78-year-old woman gets death threats after Beck shouts conspiracySubmitted by legalizeliberty on Mon, 01/24/2011 - 17:16
A 78-year-old professor from New York became the target of death threats after Fox News conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck began castigating her as the source of what he called a communist plot to destroy America.
Prof. Frances Fox Piven, who's long taught sociology at the City University of New York and served as an honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America, became the target of Beck's ire in recent weeks after he accused her of authoring a plan to overthrow the government in the 1960s.
On Beck's personal news website The Blaze, which has persisted in its pursuit of the professor even after its readers erupted with threats against Piven, one commenter by the name "superwrench4" ominously wrote, "I have 5000 rounds ready and I'll give My life to take Our freedom back."
Another, Jst1425, declared: "ONE SHOT...ONE KILL!" And a third insisted the only "redistribution" needed was "that of a precious metal.... LEAD."
The comments were captured by The New York Times and The Nation in reports last week.
Beck's selection of Piven was apparently due to her recent editorial in liberal magazine The Nation, where she cited her 1966 paper outlining a strategy to form a coalition movement between "civil rights organizations, militant anti-poverty groups and the poor."
In times of a down economy, she proposed, such a group would be so irrefutable that it could force Congress to act on legislation aimed at eradicating poverty in the United States.