“I have 15 operating threats on me at any given time”

Beck visited O’Reilly for his weekly segment to talk gender bias in the political sphere, and whether Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann were subject to more vicious attacks. O’Reilly didn’t buy this argument, asking Beck if it were possible for the vitriol against him to be worse than it is now. Beck seemed to agree, modestly, that he was one of the more hated figures in political media, and gave up data on why: “I have 15 operating threats on me at any given time.” Despite the violent threats, however, Beck continued to argue that “Americans are fair and decent, and they’re not looking for revenge or anything else,” and encouraged public and private figures alike to take his new pledge to “renounce violence regardless of ideology,” something he perceived as essential for the strength of the nation, especially in light of the recent violence.