FBI: Woman Received Death Threats After Being Name-Checked by Glenn Beck

When Kathy Tate-Bradish volunteered to moderate a Congressional debate organized by the League of Women Voters Illinois, you can be sure she didn't know what she was in for.

At the start of the event, Tate-Bradish was asked by a supporter of the Republican candidate whether the Pledge of Allegiance would be recited. When Tate-Bradish explained that reciting the pledge was not scheduled, "almost all in the crowd of more than 300 stood and enthusiastically recited it anyway.” Tate-Bradish joined the crowd in reciting the pledge, but afterward explained that doing so is not typical at candidate debates moderated by the League. She added, “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." The League's executive director, Jan Czarnik, later called the premeditated move "phony patriotism."

And that would have been the end of that, if Glenn Beck -- He Who Turns Unexceptional Events Into Massive Flamewars -- hadn't gotten a hold of the story. Beck singled out Tate-Bradish on his October 25 show:

We wanted to look at the moderator, Kathy Tate-Bradish, from the League of Women Voters. 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. 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.”

Think Progress has the video:


Within two days of the show, the FBI had confirmed internet violence and death threats made against Tate-Bradish. According to Czarnik, threats appeared on “right-wing websites,” Fox News' 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?”

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at November 2, 2010, 6:48am

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