Conservative pundit Glenn Beck is making a movie that he hopes will expose the truth about celebrated American inventor Thomas Edison. In a wide-ranging interview with the National Review, Beck said that although Edison is widely seen as "this nice, kind of, good old Thomas," his film will expose him for the person he really was: "a bad man who was electrocuting animals."
The Edison film is one of three movies that Beck is working on — another will tell "the real story of Christmas" — though it's not clear whether it will be a documentary or drama, and he did not name a release date in his interview with the National Review. What's clear, though, is that Beck thinks Edison has been unfairly represented in history, and he wants to set the record straight.
"He was a bad man."
According to the former Fox News host, Edison "was absolutely on the wrong end, and luckily for him the story ended happily with his name being taken off his own company and given to GE. And all the people he tried to destroy and screw — he was screwed."
"I think that’s the story that needs to be told about Thomas Edison," he continued. "He was a bad man."
As Gizmodo points out, Beck has waxed poetic about inventors in the past, showing particular affection toward Nikola Tesla, who had a heated rivalry with Edison. In a December episode of his radio show The Blaze, Beck said the world would've been closer to a more advanced, Jetsons-like future had Tesla's inventions been embraced more openly.
"My iPad would never go dry," he said. "I’d never have to plug it in because he would just be sending electricity concentrated through the air."