Glenn Beck’s Real Story – How the Liberal Media Works
GLENN: Oh, is it really? Shut up. Hang on, I just got some breaking news from Stu. Really? On the front page?
STU: I don’t know that it’s the front page. My guess is it’s not the front page.
STU: I’m going to say it’s slash Glenn, I’m going to guess.
GLENN: No way on the front page of CNN.com. I can’t believe it’s on CNN.com/Glenn. We’re talking about the media bias episode that I did last night. I did a Real Story on the media bias.
STU: CNN.com/Glenn. It is official. Congratulations. You’re in the big time now. There’s Drudge Report and then there’s CNN.com/Glenn. That’s where everyone goes.
GLENN: You know, we’re not affiliated with CNN.com. I mean, we are. We work for the same company but it’s a different — CNN is a completely different world than Headline News.
STU: Right. And your show isn’t actually a — the way it’s set up is weird. At the upper right-hand corner you can see the clip of the media bias.
GLENN: Do you remember the scene, you know, from every Mission Impossible where if you are caught or killed, we disavow any knowledge?
GLENN: That’s pretty much me. If I’m caught or killed on anything, CNN says, Glenn Beck, we don’t know, who, what?
STU: We’ve always had opening programming at 7:00, 9:00, midnight and 5:00.
GLENN: Oh, that’s Headline News. That’s another agency. So anyway, you would see that we had Noel Sheppard on last night from Newsbusters and I didn’t get a chance to ask you, Noel, on the air about my cycle of how the liberal news media works. Has anyone ever called you from the New York Times and quoted Newsbusters or used the story you guys have done as the basis of a story? Like everybody does with Media Matters?
Noel Sheppard is an economist, business owner, and a featured writer at the prestigious American Thinker. He is also a contributing writer to the Business and Media Institute and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.
SHEPPARD: Not necessarily. I’ve been quoted by the New York Times at their kind of blog coverage.
GLENN: But never in a serious news story?
SHEPPARD: Nothing in a serious news piece where Noel Sheppard of Newsbusters said the following and —
GLENN: Have you ever noticed a story that you exposed being in the, let’s say the editorial of the New York Times?
SHEPPARD: No chance.
GLENN: No chance? Didn’t think so. Isn’t that weird? But before I get to the stuff you found on Eliot Spitzer, real quick I just want you to cover a couple of things that you covered on the TV show last night. We did a story where I said — I predicted this was going to happen. I was joking about Obama being the antichrist and these crazy people that write me e-mails. It was picked up by one blog, then it was picked up by another, then it was picked up by Keith Olbermann and then it was picked up by the New York Times in an editorial and it has become fact that I’m a bigot and called, basically called —
SHEPPARD: Even more so today than yesterday, Glenn, because yesterday I told you that if you put in "Glenn Beck, Obama, and antichrist" into Google, into a web search, you would get 744,000 hits. It’s now up to 988,000. So let’s just call it a million.
GLENN: Yeah, baby!
SHEPPARD: So congratulations. You should be very proud.
GLENN: Any idea how many hits it takes before it becomes absolutely diehard fact that I’m a bigot that calls Barack Obama the antichrist?
SHEPPARD: Well, I’m glad you asked that because actually one of the hits that I saw went to a sports message board. So I think once the people in sports are talking about you as a bigot, well, then it’s official. Yeah, that’s it.
GLENN: Why not. Hey, did you see the game last night, and have you heard about that bigot that think Obama is the antichrist?
SHEPPARD: It was kind of funny going through the some of the places that depicted you as a bigot as a result and the issue here is — I mean, we’re laughing about this but it’s really not funny.
GLENN: Oh, no. No, no, no, it’s not funny because it becomes fact.
SHEPPARD: No. I mean, right now you are a confirmed or affirmed bigot because of, as we discussed yesterday, 21 words taken out of an 80-word question that you asked rather comically and even the way you asked that question of Hagee, you were really being derogatory and derisive of people who actually believe that Obama is actually the antichrist. Yet they took this 21 words and now as a result all over the Internet you’re a bigot.
SHEPPARD: This is what these two entities, Think Progress and Media Matters, this is what they do 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
GLENN: And you told me they not only took it from an 80 word question down to 20 and the way they edited it. What was that piece of information?
SHEPPARD: Yeah, the little snippet that they took at Think Progress, you said there are people, and they said this about Bill Clinton, that actually believe he might be the antichrist. Well, they even siphoned that down to, there are people, they say this about Bill Clinton, he might be the antichrist. Now, they left out "That actually believe."
SHEPPARD: That’s important because when you were saying "That actually believe," you were mocking folks that believe such nonsense.
GLENN: Right, right.
SHEPPARD: But what’s interesting here is Think Progress poorly transcribed your words.
GLENN: They didn’t poorly — no. They poorly transcribed — it was an honest mistake. For those people who actually believe that was an honest mistake, God bless you.
Real quick, Noel, I’ve only got 30 seconds. Tell me what you found on the media with Eliot Spitzer today.
SHEPPARD: With three evening broadcasts last night, only two of them mentioned that he was a Democrat.
GLENN: Was it NBC or CBS that didn’t mention he was a Democrat?
SHEPPARD: CBS did. ABC and NBC did not, although there was kind of a screen cap where you saw a D next to his name very briefly.
GLENN: Yeah, yeah.
SHEPPARD: The other thing that was interesting is none of them discussed the possible connection or the impact to the upcoming presidential election, which is absurd given the fact that he, of course, is from New York and has ties to Hillary Clinton. Nobody discussed that.
GLENN: Right. And he’s a superdelegate who’s voting for Hillary Clinton. Noel Sheppard from Newsbusters, thank you, sir.