Appearing on the O’Reilly Factor (3/25/10) to discuss being named by Joy Behar as one of the media figures the View panelist (3/22/10) says are inspiring hate among Tea Party activists (“There is a difference between free speech and hate speech, and we’ve been listening to it from Beck and Limbaugh now. And these people are all juiced up by these two. That’s what’s happening”), Glenn Beck attempted to demonstrate his tolerance for his political foes in the following exchange:
BECK: Have you or I ever said Michael Moore shouldn’t be allowed to make a movie?
BECK: Michael Moore shouldn’t be allowed to speak? Michael Moore shouldn’t have his own TV show? Never.
O’REILLY: Never. Never.
BECK: Never. Because we believe in freedom of speech. George Washington called it the battlefield of ideas.
While it may be true to say that Beck has never expressed a wish to see Michael Moore censored, precisely, he has expressed a desire to kill Moore with his bare hands:
I’m thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I’m wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out–is this wrong?
Reasonable people might see this as a desire for an extreme form of censorship–and hateful to boot.
UPDATE: O’Reilly too has fantasized about assaulting Moore–in a non-censorious way, of course. See FAIR Blog, 10/6/09.