Threats Follow Glenn Beck Attacks on CUNY Scholar

January 24, 2011

Frances Fox Piven, a noted sociology professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center, has become the target of death threats since Glenn Beck has blamed her many times for being responsible for the current economic problems in the United States, The New York Times reported. Beck, the conservative Fox commentator, blames Piven because of an article she co-wrote with her late husband in 1966 called "The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty." The Center for Constitutional Rights, a liberal think tank, wrote to Fox officials last week to ask that Beck stop making statements that could incite those threatening Piven. Joel Cheatwood, a senior vice president at Fox News, told the Times that Beck had quoted Piven accurately. "'The Glenn Beck Program,' probably above and beyond any on television, has denounced violence repeatedly,” Cheatwood said.

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