Posted by: maboulette | August 5, 2010

THE POLITICS OF FEAR

On Sunday, July 18, unhinged ex-convict Byron Williams loaded his truck with guns and headed up a California highway with the intention of starting a revolution. If he hadn’t been stopped by brave officers — two of whom were wounded in the confrontation — he could have carried out a plan to kill staff at progressive organizations, including the Tides Foundation.

What is the Tides Foundation? It’s the nonprofit that Glenn Beck brags about “turning the light of day” on by constantly attacking it as part of a socialist conspiracy to destroy our government. The Tides Foundation isn’t the shadowy political influence of Beck’s fantasies — it’s a transparent organization known in the philanthropic community for doing good public service. Make no mistake: Beck’s intention was to paint the Tides Foundation as a dangerous, increasingly powerful threat to freedom that must be stopped. And Williams set out to stop them.

It’s time for those who profit from Beck to take responsibility for his incitements to violence. Beck’s paranoid, dishonest and incendiary rhetoric doesn’t just reflect on Beck — it reflects on News Corp., Fox News’ parent company, and its shareholders. Morgan Stanley owns nearly $300,000,000 in News Corp. stock, Bank of New York more than $175,000,000, Goldman Sachs $115,000,000, and JPMorgan Chase nearly $70,000,000. As owners of the company, they need to take responsibility for the conduct of its employees.

As Media Matters Senior Fellow Eric Boehlert wrote:

“Indeed, for more than a year Beck has been portraying the progressive organization as a central player in a larger, nefarious cabal of Marxist/socialist/Nazi Obama-loving outlets determined to destroy democracy in America. Beck has routinely smeared the low-profile entity for being staffed by “thugs” and “bullies” and involved in “the nasty of the nastiest,” like indoctrinating schoolchildren and creating a “mass organization to seize power.”

As Media Matters reported, the conspiratorial host had mentioned (read: attacked) the little-known progressive organization nearly 30 times on his Fox program alone since it premiered in 2009, including several mentions in the last month. (Beck’s the only TV talker who regularly references the foundation, according to our Nexis searches.)

So yes, Beck has done all he can to scare the hell out of people about the Tides Foundation and “turn the light of day” onto an organization that actually facilitates non-profit giving.

And guess what? Everybody in America would have found out about the Tides Foundation last week if Byron Williams had had his way.


Responses

  1. I am not a follower of GBeck, but if he was misrepresenting the facts, FN would terminate him immediately for the very reasons you site. I am sure Beck never promoted violence. Now, if BW decided to take matters into his own hands, well he is responsible for those actions, not Beck.

  2. Fox News and the website plus their commentaries are there to do one thing – that is to scare white people about black people who are wanting to take things from the white community. And they will not get fired because they take their daily talking point from Rupert Murdox who owns the company. They don’t lie about the facts, they just spin them into a way that scared right wing conservatives. It all politics and it is the politics of fear.

    • Well Mary Ann, you have known me for a long time. IYR, Puddin Jones was one of my best friends in hs. We spent time at each other’s house, we ate togehter, his younger brother was named after me and him, the list goes on and on. I currently have many friends that are black, many…no most, of which watch FN. Why? Because it is the only place where you can get the whole story without a ‘spin’.

      In my opinion, I have never been prejudiced against blacks. Having said that, if FN was everything you (and the left) say it is, I could not in good conscious watch it. I just do not see what you see in FN.

  3. Kyle – I never said you were prejudiced – and this is not about you. And I never said that the actual News part of Fox News is not balanced. I am talking about O’reilly, Hannity, Beck – the opinion shows. And it is not that they out right lie (although that happens also) but it is the incredible bias spin they put on everything. They are extremely bias to the right. And still go on with the slogan of “Fair and Balanced”. There have been books written about it and even an excellent documentary. Its a fact – Fox is very spun to the right. And Beck is just almost on some sort of religious cursade or some bigotted cursade of some sort. He acts like a modern day Joe McCarthy.

    • I seldom watch Beck or Hannity, but I challenge anyone to find ‘spin’ or error in O’s show. He tells it exactly as it is with no slant to either side. IMO, he favored Hillary to win the 08 election. She appeared on his show only after BHO had the nomination in the bag. BTW, I would have supported Hillary over McCain. BHO has proven to be exactly what I suspected he would be and is the primary reason for the success the Tea Party movement has seen. Anyway, I would really be interested to see exactly/specifically when/where/how you believe O’Riely has misrepresented the facts.


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