Vote and Comment: Beck Demands Retraction: Politico‘s Story on Palin Is ’Out and Out Lie’
GLENN: Politico yesterday, Politico does this story on saying that sources close to me say I was so frustrated with Sarah Palin that she was cancelling and rebooking an appearance on this program for a book that I said no more Sarah Palin I won’t have her on the show, radio or television because of that.
STU: News to me.
GLENN: Yeah, you guys hadn’t heard this story yesterday?
PAT: No, no. Oh, jeez.
GLENN: I’m walking down, I’m walking to work and Joe says, Glenn, can you reach out to Sarah Palin? And I said, sure, what’s up? And he said, the Politico story. And I said, what Politico story? And he said, there were so many problems with booking her on your show that you said no more, she’s not going to be on the show anymore.
STU: That was weird, when
PAT: That’s almost the exact opposite of what actually occurred.
GLENN: Can I tell you something? I don’t even know what occurred because I had no recollection. I actually stopped and I looked at him and I said, what book? I mean, I didn’t even I didn’t even know the book.
PAT: I know.
GLENN: What book?
STU: Yeah, no, that’s absurd I mean, because
STU: It said that Sarah Palin because you hear these sort of nonsensical claims that she’s high maintenance. I wouldn’t even say she’s low maintenance. She’s zero maintenance.
GLENN: Zero maintenance.
PAT: Zero maintenance. And so are you.
PAT: I’ve never seen anything like it. And so are you.
GLENN: Can I tell you something? She would have walked
STU: No, let’s not go crazy.
PAT: Well, I mean, when it comes to booking guests and stuff like that, I mean, what we told her was don’t worry about it. Whatever.
GLENN: Whatever. I mean, I don’t even remember
PAT: We don’t have to be first, we don’t have to be second, if you want to come on, come on. There’s no pressure.
GLENN: Yeah, I have told for instance, Sarah Palin and I have said this directly to this is like two years ago: Sarah, I don’t need, I don’t need breaking news. That’s not what I do. I don’t need breaking news. You don’t need to be the first guest. I don’t really care. I don’t really care. I don’t guests on. So whatever. You want to be on, you don’t want to be on? If I can help, if I can, you know, not help, whatever. I don’t care.
STU: Yeah, it’s like, you know, Sarah Palin like at 8/28, she shows up basically with no one, with no entourage.
GLENN: No one. I provided security for her and she didn’t even ask for it.
STU: Yeah. She just hung out at a table by herself writing her speech and touching up her speech. She walked over. I remember at one point looking over and there’s just Sarah Palin just there kind of watching the events by herself just being quiet and polite to everybody.
GLENN: Just normal.
STU: that passes by.
GLENN: She’s a normal human being.
PAT: What a stupid, ridiculous story.
GLENN: So I said yesterday, went on television and I demanded a retraction or apology from Politico or name names, who on my staff said that. I know no one on my staff said that. No one. No one. Because my staff is a close knit, close knit staff. We like each other. We all like working with each other. Nobody would say that. Because if it were true, it would be so out of the ordinary. It would be so unlike us. Can you think of anybody we’ve done that to? That we’ve been frustrated? We said never again?
STU: No, not offhand.
GLENN: I mean except for like the Muppet, the Tickle Me Elmo guy. I mean, you really have to
GLENN: We don’t do that. So here’s how it was reported in the press yesterday after I said that: Glenn Beck becomes Sarah Palin’s knight in shining armor. What? No. I demanded an apology and a retraction or a naming of names from Politico.
STU: But they feel the need to assign some dramatic story line to the truth. The truth is she’s extraordinarily low maintenance and has been nothing but a pleasure to work with.
GLENN: The truth is Politico lied. That’s the truth.
STU: Well, I mean, it could be somebody claiming that they have inside knowledge. I mean, I
GLENN: Who? Who?
STU: I don’t know.
PAT: Could be somebody from another show.
STU: Could be somebody from another show.
GLENN: They don’t have any inside knowledge.
PAT: I know, I know.
GLENN: Our studios are separate.
STU: But that doesn’t mean that Politico
GLENN: Our studios are separate from every other studio. We’re in almost a separate building at Fox.
STU: Right, right.
GLENN: And all of my offices and all of my TV staff are with me in my offices.
PAT: Somebody from another show could have lied to Politico.
STU: Exactly. The lie somebody lied. It could have very easily been that someone lied to Politico.
GLENN: Here’s the thing. You cannot believe, you cannot believe the amount of lies and distortion in the media. I wouldn’t have believed it. Would you have believed it when we first
STU: Oh, no, it’s much worse, much worse.
GLENN: I mean, if you think it’s bad, times it by a hundred. I’ve never seen anything like it. When I first got into it, I thought, okay, there’s some people with an agenda, but generally everybody tries to get it right. No, I don’t even, I don’t even believe that.
STU: No. I wouldn’t say that.
GLENN: I don’t believe that.
STU: Because the majority of time we’ve been on the air, Glenn, as far as, you know, news talk radio has been as somewhat of an observer to this.
STU: You watch the stories happen, you kind of know the facts on the side, you don’t
GLENN: We’re still observers, I believe.
STU: And I think that’s true. I don’t mean to observe like we’re inside of it. But a lot of the stories now are written about you.
STU: So we know exactly what happened behind the story. There’s no, "I don’t know, I don’t know if I trust this person or not." We were there. We were sitting at these events watching them happen and we see them told in the media completely incorrect.
GLENN: And you know what else it is? We not only were we there, we know they never reached out to us. We know people don’t reach out and try to get the story right. And when they do reach out, we have people that I mean, I can’t tell you how many times we have said, no, you want the real story? Here’s the real story. And then they just never publish it.
STU: Oh, yeah.
GLENN: It just doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter to these people.
STU: Yeah. To be fair, it’s not universal. There are people who do reach out all the time. You know what I mean? There are people that do try.
GLENN: There are some. There are some.
STU: And it’s not universal, but it is worse than I expected.
GLENN: You know who, you know who said the shining knight thing was Mediaite? And Mediaite is one of those websites that gets it right about, I’d say 70% of the time. When they get it wrong, they get it wrong. But usually they reach out and they really try to get it right.
STU: That’s great. That’s all you can ask for.
GLENN: That’s all I ask for is somebody who tries to be fair. And they try to be fair. But Mediaite, you got it wrong this time. I’m not being her knight in shining armor. I’m not covering I won’t cover for anybody. I won’t lie for anybody, I won’t cover for anybody. I’m done giving my trust to anybody.
STU: Yeah. Sarah Palin, it’s an easy story. She’s not like that at all. So I don’t wherever they got that information from was completely lying.