Beck Admits to Lying at Rally: His Version Sounded Better
September 4, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—Glenn Beck, unlike George Washington, can tell a lie. And when caught, Beck unashamedly reasons his exaggerated embellished version of the story told at his “Restoring Honor” rally, you know, sounded better than the truth. So, no big deal liberal nit pickers! What lie did he tell his audience of low information attendees? Beck bragged that he recently “held” George Washington’s inaugural address in his very own hands. Well, turns out he didn’t. He was merely permitted to glance at the document, encased behind protective plastic, while it was handled by a specially trained National Archives employee. But the image of the self-describe rodeo clown, turned televangelist, holding the rare document, burnished with age, in his very own hands, as the power of our Founding Fathers flowed through him, well that sure packs more of a theatrical punch, now doesn’t it?
Mother Jones Magazine was among the first to report on Beck’s fib.
“I have been going to Mt. Vernon,” he explained. Holding out his hands for emphasis, he declared with emotion, “I went to the National Archives, and I held the first inaugural address written in his own hand by George Washington.”
It was an eyebrow-raising revelation and certainly an original image: Beck cradling the actual words of the first president. But would the persnickety gatekeepers of the nation’s historical legacy at the National Archives allow some talk show bombthrower to put his mitts on a rare (and fragile) artifact? The answer, it turns out, is no way. Beck was not telling the truth.
The National Archives has a strict policy in place of not allowing visitors to handle any of the documents. And an official from the Archives confirmed that Beck was given a tour, but he did not hold a single document.
Other media outlets also picked up on Beck’s tall tale, including MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann. And Beck also managed to mangle the history of the building of the Washington Monument, during his “Restoring Honor” speech, presumably because, you know, it sounded better.
Beck finally addressed the issue on his radio show, dismissing the controversy as no big deal.
“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.”
Yes, you see, Beck was just making it easier for his audience of know-nothings to understand. The truth is just so boring and filled with “too much useless information.” Every braggart, embellish-er, huckster and charlatan knows this. Embellished tales are “a little easier” on the storyteller’s ego.
Beck, completely devoid of any self awareness and unfamiliar with the concept of irony, later exhorted his audience to “tell the truth” to restore honor to our country.