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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck is being sued by Abdulrahman Alharbi for airing false claims that the 20-year-old was part of the Boston bombings even after he was cleared by police. "While the media continues to look at what the causes were [behind] these two guys, there are, at this hour, three people involved," Beck said, calling Alharbi the "money man." Alharbi has sued Beck for defamation in federal court in late March. Beck's attorneys are claiming in motions that Alharbi is an "involuntary" public figure, in part because he defended himself in interviews after Beck defamed him.

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What makes Alharbi a public figure, according to Beck? "By behaving suspiciously at the Marathon finishing line when the bombs detonated, thereby causing his detention and a background check by law enforcement," states Beck's motion to dismiss, Alharbi "embarked on a course of conduct that was reasonably likely to result in public attention and comment on his background, activities, and immigration status." Plus, he gave interviews defending himself, said Beck's legal team, led by Michael J. Grygiel.

Alharbi's lawyers, led by Peter J. Haley, were incredulous at Beck's argument. "An individual does not become a public figure due to the fact that he is investigated in connection with a crime, and then states publicly that he was not involved in the crime for which he was investigated." To the extent Alharbi became known to the public, it was because of Beck's "defamatory reporting." They accused Beck of "bootstrapping," creating his own defense by making a public figure out of Alharbi.

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"embarked on a course of conduct that was reasonably likely to result in public attention and comment on his background, activities, and immigration status."

LOL. The guy was one of the victims of the bombing. They're making it sound like he had a choice in it.

Why can't Beck just man up, admit he was wrong and it caused this guy harm and make ammends? Just another example of a rightwinger who yammers about accountability while having none.

#1 | Posted by Sully at 2014-07-24 11:15 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

F. Glenn Beck.

#2 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-07-24 12:37 PM | Reply | Flag:

Take all his gold!

#3 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-07-26 05:25 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

i'm against the death penalty, but i'd make an exception here.

#4 | Posted by ichiro at 2014-07-26 10:22 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Took longer than I thought it would.

#5 | Posted by zack991 at 2014-07-27 09:30 AM | Reply | Flag:

So if Glenn Beck lies about you to millions of people on his TV or radio program, you're a public figure because you spoke up and defended your reputation.

That's some great lawyer hooey. It's amazing what they try to get away with in court motions.

#6 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-27 10:10 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Glenn Beck is mentally ill. And he seems to be claiming Alharbi is a public figure because he, Beck, reported unsubstantiated rumors about him in the first place (as well as having been questioned and defending himself).

#7 | Posted by kenx at 2014-07-27 12:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

I once heard Alex Jones state that there has been a concerted long term effort in America by certain institutions and of MSM vilifying Muslims as a group.

#8 | Posted by Robson at 2014-07-27 01:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

I hope Glenn Beckkk loses everything! He is one of the lead propagandists in the Teahadists propaganda network. I cannot believe that people still listen, believe and follow this racist and demented fool. He is a false prophet!

#9 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2014-07-27 01:47 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

There was somebody in the airport bar that looked like GB, but I'm not for sure. I heard him order a vinegar and water, though.

#10 | Posted by FlyUntied at 2014-07-27 04:46 PM | Reply | Flag:

Not a lawyer, but it seems that showing malice here is not difficult.

#11 | Posted by TheTom at 2014-07-28 03:21 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

"I heard him order a vinegar and water, though."

Did he cry into it?

#12 | Posted by Tor at 2014-07-28 07:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

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