“In his television programs, [Glenn] Beck has referred to Professor [Frances Fox] Piven dozens of times, describing her as ‘an enemy of the Constitution’ intent on bringing about the ‘collapse of our economic system.’ Responding to an article that Professor Piven published in the January 10 issue of The Nation saying that unemployed people should be staging mass protests, Mr. Beck asked in his January 17 television show, ‘Is that not inciting violence? Is that not asking for violence?’ Public demonstrations can of course be entirely peaceful. Even civil disobedience is typically nonviolent. Mr. Beck’s remarks are unjustified.” - American Association of University Professors President Cary Nelson, Jan. 31.
Protests can be peaceful, but Ms. Piven specifically cited the recent Greek protests, which were not just violent and destructive, but deadly. That the American Association of University Professors would allow its once-prestigious name to be used to hide truth instead of reveal it is not much of a surprise anymore.
- David Mastio, deputy editorial page editor