A New York Times article that came out over the weekend tried to blame Glenn for threats directed at Frances Fox Piven. Glenn responded to the accusations on radio this morning. More on the article can be found at The Blaze.
Glenn said that when he first thought of the article, he thought, “Thank you for finally spotlighting hateful rhetoric where someone who's calling for riots like in Greece is going to be exposed.”
Surprisingly, the article didn’t focus on Piven’s well-documented calls for violence, but rather on anonymous threats that Piven has received since Glenn started pointing out her questionable rhetoric. The article quoted Senior Vice President Joel Cheetwood at Fox News who explained that Glenn “would not be ordered to stop talking about Ms. Piven on television and [Cheatwood] said Mr. Beck had quoted her accurately and had never threatened her.”
“No, you see, my so‑called threat was saying she's making violent threats.” Glenn said.
Glenn then listed several instances where she has called for violence, chaos, or riots. Among the stories he highlighted was her recent statements saying that an effective movement of the unemployed witll look something like the recent riots in Greece, where several people were killed. The Blaze has a full summary of Piven's philosophy and violent rhetoric here.
“They are talking about the riots in Greece and here's how it's described: At the same time tens of thousands of protestors marched through Athens in the largest and most violent protest since the country's budget crisis began last fall. Angry youths rampaged through the center of Athens,” Glenn said.
“Three victims died from asphyxiation and smoke inhalation. The Athens coroner's office said four others seriously injured. This is one, one rampaging mob damn near burning people to death,” he added.
“But worry about Glenn Beck pointing out that we have a professor at a university calling for these thing,” Glenn said in sarcastic frustration.
“Let me just say this: I am against violence in all cases. And even if you have a good reason to break a window, don't break the window. Don't do it,” Glenn said.
“The New York Times should understand that there comes a point when constant intentional repetition of provocative, incendiary, emotional misinformation and falsehoods about a person can put that person in actual physical danger of a violent response. You want a response from me, New York Times? That's it,” Glenn said.
Glenn promised to address the story further on television tonight at 5pm.
“On tonight's broadcast at 5:00pm on Fox, we're going to tie this together and I want you to do your own research because we'll do the work that no one else will so you can do the work that the New York Times won't do and that is spread the word. But I'm going to make sure that all the facts are buttoned down and everything is completely in context for you. You can have your friends who don't believe watch all of it uncut.”