Frances Fox Piven is a 78-year-old professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, who Fox News host Glenn Beck has declared “an enemy of the Constitution.” Logically, to a certain type of Beck-worshipping nut, that means she should die, according to a report from The Progressive. Just a sampling from Beck’s website: “Be very careful what you ask for honey… A few well placed marksmen with high powered rifles… Maybe they should burst through the front door of the arrogant elitist and slit the cow’s throat… Somebody tell Frances I have 5,000 rounds ready.” Not that it’s ever a good time to threaten political violence, but uh… Now?
More from The Progressive:
The Center for Constitutional Rights just sent a letter to Roger Ailes, president of Fox News, urging him “to intervene and bring a stop to …the reckless endangering of the safety of Professor Piven.”
The letter, signed by executive director Vincent Warren and legal director William Quigley, concludes: “Professor Piven’s life could be at stake.”
Though we shouldn’t hold our breath, it’s more than worth a read and a wish.
Hey, Glenn Beck, Stop Inciting Death Threats Against Professor Piven [Progressive]
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 21, 2011