Saturday, January 22, 2011

Glenn Beck's "Hit List" & Maddow :Domestic Terrorist Bomb Plot Foiled In Spokane Ignored By Mainstream Media

Update: 2:52 PM, Jan 22. 2011.

Once again a domestic terrorist threat which was foiled is ignored by the Mainstream Media. The bomb had been placed in Spokane on the route of a Martin Luther King memorial parade in Spokane, Washington.
Media ignores story which is typical especially if the plot was a homegrown terrorist threat and not foreign terrorists or a plot arranged by Muslim Americans .
Since there has been no mention of Muslims or Jihadists the story is ignored.

Extremists Considered in Spokane Bomb Investigation:

Where's the Coverage, the Outrage?

NBC Spokane Bomb

Right wing Media Fox news Glenn Beck Palin etc. are they deliberately hoping to encourage so called "Lone Wolf" or "Lone Gunman"
They use over the top incendiary violent rhetoric.
Hartmann Compares Beck et al to Nazi Propaganda
Thom Hartmann on the lone Wolf Theory
Stochastic theory -paint a picture of desperation as Beck, O'Reilly, Sarah palin et al have done to encourage random acts of violence.

And profile of tProgressive media commentator Thom Hartmann at Alternet.

Progressive Profiles: With New TV Show, Radio Talker Thom Hartmann Brings Substance to Style
With an entrepreneurial spirit, knowledge of history and boundless energy, Hartmann brings the singular mix he honed on national radio to the cable news airwaves.
January 15, 2011

This is the first in a series of profiles of leading progressives in Washington, D.C.

It's 9pm in the middle of a busy week and Thom Hartmann, the nation's most popular progressive talk radio host, is just sitting down to dinner with his wife Louise at a crowded Washington restaurant.

As host of "The Thom Hartmann Program" (heard on 120 affiliates, according to the show's Web site), Thom did his customary three hours of radio earlier in the day, and just wrapped up an episode of his hour-long daily cable television program, "The Big Picture," which airs on RTTV and was just picked up by Free Speech TV, which runs the show over the Dish and DirecTV networks. (It's also available from iTunes in podcast form.) It's a typical 14-hour day for Hartmann, but he's hardly worse for the wear. At 59, he looks at least 10 years younger, and his energy is still bubbling over. Louise, just back from a day at the hospital with a friend who rushed there in an emergency, begs off the interview, wanting nothing more than a quiet meal after a stressful day

also see:

Glenn Beck's Hit List next up Francis Fox Piven .
Democracy Now! Francis Fox Piven interviewed about Glenn Beck's attacks on her.

Beck 's attacks on Francis Fox Piven
have continued and leaves the impression that Piven is out to destroy America's traditional values and system of government and its economic system.

go to time 19 minutes for Beck and Piven.

When Glenn Beck feels he's being attacked for what he says that it might lead to violence he has several responses - 1. they are only words and speech has no effect on people 2. That he has the right to free speech like any other American
3. he tries to convince his criticas that he is just a comedian or rodeo clown so people shouldn't take him seriously but his black board and his diatribes and his guests all beg to differ.

Beck: Murder Fantasies Are Funny by Steve Rendall via FAIR, Jan19, 2011.

Glenn Beck has expressed on-air desires to strangle Michael Moore with his own hands, beat Charles Rangel to death with a shovel, and once aired a sketch on his Fox News show that had him poisoning then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Appearing on the Today show this morning (1/19/11), responding to questions about his frequent murder fantasies (a specialty of Fox News personalities), Beck told host Meredith Vieira that he was just being funny. Beck said the host should ask Jon Stewart and the Simpsons the same question. "Comedy is comedy," he explained

Vieira did not point out that while Beck is a political commentator, the Simpsons is a cartoon, and Stewart is a comedian who is not known for fantasizing about the murder of people with whom he disagrees.

The reader can decide if continuous on-air fantasizing about the murderous deaths of one's political foes is okay, as long as one says he is joking.

I think it's a problem, not least because hateful jokes are not always harmless, and because it's often not clear when Beck is joking. After all, when one has just concluded a tirade against someone they portrayed as among the dark forces trying to steal the country, with a whimsical fantasy about that someone's violent death--well, I think you get the point.

And sometimes Beck's violent fantasies are clearly not jokes.

In March 2003, Beck was one of the most energetic war mongers in the country. He was organizing and addressing pro-war rallies for his radio employer, Clear Channel, and using his national radio show to disparage and smear anti-war figures on a regular basis. In a program I heard on WABC-AM in New York City (3/16/03), Beck inveighed furiously against the anti-war activism of Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D.-Ohio), in a tirade that concluded with the host, in all angry sincerity, wishing to see Kucinich burned alive: "Every night I get down on my knees and pray that Dennis Kucinich will burst into flames."

