Poisoning Political Debate

From MEDIA MATTERS (August 7, 2009):

Washington, DC – Today, Media Matters for America called for Fox News to immediately fire Glenn Beck after he talked about “put[ting] poison” in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s wine. As Media Matters noted, Beck warned his viewers on August 3 that “[i]f anyone thinks that it would be a good idea to turn violent, think again,” adding that “[i]f you ever hear someone thinking about or talking about turning violent, it is your patriotic duty to stop them.”


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“Glenn Beck talking about poisoning the speaker of the House is just the latest in a series of actions, statements, and stunts that have no place on a credible news network,” said Eric Burns, president of Media Matters. “Beck himself said that it is our ‘patriotic duty’ to stop someone who talks about turning violent. Doesn’t he deserve to be held to this same standard?”

Burns further stated: “Fox News cannot have it both ways, dialing up the hate and then pretending it’s all a joke,” adding, “Like all networks, Fox must be held responsible for what is said on air. And they’ve ducked accountability for Glenn Beck’s violent rhetoric and incessant fearmongering for far too long.”

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On the August 6 edition of Glenn Beck, during a conversation with a woman wearing a mask of Pelosi, Beck stated [emphasis added]:

BECK: So, Speaker Pelosi, I just wanted to — you gonna drink your wine? Are you blind? Do those eyes not work? There you — I want you to drink it now. Drink it. Drink it. Drink it.

I really just wanted to thank you for having me over here to wine country. You know, to be invited, I thought I had to be a major Democratic donor or a longtime friend of yours, which I’m not.

By the way, I put poison in your — no, I — I look forward to all the policy discussions that we’re supposed to have — you know, on health care, energy reform, and the economy.

As Media Matters has repeatedly documented, Beck has a history of violent rhetoric and fearmongering.

From POLITICO (August 7, 2009):

In a statement, Media Matters President Eric Burns called Beck a “one-man hate machine” and said that “poisoning the House speaker in effigy is just the latest in a long line of actions, statements and stunts that have no place on a credible news network.”

Beck “was making the point that VIPs were paying thousands of dollars to simultaneously attend Pelosi’s party and be lobbied on healthcare reform,” said Joel Cheatwood, a senior vice president with Fox News, in a statement.

“The line in question was a muttered ad lib in the middle of a satiric bit.”

Pelosi’s office did not respond to requests for comment Thursday night.

How’s that satire thing workin’ for ya, Faux News?

From MEDIA MATTERS (August 7, 2009):

Beck’s recently claim that the president is a “racist” with “a deep-seated hatred for white people,” was enough to cause three major advertisers to flee. Will his comment about poisoning Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi push more out the door?

Urged on by ColorofChange.org and many of its 600,000 members, who highlighted Beck’s “racist” attack, this week NexisLexis-owned Lawyers.com, Proctor & Gamble and Progressive Insurance announced they would no longer advertise on Beck’s program.

Still, Beck still enjoys the support of scores of blue-chip advertisers, and we can’t help wondering why brand managers would want to be associated with Beck’s hateful and unhinged rants about Nazis and racists.

A tip of the hat to the handsome and talented Distributorcap for the story and movie suggestion.

29 Comments

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29 responses to “Poisoning Political Debate

  1. Can’t say I’ve ever heard him and after reading this I’m grateful. Where do they find these guys?

  2. It would be so nice to have him axed from Fox, but it always boils down to ratings. That’s why the advertisers stay. Money, money, money……..

    • but the advertisers are pulling out. while the companies might like the show’s ratings, it won’t do them any good if a lot of people see their ads, but they’re losing sales.

  3. Friend of the court

    I’ve never heard anyone thinking about anything. This guy is a jaw droping creep.

    • i can’t believe anyone finds him informative or entertaining. to me, he’s like the kids in elementary school who always had their shirts sticking out of their flies and snot encrusted around their noses.

      • Actually, at least those kids never really advocated killing anyone. At least not that I knew.

        His desire to kill Michael Moore, his “joke” about poisoning Nancy Pelosi, his whole “we surround them” campaign … this man is more like the school drug dealer who cons the teachers and gets everyone else to do his dirty work.

        • he’s the type of idiot who gets angry when confronted, and his only response is drop dead. he’s not smart enough to come up with anything more original than that. he’s a bully. a cowardly bully. he’s all for sending other people to confront those he doesn’t like, but he’d poop in his pants if he was ever confronted by someone not happy with him.

  4. He’s waaaay up there in the wingnut lunatic fringe chart ratings.

  5. I keep looking for an angle to skewer Beck from in a snarky blog, but he’s such a huge caricature of himself that it’s a slippery subject hold onto. Eh!I’ll think of something. lol

    Oh, he’s a complete tool, by the way. Just thought your and your blog readers would like to know that. Just in case. lol

  6. jeb

    Dreck is typical of that side who claim to do satire but always laugh in the wrong places. They don’t know satire, irony or humor. They’re just mean and if your idea of funny is tripping someone and chortling at the blood, you’ve really got a problem.

  7. This isn’t the first time he had advocated violence and possibly murder.. He pantomimed setting someone on fire and said it was Pres. Obama setting the American people on fire and destroying the country.

    That’s why we have to keep up the pressure on his advertisers. There is another petition up at Democrats.com to send out.. I signed it yesterday. I think it is up to either 5 or 6 sponsors who have pulled off his show now.. and more are leaving all the time.

    They may only be going to other shows on Fox but at least it is a step in the right direction and if we can get it started that is something anyway.

    • Sorry, your comment got caught by spam filter, then you wrote it out again, and that got caught as well. Spam filter made no effort to explain why it considered your comments unworthy of publication. I have rapped spam filter’s knuckles with a ruler and told him not to be so silly in the future.

    • this is a strategery i’ve used before. when i don’t like where a company is advertising or if i find out that they are donating a lot of money to a candidate or party i don’t like, i’ll call them and tell them that i have been using one of their products for years and was a satisfied customer, but now i will switch to xyz brand’s product, even if it costs me a little bit more, and i will tell all my like-minded friends and acquaintances to do the same. if you call and scream that you’ll never use their products again, they figure that you’re just pissed off and letting off steam. however, if you sound reasoned and like you’ve actually looked into alternative products, they pay a bit more attention.

  8. This story is also up on Crooks and Liars and Orcinus.

    http://dneiwert.blogspot.com/2009/08/glenn-beck-jokes-about-putting-poison.html

    My response to Beck is the same as it was in Orcinus.

    “I usually find it easier to laugh at Beck than to laugh with him. Unfortunately, I can’t do either in response to this incident; it’s just not funny.”

  9. Glenn Beck is like that crazy guy that’s always on the bus or subway that has shit stains on his paints, snot in his beard and swats at invisible fairies flying around his head–you know you shouldn’t laugh, but you just can’t help it.

  10. Brian76239

    Beck the Dreck is just what the Pox Noise channel wants. Just like his pal Sean (Ins)Hanity. Lots of hate masquerading as news. Really nice to see that some advertisers have gotten the message. Keep up the good work.

    • hello brian,
      welcome to the raisin! :D

      like they always say, money talks. the only way to get the attention of corporations is to kick ‘em in the pocketbook. i hope people continue to contact advertisers and hold their feet to the fire.

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