On Glenn Beck's Friday radio show, Sarah Palin called in to reply to a Huffington Post op-ed I published last Tuesday with People for the American Way President Michael Keegan. Keegan and I had made an earnest plea to Palin to repudiate Beck's use of violence-inciting rhetoric. That evening, I appeared on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell and ended the interview by saying I had heard no reply yet from Palin and if I did not hear one the next morning, I would call her MYSELF with a personal plea to repudiate Beck before we see another major tragedy like Oklahoma City. We were going to find out, I told O'Donnell, whether she would or wouldn't repudiate Beck.
My calls to Palin on Wednesday went unreturned that day and on Thursday.
On Friday, Keegan and I -- and the American public -- got our answer. Palin told Beck, "I stand with you, Glenn."
Today, Palin, appearing on Fox News Sunday as a Fox News contributor, made serious accusations of journalistic malfeasance against another TV network, CBS. Station officials called the allegations "absurd" and "untrue." The same accusations had been made hours earlier by Andrew Breitbart's Big Journalism website, which has a well-known history of releasing selectively edited tapes and of making false allegations about ACORN and Shirley Sherrod in the service of right-wing political agitation.
This afternoon, Fox aired the Breitbart video, and AFTER the airing, reporter Carl Cameron admitted Fox "cannot verify" Palin's claims or "listen to the entirety of the message."
So, Palin stands with Beck. My question for Beck: Will you show Sarah, with her unproven accusations that your own network says it can't verify, the same faith she showed in you Friday? Glenn, do you stand with Sarah?
Your producer Stu said Friday you have my phone number. Call me.