White House slams Glenn Beck on blog
By Eric Zimmermann - 09/30/09 04:24 PM ET
The official White House blog slammed Glenn Beck today, accusing the host of displaying a "disregard for the facts in an attempt to smear the Administration's efforts to win the Olympics for the United States."
Last night, the conservative firebrand attacked the President for lobbying hard to get the 2016 Olympics to come to Chicago.
Today, the White House released a point by point rebuttal of some of Beck's statements.
Here's an example from the post, which is titled, "Trying to Turn a Point of Pride into a Moment of Shame":
RHETORIC: BECK SAID VANCOUVER LOST $1 BILLION WHEN IT "HAD THE OLYMPICS." Glenn Beck said, "Vancouver lost, how much was it? they lost a billion dollars when they had the Olympics." [Transcript, Glenn Beck Show, 9/29/09]
REALITY: VANCOUVER'S OLYMPICS WILL NOT TAKE PLACE UNTIL 2010. Vancouver will host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games from February 12 – 28, 2010 and March 12-21, 2010, respectively. [Vancouver2010.com, accessed 9/29/09]
At the end of the post, the White House encourages viewers to visit Politifact.com for "even more Fox lies."
The White House has called out Fox News before. When President Obama made the rounds on the Sunday talk shows to push healthcare reform, he pointedly excluded Fox. He's also described Fox as "entirely devoted to attacking my administration."