On his broadcast on GBTV this morning, a somber Glenn Beck tells the story of how his family was heckled in New York's Bryant Park yesterday evening.
They had gone to the park to watch the Alfred Hitchcock film The 39 steps. Beck says he is a very big Hitchcock fan. Apparently, a group of people surrounding the Becks decided to act up a bit. Here's how Beck describes the event himself -
It was a hostile situation...Long story short, somebody kicked a cup of wine intentionally on my wife's back, so she was completely wet, our blanket was wet. As my daughter and my wife went to go to use the restroom, they were about, i dunno, a quarter of a block away I guess...some guy stood up and pointed their fingers at them and said "We hate conservatives here."
People were taking pictures of my family. You can take pictures of me, make me into a monster, but please leave my family out of it.
Beck then references "one site" that's "especially horrible." It looks like he is referring to this Gawker article from last night. He says that they have put his family "in jeopardy in their own home." He then references part of the commentary of the article that says "of course it's a red white and blue blanket." The Gawker post with the photos says that "they sat (of course!) on an American-flag blanket.
So did Glenn Beck just accuse Gawker of putting him and his family's safety in jeopardy?
He says that when he left, the crowd cheered, and that nobody in the crowd told the hecklers to "knock it off."
I swear to you I think, if I had suggested, and I almost did, 'Wow, does anybody have a rope? Because there’s tree here. You could just lynch me.’ And I think there would have been a couple in the crowd that would have.
Beck tears up near the end of the video when he talks about his daughter. Check out the entire clip below -
Although Beck has a group of devoted followers, he is well known for making controversial statements. He recently announced a paid-subscription online service, Glenn Beck TV, that he described as "the future" of media. This move came after Fox News decided to part ways with Beck due to declining ratings and a loss of advertisers due to some of his statements on air.
I'll be the first to admit, I'm no Glenn Beck fan. But if what he reports is accurate, this isn't good news. Hate the man all you want, but to accost him and his family especially is all kinds of wrong. And if his family was indeed threatened by a group of left-wingers, it's no good for them either. Practicing what you espouse to loathe is hypocrisy. This kind of stuff happens on both sides, but it needs to stop, especially when people's families are involved. Some on Twitter feel the same way -
Come one, people...let's just stick to making fun of each other on the internet like good, civil Americans!