AN OPEN LETTER TO ROGER AILES AT FAUX NEWS
As you read in my last post, Octopus over at The Swash Zone is organizing a petition drive to discourage sponsors from supporting Glenn Beck's madness over at Faux News.
In addition, he has composed this letter to the Chairman and CEO at Fox in an effort to have him pull the plug on Beck for us.
If you agree with this, fell free to copy and paste to your own site, then print out a copy of the actual letter and send it to Mr. Ailes.
Chairman and CEO, Fox News Channel
1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10036
Dear Mr. Ailes:
After the shooting rampage in Tucson that left six people dead and thirteen injured, you offered this appeal for civility: “I told all of our guys, shut up, tone it down, make your argument intellectually. You don’t have to do it with bombast.”
Weeks after Tucson, nothing has changed. Glenn Beck has turned up the volume on partisan hate speech. The poisoned atmosphere unleashed by Glenn Beck means any citizen - Democrat, Independent, or Republican - can be defamed in public and targeted for persecution. Beck’s messages provoke unstable persons to act on impulse, and events have shown that violent rhetoric leads to violent acts:
Prison Term for Man Who Threatened Speaker Pelosi:
Mother of Accused Man Blames Fox News
Renowned Professor Terrorized After Glenn Beck Broadcasts
League of Women Voters Targeted by Glenn Beck Fans
Two California Highway Patrolmen Shot by Glenn Beck Fan
Three Pittsburgh Policemen Killed by Glenn Beck Follower
There is no plausible deniability that can wipe the blood off Beck’s hands or absolve the Fox News Channel of responsibility for reckless incitement. Shooting sprees, murder, malicious defamations and infamous provocations … these have no place in a free society. When toxic television threatens public safety, all citizens of all persuasions have grounds for alarm.
Glenn Beck has crossed boundaries that should never be crossed. It is time to pull the plug on the Glenn Beck Show before more people are terrorized, injured and killed.
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