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BREAKING: Judge says Glenn Beck must identify his sources on Boston Marathon Bombing - First Amendment showdown has begun.

 
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Beck should plead the 5th. isn't that what the liberal government workers do.
He could also go to jail.
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Maybe I'm misunderstanding this...so it's an anti-defamation case; shouldn't they strictly be litigating whether what he said caused material damage of some kind to the plaintiff? I didn't know that anti-defamation lawsuits delved into the veracity of the claims (which wanting the names of the sources seems to be heading this toward).
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The Saudis run our government. They want to know Beck's "sources."
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Maybe I'm misunderstanding this...so it's an anti-defamation case; shouldn't they strictly be litigating whether what he said caused material damage of some kind to the plaintiff? I didn't know that anti-defamation lawsuits delved into the veracity of the claims (which wanting the names of the sources seems to be heading this toward).
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I totally agree. Someone has it out for Beck.
 Quoting: Purple Rose


Sounds like Obama wants to know who the leaks are in DHS!

whistle blowers get treated the same that Muslims treat gays
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Regardless this sounds like a lose lose for BEck!

he doesn;t have much love around these parts anymore....
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That is what I was thinking, too.
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Beck has done a lot in the last year to expose himself as a worthless fucking scum bag.

Who's betting there were no sources and he made it all up?
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Beck should plead the 5th. isn't that what the liberal government workers do.
He could also go to jail.
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I know.
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He is in no way a"reporter".

Nothing but a sell out sensationalist.
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Maybe I'm misunderstanding this...so it's an anti-defamation case; shouldn't they strictly be litigating whether what he said caused material damage of some kind to the plaintiff? I didn't know that anti-defamation lawsuits delved into the veracity of the claims (which wanting the names of the sources seems to be heading this toward).
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The Saudis run our government. They want to know Beck's "sources."
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He should never have revealed that that worked for Homeland Security. Did he have to do that?
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Couldn't happen to a better shill.

Fuck Glenn Beck.
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Maybe I'm misunderstanding this...so it's an anti-defamation case; shouldn't they strictly be litigating whether what he said caused material damage of some kind to the plaintiff? I didn't know that anti-defamation lawsuits delved into the veracity of the claims (which wanting the names of the sources seems to be heading this toward).
 Quoting: Rennfield's Cat

I totally agree. Someone has it out for Beck.
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I have it out for beck. He is no journalist. He is a pathetic NWO shill. Does anyone really think that someone involved with terrorism and who got away with it would sue beck in civil/public court?
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Beck is on really shaky ground here, and he could lose everything.

If he gives his sources up, he is basically a reporter no one will trust.

If he doesn't give his sources up, he is in violation of the court.

Man, I feel for him.
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Don't feel for that guy, he's been bought off for the last two years honey!
Fuck him like the cow in the field with the crazy Bull!!!
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Beck seems like a nice guy, although overly emotional.
 Quoting: Purple Rose


Yeah, right nice guy!!
Fires all his managers and blames them not the one in charge..

He took the money honey!!
Let's see what kind of guy he is, if he can keep his mouth shut and might go to prison or will he sequel like a pig..
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Maybe I'm misunderstanding this...so it's an anti-defamation case; shouldn't they strictly be litigating whether what he said caused material damage of some kind to the plaintiff? I didn't know that anti-defamation lawsuits delved into the veracity of the claims (which wanting the names of the sources seems to be heading this toward).
 Quoting: Rennfield's Cat

I totally agree. Someone has it out for Beck.
 Quoting: Purple Rose


I have it out for beck. He is no journalist. He is a pathetic NWO shill. Does anyone really think that someone involved with terrorism and who got away with it would sue beck in civil/public court?
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Yeah, I was thinking the same thing.
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Re: BREAKING: Judge says Glenn Beck must identify his sources on Boston Marathon Bombing - First Amendment showdown has begun.
A Judge who has been hearing the case of Glenn Beck's defamation lawsuit filed by a Saudi Arabian, who was injured in the bombing, has ruled that Beck must reveal his sources in the Boston Marathon Bombing case.

