The internet lit up today when news spread that conservative icon Glenn Beck had reportedly threatened to stab Donald Trump. Supporters of the bombastic billionaire insisted that was what happened Friday morning during Beck’s radio show, broadcasting live from the CPAC convention in Washington.
It didn’t help that websites like The Daily Caller reported that Beck made the threat towards Trump, but the website later retracted, after discovering that Beck was directing the comment at his show producer, Stu Burguiere. It was an inside joke that was misinterpreted, and the internet ran with it. As the Daily Caller reported of Beck’s on-air comments and Burguiere’s response:
“I don’t know what I would have done if I was sitting in” Cruz or Rubio’s shoes, Beck stated. “I can’t say it that way. If I were on the stage, I would have said, ‘have you been listening to him tonight? Have you been listening to what I say about him? I believe these things.’”
At that point, Burguiere began to rib Beck for the “sitting in shoes” analogy.
Beck went on: “If I was close enough and had a knife, the stabbing just wouldn’t stop.”
Burguiere insists that threat was meant for him.
Even though the audio makes it clear Beck was not directing a threat at Trump, a number of news outlets and websites ran with the story without checking the source. Worse yet, there are been few retractions or clarifications issued by these sites, proving once again that most of these sites and bloggers practice lazy journalism and should not be trusted as reliable sources of news.