Attorneys for Glenn Beck have filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed against him by Abdulrahman Alharbi, the young Saudi student who was called the “money man” for the Tsarnaev brothers after the Boston Marathon bombing by Beck even after the FBI had concluded that he was completely innocent. Their argument is absurd:
Attorneys for Beck and his media company, The Blaze Inc, argued that by granting interviews to media outlets after being cleared of suspicion by federal officials, Alharbi made himself a “limited purpose public figure” subject to higher levels of scrutiny than a private citizen.
“The fact that Mr. Alharbi said what he said and availed himself of the opportunity to inject himself into this controversy in an attempt to shape the debate is not a fact that can be denied,” attorney Michael Grygiel said during a hearing at U.S. District Court in Boston.
So the fact that he defended himself against the false accusations Beck was making means Beck could not have defamed him. Seriously, that’s as dumb a legal argument as I’ve ever heard.
Alharbi’s attorney, Peter Haley, said that Beck showed malice by continuing to claim the Saudi exchange student was responsible for the attacks even after he was cleared.
“All of the statements that we’re focused on come after the point of exoneration,” Haley said. “They’re statements Mr. Beck has reason to know are false … he continues to make them with reckless disregard to truth or falsity.”
Exactly right. Alharbi cooperated with the FBI, gave them his online passwords and let them search his apartment. They quickly exonerated him. But after that exoneration, Beck accused the FBI of lying, continually repeated his accusation that the guy was a terrorist and said that if the Obama administration didn’t come clean about the whole thing, he was going to reveal the evidence he had. Of course, he had no evidence at all. He was simply lying and he never revealed a thing.