UPDATE: Detective Blaze is on the case.
TheBlaze.com, Glenn Beck's news site, has been doing some online digging to find out more about the woman who wrote into New York magazine and claimed the conservative pundit blew things out of proportion when he said his family was harassed at an outdoor movie screening in New York City.
The website has screen captures from people on Twitter suggesting that the woman in question – Lindsey Piscitell – had mocked Beck during the movie and that one of her followers suggested that it would be funny if she “accidently” spilt something on him.
The Blaze, however, doesn’t stop there. The site also posts pictures and a bio from her online profile at a literary website. “We decided to learn a little more about Lindsey Piscitell,” the site writes. “Turns out she is something of a ‘Nomad’ who likes to write short stories and poetry in between panic attacks.”
Piscitell, for her part, is sticking to her story. Saying that the spill was “truly” accidental.
Original post Wednesday at 10:34 a.m.: What was supposed to be a night out with the family turned into a wine-soaked attack on Glenn Beck, his wife, and one his daughters. At least, that’s how Beck tells it.
The conservative chalkboard enthusiast says he was verbally assaulted at New York’s Bryant Park, where he went to see an outdoor screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps with his wife and daughter. On his radio show, Beck said his fellow moviegoers yelled such gems as: “We hate conservatives here.”
To make matters worse, Beck says, someone kicked a cup of wine onto his wife’s back, completely soaking her. Beck described people in the crowd as “some of the most hateful people I have ever seen.” He also compared the ordeal to a public lynching. (You read that correctly.)
" 'I swear to you, I think, if I had suggested, and I almost did, 'Wow, does anybody have a rope? Because there's [a] tree here. You could just lynch me.' And I think there would have been a couple in the crowd that would have," Beck said on his radio program.
He also called gossip site Gawker, which ran user-submitted photos of Beck and his family, “especially horrible.”
But, of course, there are at least two sides to this story. New York Magazine has posted a message from a 25-year-old woman who offers her own account of the night’s events.
She writes, “it was [Beck’s] security detail (two bodyguards) that seemed to be unnecessarily prickly with the crowd, scolding myself and my friends for acrobatics and other harmless activities taking place well before the movie started, and contributing to a considerably less relaxed atmosphere than is typically experienced” at the screenings.
The woman goes on to say that it was her friend who spilled the wine on Beck’s wife, Tania, completely by accident. She writes that it was about half a glass of wine—which isn’t much considering Beck says his wife was “soaked”—that apologies were offered, and her friends provided napkins.
What, Beck stretch the truth? Never.