CBS News had a report over the weekend about Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) that exposed not real news but their own bias.
The outlet published quotes from several women who had worked with Franken, a Democratic senator who has been accused of sexual harassment by commentator Leeann Tweeden. The women in the “report” from CBS News only had glowing things to say about their former boss.
“CBS, you should be ashamed of yourself,” Doc said on today’s show while standing in for Glenn. “That’s not news. That’s propaganda. How is something that didn’t happen news?”
Tweeden said that during a USO tour in 2006, Franken forcibly kissed her without permission and left a photograph of him groping her chest. She released the picture as proof along with a post about the incident.
Today, a new accuser came forward to say that Franken groped her during a photo op at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair. Lindsay Menz’s account is the first accusation dated during Franken’s time in office.
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
DOC: Doc Thompson in for Glenn Beck. We’re discussing the witch hunt that is accusations all over the place of inappropriate behavior. All kinds of different people.
And I say witch hunt because you can clearly see that people are trying to gin up things from the past, in order to punish people.
Are some of these legit? Absolutely. Should those people be punished if proven guilty? Absolutely. I have no problem against that. Of course, they should.
But you recognize most of this is being done for a political nature, or for agenda. Even if it’s not a politician. It’s the, huh. We’ve heard virtually nothing about Kevin Spacey. But a whole lot about Roy Moore, haven’t we?
Al Franken over the weekend, they ran a story on CBS that basically said — and I tweeted about it. I was stunned. CBS, you should be ashamed of yourself. They ran a story that basically said, here’s a bunch of women who worked in Al Franken’s office who said, he was always a perfect gentleman and one hell of a boss. That’s not news. That’s propaganda.
How is something that didn’t happen news? Okay. So your argument is, well, this disputes what this woman claimed. Well, remember, there’s photographic evidence of one of her allegations. So you don’t have to prove it or disprove it, as CBS is trying to do. CBS was trying to take the heat on of Al Franken. They were — they were helping him.
They were not the fourth estate. They were not the media holding people accountable and reporting facts as journalists. CBS, we’re propagandists, helping or attempting to help Al Franken. Had they dug up a bunch of women from Roy Moore’s past saying, he was always a perfect gentleman. I was 13, and he didn’t sleep with me. No. They didn’t do that. Did they dig up a bunch of women during the campaign saying, Donald Trump never grabbed me by the hoo-ha? No. It was, here’s a bunch of women that said — that never happened with Al Franken. You should be ashamed of yourself.
Let’s go to the phone lines. 888-727-BECK. 888-727-BECK.
Let’s go to line number 55 in Massachusetts. It’s Steve. Welcome to the Glenn Beck Program, Steve. How are you?
CALLER: Hey, Glenn. How are you doing?
DOC: Doing well.
CALLER: My biggest pet peeve with this whole sexual harassment scandal is why hasn’t Bill Clinton at least been condemned and ostracized by the Democrat Party? He should have been in jail for what he did while he was governor of Arkansas, never mind have a political career. To me, the whole Democrat Harvey fighting against sexual harassment is the biggest fraud, because Bill Clinton is still walking around free and loose. And until they clean that up, I think my vote is going to be a protest vote, against Bill Clinton, for his sexual harassment.
DOC: You know what, Steve, and I — you’re absolutely right. The hypocrisy is incredible. Now, there is hypocrisy from the right too. There’s a lot of people who won’t hold people accountable, and that’s fine. But you’re absolutely right when it comes to Bill Clinton.
Did you see what Chelsea Handler did last week with regard to that story, where she was talking about Juanita Broaddrick, or tweeted at her.
So Chelsea Handler — and, by the way, Steve, thank you for the call. Chelsea Handler, who suffers from Trump derangement syndrome — full disclosure, I didn’t vote for Donald Trump. I didn’t support him, because I vote on track record. I certainly didn’t vote for Hillary, but I vote on track record as a conservative Libertarian. I think Trump has done a pretty good job with some things. I’ve criticized him on others.
Having said that — got to do that disclaimer in today’s world, unfortunately.
Chelsea Handler tweets out about, all women are to be believed, and a bunch of other propaganda as part of her Trump derangement symptom. And, of course, blasted Trump.
She put something like, imagine when speaking of Roy Moore — imagine you’re a young girl and an older man abuses you sexually. It was pretty close to that. I’m paraphrasing. But it’s pretty close.
And then you have to suffer through it the rest of your life, and then he gets elected to the Senate. And you have to witness that. And what does that show to other girls?
And Juanita Broaddrick, who has accused Bill Clinton of raping her, when he was governor, tweeted out, I don’t have to imagine. Because it happened to me.
Said, that happened — a governor did that to me, and then went on to be president. So on and so forth. And a bunch of people said, hey, what about that Chelsea, come on. And she was silent for a few days. And was forced to respond.
And she respond, Juanita, I didn’t know about that. I’m just finding out about this. What? Bill Clinton. Allegations! Women! Rape, inappropriate, what? When did this happen — what?
Really, Chelsea? Did you start reading the newspapers a week and a half ago? You really don’t remember any of that stuff? You’re lying. It’s crap. How dare you.
