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SiriusXM Suspends Glenn Beck Radio Show Over Donald Trump Comments

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Tue, 31 May 2016 17:52:04 Z)

Glenn Beck is off the air for a week -- at least through his SiriusXM satellite radio syndication -- because of he didn't admonish a guest who said on the show last week that it might take illegal methods to remove Donald Trump as president. Beck was a strong supporter of Ted Cruz for president and frequently campaigned with the Texas senator.

"I think Trump is an extinction-level event potentially for our republic, for democracy," fiction writer Brad Thor said. "This is one of the greatest crises our nation has seen since the Great Depression, since World War II -- is a potential Donald Trump presidency. It is a disaster for liberty."

The satellite radio network issued this statement Tuesday:

"SiriusXM encourages a diversity of discourse and opinion on our talk programs. However, comments recently made by a guest on the independently produced Glenn Beck Program, in our judgement, may be reasonably construed by some to have been advocating harm against an individual currently running for office, which we cannot and will not condone. For that reason, we have suspended The Glenn Beck Program from our Patriot channel for the coming week and are evaluating its place in our lineup going forward. SiriusXM is committed to a spirited, robust, yet responsible political conversation and believes this action reflects those values."

While Beck has not directly commented, he did tweet a link to a story that calls the SiriusXm execs "cowards."

Listen to the controversial segment:

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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