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Glenn Beck Admits Lying Is Easier Than Truth Telling

Reported by Guest Blogger - September 4, 2010 -

By Auntie Em

Ever since Glenn Beck brought his rodeo clown show to the Fox News Channel, News Hounds has been illuminating one lie after another spoken by the most mendacious tee vee personality ever. While Beck claims he will correct any mistakes he makes, we have waited anxiously (No. Not really.) for him to take up some of these falsehoods. Good thing we’re not holding our breath. That’s why it was stunning to hear him admit on his radio show that he lied to the 89,000—or is it 500,000?—Beckerheads who gathered at his “Restoring Honor” rally on the mall in Washington D.C. last weekend. To make matters worse, he admitted he did so because the lie was easier than simply telling the truth. Maybe that should be the motto of his show instead of “Faith, Hope, and Charity.”

At one point, while standing in front of the glorious Lincoln Memorial in his bullet-proof vest, he claimed to have held the original copy of George “Cannot tell a lie” Washington’s Inauguration address in his very own hands while on a very special V.I.P. tour of the National Archives. It didn’t very take long for people to start calling “bullshit.”

Mother Jones asked the National Archives whether it was true that they would allow such a precious and irreplaceable document from one of the Founding Fathers to be handled by a former-alcoholic, or anyone else for that matter.

"Those kinds of treasures are only handled by specially trained archival staff," [Archives spokeswoman Susan Cooper] explains. Cooper acknowledges that someone at the archives did show the document to Beck, but that was the extent of it. Regarding Beck's claim that he held the document, Cooper says that seeing such documents for the first time can be a very emotional experience. "I'm certain it was a figure of speech," she says.

Figure of speech. Lie. What’s the difference?

It wasn’t long before the citizens of Blogopolis, followed by Keith Olbermann and Ed Schultz, started making fun of this tall tale.

Obviously some damage control was called for, so Beck told his radio audience:

Yesterday [sic] I went to the National Archives, and they opened up the vault, and they put on their gloves and then they put it on a tray. They wheeled it over and it's all in this hard plastic and you're sitting down at a table and you can't, because of Sandy Berger, I had a long conversation with them about this, you can't actually touch any of the documents, these are very very rare. So what they do, they have it in this plastic thing and they hold them right in front of you, you can't touch them but then you can say 'can you turn it over,' and then they turn it over for you and then you look at it. I thought it was a little clumsy to explain it that way.

A little clumsy? We all know how clumsy the truth can be and how much easier it is to lie to the American people because we’ve all done that, right? [snark off]. Lying is a pathology, more importantly, it is one telling sign of a sociopath:

Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and able to pass lie detector tests.

While the above definition comes from the Exit and Support Network, a group dedicated to “aiding those spiritually abused by Worldwide Church of God, Philadelphia Church of God, and all offshoots,” curiously its list of the sociopathic signs of a cult leader seems to be the dictionary definition of Glenn Beck. In fact, of the 15 main points listed, there is only one that can’t be ascribed to The Beckinator: “Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity,” because no one really knows what goes on behind closed doors. The other 14 have all been demonstrated by Cult Leader Beck at one time or another, including:

• Glibness/Superficial Charm Language can be used without effort by them to confuse and convince their audience. Captivating storytellers that exude self-confidence, they can spin a web that intrigues others. Since they are persuasive, they have the capacity to destroy their critics verbally or emotionally. • Manipulative and Conning They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They dominate and humiliate their victims. • Grandiose Sense of Self Feels entitled to certain things as "their right." Craves adulation and attendance. Must be the center of attention with their own fantasies as the "spokesman for God," "enlightened," "leader of humankind," etc. Creates an us-versus-them mentality. […]

• Shallow Emotions
When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion, it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

[…]

• Irresponsibility/Unreliability
Not concerned about wrecking others' lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blame their followers or others outside their group. Blame reinforces passivity and obedience and produces guilt, shame, terror and conformity in the followers.

[…]

• Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle
Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future. Many groups claim as their goal world-domination or other utopian promises. Great contrast between the leader's opulent lifestyle and the followers' impoverishment. Support by gifts and donations from the followers who are pressured to give through fear and guilt. Highly sensitive to their own pain and health.

• Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility
Changes their image and that of the group as needed to avoid prosecution and to increase income and to recruit a range of members. Is able to adapt or relocate as needed to preserve the group. Can resurface later with a new name, a new front group and a new twist on the scam.

The question needs to be asked: Is Glenn Beck a textbook sociopath?

h/t Huffington Post

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