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Glenn Beck sued for defamation

April 1, 2014 - Jim Anderson
It’s not unusual for Glenn Beck to go off the rails, but about a year ago he took the train into fantasy land.

Now he’s being sued for defamation.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Beck singled out a 20-year-old Saudi Arabian student for repeated accusations.

Abdulrahman Alharbi was injured in the bombings. He was questioned by authorities and cleared of any involvement in the attack.

Beck thought otherwise.

Quoting the lawsuit:

“Alharbi, like many others, was questioned by federal authorities investigating the events of that day. The authorities quickly concluded that Mr. Alharbi, other than being injured in the attacks, had no involvement. Beck repeatedly and falsely identified Mr. Alharbi as an active participant, repeatedly questioned the motives of federal officials in failing to pursue or detain Alharbi and repeatedly and falsely accused Mr. Alharbi of being a criminal who had funded the attacks.”

As of today, Beck hasn’t responded to the suit, nor is he obliged to.

The lawsuit will likely be settled in one form or another. Regardless of the legalities involved, it wasn’t the radio host’s finest hour. He’d probably like to see the matter scrubbed away.

A remaining question is this: How many other media figures could survive such conduct with their careers intact?



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