Beck, thankfully, is helping to turn the spotlight on the tangled, symbiotic and often hidden relationships between the Tides Foundation and other radical groups.
So what's the Tides' first tendency? As befits a bunch of Marxist whackjobs, it's to silence free speech. Not sue Beck for libel, I suppose, because they'd get laughed out of court. But to intimidate Beck's advertisers in order to squelch his message.
In an extraordinary move to nip the inflammatory commentary coming from Glenn Beck, the founder and CEO of the Tides Foundation (a frequent Beck target) has written advertisers asking them to remove their sponsorship of the Fox News program or risk having "blood on their hands."
Drummond Pike, who along with his organization was recently targeted by an assassin inspired by Beck's program, penned a letter on Friday to the Chairmen of the Boards of JP Morgan Chase, GEICO, Zurich Financial, Chrysler, Direct Holdings Americas, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Lilly Corporate Center, BP, and The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
Pike calls his foundation's programs "charitable [and] nonpartisan" and are certainly not any part of a "conspiracy to undermine America and the capitalist system". Harumph.
Even the PuffHo ain't buying it.
Rather than chalking up the incident, frightening as it clearly was, to the deranged psychoses of its practitioner, 45-year old Byron Williams, he places the blame on Beck. And in coming to the conclusion that nothing short of financial insolvency will stop the Fox News host, he asks the network's benefactors to take a stand or risk future violence.
Pike's letter (which can be read here) is as deceptive as the organization itself.
Silencing free speech is anti-American. Period.
Some crazed crackpot with a gun appears to have been stalking Sarah Palin recently.
Should Katie Couric, Charlie Gibson, Keith Olbermann, and every other broadcaster who's tarred her be silenced as well?
If Beck is libeling Tides, then sue him. But you won't. Because he ain't. And your behavior proves that you're first, second and last instinct is totalitarian in nature.
In fact, 'Totalitarian' is a better name for your foundation than 'Tides'.
Linked by: Michelle Malkin, Nice Deb, and Verum Serum. Thanks!