Congressman Rips Beck For Goldline Spots
May 18, 2010 at 11:49 AM (PT)
Rep. ANTHONY WEINER (D-NY) issued a report TODAY that ripped PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS and FOX NEWS CHANNEL host GLENN BECK and other talk hosts for their spots promoting gold retailer GOLDLINE INTERNATIONAL, reports POLITICO. The report scolds the hosts for using fear tactics to "cheat consumers" through what WEINER alleges are GOLDLINE's misleading sales techniques and overcharging.
"GOLDLINE rips off consumers, uses misleading and possibly illegal sales tactics, and deliberately manipulates public fears of an impending government takeover -- this is a trifecta of terrible business practices," WEINER said in the report. "It's unacceptable that this company is preying on public fears to sell its products."
In response, GOLDLINE Pres./CEO MARK ALBARIAN said that WEINER is targeting the company because of its association with conservative talker BECK. "It feels like it's politically motivated in that neither the Congressman nor anybody from his office ever contacted executives from the company to really ask the important questions that they need to ask to understand this business," said ALBARIAN. "If I had to speculate, I would say that it's because our relationship with GLENN BECK, which we are very happy with."
For his part, BECK ripped WEINER on TUESDAY's show, calling the report poitically motivated and saying, "This is again another arm of this administration coming out to try to shut me down." And in an e-mail to POLITICO, fellow conservative radio talker MARK LEVIN of CITADEL MEDIA called WEINER a "grandstanding leftist" and the report "nothing... but WEINER's self-serving assertions."