It appears conservative commentator Glenn Beck will do just about anything for ratings--including declaring a fatwa on a documentary film maker. In May of 2005, Beck fantasized out loud about killing the controversial film maker Michael Moore, saying "I'm thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I'm wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it." In his latest book "Here Comes Trouble," Moore rightfully notes that Beck basically issued a fatwa on him--and on national television to boot. In a recent interview with National Public Radio, Moore revealed that he has had to hire around-the-clock protection. A team of highly-trained Navy Seals lives with and guards Moore and his wife. A man armed with a knife came after Moore in Nashville. In Fort Lauderdale, a man in a business suit threw scalding coffee at him. The seal who intercepted the coffee had to be hospitalized for burns to his face. Ohio police arrested a man who was planning to blow up Moore's house.
It's time for Glenn Beck to tell his listeners that he did not mean it when he said he wanted Moore dead. Tell Beck to apologize and issue a retraction.
We the undersigned suspect you would never do physical harm to Michael Moore, and we get it that exaggeration is part of your shtick. However, your out-loud fantasy of killing Moore has fueled the actions of truly crazy and unstable people, several of whom HAVE gone after Moore with intent to kill and weapons more than sufficient for that job. You need to realize that these crackpots are part of your audience and they take you very seriously indeed--even when more reasonable people understand that you are using hyperbole. Please apologize to Moore for your threat on his life and, more importantly, clarify to your listeners that you have not authorized them to commit murder.
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