On today’s radio program, Glenn Beck and his cohost Pat Gray alleged that there was some sort of conspiracy afoot to scrub the internet of evidence of White House press secretary Josh Earnest admitting that stronger background checks would not have prevented this week’s terrorist shooting in San Bernardino, California.
Asked by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl whether there is any evidence that expanded background checks would have prevented the attack, Earnest stated that, “In this instance, of course not.”
Beck wanted to play audio of that exchange on his program today but Gray was unable to locate it … which naturally can only mean that there some White House cover-up at work.
“It’s interesting,” Gray said, “because there’s no, I can’t find a single piece of audio on that. It’s all printed. And every time this guy says something this butt stupid, that’s the case. I don’t know if they scrub the internet of the audio, of the video, because every White House press conference is recorded, right? They’re all recorded.”
“And yet you can’t get any audio of that,” Beck responded. “That’s really [interesting].”
If there was a single person on Beck’s team who was capable of doing five minutes of basic research, they could have found this crucial piece of audio in the video of the press briefing posted on the White House’s YouTube page:
Note to Beck and friends: your inability to do basic research is not evidence of a massive cover-up.
UPDATE: Later in the radio broadcast, Gray did manage to track down and play this piece of audio. We had not yet listened to that part of the broadcast at the time that this post was written. That doesn’t, of course, change the fact that Beck and Gray both initially blamed a cover-up for their own inability to find it.