Needless to write, Beck has been having a field day with this "web of lies in their war on Glenn Beck." Consider the deceptions of that headline: it was one, possible mistake that Carusone has updated on the story, not a "web" and not a "lie." Media Matters has not declared war on Beck per se, but he clearly is taking it personally. Beck called it a "poorly researched article" without noting that Carusone had written that he had left a message with Premier Networks and they did "not respond to requests for comment." On the story about this on Beck's site, he also never provides a link for his readers to the Media Matters story although he provides hot links to a Mediaite story and to one on his fake news site, The Blaze. Both of those articles are based upon MacNichol's claim to have spoken with someone at Premiere. MacNichol, at least, did update her story to point out that Carusone had updated his story, something Beck fails to mention. That update on the Media Matters story reads:
UPDATE: Several outlets have called into question the veracity of the data included in this post. We compiled our information from two separate sources. First, on March 25, Radio Business Report - a radio industry publication - published a report indicating that Beck had fallen below 400 stations. Second, we purchased industry data from PrecisionTrak - considered to be the industry leader in compiling radio station information. An analysis of the PrecisionTrak data corroborated the RBR report. If either RBR or PrecisionTrak update their data, we will change this post accordingly. Additionally, if we receive comment or clarification on our report from Premiere Radio Networks - which we asked for prior to publishing this item - we will update our website.
This Review has left multiple messages with Premiers Radio Networks to request the correct number of stations now carrying Beck's morning zoo commentary and propaganda show with no response to date. Also, an e-mail was sent to MacNichol to ask who at Premier she spoke with. No response has been received from her either. So far, it is only her word that Beck and his staff are taking as fact; so, unless he shows some documentation from "Premiere" Radio Networks showing that he is indeed carried by more than 400 stations, skepticism is merited. With Glenn Beck, who routinely makes false claims, it is better to verify and not trust him even though he claims that he can be trusted!
Charity? Four days passed before Beck mentioned the Red Cross on his Fox show.
This article by Carusone was clearly published on the Media Matters site prematurely. He so wanted to catch Beck's advertisement (seen above) as false that he published a story that should have waited. There was no rush because Beck's advertisement was not going anywhere. This research did not involve news or a spoken claim that was being fact-checked. The last thing an organization involved in a war wants to do is to give the opposition ammunition with which to use against it. By rushing this piece onto Media Matters website, that is precisely what Carusone has done. However, the facts in this matter have not yet been settled. Until someone at Premiere Radio Networks returns a call to Media Matters or this Review, it's possible that MacNichol is wrong or that she lied. After all, when she left Mediaite, Beck made it a point to swing by and let her know that she'll be missed. That is a bit too chummy for the reporter and her subject of interest. There seems to be more to this story than what is seen by Glenn Beck's gullible followers, and that is usually the case about Beck's tall tales.
Update, 4/3/11: A third source, Radio Ink, indicates that they heard back from Premiere Radio Networks indicating that Beck's affiliate list is above 430. It's worth reading because it divulges the e-mail they received from Carusone asking them to change their information.(1) Beck is not right very often, but he is correct when he claims that truth has no agenda. It is Beck's lies that have an agenda, and Media Matters needs to stick with the truth no matter where it leads. The truth is the weapon to wield against Glenn Beck, not misinformation or even jumps to premature conclusions.
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