Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) went head-to-head with Bill O'Reilly last night over the Democrat's attack on Goldline and conservative pundits like Glenn Beck who have ties to the gold seller.
"Defending someone that gouges consumers? You ought to be ashamed of yourself," Weiner scolded O'Reilly.
Last week, Weiner (D-NY) released a report that said Goldline "uses aggressive sales tactics, conservative spokespeople and rhetoric to sell over-priced gold coins to unsuspecting consumers." He also excoriated what he called the "unholy alliance between Goldline and conservative pundits."
Beck had appeared on O'Reilly's show last Friday, chomping on a hot dog and defending Goldline against Weiner's charges, citing the company's A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau. "It's almost like Weiner is going after something else," Beck said, before adding "maybe" and pointing to himself.
Last night, Weiner pointed out that the Los Angeles Times had reported that the Better Business Bureau can be paid off to give companies a higher rating. "Glenn Beck has a responsibility to the people who watch his show to say, 'You know what? There are smart ways and dumb ways to buy gold.'"
O'Reilly responded: "That's not true. He doesn't have that responsibility."
"I defy Glenn Beck to dispute the premise of the report," Weiner said, adding "Bill, you're being a shill for this company," and "you ought to be ashamed."
Weiner ended the interview by agreeing to O'Reilly's offer to set up a debate between the congressman and Beck next week.