Glenn Beck Incites Violence

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Dana Milbank writes in the Washington Post-

“I would’ve never started watching Fox News if it wasn’t for the fact that Beck was on there,” says this friend, Byron Williams. “And it was the things he did, it was the things he exposed, that blew my mind.”

“I do enjoy Glenn Beck,” Williams also says, “and the reason why I enjoy that is because… no other channel will speak about the same things that he’s talking about, and if you go and investigate those things you’ll find out that they’re true.”

Unfortunately for Beck, this satisfied viewer currently resides at the Santa Rita Jail near Oakland and stands accused of a freeway shootout with police. Williams pleaded not guilty to four counts of attempted murder of a police officer. But according to court documents, he said he had been on a mission to kill people at the liberal Tides Foundation, which happens to be a favorite Beck target.

In August, I wrote that while it’s not fair to blame Beck for violence committted by his fans, he would do well to stop encouraging extremists. Now, Williams has granted a pair of jailhouse interviews, one with the conservative and one to be published soon by the liberal group Media Matters. These recorded exchanges, which I have reviewed, show precisely why Beck is dangerous: because his is the one voice in the mass media that validates conspiracy theories held by the unstable.

Glenn Beck is a dangerous man shouting fire in a theater.  The First Amendment doesn’t protect that kind of speech.  Fox is morally obliged to take his stage away from him, or they become partners with him in every crime his followers commit, just as he himself is morally responsible for every crime his sycophants perpetrate.

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4 thoughts on “Glenn Beck Incites Violence

  1. Michael Helfield 10 Oct 2010 at 10:37 am

    Glenn Beck is horribly wrong in his views and in his arguments. But you do injustice to put him on a par with the KKK or other such hate groups, especially on the basis of one violent prisoner.



  2. steph 10 Oct 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Hmm. On the contrary, the KKK is a useful analogy for glenn beck. Because this case is only the tip of an iceberg. Repulsive.


  3. Doug 10 Oct 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Since I am shooting off my mouth today, I think he is just a blowhard. No more dangerous than any other person on tv. You can always find some nut who claims that the person on the radio or tv or in some religious writing claims that you should go and kill and destroy things.


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