Glenn Beck Says Arianna Huffington Asked Him To Write For HuffPo

February 1st, 2010 5:38 PM

Fox News's Glenn Beck claimed Monday that liberal publisher Arianna Huffington asked him to write for her when they met at last year's Time 100 Most Influential People in the World dinner.

This revelation should come as quite a shock to readers of the Huffington Post who are regularly treated to the most vile depictions of Beck by Huffington and her contributors.

Potentially more shocking is this news surfacing roughly 24 hours after Huffington went on ABC's "This Week" to confront Fox News chairman Roger Ailes about why he allows Beck on his cable news channel.

Beck addressed the matter on his radio program Monday (video embedded below the fold with partial transcript, h/t The Right Scoop):

GLENN BECK: Let me just say this. Arianna Huffington, I would like you to explain this: the last time, and the only time that I've ever seen you or spoken to you, you asked me to write for the Huffington Post, and tried to convince me that it would be good because you're so open-minded and everything else. Now, were you trying to incite people when you asked me to write for the Huffington Post, or are you going to deny that? It was, I can tell you when it was, it was the Time Most Influential 100 dinner last year when I was an absolute nobody. But I was on Fox News, and I was saying the same stuff.

For the record, the dinner Beck mentioned took place on May 8, 2009.

Exit question: What will Huffington's response be to this revelation?

Stay tuned.