This is a huge blow to the First Amendment and Alternative Media reporters. I know Beck must be horrified with this ruling.

The young Saudi who filed the lawsuit against Beck and his companies for defamation was injured in the bombing. Beck claims he had two different Homeland Security sources who claimed the same young man was on a terrorist watch list.

Beck's sources also claimed this young man was the "money man" behind the attack.

This puts Beck in a position of terrible consequence in either decision he makes...especially as a reporter. In my opinion, his First Amendment Rights are being blatantly stripped from him.

[link to www.politico.com]
U.S. District Court Judge Patti Saris ruled that Beck must disclose the names of two Department of Homeland Security employees who allegedly gave a Beck producer information backing up the radio and TV host's claim that Alharbi was the "money man" behind the attack.

The judge said deposition testimony from Beck and two of his top deputies at the time Joel Cheatwood and Joe Weasel was "vague and often contradictory" about what the sources said and when they said it. She also noted that the key sources spoke directly only with Weasel, who claimed to record the information on Post-It notes "which he then discarded."

Saris said she ordered the production of records from several government agencies, but they were not of help in confirming what the Beck aides were allegedly told. "None of the documents supports the idea that Alharbi was the 'the money man' financing the Boston Marathon attacks," the Boston-based judge wrote in her 61-page ruling.

The judge acknowledged that forcing disclosure of the sources' identities raised "First Amendment concerns," but she suggested those could be limited by restricting distribution of the information.
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This ruling is similar to a law in Australia where Journalists are required to provided sources if asked by the courts.

While this can be used for GOOD or BAD; ultimately is holds journalists MORE accountable for printing and publishing words that defame a character.

Just because something happened and it's true; doesn't mean to media wont edit, chop and cut it to seem far more horrific than it is.

(I know, I'm a journalist.)
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Beck is on really shaky ground here, and he could lose everything.

If he gives his sources up, he is basically a reporter no one will trust.

If he doesn't give his sources up, he is in violation of the court.

Man, I feel for him.
 Quoting: Purple Rose


Don't feel for that guy, he's been bought off for the last two years honey!
Fuck him like the cow in the field with the crazy Bull!!!
 Quoting: 4thhorseman


Beck seems like a nice guy, although overly emotional.
 Quoting: Purple Rose


Yeah, right nice guy!!
Fires all his managers and blames them not the one in charge..

He took the money honey!!
Let's see what kind of guy he is, if he can keep his mouth shut and might go to prison or will he sequel like a pig..
 Quoting: 4thhorseman


It is going to be brutal.
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This is a huge blow to the First Amendment and Alternative Media reporters.

I wonder if whistleblower protection could apply here...I know very little about it, and I'm assuming it doesn't usually apply to call in radio shows, but maybe.
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Beck is not listed as a reporter. he's listed as an entertainer. So no, First Amendment on sources doesn't apply.
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Re: BREAKING: Judge says Glenn Beck must identify his sources on Boston Marathon Bombing - First Amendment showdown has begun.
A Judge who has been hearing the case of Glenn Beck's defamation lawsuit filed by a Saudi Arabian, who was injured in the bombing, has ruled that Beck must reveal his sources in the Boston Marathon Bombing case.

This is a huge blow to the First Amendment and Alternative Media reporters. I know Beck must be horrified with this ruling.

The young Saudi who filed the lawsuit against Beck and his companies for defamation was injured in the bombing. Beck claims he had two different Homeland Security sources who claimed the same young man was on a terrorist watch list.

Beck's sources also claimed this young man was the "money man" behind the attack.

This puts Beck in a position of terrible consequence in either decision he makes...especially as a reporter. In my opinion, his First Amendment Rights are being blatantly stripped from him.

[link to www.politico.com]
U.S. District Court Judge Patti Saris ruled that Beck must disclose the names of two Department of Homeland Security employees who allegedly gave a Beck producer information backing up the radio and TV host's claim that Alharbi was the "money man" behind the attack.

