Glenn Beck, Stop Encouraging Wackjobs

Your violent forecasts are hitting home with the unstable
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2010 10:14 AM CDT
Glenn Beck, Stop Encouraging Wackjobs
Glenn Beck is interviewed on the "Fox & Friends" television show in New York, Tuesday, May 18, 2010.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – Dana Milbank writes that it's "unfair" to blame Glenn Beck for wackos who do violence in his name—like this guy in Oakland who shot cops—although he spends the rest of his Washington Post column essentially doing just that. He ticks off the many examples of charged language and forecasts of violence on Beck's show ("the war is just beginning," "grab a torch," etc.), along with Beck's warning that we're approaching some kind of dark tipping point.

He notes that Beck once spoke of a man who killed 10 people thusly: "If you're a conservative, you are called a racist, you want to starve children. And every time they do speak out, they are shut down by political correctness. How do you not have those people turn into that guy?" Milbank's answer: "Stop encouraging them." (Read more Glenn Beck stories.)

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