What radio stations did the armed nut-case listen to?


The Rush Limbaughs and Sean Hannitys  and Glenn Becks of the world are quick to point at Muslim religious leaders and schools and say they're inciting violence against the United States. But you have to wonder: What incited Byron Williams to decide that he could start a revolution by killing ACLU and Tides Foundation workers? I don't know anything about his background or psychology, but given all the increasingly violent hate speech directed at Obama, the progressive movement and the American left, is it fair to at least ask:

What radio shows was this guy listening to? What TV stations did he watch? His mom said he was upset by TV news stories about the "left wing agenda." Did the ultra-right-wing rhetoric drive him to what would have been an act of domestic terrorism?

Sean? Rush? Glenn?


Beck is the only one of those to actively link the Tides Foundation (which said loon wanted to shoot up) to the left. (http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/tides-foundation/2010/07/)

Truly ludicrous given what the organization does, but it is Glenn Beck.

Posted by Guest Johnny Wendell on Jul. 21, 2010 @ 2:45 pm

Did the ultra-right-wing rhetoric drive him to what would have been an act of domestic terrorism?

By this theory, given that Fox news has the highest ratings of any TV news outlet we ought to have a full fledged terrorist revolution on our hands. And the far left fringe thinks we do - the Tea Party.

By your thinking free speech is the problem. Tim, you need to screw your head on correctly.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 21, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

He would chuckle a hearty "I told you so"

Posted by matlock on Jul. 21, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

For cable.

Compared to network news, they are zilch--they average around 3,000,000 viewers at any time, less than a third of what NBC/ABC/CBS has each at news time.

A handful of nutcases who act on the fantasies of hucksters like those mentioned by Mr. Redmond are not a revolution nor did Mr. Redmond suggest censorship. Naturally, that's where the rightist doof's mind goes.

Posted by Guest Johnny Wendell on Jul. 21, 2010 @ 3:46 pm

start east of the Bay Bridge.

Posted by Guest LD on Jul. 21, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

Dear un-named Guest: I certainly don't espouse censorship; Glenn Beck can say whatever he wants to. Hell, he can call for a violent revolution against the state; so can the Revolutionary Communist Party. Happens all the time. I have no problem with that (well, I have a little trouble with the violent revolution, which never seems to turn out so well, but I have no problem with Glenn Beck or Bob Avakian advocating it.)

But if we're going to blame others for using inflammatory speech to incite violence, let's look at our own house, too. That's all I'm saying.


Posted by tim on Jul. 21, 2010 @ 5:13 pm