But comedy is comedy, as Beck would say

Glenn Beck's Dangerous Obsession With Frances Fox Piven
01/20/2011 by Steve Rendall via FAIR Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting , Jan, 20, 2011

In addition to his repeated murder fantasies, Glenn Beck harbors apocalyptic fantasies of mass death--suggesting, for instance, that if the direction of the country doesn't change, "God will wash this nation with blood." (Barack Obama, are you listening?) But the Fox News host harbors many deranged obsessions.

He has long obsessed over Frances Fox Piven, the 78-year-old distinguished professor at the City University of New York. Central to Beck's lies about Piven is the charge that a Nation article she co-wrote with Richard Cloward in 1966 somehow holds the blueprint for a violent leftist takeover of the United States. Beck's similar fascination with the supposed threat posed by the Tides Foundation apparently led one of his fans to attempt an armed assault on the organization (FAIR Blog, 7/22/10

Beck's supposed anti-violence pledge, issued in the wake of the Tucson massacre, contains a bizarre equation of Piven with a violent paramilitary cult under indictment for plotting the wholesale murder of police officers:

I denounce violent threats and calls for the destruction of our system--regardless of their underlying ideology--whether they come from the Hutaree Militia or Frances Fox Piven

Needless to say, equating Piven's advocacy of grassroots democratic political activism with terrorism-based revolution is hardly an effective way to discourage violence. Unsurprisingly, some Beck followers have taken his demented fulminations a step further, posting death threats against Piven in the comment section of his website, the Blaze. As Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman recounted on her January 14 program

On December 31, Glenn Beck’s website, the Blaze, published an article titled "Frances Fox Piven Rings in the New Year by Calling for Violent Revolution." In response to that article, several readers posted direct death threats to Piven. A user named JST1425 wrote, quote, "Be very careful what you ask for, honey.... As I mentioned in previous posts...ONE SHOT...ONE KILL! 'We the People' will need to stand up for what is right.... A few well-placed marksmen with high-powered rifles.... Then there would not be any violence," unquote.

User name SUPERWRENCH4 wrote, quote, "Somebody tell Frances I have 5000 roundas [sic] ready and I'll give My life to take Our freedom back. Taking Her life and any who would enslave My children and grandchildren and call for violence should meet their demise as They wish. George Washington didn't use His freedom of speech to defeat the British, He shot them," unquote.

Another reader wrote on Glenn Beck's website, quote, "We should blowup Piven's office and home. And while at it. Keel haul Bernardine Dohrn under one of her freedom ships and blow up Bill Ayers' house cars and anywhere he can be found," unquote.
And a user who goes by the name GREEN_MANALISHI wrote, quote, "I'm all for violence and change Francis, where do your loved ones live?" unquote.

Despite the overt threats, Glenn Beck has not removed any of the messages from his site, even though readers of the Blaze are encouraged to highlight troublesome posts.

In Tucson last week, shooting victim James Eric Fuller was arrested after exclaiming "you're dead" to a Tea Party activist who was criticizing gun control at a post-massacre forum. So apparently the laws against making violent threats still apply to some people.

UPDATE: Last June (6/10), Glenn Beck's demonization of progressives took an eliminationist turn when he told his Fox News audience that "radicals"-- he named Code Pink's Jody Evans, environmental and civil rights activist Van Jones, University of Wisconsin professor Joel Rogers, progressive strategist Jeff Jones and labor leader Andy Stern--ought to be "shot in the head" by Democrats instead of being courted by them

Adressing Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, about American "radicals" and "revolutionaries," Beck said:

You've been using them? They believe in communism. They believe and have called for a revolution. You're going to have to shoot them in the head. But warning, they may shoot you.

They are dangerous because they believe. Karl Marx is their George Washington. You will never change their mind. And if they feel you have lied to them--they're revolutionaries. Nancy Pelosi, those are the people you should be worried about.

Here is my advice when you're dealing with people who believe in something that strongly--you take them seriously. You listen to their words and you believe that they will follow up with what they say.

Of course, there is no danger that Pelosi or other Democratic leaders will take Beck's demented words to heart. The danger is that Beck devotees are being told by their hero that these dangerous progressives, who may be homicidal themselves, are worthy of assassination. It wouldn't be the first or second time a Beck devotee took murderous action.

Note that Beck's words were in dead earnest. Without a hint of irony, Time magazine's civility panelist called for Democrats to assassinate American political activists.

and so it goes,

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