Thursday, February 17, 2011

Stop Glenn Beck: New Petition Letter Addressed to Fox News CEO Roger Ailes

As part of an ongoing effort to pressure Fox News into pulling the plug on the Glenn Beck Show, here is a standard petition letter addressed to Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. Please feel free to copy the text of this letter and paste it into your letterhead - adjusting type size and font style as needed (11 or 12 points should suffice):
Roger Ailes
Chairman and CEO, Fox News Channel
News Corporation
1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10036
Dear Mr. Ailes:

After the shooting rampage in Tucson that left six people dead and thirteen injured, you offered this appeal for civility: “I told all of our guys, shut up, tone it down, make your argument intellectually. You don’t have to do it with bombast.

Weeks after Tucson, nothing has changed.  Glenn Beck has turned up the volume on partisan hate speech.  The poisoned atmosphere unleashed by Glenn Beck means any citizen - Democrat, Independent, or Republican - can be defamed in public and targeted for persecution.  Beck’s messages provoke unstable persons to act on impulse, and events have shown that violent rhetoric leads to violent acts:

Prison Term for Man Who Threatened Speaker Pelosi:
Mother of Accused Man Blames Fox News

Renowned Professor Terrorized After Glenn Beck Broadcasts

League of Women Voters Targeted by Glenn Beck Fans

Two California Highway Patrolmen Shot by Glenn Beck Fan

Three Pittsburgh Policemen Killed by Glenn Beck Follower

There is no plausible deniability that can wipe the blood off Beck’s hands or absolve the Fox News Channel of responsibility for reckless incitement.  Shooting sprees, murder, malicious defamations and infamous provocations … these have no place in a free society.  When toxic television threatens public safety, all citizens of all persuasions have grounds for alarm.

Glenn Beck has crossed boundaries that should never be crossed.  It is time to pull the plug on the Glenn Beck Show before more people are terrorized, injured and killed.

Sincerely yours,

(name and signature)
The letter is short enough to fit on a single page (word count=265). Within a few days, please look for another petition letter addressed to Fox News advertisers (i.e. the boycott letter). A startup list of advertisers will be included with this post.


  1. I like the letter, concise and to the point! I've copied it and plan to put it in the mail tomorrow morning. Thanks Octo for making this easy on the rest of us!

  2. Yes, exactly as Sheria said, you make our lives easier. Copied & printing now. Should be signed & sealed shortly.

    Thank you!

  3. Guy, you do the heavy lifting for slackers like myself, and I appreciate your efforts.

    I'll copy this and get it out in today's mail!

    Thanks again!

  4. I too have copied it and will mail it today.

    Thanks for all your help in this.

  5. Brilliant!!!! You know I'll send it out. My printer is giving me fits so I'm heading to our local library to print a copy. I can mail it at the mailbox that's right front of it.

    And thank you for doing this for us! I am with you 100%!

  6. About this "Pull-the-Plug-on-Glenn-Beck" letter to Roger Ailes, I sent mine certified/return receipt, details as follows:

    Label/Receipt Number: 7010 0780 0001 1418 8408
    Expected Delivery Date: February 25, 2011
    Class: First-Class Mail®
    Service(s): Certified Mail™ Return Receipt
    Status: Arrival at Unit

    Detailed Results:
    Arrival at Unit, February 28, 2011, 2:29 am, NEW YORK, NY 10036

    Reason why I sent it this way: To underscore my concerns and serve notice to Fox News that the public will hold them accountable.

  7. In a new autobiography, a former Obama administration official writes about receiving death threats after a Glenn Beck Broadcast.


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