Bad decision by Beck and O’Reilly
On its website, the Oneida Indian Nation (OIN) states, "It’s time for the truth — straight up, whether you like it or not. Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck are teaming up and going on tour. Turning Stone Resort Casino may never be the same." How ironic! The OIN’s tribal government has no respect for the truth, and isn’t about to acquire any simply because entertainers Beck & O’Reilly have blindly decided to do business with a tribal government that has no respect for its neighbors, the law, or the truth.
The OIN (The Spin Zone) is the antithesis of everything that Beck & O’Reilly promote on their television shows, and while Beck is always preaching to viewers to do their homework, he certainly hasn’t done his. I was so disappointed in these gentlemen that I emailed them to reconsider their poor choice of venue, and I gave them a number of good reasons to do so.
In my email to Beck, I reminded him that his website states, "The truth lives here," and that if he valued the truth, he should cancel his appearance at the Turning Stone Casino. I also warned him that as he stepped onto so-called "Indian land," he would have to leave his constitutional rights at the gate, and that if he was hurt or cheated while at the casino, he and Mr. O’Reilly would have no legal recourse because you cannot sue an Indian tribe. With no state health inspections at the casino’s restaurants, I told him that he should eat before going there, and that since the OIN now has you and Mr. O in its field of view, it can and may use your picture and name as it wishes without your permission; and again, you have no legal recourse. Boxing great Joe Fraser learned that lesson the hard way a few years back and quickly lost his lawsuit in the courts.
It goes without saying that I never got a reply from either Bill or Glenn, and my respect for them has diminished considerably. In the end, I guess they are both just "entertainers."
— Scott E. Peterman,
3461 Seneca Turnpike, Canastota,
vice president, Upstate Citizens for Equality