(1) “We also say things that others may be thinking, but (2) we verify them and we get it right.”1. On Byron Williams, the cause-and-effect Beck-to-Williams incitement to armed violence is unquestionable. Beck attacked Tides 29 times on his Fox News show in the year-and-a-half leading up to the shooting:
2. On the “verify and get it right” thing, absolutely false. This is Beck's take on the damning and dispositive evidence of his violent language:Williams sought to defend Beck from "Obama and the liberals," whom he said are afraid of Beck "because he often exposes things that are simply forbidden in news." Williams said that Beck advocates non-violence and that he had already researched the conspiracy theories that informed his alleged plot — before seeing them "confirm[ed]" on Beck's show.
Similarly, Williams tells Media Matters that "Beck would never say anything about a conspiracy, would never advocate violence. He'll never do anything... of this nature. But he'll give you every ounce of evidence that you could possibly need."
“According to Drummond Pike, the founder of Tides, I will be the one who causes the next Oklahoma City. This is in a letter, an appeal to advertisers of Fox, uh, Dear Fox advertisers … read this part of it: No one, left, right, center, wants to see another Oklahoma City. The next assassin may succeed. If so, there will be blood on many hands.”Guess who the first assassin was — Byron Williams. The “blood on many hands” cited by Mr. Pike clearly refers to Glenn Beck, Fox, the advertisers, Beck followers, and not to some delusional conspiracy to foment violence from leftwing revolutionists. In the normal world about 60 percent of us live in, this is preposterous. But in the paranoid world of Tea Party Beck followers his outrageous and irresponsible attacks are all true, a warning of an imminent uprising on the Left, that we need to “wake up,” etc. Classic case of delusional, paranoid-induced projection. Context is everything. Here is the full text of Mr. Pike's letter. It's self-explanatory.
|Beck reads snippet of Pike's letter; makes specious link to Oklahoma City.|
“They (the Left) are setting up another Oklahoma City. They are claiming that one is coming and they’ve already marked the one (BECK, THE ‘VICTIM BEING CRUCIFIED' BY THE GODLESS LEFT) who caused it!” (Beck pointing to himself.) Then he pivots to the REAL BECKISTA TRUTH: “Don’t you miss Wednesday’s show (can’t wait) when I show you VIOLENCE and the pressure from below. It will boggle your mind. I tell you, as a pollster that sounds like a great idea: what’s a few hundred lives when you can win the House back in 2012?”This is UN.FUCKING.BELIEVABLE. How can any normal, rational, thinking person actually believe that the Left is planning another Oklahoma City in order to win back the House in 2012?
Glenn Beck is a very sick person. Crazy. Demented. Psychotic. Repulsive. Dangerous. SICK. Glenn Beck incites violence against specific targets on the Left daily with total impunity, and it has got to stop. What Mr. Pike did was fight back in a time-honored American tradition of seeking peaceful and lawful redress when he had been continually wronged by an out-of-control media huckster. He wrote an open letter to his colleagues in the business community and asked them to withdraw their advertising dollars to pressure Fox into dropping Beck's show. Why? Very simple. Because the next target of a demented Beck listener may not be so lucky as Pike was, when the cops chanced to capture Byron Williams before he carried out his assassination plans. And then the blood of that act of Beck-inspired violence will be on the hands of every responsible adult who could have stopped it, by forcing Beck off the air, but failed. Then it will be too late.