Wednesday, June 1, 2016

SPOX: Glenn Beck Doesn't Advocate Violence

Glenn Beck, Brad Thor
SiriusXM satellite radio said Tuesday that it has suspended Glenn Beck's morning show for at least a week and may not bring it back after Beck agreed with a guest who made comments widely interpreted as supporting the assassination of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

"SiriusXM encourages a diversity of discourse and opinion on our talk programs," the company said in a statement.

"However, comments recently made by a guest on the independently produced Glenn Beck Program, in our judgement, may be reasonably construed by some to have been advocating harm against an individual currently running for office, which we cannot and will not condone," it said.

Brad Thor, author of numerous best-selling thrillers — including one titled "Path of the Assassin" — likened Trump to a South American dictator on Beck's show May 25 and said that if Trump were to become president and turn out to be a tyrant, illegal means might be required to remove him from office.

After the news broke, Dom Theodore, GM, Glenn Beck Radio Show issued the following:

"Glenn is on vacation so I wanted to respond on his behalf so that the unfortunate fabrications surrounding his interview with Brad Thor don’t spread any further. As every listener of the show knows, Glenn has never — and will never — advocate violence. It wasn’t long ago that he was criticized by some for advocating peace during the Bundy Ranch saga. Glenn is a firm believer in Martin Luther King’s approach to affecting change, not Malcolm X’s. This past summer, he organized an event in Birmingham, Alabama called Restoring Unity, the purpose of which was to unite different groups to commit to come together. Again, Glenn has never advocated violence.

His interview with Brad Thor speaks for itself. You can listen to it in its entirety here:

Listen to Glenn and his cohosts discuss “fallout” from the interview the day after the interview here:

This viral hatchet job is based on 49 seconds out of a 15-minute interview that gives no context of the hypothetical posited from by Brad Thor, a thriller writer."

We are grateful to our partners at Premiere Networks, our many local affiliates, and all of our extended partners who support and celebrate a diversity of opinion. We hope you will reach out to all of them and thank them for having the backbone and integrity to stand-up for all voices, even those with which they may disagree. We look forward to standing with our partners and affiliates to support a vibrant 'marketplace of ideas' and will continue to refuse to engage in the manipulative and bullying tactics of progressives."

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