Exclusive: The Real Reason for Sarah Palin’s Falling Out with Glenn Beck

<> on September 9, 2015 in Washington, DC.
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Glenn Beck lied. Again.

After apologizing for calling Sarah Palin a “clown” on Thursday, Beck, who has acknowledged that Americans actually view him as a “clown” and a “monkey,” claimed in a blog post that he and the Palins have not had a relationship since the assassination attempt on Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) in 2011. Beck wrote that he suspected people were telling the Palins lies about him to drive a wedge between them.

But Breitbart News has exclusively learned from a source close to the Palins that the rift started when Beck, in order to gain publicity for himself, read on his radio show a private email Palin sent him without asking the former Alaska governor for her permission while the mainstream media and the institutional left were trying to blame the assassination attempt on Palin.

“The rift between Gov. Palin and Beck goes back to when Beck violated her trust by reading one of her private emails on the air without asking her permission,” the source tells Breitbart News. “It was right after the Gabby Giffords shooting, and Beck garnered a lot of publicity off of reading the email because up to that point Gov. Palin had not spoken publicly about the shooting.”

The rift apparently got worse when Beck allowed one of his Blaze TV employees, Brian Sack, to trash Palin’s family and special needs son Trig in a crude segment with Beck lavishing praise on Sack as “the next Jon Stewart.”

Beck conveniently never mentioned these incidents; instead, making himself look like the victim last week, he wrote, “I haven’t had a relationship with Sarah since about the time of the shooting of Gabby Giffords. Nothing to do with that at all, but it was around that time that she withdrew from me and my team and it was because, as Todd told me on the phone, ‘we have been told who our real friends are.'”

The source close to the Palins told Breitbart News, “For Beck to suggest that the Palins had a falling out with him out of the blue after the Giffords shooting is a total distortion of the truth.”

“The crux of the issue was his indiscretion in reading a private email on air. It was a betrayal of trust. She didn’t give consent to having it read publicly and never would have. There was a media firestorm brewing around her at the time. Everyone in the media was hounding her for a statement, but she was very clear that she wanted to wait, get all the facts, and give her full statement at a time and place of her own choosing. What Beck did totally disregarded her wishes,” the source added. “He’s shown that he has little regard for the feelings of anyone unless they’re useful to his ambitions or point of view.”

Beck admitted that he has “not reached out to Sarah for quite some time as I do not believe there is a repairable relationship, but I also have never said anything publicly or privately about her that I would regret until today.” He also admitted that he was expressing an “old frustration” regarding the rift and again tried to make himself out to be the victim, writing, “I feel wrongly accused and judged by her and Todd which frankly is no one’s business and should not have been discussed on air, at least not in the heat of a moment. That is my problem, not hers.”

On that last point everyone agrees. Another source close to the Palins told Breitbart News, “The Palins have never publicly said anything bad about Beck and would’ve never made their falling out with him public. Beck chose to make it public by his unprovoked and frankly bizarre attack against the Governor.”

Beck, who has thrown tantrums because Donald Trump has not appeared on his radio show, implied that he snapped when he saw Palin interview Trump while she was guest-hosting a news program on the OANN channel. Though Palin has not endorsed a candidate in the 2016 election cycle, Beck wrote that he was “stunned” when he “saw her interview Donald Trump on her TV show” because “she agreed with him and backs him.”

Without any sense of irony, Beck said Trump is “cruel” and an “ego-manic and narcissist in ways that make Barack Obama seem like Saint Francis. He is so thin-skinned that he destroys anyone who crosses him.”

Contradicting his claim to CNN host Don Lemon on Wednesday evening that he “didn’t listen” to Palin’s speech, Beck also said his “unrighteous anger” came after he “heard her speech” after Trump’s speech. Beck apparently was not a fan of Palin’s speech at the Stop Iran rally.

All of this may be too much for Beck, who revealed this week that it may just be time for him to leave public life.

“If I can’t fix my own radio show and get my own show to begin to take action of healing, help and decency then I need to go away myself,” he wrote the day before. “I don’t know how much more I can do and fail. This isn’t about anyone else but me. Maybe I need to leave the media and public life and just walk the walk in my own neighborhood and life.”

Beck added that that it “may mean that I don’t have a single listener left in the end, but I would rather be true to myself, principles and to my God than to parties, cliques or popularity. But I never want to lose anyone because I said something cruel or untrue.”

“I am okay with losing friends or popularity over the truth,” Beck wrote in his blog post that was littered with fabrications. “What I am not okay with is spouting off in anger or frustration and being a poor example to my children.”


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