Let’s go back to the phone lines. Line 22 now. Rick in Missouri. Welcome to the Glenn Beck Program. How are you?
CALLER: Thank you, Doc. Pleasure to be on. What gets me besides everything that has already been stated as basically the facts of it is, we got to learn from our history. And here’s one simple little history lesson that is from the recent past.
Mitt Romney didn’t pay his taxes for ten years. Well, that’s what I heard.
CALLER: Two years later, Harry, you lied, on nationwide TV. Harry, you lied. And he smirks and says, well, he didn’t win, did he? Ha, ha, ha.
I’m feeling exactly the same thing in Alabama, on a state-level, which will lead to a federal level. That’s exactly what I’m feeling.
DOC: And, Rick, mind you, while he was saying that, while Harry Reid having no conscience was saying that, there were actually people in the current administration when he said that, that didn’t pay their taxes. Do you remember?
Tim Geithner and Kathleen Sebelius, remember? They did not pay their taxes and only paid them once they were called out and it was discovered. Yet, he called out Mitt Romney.
CALLER: Yes. And supposedly — yes, and supposedly, approximately, what? Ten percent of IRS, certain department of IRS didn’t pay their federal taxes either.
DOC: Yes, they still haven’t. Yeah, every year, the IG reports come out and they don’t pay their taxes. I mean, look at — we found out — well, Rick, we just found out that Lois Lerner, they started settling some of those cases with the Tea Party and patriot groups when Lois Lerner conspired with other people, and I believe the Obama administration and other people therein, to use the power of the IRS to punish people for their different political opinions.
CALLER: Oh, yeah.
DOC: And they’ve started to admit that now. They’ve actually admitted that, wrongdoing, and said they won’t let that happen again now.
Meanwhile, Lois Lerner still sits, collecting a government pension, that, by the way, they waited to fire her or retire her a couple of months, so she would reach another category and make more money.
CALLER: Isn’t it amazing? Isn’t it amazing?
DOC: And that’s the hypocrisy, Rick. I don’t care if it’s Democrat or Republican. I’m tired of the DC game where it’s them against us.
CALLER: Well, to me, Doc, to be quite honest with you, with regard to how the party goes, because I’m old enough to remember, Blue Dog Democrats. I’m old enough to remember real Republicans. The Republican Party today was the Democratic Party of 30 years ago. The Democratic Party today is the Socialist Party of today.
CALLER: That’s the way I look at it.
DOC: That’s a great way to look at it, buddy. Thanks so much for the call. Appreciate it. Back to the phone lines. Let’s go to New York now.
David from line 111. How are you, sir?
CALLER: Good. How are you?
DOC: Good. Well, sir.
CALLER: What I wanted to say was, you know, Judge Roy Moore is being slandered all over the news. You know, he might be guilty, he might not be. The lady may be telling the truth. But there’s only — there’s no really way of finding out the truth, unless you ask him to take a polygraph test. Because he’s being destroyed in the court of public opinion. So why not get some world-renowned polygraphist to give these guys tests, find out who is telling the truth?
DOC: Well, and I appreciate where you’re heading with this. And I like the idea. If I were Roy Moore, I would take one. The problem is, polygraph tests aren’t always accurate, as you know. But — and, by the way, thank you so much for the call. But the bigger problem is you’re asking Roy Moore to prove his innocence. That’s not now how this is supposed to work.
Now, I know there are people like Mitt Romney even, who said, innocent until proven guilty is for a court of law, not public opinion. And all of this crap. And the bottom line is Mitt Romney doesn’t like Roy Moore because Mitt Romney is the progressive Republican. We know that.
The reason he put that out there is because of other things. Other reasons he doesn’t want Roy Moore to have that gig.
But you’re still asking him to prove himself innocent. It’s not supposed to work that way. Even though that’s an official standard when it comes to our legal system, we’re all supposed to have that attitude ourselves as well. Why would you want to start with somebody is guilty? Why would you want to assume guilt? That’s not good. It’s not Christian either. All right. Back to the phone calls. Let’s go to the Buckeye State. Pete in Ohio. How are you, sir? Welcome to the Glenn Beck Program.
VOICE: Hey, good morning, Doc. The spotlight on people in powerful positions has never been brighter. And we can vote with our dollars and our feet in business or in Hollywood. But I’d like to expand the institution of term limits, as we have for our — our mayors. Term limits for the governors. Term limits for the president of the United States. Power in the Congress and the Senate is based on, you know, dictates of entrenched politicians. And I would like to see them, you know, 16 to 20 years, I think is reasonable. It would — it’s not partisan. It wouldn’t help one party or the other. But it would clean up Congress.
DOC: Pete, I absolutely agree with you. That’s one of the solutions in this thing. So let’s talk solutions. If you’re tired of all of this back and forth witch hunt, backbiting when you know so many people are guilty from various backgrounds, from Republicans, Democrats, conservative, liberal. Whatever. If you’re tired of it, then you have to come up with solutions. And, Pete, you’re right. That’s one of the solutions, term limits. We have to find as much way to take away power from DC as possible. And that’s something our liberal friends are missing here.