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Spotlight From Glenn Beck Brings a CUNY Professor Threats

January 22nd, 2011 . by TexasFred

Spotlight From Glenn Beck Brings a CUNY Professor Threats

On his daily radio and television shows, Glenn Beck has elevated once-obscure conservative thinkers onto best-seller lists. Recently, he has elevated a 78-year-old liberal academic to celebrity of a different sort, in a way that some say is endangering her life.

Frances Fox Piven, a City University of New York professor, has been a primary character in Mr. Beck’s warnings about a progressive take-down of America. Ms. Piven, Mr. Beck says, is responsible for a plan to “intentionally collapse our economic system.”

Her name has become a kind of shorthand for “enemy” on Mr. Beck’s Fox News Channel program, which is watched by more than 2 million people, and on one of his Web sites, The Blaze. This week, Mr. Beck suggested on television that she was an enemy of the Constitution.

Never mind that Ms. Piven’s radical plan to help poor people was published 45 years ago, when Mr. Beck was a toddler. Anonymous visitors to his Web site have called for her death, and some, she said, have contacted her directly via e-mail.

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Spotlight From Glenn Beck Brings a CUNY Professor Threats

I’m guessing that a few *meat-heads* will call me a Glenn Beck supporting wingnut over this one, but let me make something VERY clear: I don’t like Glenn Beck.

I used to really enjoy his OLD radio program. Beck was the only reason I ever switched the TV to *that other station*, and when Beck went to FOX News, I was a happy camper! I was going to get to see Beck on friendly territory.

Then Beck began to take himself seriously.

Bring on the tears, and the preaching. He went from being a great political entertainer to being a rather creepy, and disgusting television preacher, preying on the right and their desperate need for a Conservative leader in this time of Obama.

As much as I personally dislike Glenn Beck, and a couple of other Conservative, so-called icons, I have never heard Beck utter a threat. I have never heard him call for the death of ANYONE, not even the worst foreign enemies of America.

Never mind that Ms. Piven’s radical plan to help poor people was published 45 years ago, when Mr. Beck was a toddler. Anonymous visitors to his Web site have called for her death, and some, she said, have contacted her directly via e-mail.

So, Beck talks about Frances Fox Piven and the Cloward-Piven Plan, a liberal ideal that is still supported today, Piven gets anonymous death threats and unwanted email, yet, somehow, Glenn Beck is the responsible party?

For those not fully aware of Cloward-Piven, here is a brief thumbnail, with details at the link.

The Cloward–Piven strategy is a political strategy outlined by Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, then both sociologists and political activists at the Columbia University School of Social Work, in a 1966 article in The Nation entitled “The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty”. The two argued that many Americans who were eligible for welfare were not receiving benefits, and that a welfare enrollment drive would create a political crisis that would force U.S. politicians, particularly the Democratic Party, to enact legislation “establishing a guaranteed national income.” SOURCE

To make ALL Americans equal monetarily via a guaranteed national income? Hmmm, Isn’t that called SOCIALISM? By any other name? Isn’t that socialism in it’s purest form?

Beck speaks out against a continuing liberal plan, even if it was hatched 40 some odd years ago, and suddenly he’s responsible, personally responsible, for Piven getting threats? What’s next? Is the left going to accuse Beck of being responsible for the shootings in Tucson as well?

Oh…wait… I’m sorry, they already HAVE…

In response, a liberal nonprofit group, the Center for Constitutional Rights, wrote to the chairman of Fox News, Roger Ailes, on Thursday to ask him to put a stop to Mr. Beck’s “false accusations” about Ms. Piven.

“Mr. Beck is putting Professor Piven in actual physical danger of a violent response,” the group wrote.

In typical libber fashion, BECK has placed Piven in danger by his speaking out against her plan for total national Socialism.

There is something that the left needs to hear, over and over, repeatedly, on a daily basis, several times a day: THE TRUTH IS NOT HATE SPEECH! The libber mindset won’t be able to grasp it, but they should…

Fox News disagrees. Joel Cheatwood, a senior vice president, said Friday that Mr. Beck would not be ordered to stop talking about Ms. Piven on television. He said Mr. Beck had quoted her accurately and had never threatened her.

