Glenn Beck fans know liberal academic Frances Fox Piven as a radical who would destroy capitalism on behalf of the welfare state. And some of those fans have taken to issuing death threats against the 78-year-old CUNY professor, reports the New York Times. This week, the liberal group Center for Constitutional Rights asked Fox chief Roger Ailes to rein in Beck's relentless criticism of Piven's views, but a senior VP of the network says it won't happen. Beck has never threatened her and always quoted her accurately, he maintains.
Piven tells the Times she's informed police of the threats, adding, “I don’t want to give anybody the satisfaction of thinking they’ve got me trembling.” She first rose to prominence with a paper she wrote in 1966 with her husband, Richard Cloward, proposing that people overwhelm the welfare rolls to force reform, explains the Times. More recently, she wrote an essay in the Nation urging the unemployed to stage mass protests. Beck views the Piven-Cloward strategy as "economic sabotage." (See a sample of his view, and hers, in the video gallery.)