GLENN: I want to give you the story that we were talking about in the first half hour. I want to read the actual story. The only one that really covered it and did a good job on it is Mediaite. Mediaite I’m torn on and I think that’s what you should be on all media. You should be torn. You should think that some of the stories they get right and some of the stories they don’t get right. When they’re writing about you, you’re sometimes like, yeah, finally somebody has gotten it right and other times you’re like, no, that’s not the story. And to me it shows that they tried to get the story right.
Here is an honest piece of reporting that I think, you know, anybody with an integrity an ounce of integrity would have reported on this story. Here’s what they wrote. Let’s end the week with some Shirley Sherroding, editing of a clip to make it sound like someone is saying something that is exactly the complete opposite of what they are saying. In this case the offender is Media Matters when they try to prove that Glenn Beck’s radio cohosts were saying Keith Olberman was responsible for the deadly Manchester workplace shooting. Here was Media Matters’ headline. Quote, Beck’s sidekicks Gray and Burguiere, Keith Olberman and Media responsible for Manchester shooting, end quote. That was the headline. The side kicks are Pat Gray and Steve Burguiere who cohosted without Beck today. And why did Media Matters write this? Well, that is because what Beck and Burguiere said at first. Quote, Gray, obviously Keith Olberman is responsible for those eight people dead. Burguiere, quote, a guy like that who’s a little unstable, anyway, can’t help but react to the constant pressure of Keith Olberman on the air and on MSNBC and all of MSNBC talking about the racism that is out there, end quote, but the problem is the cohosts were being sarcastic to make a point. One minute later they got serious and Stu says, quote, Keith Olberman was not responsible for any shooting, but that part is conveniently out of the Media Matters’ audio because Media Matters cut the audio right before they started to make it clear. Right after the Media Matters’ edit, Burguiere says, quote, Obviously we’re making a point here. Let’s move to the case against the Tea Party members. They’re constantly convinced that the government is after them. They’re going to come after their guns. Well, who is always talking about that? Glenn Beck. So, therefore, he’s responsible for every time anyone does anything violent. Later Gray says, just like you can’t blame Keith Olberman for this dumb racist thing and Burguiere reiterates, Keith Olberman ills not responsible for any shooting. Keith Olberman is not. It’s not possible for him to sit there and inspire that by talking about a topic.
Update, at the end of the story: Media has updated their post. Here’s their correction. Correction: The original headline on this clip did not make clear let me give you the headline again. The headline is: Beck’s sidekicks Gray and Burguiere Keith Olberman and Media responsible for Manchester shooting. The original headline on this clip did not make it clear that Beck’s cohosts were being satirical when they linked Keith Olberman to the Manchester shooting.
PAT: They’re right about that. Didn’t make that clear.
STU: Not clear at all.
GLENN: Their subsequent statements that Olberman was not responsible for the shooting, Media Matters regrets the error.
GLENN: In other words, says Mediaite, in other words, the exact opposite of Media Matters’ post. Now, there’s no error there. Media Matters made no error. Be very clear. This is the kind of things are you recording this, media matter? You can go ahead and well, if I say this, though, if I say that you are nothing but a smear machine funded by Soros, what you’ll print is: Glenn Beck hates us. Please donate to the DNC.
The Media Matters does nothing but smear. This is a political organization only and all they do is provide disinformation, period. They’re trying to smear and discredit anyone who stands against the Soros selected machine.
PAT: And in this case, I mean, have they not discredited themselves to the point now where
GLENN: For anybody
PAT: for anything they say.
GLENN: Anybody who plays attention, but they’re not playing for anybody who pays attention. They’re not playing to those people. They are playing to those who are who rely on Twitter feeds, because all that was
PAT: Right. Exactly. And if you go back they probably pulled it down at this point, but if you go back ad look at the comment, the original way they posted it, they were going, I can’t believe these people. How can it be obvious that Olberman is responsible? The real people who are responsible are the right wring didn’t question it for a second.
GLENN: Do me a favor. Do me a favor. Make sure you get all of those comments and you go back in because nothing is gone forever. You go in and get all of those comments so the next time there’s any kind of violence, we have those comments that all we have to do is change the names
GLENN: These guys are ridiculous and I’m glad that I’ve distanced myself from Joe Kerry who fired and I want you to know, too, that today, because I’m using this as a teachable moment, not only can America see how stupid America was and how brilliant I was, in this moment I have also created or saved four jobs.
GLENN: Four jobs
STU: Pat and I, right?
GLENN: I saved your job, but when I fired you when Joe fired you
PAT: Yes, uh huh
GLENN: okay? I wasn’t going to replace you. So, I stopped I closed those jobs?
GLENN: So, when I when I found out that you had been wronged, you two princes of men, really, I came in and I said, no. We are going to create those positions. So, I have saved two jobs and created two jobs.
PAT: That’s four altogether
STU: But it’s just Pat and I.
GLENN: I have saved please.
PAT: Do you want to talk to Joe again?
GLENN: I have saved or created four jobs
STU: Wow. So, this is a triumph for you.
[NOTE: Transcript may have been edited to enhance readability – audio archive includes full segment as it was originally aired]