by John Galt
February 7, 2017 19:15 ET
Today the Washington Examiner had what they thought was a revealing story shared from the leftist publication The Atlantic, which would shock the talk radio fandom world:
The story by Eddie Scarry is full of great tidbits like this one:
Conservative radio host Glenn Beck is claiming he has begun traveling with two bodyguards following death threats from supporters of President Trump.
Beck was a frequent critic of Trump during the campaign and has continued to cast Trump as a threat to conservatism and even an oppositional force to Christians.
Beck endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz during the Republican primary.
“It is not fun,” Beck said in an interview with the Atlantic magazine published Monday. “I don’t cherish it, but I value the truth more than I’m afraid of retribution.”
Hmmm, truth. What a novel concept. Perhaps Mr. Scarry should have done some basic background research on this story using journalistic tools like “Google” as I did to challenge Mr. Beck’s claims.
A little bit of the truth might be that since the mid-2000’s Glenn has had a cadre of bodyguards after he said on the air that he had been receiving death threats due to his stand on Islamic radicalism and other political stands.
In fact he had spoken with some of them on the air, one of which he called “Adam” if memory serves me right, talking about how the protection was needed due to his public stances while George W. Bush was still President.
Here is more from the Examiner article:
Beck said in the interview that he travels with two bodyguards after receiving death threats from Trump supporters and that he’s “worried all the time” about the new president.
“I don’t think the president of the United States should worry about me and my voice,” he said. “I’m hoping the presidency weighs on him.”
Weird. He’s had a security detail for years but never said openly he was scared of Obama or Bush. In fact, until his ratings started to drop after the election and his stance on President Trump, nary a word was spoken about having the same number of bodyguards in his security detail or more depending on where he traveled was ever mentioned. I too have received threats from Trump supporters, but because I’m always wearing Sandy, I never made a big deal about it. I lost people who I thought were friends, readers, and former listeners because I refused to put on the hat and become a full time Trump supporter, yet I never whined and kept my electoral integrity by voting for the Constitution Party as I have in the past. I plowed on after the election, declared my support for the President and his policies and simply stated that we should all “trust but verify.”
Then again, this story appearing today screams for a declaration of the same hypocrisy he and his staff assign to the Trumpers and liberals.
For example, he has spoken about his security detail before and it is public record, such as this story from his own “news” website, The Blaze in 2012:
In fact, despite the amazing moment, Beck said his reaction was quite calm. “Well let’s go say our prayers, and go to bed,” he said he told his family as the mangled vehicle lay at the bottom of the hill. While most of the story was lighthearted, he later added that one of the members of his security detail thought Beck’s son was still in the car, ran into the vehicle as it was starting to slide, checked the SUV one last time, and escaped just as the vehicle began to tumble.
Or this story from the NY Post’s Page Six in 2009 after Obama’s election:
Controversial Fox News host Glenn Beck is now travelling with an armed guard. Guests at the other day’s preview of Broadway musical “Memphis” noticed Beck was closely accompanied — even to the men’s room — by a bodyguard with a gun partially concealed under his jacket. Beck, who famously accused President Obama of being “a racist,” tweeted after the show: “Just got back from ‘Memphis’ on Broadway. Amazing cast & music. 2 songs abt Hope & Change. rlly? Only 2?” A rep for Beck declined to comment.
In other words, he’s always had bodyguards and a security detail which patrols his home, radio studios, and wherever he travels for over a decade. To make it sound like all of the sudden he needed bodyguards is just a bit sad.
Also, to suddenly say he needs them for “Trump supporters” is not only hypocritical, but pathetic. This story is a cry for help. A cry for help from a man whose radio empire is shaky at best while his online internet broadcast network was mismanaged into the ground allowing other startups to overtake him.
It is sad that it has come to this, using Trump to boost his own crybaby factor, but that’s where he is at now. He is not the man I met in early 2001 at WFLA in Tampa, nor nearly as entertaining as he was a decade ago. I won’t feel sorry for him but will feel pity for him as this is not how real men behave; when knocked down you get up, get stronger, and save your company by acting better.
Not seeking cheap publicity with stories like that one in the Washington Examiner and The Atalantic.