Prison Interview with Glenn Beck-Inspired Gunman

Glenn BeckIn 2008 a Unitarian congregation in Tennessee was fired upon by a reported devotee of Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Michael Savage. In the shadow of last summer’s “ground-zero mosque” controversy, a NYC cab driver’s throat was slashed after he identified himself as a Muslim.

Were these the acts of disturbed individuals, already predisposed toward violence, or the natural outcome of so much inflammatory rhetoric being injected into the national discourse? Are hateful demagogues in any way responsible for the criminality of those who take them seriously?

John Hamilton of Media Matters raises these questions in a new piece, in which he interviews Byron Williams, a jailed gunman who credits Glenn Beck and Fox for inspiring his ill-fated insurrection against the Tides Foundation and ACLU.

Read the article here.

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Harsh lesson…tests our commitment to free speech…which is hardly free in a purely commercial driven, ad revenue guided, corporate owned media culture. Incitement to violence is one issue…but to a certain degree I accept Beck and Limbaugh and Hannity and the rest as the price to pay for the freedom to refute them. Of course, I resent the financial difference between their backers and their medium (Faux Noise) and the rest of the world…which squeaks along at the corners of the internet or holds up a poster outside their local city hall. I’m not sure corporate speech should be free…because if you take away the money and the ads they’re still free to speak…like the rest of us…unfunded and with a single voice, in public and in private…all they lose is the massive advantage of wealth and media access…not the actual freedom to speak.

    • Hmmmm

      Agreed… As much as I hate all of the talking heads, let em say what they want, and the loonies will be loony either way so… At least they THINK they are committing a crime for a reason right??? Lol. But seriously, Propaganda Minister Beck didn’t know that the outcome of his twisted dribble would cause death… Maybe faux should run a disclaimer…. “WARNING: Watching glen beck dribble on and twist stories may lead to murder, cancer, swelling of the eyes, and death!”

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Harsh lesson…tests our commitment to free speech…which is hardly free in a purely commercial driven, ad revenue guided, corporate owned media culture. Incitement to violence is one issue…but to a certain degree I accept Beck and Limbaugh and Hannity and the rest as the price to pay for the freedom to refute them. Of course, I resent the financial difference between their backers and their medium (Faux Noise) and the rest of the world…which squeaks along at the corners of the internet or holds up a poster outside their local city hall. I’m not sure corporate speech should be free…because if you take away the money and the ads they’re still free to speak…like the rest of us…unfunded and with a single voice, in public and in private…all they lose is the massive advantage of wealth and media access…not the actual freedom to speak.

  • Hmmmm

    Agreed… As much as I hate all of the talking heads, let em say what they want, and the loonies will be loony either way so… At least they THINK they are committing a crime for a reason right??? Lol. But seriously, Propaganda Minister Beck didn’t know that the outcome of his twisted dribble would cause death… Maybe faux should run a disclaimer…. “WARNING: Watching glen beck dribble on and twist stories may lead to murder, cancer, swelling of the eyes, and death!”

  • Forandb

    Could we question the words of Joseph Gobble? Did his propaganda ever come up for such scrutinity?Did any one listen to the results of such examination? Doth the heard of mediocrity continue to chew their cudd until the cry for stampeed is delivered? Do we now graze on the fields of Murdock and continue to chew? Is there a solution to such manapulations?Universal laws of humanity that exceed the biasis that relegion and politics induce? Imagine there’s no countries/ It isn’t hard to do/ Nothing to kill or die for/ And no religion too/ Imagine all the people living in peace…Happy Birthday John

    • Hmmmmm

      Your exactly right, none of these fools learn from history. One of the most important Goebels quotes (In my opinion)… Not sure if I’m word for word but… “The media is a keyboard on which the government can play to the people”. Nobody gets it. They are too preoccupied with Lindsay Lohan the coke whore and Katie Perry showing a small amount of cleavage on fucking Sesame Street. Can anyone say bread circus? Beck sometimes has something intelligent to say, but he just rips off Alex Jones… (Alex is…ok, he does get a lot of important news out in a timely manner, but he’s a total fear salesman…. I cant discredit him though no matter how long I’ve researched him… I mean, he’s wrong sometimes, but usually more correct than anyone else, the bastard….) But yeah, Murdoch, Turner, Hearst…. Fucking media lords… And people find their publications to be believable and unbiased??? HAH. That’s where this country fell apart but could come back… We lost our unbiased so called “Media of the people”, But… It’s coming back faast, only along with 3 times as many disinformation agents confusing the hell out of the uninformed willfully ignorant herds of sheep… I like your comment by the way.

  • Forandb

    Could we question the words of Joseph Gobble? Did his propaganda ever come up for such scrutinity?Did any one listen to the results of such examination? Doth the heard of mediocrity continue to chew their cudd until the cry for stampeed is delivered? Do we now graze on the fields of Murdock and continue to chew? Is there a solution to such manapulations?Universal laws of humanity that exceed the biasis that relegion and politics induce? Imagine there’s no countries/ It isn’t hard to do/ Nothing to kill or die for/ And no religion too/ Imagine all the people living in peace…Happy Birthday John

  • Haystack

    Oh, I should also add that Hamilton’s article also points fingers at Alex Jones, who was another of Williams’ influences.

