Glenn Beck (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post) Glenn Beck (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

When Americans get frustrated with their media, they often feel inclined to take their gripes to a higher power. That would be the government. Commentators, journalists, pundits, etc., drive news consumers over and over to dial up or e-mail the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) — the better to lobby for relief from all these experts. The Erik Wemple Blog a while back requested a cross-section of complaints and hereby continues a series showcasing the best ones.

On Feb. 4, 2011, a news consumer from Lakewood, Colo., e-mailed the FCC the following note, with “Glenn Beck and Fox News shows” in the subject line.

Hello, I am writing today to complain about the horrific lies and threats of violence coming out of this network everyday. People who watch this network believe it is real news, and believe the hate that spews from all their mouths. This behavior has lead to attempted murders, death threats against anyone who disagrees with them. They are racist and Beck calls for violence against everyone! Please pull them from any airwaves which are supported by or regulated by the FCC. My tax money should be spent keeping these kinds of people off the air. My own father has fallen under the spell of this hate and I cannot get through to him that this is not real news.

Thank you,
[Name redacted]
Lakewood, CO

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.