On Tuesday, Glenn Beck told his radio and TV audiences how he and his family were harassed during an outing to an outdoor movie in New York City's Bryant Park.
You can listen to Glenn describe what happened here.
The account involves people shouting nasty things and even a cup of wine being kicked onto Glenn's wife.
“These people were some of the most hateful people I have ever seen,” Beck said. “All I wanted to do is go out on a blanket with my family and have dinner in the afternoon sun and sit around Americans, not like-minded Americans, and just watch a movie in the park. And last night that was what it was about‑‑ when the movie was just about over, my wife and I got out because it was hostile.”
Well, now a woman has come forward to say that she was seated right behind Glenn and that his account is "FALSE."
The woman, Lindsey Piscitell, wrote to New York Magazine:
To Whom It May Concern:
Just a quick FYI -saw your article on Mr. Beck and his numerous FALSE claims about the way that he was treated at Bryant Park last night. Myself and several of my friends were seated immediately behind Mr. Beck & co (have pictures) and I can tell you that while the crowd was certainly not *thrilled* that he had shown up, his family was left completely alone, and for the most part he was too. Conversely, it was his security detail (two body guards) 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 during BPMN (I've been going for about six years now).
It was my friend that spilled the glass of wine on Tanya -and I can assure you that it was a complete accident. A happy one, to be sure, but nonetheless a complete and utter accident. As soon as the wine spilled (and I question how Tanya became soaked from a half glass of wine) apologies were made and my friends pretty much scrambled to give Tanya & co napkins -no doubt aware that it would look terrible and that their actions could be perceived as purposeful. No words were exchanged after that, as I think that it became pretty clear to Beck & co that my friends and I were doing everything in our capacity to help clean the "mess".
I'm sure it's unnecessary to point out the hypocrisy in Glen's statements that we were being hateful. I can assure him that we don't need his sympathy. Incidentally, none of us have made a career of "spewing hate" on the radio, or any other media platform. We live our lives intolerant only of those who don't tolerate: We have chosen New York as our city for that very reason. We do things like go to Bryant Park Movie Night, and vote to legalize gay marriage. We don't taunt Glen, or his family. And we certainly don't waste our wine, even on Tanya.
Thanks, and please let me know if you have further questions.
So that changes everything. Glenn will be issuing an apology this aft....oh, wait.
We decided to learn a little more about Lindsey Piscitell.
Turns out she is something of a "Nomad" who likes to write short stories and poetry in between panic attacks:
She posts some of that poetry on her Tumblr blog:
The muffled voice of the car horns
sang homage to married airshafts
and the clouds crept back to their night beds
while the teapot grew much older.
She also has a Twitter account...though that account is "protected" for confirmed followers only.
Hold on! Is this the same woman who wrote to New York Magazine? She seems much more agitated here than we were led to believe!
The link in that Tweet to FourSquare had the pictures of Glenn and his family on their blanket. It was active until a few hours ago. But....it's now not there:
We also noticed that one of her Twitter followers was eager to respond to her notification about proximity to Glenn with some timely suggestions:
How about that?! Lindsey's pal suggests an accidental spill!
I did want to see if Marissa had other suggestions, but guess what:
Yeah, her Twitter account is now gone.
Lindsey, we note, tells the world on Tumblr that she is:
What can we conclude? Is it possible that the wine spill really was accidental? Oh, maybe. But Twitter tells us a few things that may call her account and her motives into question.
We certainly would like to know more -- but they keep deleting things!
Stay tuned for updates.
It seems that Lyndsey Piscitell was also busy posting comments on some blog posts about the Beck encounter. At least we know that it is someone using the same name as she uses on Twitter (dANGLINGbABY), and claiming to be in the group involved in the encounter.
Of course the "truly accidentally" part might be suspect now that we know about the friends Twitter suggestion.
AND was it a bottle? I thought she said it a glass?
Glenn also pointed out on the radio this morning that the suggestion about "accidentally" kicking him the mouth might have played a role in the "acrobatics" going on near them.
Lyndsey's e-mail to New York Magazine depicts innocuous interaction..."his family was left completely alone, and for the most part he was too"...while pointing any blame on Beck's security detail. I've watched Glenn's security team in dozens of tricky situations and they are a polite and professional group. Certainly Lyndsey wouldn't have done anything deliberate to draw their attention, right?
Seems a little less innocuous now, doesn't it?
Another commenter on one blog post asks this question of the group:
Turns out dANGLINGbABY had a ready answer:
Why has Glenn not been "chased" away? "We tried as best we could tonight." And then she references the picture taking, and the concept that "outside world" is trying to send a message to Glenn. We think we get the message about what happened that night.
A Sara Romanoski recently blocked her Twitter account (saromo) but a Blaze reader managed to take some screen grabs before that happened.
Early in the evening she did solicit ideas for to what to do in the situation:
She too makes reference to "accidentally" spilling wine on:
She did get her wish on the TV mention.
And she did at the time seem to want to ride the wave of attention:
Jon Stewart? Hellooooo?
The Daily Caller's Jim Treacher quotes "saromo" saying this:
Since lots of accounts of been closed or locked in the last 24 hours, I haven't been able to confirm the rest of her original message...but I think the message, again, is clear.