On Monday Glenn Beck issued a challenge to "all Americans, left or right, regardless if you’re a politician, pundit, painter, priest, parishioner, poet or porn star to agree with all of the following."
The 'following' is a list of things Beck wants Americans to renounce, which you can read here, but essentially he is asking everyone to renounce violence, be it physical, rhetorical, or otherwise.
And now he is apparently sending this letter out to Congress. Which, admittedly is a brilliant move because it gives him the ability to namecheck (or chalkboard check) everyone who doesn't sign it every time it suits him.
Politico reports they obtained an email sent to Congressional offices from a Fox producer, Virginia Grace.
From: Grace, Virginia
Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 9:45 PM
Subject: [LIKELY_SPAM]Glenn Beck// Fox News Request for Rep. ....
Following the tragedies in Arizona, Glenn Beck has put out a challenge to all Americans to denounce violence (please see below). He would like to invite all members of Congress to participate in this challenge. He would like to publicize the list of participating members tomorrow on our show as a message of unity. I am hoping assemble a list of members wishing to participate tomorrow by 3 PM EST (our show airs live at 5 PM EST). Please let me know if you are interested. Should you have any questions, my direct line is
The pledge states:
I challenge all Americans, left or right, regardless if you're a politician, pundit, painter, priest, parishioner, poet or porn star to agree with all of the following.
•I denounce violence, regardless of ideological motivation.
•I denounce anyone, from the Left, the Right or middle, who believes physical violence is the answer to whatever they feel is wrong with our country.
•I denounce those who wish to tear down our system and rebuild it in their own image, whatever that image may be.
•I denounce those from the Left, the Right or middle, who call for riots and violence as an opportunity to bring down and reconstruct our system.
•I denounce violent threats and calls for the destruction of our system -- regardless of their underlying ideology -- whether they come from the Hutaree Militia or Frances Fox Piven.
•I hold those responsible for the violence, responsible for the violence. I denounce those who attempt to blame political opponents for the acts of madmen.
•I denounce those from the Left, the Right or middle that sees violence as a viable alternative to our long established system of change made within the constraints of our constitutional Republic.
Thanks so much,
Almost as interesting is the fact this is being sent out by Fox News and not Glenn Beck's people. Is Fox trying to buttress their own 'tone it down' argument with Beck's call for niceness?
But did he send it to Sarah Palin?