Nationally syndicated radio host Glenn Beck shared with his listeners today an allegation published in USA Today that Dr. James Dobson had said former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson not Christian enough to be president.

CNN and other national media outlets also have carried the report.

Within the hour, the founder and chairman of Focus on the Family Action was a guest on Beck’s show, debunking the spin of the mainstream media.

“You know very well you can’t believe what you read in the media, especially about evangelicals,” he told Beck. “That was spun by the media. I’m getting sick of that. It’s an effort to marginalize you, to make you look foolish, and to distort your views.”

Dr. Dobson made no such comments about Thompson. The opinion piece twisted what he told a reporter several weeks ago — that whether Thompson is a believer could have an effect on how the GOP’s evangelical base may vote.

“I sincerely and humbly apologize for taking the word of the media over you,” Beck said on the air. “I should have called. I’m sorry that I didn’t make the call to your office. I humbly apologize to you.” [emphasis added]

Find any polyps up there, Mr. Beck?

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