Glenn Beck faces defamation lawsuit for calling terrorist victim the real terrorist
And it may hurt Ted Cruz in the process.
Filings also show that we may know as soon as this summer whether or not Beck’s suit will go to trial. A First Amendment case like this one would likely attract breathless media attention—especially since it involves a conspiracy-minded media celeb using explicitly Islamophobic language to go after a student.
And if Cruz is the Republican nominee (not an unthinkable prospect), then one of his top surrogates could give him a rolling PR nightmare.
The facts of the case are, well, not that surprising if you know anything about Glenn Beck. In the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing terrorist attack that left six people dead, Beck claimed that one of the victims—Saudi national Abdulrahman Alharbi, who was injured in the attack—was actually in on it.