Thursday, September 15, 2016

Glenn Beck Settles Out of Court

My guess is this cost him a pretty penny...and it should have. From Tom Taylor's NOW column...

Glenn Beck and his partners settle the Boston bombing defamation suit, out of court. We don’t know much about the conclusion of the suit brought by Saudi Arabian student Abdulrahman Alharbi – just that the judge says there’s a settlement and “terms are confidential.” Politico’s Josh Gerstein says an earlier court ruling that punitive damages against Beck, et. al. and claims of “unjust enrichment” were taken off the table by the court – which might’ve “eased the path to a deal.” Beck repeatedly claimed on-air that Alharbi was “the money man” behind the horrific blast at the finish of the 2013 Boston Marathon, even after the feds cleared him. Beck declined to name his sources, saying they’d be endangered if they were revealed. His side also argued that disclosing names could discourage sources coming forward in future stories. Alharbi sued Beck, his TheBlaze and Mercury Radio Arts, and syndicator Premiere Networks. The settlement statement from both sides says “No party has admitted any fault, wrongdoing or responsibility.” Beck’s side says it was upholding the “fundamental principles of journalistic integrity by preserving” confidentiality. Plaintiff Alharbi says his interests are also served by settling.