Friday, October 15, 2010

Tides CEO Has Had ENOUGH of Glenn Beck's Hate Speech

The founder and CEO of the Tides Foundation, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting social justice, has had enough of Beck's hate speech and incitement to violence. A frequent Beck target himself, Tides CEO Drummond Pike broke his silence after narrowly escaping assassination by a disturbed Beck listener (for details, see "Glenn Beck And The TEA PARTY Armies of The Damned" below) whose plot was foiled by police in a wild shootout.

In a letter to major Fox advertisers, Drummond asked them to drop their sponsorship of the Fox News program or the next assassin may succeed and "if so, there will be blood on many hands."
"I respectfully request that you bring this matter of your company's sponsorship of hate speech leading to violence to the attention of your fellow directors as soon as possible. I believe no responsible company should advertise on Fox News due to its recent and on-going deplorable conduct.

While we may agree to disagree about the role our citizens and our government should play in promoting social justice and the common good, there should be no disagreement about what constitutes integrity and professionalism and responsibility in discourse - even when allowing for and encouraging contending diverse opinions intelligently argued. This is not a partisan issue. It's an American issue. No one, left, right or center, wants to see another Oklahoma City.

The next "assassin" may succeed, and if so, there will be blood on many hands. The choice is yours. Please join my call to do the right thing in this regard and put Fox News at arm's length from your company by halting your advertising with them."

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