Bryan Fischer Award Winner: Glenn Beck

The Bryan Fischer Award is given to those who display a staggering lack of self-awareness, accusing others of displaying their own worst faults. And seeing Glenn Beck rail against irresponsible journalism is the very definition of psychological projection.

“Remember they came out and they said the University of Virginia, just riddled with rape. It’s the kingdom of rape. And they told this great story of a woman who had been raped on the campus of the University of Virginia. Why would you call and verify a single fact in this story?” Glenn said.

Glenn said that the United States has become the opposite of many oppressive Middle Eastern countries, where rapes are largely ignored and women have few rights. In America, the world almost universally believes the accusations and condemns the accused before they are even convicted.

“In what universe is there not two sides to a story” In what universe do we just take one person’s word for it?” Glenn asked.

That’s a great question, Glenn. Maybe you should ask Abdulrahman Alharbi. You remember him, right? You declared him to be the “money man” behind the Boston Marathon bombing, over and over again, despite the fact that the FBI had investigated him and declared him an innocent bystander and — most importantly — despite the fact that you didn’t have even a tiny little shred of evidence for that claim.

And then you took it even further, claiming that the federal government was lying about it and, in your typically grandiose manner, warned them that they’d better come clean and admit that the guy was a terrorist within three days or you would make public all that evidence you falsely claimed to have. And then you didn’t do shit because you didn’t have shit. You lied, over and over and over again. And now you’re being sued by the guy and he’s probably going to win. And I hope it costs you every fucking dime you ever made. In the meantime, I suggest you shut the fuck up about irresponsible journalism.

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  • John Pieret

    I think you just insulted journalists everywhere by implying Glennie is even remotely one of them.

  • StevoR


  • StevoR

    To what Ed Brayton & John Pieret have said.

  • raven

    I’ve traced back some of Glenn Beck’s stories. To their sources.

    He just makes them up!!! Or more likely, someone else makes them up and Beck repeats them.

    You can’t believe anything on his sites without checking it somewhere else.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ raven : Checking everything you hear elsewhere everywhere and anywhere is (almost) always a good idea.

    Multiple sources especially multiple independent ones and where possible form opposing ones are always better than relying on any single source yeah?

  • D. C. Sessions

    Ed’s been nominating people for years. We finally have a WINNER!!!

    Richly deserved.

  • Michael Heath

    Imagine Fox News receiving the same level of scrutiny and attention for its lies that we’re seeing Rolling Stone rightfully receive. Why the double standard even within the mainstream media?

    The fact Fox News is really a quasi-journalistic enterprise is not a compelling reason for the mainstream media to not go after Fox News and all the other enterprises where lying is paramount to their success. So we’re left with just another example of how incompetent American journalism is; where the Rolling Stone coverage illustrates one of its major defects when considering the broader picture of which media outlets lie.

  • lorn

    It pays to remember that the Duke was a situation where a journalist got carried away with making a point in a manner that was likely to gather readers. The journalism got neglected but the story was compelling, right up to the point where the journalistic wheels came off. Beck does exactly the opposite. He is an entertainer, his preferred excuse for why he can’t be held accountable for what he says, that styles himself as a journalist. The former is a person failing at a noble mission. The later a purposeful distortion of reality and presentation of propaganda in an attempt to discredit the idea of good government, and doing it in a manner that avoids accountability.

    Bill O’Reily, Limbagh, Beck, Jones, and pretty much all of the others, are filling their job as unaccountable sources of light entertainment and fluff while putting on airs as reliable and accountable sources of information, journalists.

  • Mobius

    Shouldn’t you just give Beck a lifetime award?