Glenn “Adolf Hitler” Beck Sean October 20, 2010 Political The Epitome of Hatred Glen Beck is not only the “Stupidest Man Still Breathing” but he is also the purest definition of Hate, Racism, Bigotry, Hipocracy, Betrayal and Lies in the History of this Country or Any Country. This so called “Man” is an egotistical, fear mongering, conspiracy theorist who Hates America and will do anything to incite violence and hatred at the cost of innocent American Lives for personal gain. Trying to Start a Revolution? Yes! Glenn Beck is trying to motivate weak minded extremist to do his dirty work starting a violent revolution for the sole purpose of committing murder and convinced recent prison parole, 45-year old Byron Williams, to take up Beck’s cause. Further Advertising Boycotts As a result of this failed mass murder attempt by Byron Williams the Founder and CEO of the Tides Foundation has issued a request for remaining advertisers to withdraw advertising support to Fox News and Glenn Beck. Dear Fox Advertiser, I am writing to ask your company to take a simple step that may well save lives in the future. And it is not unimportant that taking this action will remove your company and its products from any connection to what could very likely be an unpleasant tragedy, should things remain as they are today. On behalf of my organization, and many others like it, I ask that you cease advertising on the Fox News Channel. This is neither a hollow request, nor one rhetorically made. There is an urgency to it born of our own direct experience as the target of a would-be assassin inspired by Fox’s Glenn Beck Show. On July 19th of this year, I arrived at our San Francisco office to learn that a misguided person carrying numerous guns and body armor had been on his way to start a “revolution” by murdering my colleagues and me. The Oakland Police Department called to tell us that, following a 12 minute shootout with the California Highway Patrol, law enforcement officials arrested an assailant who had targeted the Tides Foundation, an organization which I founded and currently serve as CEO, and the ACLU for violence. To say we were “shocked” does not adequately describe our reaction. Imagine, for a moment, that you were us and, had it not been for a sharp eyed highway patrolman, a heavily armed man in full body armor would have made it to your office with the intent to kill you and your colleagues. His motive? Apparently, it was because the charitable, nonpartisan programs we run are deemed part of a conspiracy to undermine America and the capitalist system, which is hogwash. Although not a political organization, the Tides Foundation has been a frequent target of misinformation, propaganda, and outright lies by Fox News’ Glenn Beck. Since his arrival at Fox in early 2009, Beck has repeatedly vilified Tides, suggesting we are intent on “creat[ing] a mass organization to seize power.” He accuses the foundation of indoctrination and says we are “involved in some of the nastiest of the nasty.” Beck tells viewers that Tides has “funneled” money to “some of the most extreme groups on the left” and that our mission is to “warp your children’s brains and make sure they know how evil capitalism is.” In total, prior to the attempted rampage, Beck had attacked the Tides Foundation 29 times. On September 28th, more than a month after the shooting, Beck reiterated his focus on the Tides Foundation, warning, “I’m coming for you.” In jailhouse interviews, the gunman confessed he views Beck as a “schoolteacher” who “blew my mind.” My would-be killer admitted that Beck “give[s] you every ounce of evidence you could possibly need” to commit violence. Beck is a self-described “Progressive Hunter” who relies on violent rhetoric. Do you really think that the millions of Americans who describe themselves as “progressive” need to be “hunted down”? If so, to what end? For hours every day on radio and television, Beck pits American against American, telling his audience that our country is under attack by a demonic Nazi-like regime seeking to destroy all that is great about America while insisting it’s up to his viewers to resist and revolt. He warned his audience that “these are the most dangerous two years of our republic. Because in the end, in revolutions, the real dangerous killers show up.” Beck even compared our government to vampires while instructing his viewers to “drive a stake through the heart of the bloodsuckers” and pretended to poison Speaker Pelosi on television. A few months later, Gregory Giusti was arrested for repeatedly threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — including threatening to destroy her home — because he was upset over health care reform. The man’s mother told a local news station he listens to those with “really radical ideas,” adding, “I’d say Fox News or all of those that are really radical.” When I started the Tides organizations 35 years ago, I did so in the very American belief that ordinary citizens had a role to play in our democratic process. It was, I thought, the responsibility of everyone to become engaged in our civic life, and for years we’ve worked with thousands of Americans to do just that. And, while we support progressive values and goals, we respect the rights and voices of those with whom we disagree on issues. Never in our history have we tolerated employees or grantees that support those who would do harm to others. By supporting Fox News Channel, you and your company are risking your reputation and good standing because they are doing just this. As you may know, a coordinated advertiser boycott by Media Matters and Color of Change, an online civil rights group, has caused Glenn Beck’s Fox News show to lose over 100 sponsors. Despite the campaign’s success, Fox insists it has had no impact on the channel’s profitability because the overall demand for advertisements on Fox has remained stable. Companies are still paying to advertise on Fox News, but their ads are simply moved to a different time of day. Thus, businesses that pay to broadcast commercials on Fox News are subsidizing Glenn Beck’s television show by continuing to pump money into the network. It has become clear that the only way to stop supporting Beck is to stop supporting Fox News. I respectfully request that you bring this matter of your company’s sponsorship of hate speech leading to violence to the attention of your fellow directors as soon as possible. I believe no responsible company should advertise on Fox News due to its recent and on-going deplorable conduct. While we may agree to disagree about the role our citizens and our government should play in promoting social justice and the common good, there should be no disagreement about what constitutes integrity and professionalism and responsibility in discourse – even when allowing for and encouraging contending diverse opinions intelligently argued. This is not a partisan issue. It’s an American issue. No one, left, right or center, wants to see another Oklahoma City. The next “assassin” may succeed, and if so, there will be blood on many hands. The choice is yours. Please join my call to do the right thing in this regard and put Fox News at arm’s length from your company by halting your advertising with them. Sincerely, Drummond Pike CEO and Founder, Tides Glen Beck, You are the Worst Person in America and You need to go but we all know that the radical right wing NOT Fair and NOT Balanced Fox News will never let that happen. However they will pay the price in lost advertising dollars. Update 10/21/2010 I received the following response from GEICO Insurance over this matter and it seems clear that the advertisers do not want to be associated with Glenn Beck. We thank you for being with GEICO and we want to tell you more about this matter. This week we took action to move our marketing messages from the Glenn Beck show and you are wondering why. Well, you deserve an answer. If the inflammatory nature of the comments on a program overshadows our message and causes GEICO to be drawn into a national debate, we are likely to reconsider where we place our marketing messages, which is what we did.