Image Credit: Armando Gallo/Retna ltd“John Cusack Calls for Satanic Death of Fox News, GOP Leaders,” blares the headline. Not just death, mind you, satanic death. Diane Court would be stunned.

Cusack, a political progressive who contributes to the Huffington Post, had responded to a question on Twitter on Sunday about the proposed Ground Zero Islamic center, implying he was for it and tweeting, “I AM FOR A SATANIC DEATH CULT CENTER AT FOX NEWS HQ AND OUTSIDE THE OFFICES [OF DICK] ARMEY AND NEWT GINGRICH-and all the GOP WELFARE FREAKS.”

Well, Fox was outraged. Outraged!!! So were many other offended parties who expressed their anger at Cusack online. Yesterday, Jo Piazza of Fox responded with an online story that included passages like, “Cusack went on a caustic Twitter rampage,” and “he has stooped to the level of making threats.” She interviewed experts who warned that Cusack’s “vituperative words” could inspire some disturbed fan of Cusack’s to violently attack Fox and its conservative friends. Not once in the article does Piazza concede that maybe Cusack’s Twitter was just a crudely flippant joke. Fox simply was not amused.

Do you think Fox sees half-baked pronouncements like Cusack’s as opportunities to fire up their audience? Did Cusack cross a line, even if he was kidding? Do you think it’s wise for Fox — which boasts some of the medium’s most popular and opinionated talking heads — to link outspoken citizens to subsequent criminal activity?