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Fox’s Glenn Dreck: “You’re going to have to shoot them [Democrats] in the head”

COMMENT: In the wake of the shoot­ing in Tuc­son, the GOP/Tea Bag­ger folks have been stri­dently deny­ing that their incen­di­ary, elim­i­na­tion­ist rhetoric is in any way respon­si­ble for that incident.

Fox News’ star com­men­ta­tor Glenn Dreck (as I call him) epit­o­mizes the kind of behav­ior that is the focal point of critics.

It would be impos­si­ble to inter­pret his com­ments in any other way other than an incite­ment to vio­lence. When he said to his lis­ten­ers that they will have to shoot Democ­rats in the head, it is a reach to inter­pret his com­ments as any­thing other than invit­ing bloodshed.

It is also note­wor­thy that he (Dreck) casu­ally red-baits the Demo­c­ra­tic oppo­si­tion. With the Cold War a lit­tle over two decades in the past, we are see­ing Born-Again McCarthyites casu­ally tar­ring peo­ple with the Com­mie brush,  a cow­ardly sub­sti­tute for any form of intel­li­gent, mean­ing­ful criticism.

“‘You’re Going to Have to Shoot Them in the Head’ Beck Said of Demo­c­ra­tic Lead­ers” by Stephen C. Web­ster; The Raw Story; 1/20/2010.

EXCERPT: Dis­cussing Demo­c­ra­tic lead­ers dur­ing a June broad­cast for the Repub­li­can Fox News Chan­nel, con­spir­acy host Glenn Beck told his fol­low­ers they would have to “shoot them in the head” in order to bring an end to an alleged “com­mu­nist” agenda.

“They believe in com­mu­nism,” he said. “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.” . . .

Discussion

5 comments for “Fox’s Glenn Dreck: “You’re going to have to shoot them [Democrats] in the head””

  1. Film­maker Michael Moore has cre­ated a list of Fox News com­men­ta­tors call­ing for the mur­ders of var­i­ous pub­lic figures:

    http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/must-read/fox-news-no-1

    Glenn Beck is sim­ply old-fashioned NSDAP.

    Google “Glenn Beck + Jews” and you’ll find a vari­ety of inter­est­ing articles.

    Most recently, Beck’s “Nine Vil­lains of the 20th Cen­tury” were 90% Jews:

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/201101140003

    Whereas this is “dog-whistle” pol­i­tics, Beck’s call for shoot­ing Democ­rats in the head was not his first foray into this type of incitement.

    Beck has also incited the mur­der of film­maker Michael Moore (as has FOX com­men­ta­tor Bill O’Reilly):

    http://mediamatters.org/research/200505180008

    Posted by R. Wilson | January 22, 2011, 4:09 am
  2. the fact that this demented “killer-by-proxy” is not yanked off the air imme­di­ately and that Faux News broad­cast license is not sus­pended for host­ing incite­ment to mur­der is a stark com­men­tary on the degraded nature of media monop­oly in the US.

    Posted by Stu | January 22, 2011, 4:09 pm
  3. @Stu: My sen­ti­ments exactly, fel­low truth seeker.

    Posted by Steven | January 22, 2011, 7:02 pm
  4. Hello Dave,

    Well, this time, I have good news. This era in which we live is so depress­ing, we are sur­rounded by stuff so ter­ri­ble that a bit of fresh air is def­i­nitely welcome.

    Finally, Fox News has decided to pull the plug on Glenn Dreck by the end of this year. Some ana­lysts say that rat­ings plum­meted at high speed since the win­ter, other insist on a tense rela­tion­ship with Fox pres­i­dent Roget Ailes or other reasons.

    But, per­son­ally, I would bet on two things: he said the truth about George Soros...and he pub­licly called for mur­der­ing Democ­rats, which calls were unfor­tu­nately answered, it would appear, by Jared Lee Loughner.

    It is incred­i­ble how the United States has gone far to the right. In Canada, a TV host who would have made com­ments like that would have been sent pack­ing right away. I am not even sure he would have been able to fin­ish the show. A cam­era­man might have replaced him. Any­way, I am glad that the right-wing Fox News Net­work has a small amount of decency left.

    It is a day a cel­e­bra­tion for all pro­gres­sives, lib­er­als, left­ists and cen­trists. As I said, good news are so rare that each one is to be savored fully.

    After I click on the sub­mit but­ton, I will open a beer for all of us. Cheers to you Dave, all your col­lab­o­ra­tors and all the listeners.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/konrad-yakabuski/fox-drops-demagogue-glenn-beck/article1974164/page1/

    Posted by Claude | April 7, 2011, 8:34 pm
  5. To Newt’s credit, he wasn’t advo­cat­ing shoot­ing lib­er­als in the head at a cam­paign forum today. Instead, he just wants the Fed­eral gov­ern­ment to fire them.

    Gin­grich Sug­gests Ille­gally Fir­ing Fed­eral Employ­ees Over Lib­eral Views
    Ryan J. Reilly Jan­u­ary 14, 2012, 9:40 PM

    Repub­li­can Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Newt Gin­grich sug­gested at a Fox News forum hosted by Mike Huck­abee in South Car­olina on Sat­ur­day that it would be a good idea to fire fed­eral employ­ees for being too lib­eral. Fed­eral law, on the other hand, says Gingrich’s plan would be illegal.

    “I think an intel­li­gent con­ser­v­a­tive wants the right fed­eral employ­ees deliv­er­ing the right ser­vices in a highly effi­cient way and then wants to get rid of those folks who are in fact waste­ful, or those folks who are ide­o­log­i­cally so far to the left, or those peo­ple who want to frankly dic­tate to the rest of us,” Gin­grich said in response to a ques­tion from a fed­eral employee at the forum (empha­sis ours).

    ...

    That said, a puta­tive Gin­grich admin­is­tra­tion would be fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of George W. Bush’s. A report by the Jus­tice Department’s inter­nal inves­ti­ga­tors found that Bush admin­is­tra­tion offi­cials dis­crim­i­nated against lib­eral employ­ees in the Civil Rights Divi­sion and hired lawyers based on their con­ser­v­a­tive ide­ol­ogy.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | January 14, 2012, 7:53 pm

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