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Glenn Beck, His Racism And Fox’s Reply.

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I wouldn’t normally want to cover Glenn Beck, as Adam Holland has done such a fine job in chronicling Beck’s decline, but I noticed a disturbing piece in the Washington Post:

After MSNBC let go Keith Olbermann last week, Glenn Beck couldn’t resist celebrating. "Keith Olbermann is the biggest pain in the ass in the world," he judged.

But Olbermann’s departure really should give Beck pause: With political speech coming under new scrutiny, how much longer can Beck’s brutal routine continue at Fox News?

The latest omen of Beck’s end times came on Thursday – Holocaust Remembrance Day – when 400 rabbis representing all four branches of American Judaism took out an ad demanding that Beck be sanctioned for "monstrous" and "beyond repugnant" use of "anti-Semitic imagery" in going after Holocaust survivor George Soros. ”

This bit shows how Fox News simply ignores the question of Beck’s racism and how he helps to bring antisemitism into the mainstream media:

“A Fox News spokesman brushed off the complaint in the usual fashion, attributing it to a "Soros-backed left-wing political organization." But that’s not going to fly: The statement’s signatories included the chief executive of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and his predecessor, the dean of the conservative Jewish Theological Seminary rabbinical school and a number of orthodox rabbis.

“Beck has outlasted past complaints over his race baiting, his violent words and his conspiracy theories. He’s not new to questionable talk about Jews (years ago he called Barbra Streisand a "big-nosed cross-eyed freak"), and for the past couple of years his Nazi accusations against opponents have come by the hundreds.

But in June, he promoted on air the work of a Nazi sympathizer, Elizabeth Dilling, who had referred, in writings Beck didn’t mention, to Eisenhower as "Ike the kike" and Kennedy’s New Frontier as the "Jew Frontier." A few days later, Beck referred to Soros’s Jewish ancestry, accused him of currency manipulation and said "he’s got disturbing hair in his nose." ”

The complaint to Rupert Murdoch is here:

Mediamatters has more stuff on Beck.

ABC had a piece on it too.

Update 1: One of my readers, Andrew Murphy, reminds us:

” Let’s not forget Beck has also said that the John Birch Society “makes sense.”

http://bit.ly/hQlMwS

Little know fact, one of the co-founders of the JBS with Robert Welch was Revilo Oliver.

Oliver was a Holocaust denier, an anti-semite and worked with white nationalist groups like the National Alliance and Wills Carto’s Institute for Historical Review

Here is a website dedicated to his “memory”

http://bit.ly/dXdsF9″

[I have tidied up the URLs, I don’t want them getting any traffic.]

Written by modernityblog

31/01/2011 at 07:04

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  1. Let’s not forget Beck has also said that the John Birch Society “makes sense.”

    http://bit.ly/hQlMwS

    Little know fact, one of the co-founders of the JBS with Robert Welch was Revilo Oliver.

    Oliver was a Holocaust denier, an anti-semite and worked with white nationalist groups like the National Alliance and Wills Carto’s Institute for Historical Review

    Here is a website dedicated to his “memory”

    http://bit.ly/dXdsF9

    Andrew Murphy

    31/01/2011 at 07:21

  2. Andrew,

    Please, old fella, don’t post links *directly* to such filthy sites, if you can.

    Far better to use Google cache and a shortened URL, don’t want them getting traffic!

    modernityblog

    31/01/2011 at 07:37

  3. Ta very much, I have updated the post to include in your informative comments.

    modernityblog

    31/01/2011 at 07:43

  4. Mods

    In America we have the First Amendment. If people do not like Beck or Olberman all they need to do is change the channel.

    As stated earlier, I do not seek to ban books or plays like the anti Israeli one you call racist. I read many books with anti Semitic passages in a Yeshiva. The passages were addressed as a product of their times. An education without the Canterbury Tales, Dickens or Shakespeare
    would not be complete.

    The First Amendment protects all types of speech including odious ones like Nazis in Skokie and Bill Ayers. The key phrase part is the speech must be peaceful and not cross the line into criminality.

    The First Amendment gives you the right to criticize Beck or whomever else you please. Beck has a large audience that grows larger with bad publicity.

    Beakerkin

    31/01/2011 at 11:35

  5. Has Beck said anything anti-semitic? Anything hostile to Jews?

    ” Let’s not forget Beck has also said that the John Birch Society “makes sense.”

    About what? Geez Louise. Flesh it out a little, will you. Else people will think it was something grabbed totally out of context out of context or something.

    mesquito

    31/01/2011 at 11:38

  6. Listen, Beakerkin,

    I don’t think you can read, so please don’t lecture us about the First Amendment

    But if you can read try my comments policy, see the bit about being antifascist and make an effort to digest the small paragraph concerning Augusto Pinochet.

    Once you have done that, go away, and don’t bother coming back to comment.

    Unless you haven’t got the message:

    You are NOT welcome here, got that?

    NOT welcome…

    modernity

    31/01/2011 at 11:42

  7. “Has Beck said anything anti-semitic? Anything hostile to Jews?”

    Mesq,

    Try reading the WP article and the letter from the Rabbis…

    modernity

    31/01/2011 at 11:44

  8. @Mod- Sorry about that

    @mesquito- I was not suggesting Beck was an anti-semite only pointing out the unsavory people who founded the JBS, an organization to which he likes.

    I am sure if Rachel Madow made a comment on her MSNBC show praising some left wing group who one of its co founders was a Holocaust denier, you would be all over it like a pit bull on a poodle.

    Andrew Murphy

    31/01/2011 at 15:58

  9. […] Readers will remember Glenn Beck, His Racism And Fox’s Reply. […]


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