It may not be a story you’ll hear about if you watch America’s “fair and balanced” news network.
In an interview on a California ABC News affiliate, the mother of a man arrested for threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) blamed Fox News for exacerbating her son’s mental illness, saying it encouraged his behavior.
“Greg frequently gets in with a group of people that have really radical ideas and that are not consistent with myself or the rest of the family, which gets him into problems,” the 83-year-old mother of the accused man, Eleanor Giusti, said. “I say Fox News, or all of those that are really radical, and he, that’s where he comes from.”
Gregory Giusti was arrested Wednesday after threating the House Speaker over healthcare legislation. The 48-year-old man has a history of run-ins with the law, and was arrested in 2004 for threatening a train conductor’s life after he was caught trying to evade the fare.
He’s also the subject of a lawsuit by a San Francisco church which alleges he has engaged in a “campaign of harassment” of church members, and has been convicted of petty theft and welfare fraud.
His mother told ABC her son has a history of mental illness, and didn’t think he’d actually carry out his threat.
This video is from KGO, broadcast April 7, 2010.