The judge said deposition testimony from Beck and two of his top deputies at the time Joel Cheatwood and Joe Weasel was "vague and often contradictory" about what the sources said and when they said it. She also noted that the key sources spoke directly only with Weasel, who claimed to record the information on Post-It notes "which he then discarded."

Saris said she ordered the production of records from several government agencies, but they were not of help in confirming what the Beck aides were allegedly told. "None of the documents supports the idea that Alharbi was the 'the money man' financing the Boston Marathon attacks," the Boston-based judge wrote in her 61-page ruling.

The judge acknowledged that forcing disclosure of the sources' identities raised "First Amendment concerns," but she suggested those could be limited by restricting distribution of the information.
 Quoting: Purple Rose


Judith Miller went to jail to protect her sources in a story she wrote about Valerie Plame.
Only when it was shown the information was ALREADY public did she agree to testify in a Federal Court.

Will Beck do the same?...protect his sources? 1dunno1

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I must say....

This is a bit like watching your mother in law drive off a cliff in your brand new ________________________ (fill in the blank with your WAY favorite car or truck).

While I support the 1A, I'd still absofuckinglutely LOVE to see Beck's mug shot as he's booked into fucking jail for not ceding his principles.

I support him not ceding his principles. I support the 1A. But still.... you have to admit... that'd be one hell of an image to throw darts at in your basement.
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Would he not be protected under the "shield law"??
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A Judge who has been hearing the case of Glenn Beck's defamation lawsuit filed by a Saudi Arabian, who was injured in the bombing, has ruled that Beck must reveal his sources in the Boston Marathon Bombing case.

This is a huge blow to the First Amendment and Alternative Media reporters. I know Beck must be horrified with this ruling.

The young Saudi who filed the lawsuit against Beck and his companies for defamation was injured in the bombing. Beck claims he had two different Homeland Security sources who claimed the same young man was on a terrorist watch list.

Beck's sources also claimed this young man was the "money man" behind the attack.

This puts Beck in a position of terrible consequence in either decision he makes...especially as a reporter. In my opinion, his First Amendment Rights are being blatantly stripped from him.

[link to www.politico.com]
U.S. District Court Judge Patti Saris ruled that Beck must disclose the names of two Department of Homeland Security employees who allegedly gave a Beck producer information backing up the radio and TV host's claim that Alharbi was the "money man" behind the attack.

The judge said deposition testimony from Beck and two of his top deputies at the time Joel Cheatwood and Joe Weasel was "vague and often contradictory" about what the sources said and when they said it. She also noted that the key sources spoke directly only with Weasel, who claimed to record the information on Post-It notes "which he then discarded."

Saris said she ordered the production of records from several government agencies, but they were not of help in confirming what the Beck aides were allegedly told. "None of the documents supports the idea that Alharbi was the 'the money man' financing the Boston Marathon attacks," the Boston-based judge wrote in her 61-page ruling.

The judge acknowledged that forcing disclosure of the sources' identities raised "First Amendment concerns," but she suggested those could be limited by restricting distribution of the information.
 Quoting: Purple Rose


This ruling is similar to a law in Australia where Journalists are required to provided sources if asked by the courts.

While this can be used for GOOD or BAD; ultimately is holds journalists MORE accountable for printing and publishing words that defame a character.

Just because something happened and it's true; doesn't mean to media wont edit, chop and cut it to seem far more horrific than it is.

(I know, I'm a journalist.)
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Thanks, but do you see this as a violation of First Amendment Rights? So much on the Internet is pure speculation and gossip, so there could be more lawsuits to come...they could spread like wildfire.

Is this a good thing or a bad thing in your opinion? It will limit what is written on the Internet by alternative media.
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A Judge who has been hearing the case of Glenn Beck's defamation lawsuit filed by a Saudi Arabian, who was injured in the bombing, has ruled that Beck must reveal his sources in the Boston Marathon Bombing case.

This is a huge blow to the First Amendment and Alternative Media reporters. I know Beck must be horrified with this ruling.

