to the Editor:
Those of us to the left of the center line on the political
highway truly enjoyed your “portrait” of Glenn Beck on the
cover of the Metroland, as well as the devastating
article about him and the lunatics at Fox [“Tears of a Clown,”
Nov. 12]. However, I believe we lefties need to be very careful
when we discuss those that are obviously to the right of Attila
the Hun, and we must avoid cavalierly dismissing these lunatics
as just clowns or buffoons. These are dangerous people. They
threaten not only who we are but they threaten America. They
are an embarrassment to the concept of the First Amendment.
As an example, I would suggest you contact Dr. George Tiller,
an abortion provider in the Midwest who has been the subject
of a vicious campaign against what he does and who he is by
the right-wing fringe, especially Bill O’Reilly of Fox. Oh
wait . . . you can’t contact the good doctor because he’s
dead. Gunned down in his own church by a “true believer.”And
the idiot O’Reilly accepts no responsibility for the doctor’s
death. He claims his hands are clean. Nonsense.
There is no doubt in my mind that somewhere out there is another
“true believer” that feeds off the garbage of Limbaugh and
Fox and intends to take this to the ultimate level. One can
only hope that the Secret Service is up to the challenge.
If the time comes and something happens in our era, the likes
of Limbaugh, Hannity, O’Reilly and Beck should be held accountable
for their words. They won’t be and that will be too bad. They
will hide behind the curtain of the First Amendment and tell
the world that words don’t matter only actions do. And that’s
the story “Music, Business” [Nov. 5], we reported that Drome
Sound owner Tony Popolizio’s brother Frank Popolizio owned
Schenectady’s Aerodrome Night Club in the late ’60s and was
responsible for booking bands. In fact, Nat Rubin and Jack
Herman owned the club, where Popolizio was a bartender. Manager
Bob Murphy and assistant manager Fred Baye handled the booking.
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