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The Tides Foundation Exposes Glenn Beck's Svengali-Like Hold on Really Inept Criminals Like Byron Williams

The Tides Foundation, “charitable, nonpartisan” organization and money-launderer for George Soros has evidently warned Glenn Beck’s sponsors that their continued support of him will result in “blood on many hands.”

The next “assassin” may succeed, and if so, there will be blood on many hands. The choice is yours. Please join my call to do the right thing in this regard and put Fox News at arm’s length from your company by halting your advertising with them.

(Full letter here.)

This is clearly penultimate to next week’s letter warning that wolverines will suck the organs out of sponsors’ steaming body cavities should they still not comply, but let’s play along for a while.

The assassin in question is one Byron Williams, a two-time loser and obvious mental deficient whose bent-on-mayhem journey to the offices of the Tides Foundation and the ACLU came to an abrupt halt one early Sunday morning in July when the California Highway Patrol pulled him over for speeding and driving erratically. (This is our first clue as to the relative intelligence and mental stability of Mr. Williams. Even recent arrivals from Tora Bora know enough to observe posted speed limits and make safe lane changes when en route to a mass murder. But I digress.)

One can’t know what goes through a man’s mind as he sits in a truck full of guns and body armor, bathed in the glow of the flashing roof-lights of people with bigger guns and better body armor. Maybe “Hey wait a minute, offices are closed on Sunday!” or “How quickly can I throw these guns out the window so I don’t get my private parts shot off?” On the evidence, however, it doesn’t appear that this, or much of anything else, went through Mr. Williams’ mind at the time.

Because surrounded, outflanked and outgunned, he decided this day wasn’t going to ruin itself and opted to try to shoot his way out. (For those keeping score, this would be our second insight into Mr. Williams’ SAT potential.) A short, unequal gun battle ensued in which no police officers were seriously injured and Williams himself—though perforated multiple times through the arms and legs—was not killed.

In fact, he survived and got well. Well enough in fact to grant a couple of recent interviews to Examiner.com and Media Matters.

Media Matters for its part hasn’t yet released the full interview, but has offered a preview that fulfills the prime requirement of associating, however obliquely and disingenuously, Glenn Beck with the lunatic fringe.

MEDIA MATTERS: When you talk about how conservative values have been lost in this country you were talking before about the liberal media. You were saying maybe Fox was the exception. You think Fox is worthwhile?

BYRON WILLIAMS: Well, I’m not gonna say anyone is worthwhile. But [unintelligible] I would’ve never started watching Fox if it wasn’t for the fact that Beck was on there. And it was the things that he did, it was the things he exposed that blew my mind. I said, well, nobody does this.

(Full clip here).

Given the fact that the Examiner interview appears to contradict the man-crush interpretation and in fact shows Williams very much underwhelmed by Beck in particular and impatient with Fox News in general I can’t imagine there would be any context problems with the Media Matters sound bite, can you?

When asked directly if he knew about the Tides Foundation before Beck mentioned it, Williams replied, “Yes, I already had all that information that he used on one or two of his programs. I already knew all of that stuff. And to me it was more of a confirmation of what I already knew. “

When asked if it hadn’t been for Glenn Beck and Fox News, whether he still would have planned violence, Williams said that it was because Fox News didn’t do enough to pursue the political left that he became frustrated and felt like violence was the only answer.

The freeway gunman said, “I’m actually mad at Fox. I’m mad at them because they go on to something else. It’s like they drop the issue and it lands on a shelf somewhere to collect dust. And that’s what’s happening to the truth. It’s going out and collecting dust. I say you’re not going to let these people get away with this stuff. You can’t let them get away with it. So this was my action because of Fox’s neglect.”

[…]

He said he is aware that Beck often mocks people like him who subscribe to conspiracy theories.

“He’s not too bright in that area, “ said Williams. “Like he criticizes all the conspiracy theories. He criticizes people that believe in, like 9-11 truthers, he puts them down, so basically he puts me down. So there is a lot of things that I disagree with him about.”

Williams added, “So you know Glenn he is , he is getting better but he asks some really stupid things. There is no one, no one on television or anywhere who would say they advocate violence. Now I can say it. I don’t have a program. I don’t even have a job. I am basically free to do whatever I wish. And I don’t mind at all. So I have no problem saying that. I think that I think that violence , a revolution, is probably the only way you are going to get this corruption out of here. It’s the only way possible.”

It shouldn’t be necessary to say this but even if they found a little Glenn Beck shrine, complete with incense and a sacrificial Twinkie in Williams home, it would prove only that he was a crazy person with a thing for overweight white guys. The operative term here is “crazy person.” And what is clear about this non-story is they don’t even have that.

Curiously, earlier accounts—admittedly laboring under the massive disadvantage of not being Media Matters—may have stumbled on an alternative explanation of Williams’s behavior, i.e. not only is the guy crazy, he is a criminally crazy and has been working on that for a while.

Consider:

Criminal records show Byron C. Williams was a parolee driving on a suspended license with an arrest history including assault, property destruction, a DUI, hit and run and theft.

And:

The judge also indicated that Williams’ two previous bank robbery convictions–one in 1995 and another in 2001–could make him eligible for life in prison according to California’s Three Strikes Law if he is convicted in the freeway shootout.

There is absolutely no need to ponder why Media Matters, Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post and a bazillion other outlets would start vibrating sympathetically immediately over this. After all, nothing much is happening over the next few weeks that might benefit from yet another meme in aid of the Tea-Partiers-as-Troglodytes perception. Oh wait …

Which brings us full circle to the Tides Foundation:

On July 19th of this year, I arrived at our San Francisco office to learn that a misguided person carrying numerous guns and body armor had been on his way to start a “revolution” by murdering my colleagues and me. The Oakland Police Department called to tell us that, following a 12 minute shootout with the California Highway Patrol, law enforcement officials arrested an assailant who had targeted the Tides Foundation, an organization which I founded and currently serve as CEO, and the ACLU for violence. To say we were “shocked” does not adequately describe our reaction.

~ Tides Foundation CEO Drummond Pike

Shocked indeed—it took Mr. Pike three months to marshal sufficient composure to draft the letter. An alternative explanation, which we can probably dismiss for its bald cynicism, is that one of George Soros’s fiefdoms saw an opportunity to ride the media bus and leverage a near-tragedy into yet another boycott call against one of its most effective critics.

But it seems highly unlikely that an apolitical organization involved only in “charitable, nonpartisan programs” would do something like that.

(Cross-posted at NewsReal Blog.)