“ ‘The Glenn Beck Program,’ probably above and beyond any on television, has denounced violence repeatedly,” Mr. Cheatwood said.

He said he had no knowledge of the threats against Ms. Piven, and noted that The Blaze was operated independently of Fox News.

IF Glenn Beck had even subtly intimated, in a veiled threat, that Piven was in need of a *visit*, the law suits and restraining order would be flying fast and furious.

And again I say, the TRUTH is NOT hate speech.

In Mr. Beck’s telling on a Fox broadcast on Jan. 5, 2010, Ms. Piven and Mr. Cloward (who died in 2001) planned “to overwhelm the system and bring about the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with impossible demands and bring on economic collapse.” Mr. Beck observed that the number of welfare recipients soared in the years after the article, and said the article was like “economic sabotage.”

He linked what he termed the Cloward-Piven Strategy to President Obama’s statement late in the 2008 presidential campaign that “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

As much as it grates on my nerves to have to defend Glenn Beck, I must say, Beck is 100% right on target in his assessment of the reality that is, to this very day, known as Cloward-Piven.

Mr. Beck has invoked Ms. Piven dozens of times since. Conservative Web sites, like the ones operated by Andrew Breitbart, have also spent time dissecting her articles and speeches.

And the bottom line is still this, after all of that dissection, Piven is a despicable socialist TWIT.

Ms. Piven came under additional scrutiny when she wrote in the liberal magazine The Nation this month that unemployed people should be staging mass protests.

Piven calls for MASS protests by the unemployed? Yeah, that’s going to go well. Given the lefts propensity for peaceful protests and calm, focused, well-reasoned debate, I’m sure that MASS protest would be the perfect solution. Yes, that was sarcasm…

Regarding comments on The Blaze:

One such threat, published as an anonymous comment on The Blaze, read, “Somebody tell Frances I have 5000 roundas ready and I’ll give My life to take Our freedom back.” (The spelling and capitalizing have not been changed.)

That comment and others that were direct threats were later deleted, but other comments remain that charge her with treasonous behavior.

So, Beck’s people deleted the so-called hate speech comments, and comments that called for violence, yet it is still ALL Beck’s fault that Piven received some anonymous threats.

If Beck has comment makers that believe Piven is a treasonous moonbat, that is their opinion and not necessarily the opinion of the blog or site owner.

My blog only gets a fraction of a the traffic Beck’s blog does, it’s easy to keep the weird and crazy comments out of my blog, I moderate closely. I can’t begin to imagine the effort that would go into keeping stupid or dangerous comments off of a blog the size of The Blaze.

To Glenn Beck, go back to being YOU, the YOU that came to FOX News and lit up the world. Lose the tears and drama, lose the spiritual leader persona and go back to being the Beck that got you the job.

Beck did a hell of a job a while back, he needs to keep hammering people like Obama, his regime, Piven and a world of other socialists and communists. He just needs to do it in a far less PIOUS manner.

If I wanted to hear a preacher, I’d go to a church. There is a HUGE segment of real Conservative patriots that feel the same way!

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10 Responses to “Spotlight From Glenn Beck Brings a CUNY Professor Threats”

  1. comment number 1 by: mrchuck

    Piven, Trotsky, Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, Medvedev, Putin, Mao, are all socialist communists.
    Piven truly has led a life of trying to turn the USA into social chaos that she believes in.
    She is 78 years old now, and still trying. She will till the day she passes.
    My only wish is that they bury her “face up” and use a urinal as a headstone.

  2. comment number 2 by: minuteman26

    Ditto what mrchuck said.

  3. comment number 3 by: Robert

    You know I kind of like Beck, he’s a little whinier than he was before and yep he does seem to preach sometimes, but I find it kind of refreshing (The preaching part) Seems with all the Anti-Christian media/ACLU/Liberal idiots mentioning GOD in a program is tantamount to child porn…If it bugs the left I’m good with it….

    As for watching Beck everyday and all, nope I tend to catch his show about once or twice a week and when the waterworks start I tend to flip the channel…

    Piven got a light shined on her and her ilk, they scattered like cockroaches and became agitated that someone would dare tell the nation what they were doing. (Or trying to do) Beck and his research team did a great job of tying the strategy to the current Administration. And anyone with half a brain can see a lot of what he’s said is coming true. What Beck has done is become a lone wolf in a media world that should have reported a LOT of this stuff.

