Representatives Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and Bobby Rush (D-IL) released a statement today officially announcing a hearing of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection to probe the businesses practices of a major Glenn Beck and Fox News sponsor. Today’s announcement comes after Weiner released a critical report in May on Goldline International, a precious metals dealer.
The report accused the company of combining fear mongering with shady business practices to entice a susceptible Fox News audience into investing in gold.
“Goldline rips off consumers, uses misleading and possibly illegal sales tactics, and deliberately manipulates public fears of an impending government takeover – this is a trifecta of terrible business practices,” said Weiner in the report.
Although Weiner didn’t target Glenn Beck specifically in the May report, today’s release mentions the popular television host by name:
“[Goldine] uses aggressive sales tactics and conservative spokespeople such as Fox News’ Glenn Beck to sell overpriced gold coins,” said the report.
Beck, however, has responded in typical Glenn Beck fashion.