Glenn Beck has once again went on a crazy rant with all his facts wrong. Even the official White House blog had to call this idiot out on his tirade about President Obama’s push to bring the Olympics to Chicago. Online Programs Director Jesse Lee called Beck out and Fox News, or as I like to call them Faux News, for deliberately ignoring the facts “in an attempt to smear the Administration’s efforts to win the Olympics for the United States.” The White House blog post went out to highlight what it deemed as misleading rhetoric on the President’s Olympics efforts:
RHETORIC: BECK SAID VANCOUVER LOST $1 BILLION WHEN IT “HAD THE OLYMPICS.” Glenn Beck said, “Vancouver lost, how much was it? they lost a billion dollars when they had the Olympics.” [Transcript, Glenn Beck Show, 9/29/09]
REALITY: VANCOUVER’S OLYMPICS WILL NOT TAKE PLACE UNTIL 2010. Vancouver will host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games from February 12 – 28, 2010 and March 12-21, 2010, respectively. [Vancouver2010.com, accessed 9/29/09]
Am I to assume that Glenn Beck cannot understand what he reads? There’s a big difference between 2009 and 2010. The White House’s sharp criticism of Fox News and Beck ends with the statement, “For even more Fox lies, check out the latest “Truth-O-Meter feature from Politifact,” linking to another deliberate misrepresentation by Fox News’ of President Obama and the endeavors of his administration.