For Immediate Release
The Violent Consequences of Glenn Beck’s Dangerous Rhetoric
WASHINGTON - TV personality Glenn Beck's explosive rhetoric has not only lent
legitimacy to outlandish conspiracy theories, but has inspired real violence by
those who subscribe to those theories, says a new report by People For the
American Way and Media Matters for America. The report details
Beck's most dangerous rhetoric, recounts the violent actions of some of
those he has inspired, and makes a new call to hold Beck and his enablers
accountable for their words.
The new report, Glenn
Beck: Irresponsible and Indifferent to the Violent Consequences of His Rhetoric,
details some of Beck's most dangerous strategies, including:
stating that the Obama administration poses a threat of "great and powerful evil"-communism,
fascism, or both
that Obama and his allies are seeking the
destruction of the Constitution and the United States
classic anti-Semitic conspiracy theory
that the left is planning violence
against those they disagree with
- Predicting his own martyrdom
- Threatening violence by his own hands
The report also catalogs some of the violence and threats of violence committed
by those who have admitted to being inspired by Beck:
Williams' plot against the Tides
Foundation and the ACLU
Poplawski's shooting of three Pittsburgh police
threats against Sen. Patty Murray
against members of the Illinois League
of Women Voters
"Glenn Beck has the right to speak, but there is also a responsibility
that comes with his powerful media megaphone," said Michael B. Keegan,
President of People For the American Way. "Beck has shown no sign of
recognizing that responsibility. Faced with the clear facts of the violence he
has inspired, Beck has simply ramped up his violent rhetoric and lashed out at
those who criticize him for it. It's time for Fox News, its advertisers,
and all those who enable Beck to hold him accountable for his irresponsible
speech and its deadly consequences."
"Despite hundreds of sponsors
refusing to advertise on Glenn Beck's program, Fox continues to
provide him a platform for unhinged rhetoric and blatant lies that have real,
and potentially deadly, consequences," said David Brock, Founder and
CEO of Media Matters. "That's
why targeting Glenn Beck's advertisers is no longer enough -- we need to hold
the entire network accountable."
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added: "Advertisers need to be aware that they are funding a network
that promotes a climate of fear and suspicion that could lead to another Oklahoma City."
The full report is available
online at: http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-
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