Via Raw Story
In what was perhaps an admission that his core supporters are less than entirely sane, Fox News’ Glenn Beck implored his viewers Monday night not to resort to violence.
Beck told viewers to “let Congress know that you are watching them like a hawk… you let them feel your burning gaze on them. But … your interaction with them needs to be respectful, polite, forceful and peaceful.”
Beck suggested that one act of (presumably right-wing extremist) violence could upend the conservative opposition to President Barack Obama and the Democrat-controlled Congress.
“If anyone thinks it would be a good idea to turn violent, think again. It would destroy the republic,” Beck said.
That got the blogosphere wondering what brought on Beck’s sudden Gandhi-like exhortation for peaceful resistance.
At Gawker, Cajun Boy opines:
One can’t help but wonder, “What the hell provoked this?” Was it a demand from the higher-ups at Fox News, and do they know something that we don’t about how close certain segments of the right-wing are to acting out violently? Remember when Shep Smith talked about the crazy-ass emails the staff at Fox get from unhinged right-wingers? Could this be tied to that?
Beck may have been responding to the arrest of an armed Long Island fan outside of Long Island Air Force Base, who was evidently looking for evidence that FEMA is building concentration camps — a favorite conspiracy theory among fans of Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly and other right-wing commentators.
The woman in question, Nancy Genovese, has professed admiration for Beck on her MySpace page.
This video is from Fox News’ Glenn Beck, broadcast Aug. 3, 2009.