The young Saudi who filed the lawsuit against Beck and his companies for defamation was injured in the bombing. Beck claims he had two different Homeland Security sources who claimed the same young man was on a terrorist watch list.

Beck's sources also claimed this young man was the "money man" behind the attack.

This puts Beck in a position of terrible consequence in either decision he makes...especially as a reporter. In my opinion, his First Amendment Rights are being blatantly stripped from him.

[link to www.politico.com]
U.S. District Court Judge Patti Saris ruled that Beck must disclose the names of two Department of Homeland Security employees who allegedly gave a Beck producer information backing up the radio and TV host's claim that Alharbi was the "money man" behind the attack.

The judge said deposition testimony from Beck and two of his top deputies at the time Joel Cheatwood and Joe Weasel was "vague and often contradictory" about what the sources said and when they said it. She also noted that the key sources spoke directly only with Weasel, who claimed to record the information on Post-It notes "which he then discarded."

Saris said she ordered the production of records from several government agencies, but they were not of help in confirming what the Beck aides were allegedly told. "None of the documents supports the idea that Alharbi was the 'the money man' financing the Boston Marathon attacks," the Boston-based judge wrote in her 61-page ruling.

The judge acknowledged that forcing disclosure of the sources' identities raised "First Amendment concerns," but she suggested those could be limited by restricting distribution of the information.
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Judge is guilty of treason arrest it.
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Would he not be protected under the "shield law"??
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Good question. Do we have a lawyer in the house?
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Beck is on really shaky ground here, and he could lose everything.

If he gives his sources up, he is basically a reporter no one will trust.

If he doesn't give his sources up, he is in violation of the court.

Man, I feel for him.
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Why?
Dude has millions.
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His reporting and his livelihood will be lost. No one will ever trust him again.
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Nothing new for me.

I never have and never will trust a thing he says. ESPECIALLY after that whole cruz debacle.

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Beck is on really shaky ground here, and he could lose everything.

If he gives his sources up, he is basically a reporter no one will trust.

If he doesn't give his sources up, he is in violation of the court.

Man, I feel for him.
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Wait.....you feel for Vic's VapiRub Beck?

Wait.....you mean someone respects him as a reporter....NOW?

The guy is a sham, and a shame

Oh yeah, and a Cruz butt buddy handing out soccer balls and teddy beats to INVADERS with Cruz as they broke our laws and our borders

FUCK HIM. thumbdown
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Maybe I'm misunderstanding this...so it's an anti-defamation case; shouldn't they strictly be litigating whether what he said caused material damage of some kind to the plaintiff? I didn't know that anti-defamation lawsuits delved into the veracity of the claims (which wanting the names of the sources seems to be heading this toward).
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I totally agree. Someone has it out for Beck.
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Maybe he shouldn't have turned his show into a NEVERTRUMP headquarters for the past year.

He's really pounding Trump on his show in the most dishonest and brutal fashion, really pushing for Hillary every day.

I wish nothing but pain and heartbreak for Glenn Beck at this point, and I used to like him too.
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Beck is on really shaky ground here, and he could lose everything.

If he gives his sources up, he is basically a reporter no one will trust.

If he doesn't give his sources up, he is in violation of the court.

Man, I feel for him.
 Quoting: Purple Rose


Wait.....you feel for Vic's VapiRub Beck?

Wait.....you mean someone respects him as a reporter....NOW?

The guy is a sham, and a shame

Oh yeah, and a Cruz butt buddy handing out soccer balls and teddy beats to INVADERS with Cruz as they broke our laws and our borders

FUCK HIM. thumbdown
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I don't keep up with him...just standing back and observing this story as it is now. I don't have any personal feelings about him at all.

I do find this an interesting story, and I look forward to the seeing the outcome.
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First they came for glen beck, and I did nothing because he was douchbag...
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Maybe I'm misunderstanding this...so it's an anti-defamation case; shouldn't they strictly be litigating whether what he said caused material damage of some kind to the plaintiff? I didn't know that anti-defamation lawsuits delved into the veracity of the claims (which wanting the names of the sources seems to be heading this toward).
 Quoting: Rennfield's Cat

I totally agree. Someone has it out for Beck.
 Quoting: Purple Rose


Maybe he shouldn't have turned his show into a NEVERTRUMP headquarters for the past year.

