During an interview with Time magazine’s Kate Pickert regarding his move to Fox News Channel, conservative talker Glenn Beck claimed that while he was a CNN, his show was “the most well-researched show on CNN”:
PICKERT: You gave up your show on CNN Headline News to launch a new talk show on Fox News in January. How will it be different?
BECK: I liked being over at CNN. … I also think they made me a better broadcaster because, believe me, I was the most well-researched show on CNN. They never let me get away with anything. At the time, it was like, come on guys, cut me some slack. But in retrospect…I know what I know because they forced me to document it.
In the intro to her writeup, Pickert appears to take Beck’s claim at face value. A cursory Google search, however, reveals that during his tenure at CNN, Beck’s show was fraught with exaggerated claims and outright falsehoods. In fact, it seems that no matter what politically-relevant topic Beck chose to discuss, we could count on Beck to get it wrong:
– On Taxes: Falsely claimed the U.S. is the “number two” highest taxed country in the world.
– On Energy: Falsely claimed “drilling in ANWR alone would yield 100 million barrels a day.”
– On Global Warming: Falsely claimed that “the globe was the hottest” and “America’s temperature peaked” in 1934.
– On Sub-prime Crisis: Falsely claimed that the sub-prime lenders were “blackmailed” into lending to the poor and minorities by community organizers.
– On The Iraq War: Falsely claimed that the U.S. “went into Iraq…to prevent World War III.”
– On the Middle East: Falsely claimed that Palestine is “being run now by Hezbollah,” President Abbas is an extremist.
– On Obama: Falsely claimed that Fidel Castro endorsed Obama’s candidacy.
Given Beck’s principled disregard for the facts, it’s no wonder that Sean Hannity recently welcomed beck to Fox News Channel saying, “You’re a perfect fit, a great addition to family“