Right Wing: Fox News is Not to Blame for Threats Against Pelosi

The mother of the Gregory Lee Giusti, the man who is accused of making nearly 50 threatening calls to Nancy Pelosi over health-care reform, spoke to a Bay Area radio station about how FOX News had radicalized her son.

“Greg has, frequently gets in with a group of people that have really radical ideas and that are not consistent with myself or the rest of the family and which gets him into problems. And apparently I would say this must be another one that somehow he's gotten onto either by I'd say Fox News or all of those that are really radical, and he, that's where he comes from,” said Eleanor Giusti.

And that, writes the blogger for RiehlWorldView, is bogus.

“I wonder if that happened before or after his history of welfare abuse and harassment against a Baptist church, along with previous criminal behavior that seems to make it clear he had ... issues. Because we all know how hard Fox is on those damned Baptists.” Apparently Giusti, according to local news stations, had a long history with running up against the law, from skipping out on BART fares to welfare fraud, petty theft, and criminal threats. Hotair.com’s Doug Powers joins other bloggers to jump in on the mother’s comment and defend Fox News.

“And with one sentence, the left has a new idiot to exploit. Mom sounds like a real genius—no wonder Junior ended up so stable. The “Fox News” claim is of course being linked to the Tea Parties, and that’s all the Democrats and the media will need to get a night of lead stories about how Tea Parties are getting dangerous.” But looking at the facts, he says, puts to rest the Fox News/tea-partier theory, listing off Giusti’s various clashes with the law. “So we’re to believe that somebody who wanted public services for free, harassed Christians, thought it was okay to steal from others and give to himself, didn’t believe in owning a gun and enjoyed the welfare scene was a big Fox News fan and, ergo, probably a “Teabagger”? That’s a stretch so big that the story will have to be written on bungee cord.”

Rush Limbaugh, in addition to defending Fox, defends Giusti himself. "So they are now criminalizing Fox News; they're trying to criminalize talk radio. Let me ask you a question. What did Fox News do except tell the truth about the health-care bill?  Do you people in the White House, do you people in the media, do you ever stop to consider that you have an intelligent, informed electorate who simply doesn't like being raped, and being raped is what is happening to people in this country by their government. No other way to put this."