He's really pounding Trump on his show in the most dishonest and brutal fashion, really pushing for Hillary every day.

I wish nothing but pain and heartbreak for Glenn Beck at this point, and I used to like him too.
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Oh, so he is for Hillary...something does not add up here. If he is for Hillary he should love the Saudis.
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Glenn Beck is horrified because he's getting busted for lying his ass off. He'll file for bankruptcy and then we don't have to hear or see him again.
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If it's up to Beck to defend the 1st amendment, we're gonna have to resort to the next amendment.
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Would he not be protected under the "shield law"??
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Good question. Do we have a lawyer in the house?
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Haha, with this administration... I think not..
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Re: BREAKING: Judge says Glenn Beck must identify his sources on Boston Marathon Bombing - First Amendment showdown has begun.
A Judge who has been hearing the case of Glenn Beck's defamation lawsuit filed by a Saudi Arabian, who was injured in the bombing, has ruled that Beck must reveal his sources in the Boston Marathon Bombing case.

This is a huge blow to the First Amendment and Alternative Media reporters. I know Beck must be horrified with this ruling.

The young Saudi who filed the lawsuit against Beck and his companies for defamation was injured in the bombing. Beck claims he had two different Homeland Security sources who claimed the same young man was on a terrorist watch list.

Beck's sources also claimed this young man was the "money man" behind the attack.

This puts Beck in a position of terrible consequence in either decision he makes...especially as a reporter. In my opinion, his First Amendment Rights are being blatantly stripped from him.

[link to www.politico.com]
U.S. District Court Judge Patti Saris ruled that Beck must disclose the names of two Department of Homeland Security employees who allegedly gave a Beck producer information backing up the radio and TV host's claim that Alharbi was the "money man" behind the attack.

The judge said deposition testimony from Beck and two of his top deputies at the time Joel Cheatwood and Joe Weasel was "vague and often contradictory" about what the sources said and when they said it. She also noted that the key sources spoke directly only with Weasel, who claimed to record the information on Post-It notes "which he then discarded."

Saris said she ordered the production of records from several government agencies, but they were not of help in confirming what the Beck aides were allegedly told. "None of the documents supports the idea that Alharbi was the 'the money man' financing the Boston Marathon attacks," the Boston-based judge wrote in her 61-page ruling.

The judge acknowledged that forcing disclosure of the sources' identities raised "First Amendment concerns," but she suggested those could be limited by restricting distribution of the information.
 Quoting: Purple Rose


This ruling is similar to a law in Australia where Journalists are required to provided sources if asked by the courts.

While this can be used for GOOD or BAD; ultimately is holds journalists MORE accountable for printing and publishing words that defame a character.

Just because something happened and it's true; doesn't mean to media wont edit, chop and cut it to seem far more horrific than it is.

(I know, I'm a journalist.)
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 72758752

Thanks, but do you see this as a violation of First Amendment Rights? So much on the Internet is pure speculation and gossip, so there could be more lawsuits to come...they could spread like wildfire.

Is this a good thing or a bad thing in your opinion? It will limit what is written on the Internet by alternative media.
 Quoting: Purple Rose


Absolutely it's a violation.

But in this day and age we need to re-write what can be done, TV, newspapers, magazines, billboards, phone adds, youtube adds, computers, etc.

Are all methods of journalism.

Lots of the internet is pure speculation, agreed.
Speculation is different to 'journalism.'

Such and such is a PEDOPHILE.
Such and such COULD be a pedophile.

Two very different ways to put things across.

Admitting is speculation is different than masking speculation as journalism/news/information.


I'm indifferent to it;
There is no good or bad, that's a human emotions and reaction to situation.

What we do with it as human beings, will ultimately decide how this process will effect us (IE effect us positively or negatively.)

It won't limit what is written, it will limit what is written as truth rather than speculation and guess work.





GLP