HuffPo editors remove article calling for Glenn Beck sex tape

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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A blogger apologized Monday after editors at the Huffington Post removed his opinion article offering $100,000 for a “sex tape or phone records or anything else” that succeeds in removing Fox News host Glenn Beck “from the public eye forever.”

The piece bylined by Beau Friedlander, the former editor-in-chief of the liberal Air America Radio, comes two days after Beck held his “Restoring Honor” rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

Friedlander posted an apology to Beck Monday afternoon, writing that, “I crossed the line.”

In the now deleted post, he prefaced his $100,000 offer by writing, “It is time to pop the tea baggers’ favorite balloon.”

By Monday afternoon, his article was removed, with a message from an editor in its place explaining that the piece was “published directly to the Huffington Post by its author” and “didn’t meet our editorial standards.”

Huffington Post spokesman Mario Ruiz said in an email that, “Beau Friedlander was a passworded blogger, which allowed him to post directly to the site. After reviewing his post on Beck, we decided to remove it, adding the editor’s note. Going forward, his posts will be reviewed by an editor before being published.”