Media Matters calls on NewsCorp to rein in violent rhetoric of Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin in wake of Tuscon shooting

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    Jan 10, 2011 6:22 PM GMT
    I hope they heed David Brock.

    Talking Points MemoIn a letter delivered to News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch Monday afternoon, and obtained by TPM, Media Matters founder David Brock says the time has come for Fox News to take responsibility for its programming. Specifically, Brock is calling on Murdoch to make Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck tone down the rhetoric on the threat of termination -- or to be complicit in acts of political violence.

    "Beck and Palin are two of Fox's most recognizable figures," Brock writes. "Before this heartbreaking tragedy in Arizona, you were either unwilling or unable to rein in their violent rhetoric."

    But now, in the wake of the killings, your network must take a stand.

    You have the power to order them to stop using violent rhetoric, on and off of Fox's air. If they fail to do so, it is incumbent upon you to fire them or be responsible for the climate they create and any consequences thereof.

    Brock has warned for a long time now that the subtext in Beck's and Palin's rhetoric could lead to fringe acts of violence. Specifically, he's taken issue with Beck referring to himself as a "progressive hunter," who called on his fans to "drive a stake through the heart of the bloodsuckers."

    Conservatives are warning liberals not to jump the gun. And, indeed, current evidence suggests shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughlin's murderous obsession with Gabrielle Giffords dates back to 2007, before Palin took center stage in American politics.

    But for well over a year now, liberals and law enforcement officials have been warning that pitched rhetoric depicting the government as a real, physical threat creates a climate that can cause unhinged people to pop off unpredictably.


    Full letter here: http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/documents/2011/01/media-matters-letter-calling-on-murdoch-to-rein-in-palin.php?page=1
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    Jan 10, 2011 6:37 PM GMT
    Pressure seems to be mounting against Palin, Bachman, Limgaugh, Beck and the likes and their missinformation to change the subject from their previous violent rhetoric culpability, isn't being accepted. Thank goodness for that, I sure hope that with the mounting number of businesses that won't advertise on Becks air time continues to increase. Loss of Money is about all that will stop News corp. are there increased efforts to drive away advertisers ?
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    Jan 10, 2011 6:38 PM GMT
    They won't stop.
    Today, Fox is calling the shooter a "left-winger" and portraying him as a "pot-smoker" and a hippy.
    They've decided that because this guy holds or has held anti-right and anti-left views, that it's safe for them to go ahead and portray him as a left-winger.
    It's one thing for all of us to have our own personal opinions and beliefs based on what we've seen and experienced, but it's totally different for a "news" organization to engage in spinning the news in order to advance their political biases.
    The root of the bitter and toxic anger that exists on both sides has been caused by FOX.
    And today, we see they have NO interst in changing the tone, or using this tragedy to learn and grow.
    Their intent is to use it to attack and blame and hate on the left.
    And so the bitter partisanship will not ease.
    Thanks to the hatemongering propagandists on FOX, it will get WORSE in the aftermath of the shooting.
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    Jan 10, 2011 6:44 PM GMT
    Yup, Rick, I've seen that as well.

    This ludicrous attempt at parity is laughable when MSNBC has all day been saying we cannot draw conclusions as to Loughner's political views.

    And Sarah Palin remains silent, letting her delusion press flack claim the cross hairs were a surveyors map, because so many Americans are familiar with surveyors symbols. icon_rolleyes.gif

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    Jan 10, 2011 6:53 PM GMT
    Christian73 saidYup, Rick, I've seen that as well.

    This ludicrous attempt at parity is laughable when MSNBC has all day been saying we cannot draw conclusions as to Loughner's political views.

    And Sarah Palin remains silent, letting her delusion press flack claim the cross hairs were a surveyors map, because so many Americans are familiar with surveyors symbols. icon_rolleyes.gif




    This is a real test for the right-wingers here on RJ.
    Will they criticize and demonize Fox for doing exactly what they've been whining about for the past day or two?
    Or will they continue to be lockstep PARTY FIRST Republicans, and defend Fox?

    Fox is the root problem to all this toxic partisanship, and SHOCKINGLY - mere days after this tragedy, they're RIGHT BACK engaging in the same bitterly partisan hatemongering and propagandizing.
    Sadly, as I feared, it looks like nothing will be learned from this tragedy, and the right-wing media machine won't change it's M.O. one bit.