  • Haystack

    Oh, I should also add that Hamilton’s article also points fingers at Alex Jones, who was another of Williams’ influences.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    I suppose that we should be on the watchout for more of this shit from now through election day. Southern Poverty Law Center’s been all over that

    http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2010/summer

    • MeatBurgler

      Ahh Liam!!! Your really a sucker for SPL????? Wow, you have read their reports that deem anyone who “supports the constitution, gun owners, patriots, etc etc etc etc etc”

      HERE

      http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2010/sep/23/the-southern-poverty-law-center/

      theintelhub.com/…/it’s-official-southern-poverty-law-center-is-now-part-of-dhs

      http://www.splcenter.org/…/new-intelligence-report-spotlights-sovereign-citizens

      http://www.libraryindex.com/…/Domestic-Terrorism-MOTIVATIONS-TRENDS.html

      Simply googled.

      If you dont get this, you are completely lost to reality. By the way, I’m “Come On Barry”, remember, the guy you wouldn’t respond to about ANYTHING when I proved you wrong. Remember? Yeah…. You refuse to make any point on every article you comment on, you just try to smear everyone like a classic disinfo fag.
      Also, I responded on your comment where you asked “why doesn’t the mainstream media cover the wall st thugs”. Respond to me or leave, everyone sees you do this on every page. Maybe you do make 5 dollars an hour trying to confuse people, but you better do your research first. Hah.

      • MeatBurgler

        I mean, just look at SPL’s fucking website lol, its like MegaSuperPropaganda dot com lol. The nazi party couldn’t have created a better tool of propaganda and deception themselves. Hitler, Goebels and pals would love the SPL. They instill fear to the masses that ANYONE who questions ANYTHING is a domestic terrorist. Do you support the constitution? According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, you could be a domestic terrorist!! And you might not even know it!!! I’m sorry Liam, but you are a fucking moron. Had to say it. Prove me wrong if you dont expect me to say shit like that when you never respond.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    I suppose that we should be on the watchout for more of this shit from now through election day. Southern Poverty Law Center’s been all over that

    http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2010/summer

  • Hmmmmm

    Your exactly right, none of these fools learn from history. One of the most important Goebels quotes (In my opinion)… Not sure if I’m word for word but… “The media is a keyboard on which the government can play to the people”. Nobody gets it. They are too preoccupied with Lindsay Lohan the coke whore and Katie Perry showing a small amount of cleavage on fucking Sesame Street. Can anyone say bread circus? Beck sometimes has something intelligent to say, but he just rips off Alex Jones… (Alex is…ok, he does get a lot of important news out in a timely manner, but he’s a total fear salesman…. I cant discredit him though no matter how long I’ve researched him… I mean, he’s wrong sometimes, but usually more correct than anyone else, the bastard….) But yeah, Murdoch, Turner, Hearst…. Fucking media lords… And people find their publications to be believable and unbiased??? HAH. That’s where this country fell apart but could come back… We lost our unbiased so called “Media of the people”, But… It’s coming back faast, only along with 3 times as many disinformation agents confusing the hell out of the uninformed willfully ignorant herds of sheep… I like your comment by the way.

  • MeatBurgler

    Ahh Liam!!! Your really a sucker for SPL????? Wow, you have read their reports that deem anyone who “supports the constitution, gun owners, patriots, etc etc etc etc etc”

    HERE

    http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2010/sep/23/the-southern-poverty-law-center/

    theintelhub.com/…/it’s-official-southern-poverty-law-center-is-now-part-of-dhs

    http://www.splcenter.org/…/new-intelligence-report-spotlights-sovereign-citizens

    http://www.libraryindex.com/…/Domestic-Terrorism-MOTIVATIONS-TRENDS.html

    Simply googled.

    If you dont get this, you are completely lost to reality. By the way, I’m “Come On Barry”, remember, the guy you wouldn’t respond to about ANYTHING when I proved you wrong. Remember? Yeah…. You refuse to make any point on every article you comment on, you just try to smear everyone like a classic disinfo fag.
    Also, I responded on your comment where you asked “why doesn’t the mainstream media cover the wall st thugs”. Respond to me or leave, everyone sees you do this on every page. Maybe you do make 5 dollars an hour trying to confuse people, but you better do your research first. Hah.

  • MeatBurgler

    I mean, just look at SPL’s fucking website lol, its like MegaSuperPropaganda dot com lol. The nazi party couldn’t have created a better tool of propaganda and deception themselves. Hitler, Goebels and pals would love the SPL. They instill fear to the masses that ANYONE who questions ANYTHING is a domestic terrorist. Do you support the constitution? According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, you could be a domestic terrorist!! And you might not even know it!!! I’m sorry Liam, but you are a fucking moron. Had to say it. Prove me wrong if you dont expect me to say shit like that when you never respond.