Beck's tale of the 'real' Bedford Falls not so real
By Mark Naymik
Published on Friday, December 3rd, 2010 at 3:56 p.m.
Radio host and Fox News personality Glenn Beck has likened Wilmington, Ohio, to Bedford Falls, the fictitious town in the holiday classic, It"s a Wonderful Life.
Wilmington, Beck said on his Nov. 22 radio show, is ground zero of the recession because it has lost about 8,600 jobs since DHL Express, it largest employer, pulled out in 2008. What makes Wilmington really special, he continued, is that the town refuses government assistance.
"It went from the No. 1 most up-and-coming city, and a city everybody wants to live in, to ground zero. And this town hasn"t taken any money from the government. They don"t want any money from the government," he said on the show.
PolitiFact Ohio checked the facts and found it was a great tale, but not the truth.
See Truth-O-Meter item.
Researchers: Mark Naymik
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