Discussing racy photos, Beck to female guest: "I've got some time and a camera. Why don't you stop by?"

››› ››› ROB DIETZ

On the February 28 edition of his CNN Headline News program, Glenn Beck once again made sexually suggestive comments toward a woman when he hosted US Weekly's Dina Sansing to discuss racy photographs of American Idol contestant Antonella Barba. After Beck claimed that "[y]ou can't take stupid photos and expect those to be ... locked away forever," Sansing responded that it was "possibly" true and that "it depends." As the weblog Crooks and Liars noted, Beck then asked: "Dina, I've got some time and a camera. Why don't you stop by?" Sansing did not respond and, after several seconds of silence, Beck stated: "No? OK." As Media Matters for America has noted (here, here, and here), in each of the first three episodes of his CNN Headline News show in May 2006, Beck made sexually suggestive comments to CNN Headline News anchor Erica Hill, who was then giving daily news updates on Beck's show. Hill no longer appears on Beck's program.

As Media Matters for America has noted, ABC recently hired Beck as a "regular commentator" for Good Morning America.

From the February 28 edition of CNN Headline News' Glenn Beck:

BECK: Dina, has it ever struck you as a good idea to take naked photos?

SANSING: It depends from what perspective you're coming from. You know, it's probably not the best idea.

BECK: "Probably not the best idea"? You know, there, I just read a story in USA Today this morning about how there's a digital footprint, that people don't -- you know, everybody's talking about the carbon footprint.

SANSING: Yeah.

BECK: It's the digital footprint. People now have cell phones with pictures everywhere, and your photo is going to be everywhere. You can't take stupid photos and expect those to be, you know, locked away forever.

SANSING: Certainly not if you want to become a big celebrity. You have to understand that the minute you go on American Idol or want a career as a singer, people are going to look into your past and find these kind of photos and post them everywhere, which is what happened.

BECK: Let me tell you -- Dina, let me tell you something. I don't think you have to be famous. I think you just work in the average, you know, in the average environment in America now, somebody would get a picture of you, and then it would be posted all around, and you -- it'll happen in your office.

SANSING: Yeah, possibly.

BECK: You don't think so?

SANSING: Well, it depends. You know, it depends --

BECK: Dina, I've got some time and a camera. Why don't you stop by? No? OK.

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