Nobody could've seen this coming: Turns out that violent crazy people are taking orders from Glenn Beck. Take, for instance, Byron Williams, who got into a gunfight with California Highway Patrolmen. Williams was targeting the Tides Foundation, a non-profit environmentalist group that Beck has talked about at length.

Now, in exclusive interviews and written correspondence, Williams speaks for himself. Asking me to be his "media advocate" he repeatedly instruced me to watch specific broadcasts of Beck's show for information on the conspiracy theory that drove him over the edge: an intricate plot involving Barack Obama, philanthropist George Soros, a Brazilian oil company, and the BP disaster.
In a separate exchange with's Ed Walsh, Williams sought to defend Beck from "Obama and the liberals," whom he said are afraid of Beck "because he often exposes things that are simply forbidden in news." Williams said that Beck advocates non-violence and that he had already researched the conspiracy theories that informed his alleged plot — before seeing them "confirm[ed]" on Beck's show.

Similarly, Williams tells Media Matters that "Beck would never say anything about a conspiracy, would never advocate violence. He'll never do anything... of this nature. But he'll give you every ounce of evidence that you could possibly need."

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