Amid a back-and-forth scuffle between MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and Fox News Channel host Glenn Beck, Maddow asked her adversary to "back off" on her show Wednesday night.
Beck and Maddow have been "quoting" each other about the massive snowfall on the East Coast and whether it indicates global warming exists.
"I commend Mr. Beck for his success," she said. "I wish his giant audience all the best. He has made a lot of people very afraid about a lot of things, and that tried-and-true strategy has reaped big financial rewards for him and for Fox News. I think it's between you and your God or you and your conscience as to how much you're willing to stir up Americans' fear and prejudice for profit. But it's between you and me when you accuse me of lying. I didn't lie. Back off."
Maddow also said that Beck's message has been adding to the polarization of the country and instigating hatred.
"I get hate mail from all sorts of conservatives all the time," she said. "I always have. But it's the hate mail from self-proclaimed fans of Mr. Beck that often contain death threats and threats of violence against me, expressed as extension of the frenzied devotion for him."