Byron Williams came to California with hopes of killing employees of the ACLU and the relatively unknown Tides Foundation. He was pulled over by California Police and had a shoot out, injuring two officers. Eric Bohert at The Huffington Post believes that Glen Beck may have had something to do with it. If not for Beck, its doubtful that Williams would have ever heard of The Tides Foundation, let alone hate them enough to try and kill them.
Indeed, for more than a year Beck has been portraying the progressive organization as a central player in a larger, nefarious cabal of Marxist/socialist/Nazi Obama-loving outlets determined to destroy democracy in America. Beck has routinely smeared the low-profile entity for being staffed by “thugs” and “bullies” and involved in “the nasty of the nastiest,” like indoctrinating schoolchildren and creating a “mass organization to seize power.”
Beck has mentioned the Tides Foundation 30 times on his Fox News Show, accusing them of being anti-capitalist, far left radicals and indoctrinating children. There are no records of any other talk show mentioning the Tides Foundation.