Friday, November 12, 2010

Animal Farm Friday - Leaps of Faith

Sometimes, your god just isn't there for you.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

How it Works

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Distinction Between Fox and MSNBC

Here's a 'little' something that might make Jon Stewart's comparison of Olbermann/Maddow/MSNBC to O'Reilly/Hannity/Fox and notably, Beck, seem somewhat quaint. Neither Keith Olbermann–nor anyone else at MSNBC–has inspired any of their audience to attempt to commit an act of murder. In this particular case, it could have been a case of mass murder (in my backyard!!!):

From a letter written by Drummond Pike, CEO of the Tides Foundation:

On July 19th of this year, I arrived at our San Francisco office to learn that a misguided person carrying numerous guns and body armor had been on his way to start a "revolution" by murdering my colleagues and me. The Oakland Police Department called to tell us that, following a 12 minute shootout with the California Highway Patrol, law enforcement officials arrested an assailant who had targeted the Tides Foundation, an organization which I founded and currently serve as CEO, and the ACLU for violence. To say we were "shocked" does not adequately describe our reaction. Imagine, for a moment, that you were us and, had it not been for a sharp eyed highway patrolman, a heavily armed man in full body armor would have made it to your office with the intent to kill you and your colleagues. His motive? Apparently, it was because the charitable, nonpartisan programs we run are deemed part of a conspiracy to undermine America and the capitalist system, which is hogwash.

Although not a political organization, the Tides Foundation has been a frequent target of misinformation, propaganda, and outright lies by Fox News' Glenn Beck. Since his arrival at Fox in early 2009, Beck has repeatedly vilified Tides, suggesting we are intent on "creat[ing] a mass organization to seize power." He accuses the foundation of indoctrination and says we are "involved in some of the nastiest of the nasty." Beck tells viewers that Tides has "funneled" money to "some of the most extreme groups on the left" and that our mission is to "warp your children's brains and make sure they know how evil capitalism is." In total, prior to the attempted rampage, Beck had attacked the Tides Foundation 29 times. On September 28th, more than a month after the shooting, Beck reiterated his focus on the Tides Foundation, warning, "I'm coming for you." In jailhouse interviews, the gunman confessed he views Beck as a "schoolteacher" who "blew my mind." My would-be killer admitted that Beck "give[s] you every ounce of evidence you could possibly need" to commit violence.

Jon Stewart sees fit to lump Keith Olbermann into the same camp with Glenn Beck. Perhaps he should consider this distinction first.

You should consider sending this link to the full letter to everyone you know.