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UPDATE: Was the Alleged California Gunman Influenced by Fox News?

Reported by Guest Blogger - July 22, 2010 -

By Aunty Em

In our post earlier this week, News Hounds described two troubling incidents of violence. In the first, a shooting at the house of a progressive organization in San Antonio, the motive has still not been determined conclusively. However, in the second, that of a California man involved in a wild exchange of gunfire with California Highway Patrol officers, police say they now have a motive. And it’s a motive that does not bode well for apologists at, and for, the Fox “News” Channel.

California police have now identified the suspected targets of Byron Williams, who allegedly fought a wild gun battle with police on Sunday following a routine traffic stop. Oakland police Officer Jeff Thomason says Williams was on his way to San Francisco to take out his frustration on the Tides Foundation, a regular and constant target of Glenn Beck and the ACLU, one of Fox “News’” favorite boogeymen. Police have also said that the underlying motive to attack these two Progressive organizations was that Williams allegedly wanted to “start a revolution.” His mother had earlier told reporters that he was angry at “the way Congress was railroading through all these left-wing agenda items” and that he felt “the people of this country are being raped by our government and politicians.”

Because these are the steady drip, drip, drip memes on Fox “News” it will certainly be interesting to see how they spin this story, or whether it’s even covered at all.

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