An Illinois woman who volunteered to moderate a congressional debate received numerous threats of violence and death threats after being targeted personally by Fox News personality Glenn Beck, according to a report a colleague filed last week with the FBI.
League of Women Voters Illinois Executive Director Jan Czarnik filed a report saying she and Kathy Tate-Bradish, who moderated the debate, had been the target of Internet death threats after being singled out by name on Beck’s Oct. 25 program. The League of Women voters moderated a debate between candidates in Illinois’ 8th district.
Beck had singled out Tate-Bradish because she declined a request from a veteran — who was supporter of the Republican candidate — to begin with the Pledge of Allegiance.
“I have to say that being forced by having audience members stand up in presumably a planned way to have something like that happen seems a bit disrespectful,” Tate-Bradish told the crowd during the debate.
Czarnik later called the request “phony patriotism.”
Subsequently, Beck devoted a portion of his Oct. 25 show to attacking Tate-Bradish personally.
“I hope this video goes viral,” Beck began. “I love this.”
“We wanted to look at the moderator, Kathy Tate-Bradish, from the League of Women Voters,” Beck quipped. “Oh, she sounds so neutral and everything. I mean, she’s even neutral on the Pledge, apparently — just a typical woman voter trying to get the truth out. No, not so much — not so much.
“She is on fire for Obama,” Beck continued. “She is a big-time Obama supporter. In fact, so much so, she’s part of his Organizing for America arm. Hmm. She’s even hosted a campaign event in her home in 2007, part of her post on OFA’s, Organizing for America Web site, “Hope Action Change.”
Within the next two days, Tate-Bradish received death threats, according to the FBI.
“FBI spokesman Ross Rice confirmed Thursday that League of Women Voters Illinois Executive Director Jan Czarnik filed a report claiming she and Tate-Bradish have received Internet death threats. Czarnik triggered criticism after saying the pledge request was ‘phony patriotism’ from a candidate’s supporters,” the Daily Herald’s Bob Susnjara wrote.
Since then, death threats have appeared on “right-wing websites,” said Czarnik, who provided printouts to the FBI. She also reported menacing posts on Fox News Channel’s Facebook page and Beck’s website, The Blaze.
“We don’t say the Pledge of Allegiance at our events and we should be shot or hanged?” said Czarnik, who went to the FBI on Wednesday. “Who are these people?”
Joel Cheatwood, an executive who oversees Beck’s show, issued a statement after Fox News was contacted Thursday.
“We’re not going to comment on something that’s hypothetical as we have not heard about this complaint,” Cheatwood said.
The debate, held at Grayslake Central High School, hosted Rep. Melissa Bean (D-IL), Republican Joe Walsh and the Green Party candidate Bill Scheurer, according to the paper. Czarnik also filed a report with the local police; police said a detective will look into the complaint.
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by Rachana Pradham
A coronavirus test made by Abbott Laboratories and introduced with considerable fanfare by President Donald Trump in a Rose Garden news conference this week is giving state and local health officials very little added capacity to perform speedy tests needed to control the COVID-19 pandemic.
“That’s a whole new ballgame,” Trump said. “I want to thank Abbott Labs for the incredible work they’ve done. They’ve been working around-the-clock.”
Yet a document circulated among officials at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency this week shows that state and local public health labs were set to receive a total of only 5,500 coronavirus tests from the giant manufacturer of medical devices, diagnostics and drugs, according to emails obtained by Kaiser Health News.
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Here’s how Christian Nationalists have shaped the federal government’s response to coronavirus
On Thursday, appearing on the Slate radio show "The Gist" with Mike Pesca, journalist Catherine Stewart outlined some of the ways the Christian Right is responsible for the federal government's disastrous response to coronavirus.
"The coronavirus pandemic is real wrath-of-God type stuff, isn't it?" said Pesca. "Well, there are some people who are waiting for this, who are ready for this, and who, quite scarily, have been tasked with the response."
"It's a complex question, and I think that Christian Nationalism, which is what we're dealing with here, is not a religion," said Stewart. "Many evangelicals are doing very positive things, many religious people are doing a lot of positive things in this situation with the coronavirus. But Christian Nationalism is not a religion, it's a political ideology that cloaks itself in religious rhetoric. And it's a movement that put Trump in power."