Radio host Glenn Beck has offered to fly Amy Nicholson of LA Weekly to his Dallas studios to sit face-to-face with Marcus Luttrell and his “SEAL buddies” to back up a scathing review she wrote about “Lone Survivor.”
“‘Lone Survivor,’ the latest by ‘Battleship’ director Peter Berg, is a jingoistic snuff film about a Navy SEAL squadron outgunned by the Taliban in the mountainous Kunar province,” Miss Nicholson wrote in December. “[Marcus] Luttrell didn’t exactly write his book. Rather than sitting in front of a word processor, he was back in action in Iraq. Instead, the United States Navy hired British novelist Patrick Robinson, who, among other embellishments, upped the number of enemy Taliban fighters from 10 to 200. Hey, whatever, man. Those aliens in ‘Battleship’ weren’t real, either.”
Mr. Beck called the reviewer “sanctimonious” and an “ignorant liar,” The Blaze reported.
“I mean this sincerely – I will fly you first class,” Mr. Beck said. “I will put you up at the Four Seasons … You will dine on the finest possible food, and you will come in here and you will sit down and speak these words to Marcus Luttrell. If you have the [courage] to say what you just said to Marcus Luttrell and back it up, go for it.
“She has no idea what a hero is. She has no idea what bravery is,” he continued. “Should be an interesting broadcast, should Amy decide to take us up.”
Miss Nicholson tweeted in her defense that she was criticizing Peter Berg, not Mr. Luttrell.
“Glenn Beck listeners: My review calls the SEALS heroes. My problems were with the director, not Luttrell,” she said, linking to her original review.