Octo's continuing efforts to pull the plug on Glenn Beck includes the following letter to Roger Ailes. Readers are encouraged to steal it, and copy and paste it under their own letterhead. Of course you may want to write a letter using your own words; just use the name and address Octo has provided. Nothing could be simpler.
I'm just old-fashioned enough that I took the liberty of adding "Mr." before Ailes' name in the address field.
Octo is following up in a few days with a list of advertisers. This is where the power of the consumer comes in. If enough people boycott these advertisers, and write letters telling them why, and urge others to do likewise, it can't help but carry a strong message via their pocketbooks. And afterall, if advertisers listen to anything, it is the almighty dollar.
Octo: "As part of an ongoing effort to pressure Fox News into pulling the plug on the Glenn Beck Show, here is a standard petition letter addressed to Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. Please feel free to copy the text of this letter and paste it into your letterhead - adjusting type size and font style as needed (11 or 12 points should suffice):"
Mr. Roger Ailes
Chairman and CEO, Fox News Channel
1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10036
Dear Mr. Ailes:
After the shooting rampage in Tucson that left six people dead and thirteen injured, you offered this appeal for civility: “I told all of our guys, shut up, tone it down, make your argument intellectually. You don’t have to do it with bombast.”
Weeks after Tucson, nothing has changed. Glenn Beck has turned up the volume on partisan hate speech. The poisoned atmosphere unleashed by Glenn Beck means any citizen - Democrat, Independent, or Republican - can be defamed in public and targeted for persecution. Beck’s messages provoke unstable persons to act on impulse, and events have shown that violent rhetoric leads to violent acts:
Prison Term for Man Who Threatened Speaker Pelosi:
Mother of Accused Man Blames Fox News
Renowned Professor Terrorized After Glenn Beck Broadcasts
League of Women Voters Targeted by Glenn Beck Fans
Two California Highway Patrolmen Shot by Glenn Beck Fan
Three Pittsburgh Policemen Killed by Glenn Beck Follower
There is no plausible deniability that can wipe the blood off Beck’s hands or absolve the Fox News Channel of responsibility for reckless incitement. Shooting sprees, murder, malicious defamations and infamous provocations … these have no place in a free society. When toxic television threatens public safety, all citizens of all persuasions have grounds for alarm.
Glenn Beck has crossed boundaries that should never be crossed. It is time to pull the plug on the Glenn Beck Show before more people are terrorized, injured and killed.
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