    The reason Glenn Beck is so popular is because HE’S doing the investigations that SHOULD have been done by an unbiased media. He’s informing the public about things that have been hidden by the media elites. They call it fear mongering, I call it investigation and reporting. It’s not NEWS, it’s life.

    IF the media had reported some of the connections to terrorists of our current czars Beck wouldn’t be in business. Beck has done a bang up job of forcing the administration to understand SOME FOLKS ARE STILL WATCHING. I’d hate to think where we’d be if only the MSM was watching…

  4. comment number 4 by: Bloviating Zeppelin

    I don’t hate Beck and I find him entertaining. That said, I suppose I could be equally responsible insofar as I myself have written about the Cloward-Piven Strategy, and also here in 2009, and that was BEFORE Glenn Beck picked it up.

    Beck reveals things, as Robert points out, that few others do. You either like his shtick or you don’t. He gets melodramatic but that’s part of the shtick. When the Leftists decided it’s time to Pile On Glenn Beck, I figure he’s doing something correctly.

    The Cloward-Piven Strategy is a naked plot, if enacted in full, to destroy the United States. What’s to love about that - ? Unless you’re a screaming Leftist:

    “The authors pinned their hopes on creating disruption within the Democratic Party. “Conservative Republicans are always ready to declaim the evils of public welfare, and they would probably be the first to raise a hue and cry. But deeper and politically more telling conflicts would take place within the Democratic coalition,” they wrote. “Whites – both working class ethnic groups and many in the middle class – would be aroused against the ghetto poor, while liberal groups, which until recently have been comforted by the notion that the poor are few… would probably support the movement. Group conflict, spelling political crisis for the local party apparatus, would thus become acute as welfare rolls mounted and the strains on local budgets became more severe.”[4]


  5. comment number 5 by: Steve Dennis

    I agree with your take on Glenn Beck 100%. I used to like his radio show and I watched him when he was on the “other” channel, but I cannot stand his show on Fox, he gives me a headache with his crying and his over the top emotions. He comes off as a phony to me.

    However, the media now has their template and they are going to follow it-the rhetoric from the right is endangering people’s lives-and they do not care whether or not it is true. They will keep harping on it in the hope of turning people against their rivals and I don’t think anyone really believes it anymore.

  6. comment number 6 by: Bob Mack

    Once the Palin-as-homicidal-maniac meme failed, it didn’t take the leftists long to use the same tactic on another favored target. But if Beck is responsible for death threats to Piven, aren’t Obama, the Democrats, and all the other supporters of Roe-Wade by that same logic even more culpable for the actual murders committed by the misnamed “Doctor” Gosnell at the now infamous Philadelphia abortion clinic? But I guess the socialist moonbats and their constantly yammering mouthpieces have never heard the one about being hoist by their own pink petard.

  7. comment number 7 by: HoosierArmyMom

    Leftists will stop at nothing. Piven is a filthy commie POS who doesn’t deserve to live in a free country… period. So she needs to just STHU!!!

    I kind of like Beck at times, especially when he was doing Founder’s Fridays.

    You know, The Conservatives whom the left accuse of everything under the sun have all had death threats, things thrown at them, etc, but they don’t blame others, they just hire security to protect themselves and their families. Suck it Up Francis!!!!

    You said it all Fred, especially with this statement:

    “And again I say, the TRUTH is NOT hate speech. ” Texas Fred

    (but we all know libbers can’t handle the TRUTH!!!).

    Well said, well done Fred!!! Thank you!

  8. comment number 8 by: Always On Watch

    I’m no fan of Glenn Beck.

    However, he is correct to point out that Piven does epitomize the enemy — the Left.

    Clearly, what the Left wants the Right to do is shut the hell up and not show even a smidgen of dissent or criticism of the Left.

  9. comment number 9 by: NativeSon

    I agree with Fred, Beck changed when he started taking himself too seriously. I used to listen to him-but now, I just can’t take he over-theatrical self-grandisement…


    Just wanted to get that off my chest (I wasn’t yelling, I just use caps to make it stand out) :)

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