GOD racist rally screams in the face of normalcy. It just shows how mental illness is spread.

    September 3, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. alpha_nu_916

    good lord. i see the beck worshipers have come out in droves once again bashing obama for lying "at least 10 times a day EVERY day" and because "Obama does more than shade the truth."
    i get it – you all love beck, hate liberals, and hate the president. obviously they are not as american and god fearing as beck supposedly is. however, remember the bible and what it says about worshiping false idols.

    September 3, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. Independent

    As an independent I would like to say that Fox news does lie constantly. It is not one sided, not liberal not conservative. Did you know Beck said once (look it up, it's true) that he didn't give a damn about the political process, that he worked for an entertainment company.

    September 3, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  25. Kwesoe

    Confucius was ssu k'ou in Lu for seven days and he executed chu Shao Cheng Mao under the easter tower flanking the palace gate. His student, Tzu-kung asked him why it was that his first punishment fell on Shao Cheng Mao? Confucius replied: "There are five things that a true King punishes, and thieving is not one of them. The first comes the mind that is treacherous while discerning; second comes words that are eloquent while false; third comes conduct that is unswerving while perverse; fourth comes memory that is wide in scope but stupid; fifth comes following what is wrong while giving it a gloss. Me thinks Confucius would slay Glenn Beck if he were alive today.

    September 3, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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