US rabbis pen letter criticizing Beck's Holocaust usage

In a letter to news-tycoon Rupert Murdoch, rabbis demand apologies for insults, Holocaust references, and attacks on George Soros.

January 27, 2011 12:32
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Glenn Beck, center, holds hands with faith leaders at the "Restoring Honor" rally in front of the Li

Glenn Beck at Wahsington Rally. (photo credit: Associated Press)


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Four hundred rabbis will submit a letter on Thursday, demanding Fox News sanction host Glenn Beck for his repeated airing of Nazi and Holocaust imagery, and for putting on his show attacks on WWII survivor George Soros, Reuters reported.

The letter also urged Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of News Corp which owns Fox, to get an apology from Roger Ailes, the Fox News chief, for saying his Jewish critics were nothing more than "left-wing rabbis."

"We haven't seen the ad," Joel Cheatwood, the Fox News senior vice president of development said, adding that the rabbis constitute a "George Soros backed left-wing political organizations." He also said that the rabbis were using Glenn Beck for their own publicity purposes.

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In the letter, which the rabbis paid $100,00 to have published in News Corp-owned Wall Street Journal, the rabbis claimed that Beck unfairly attacked Soros, a billionaire financier who grew up in Nazi-occupied Hungary.

According to the rabbis, Beck has made "literally hundreds of on-air references to the Holocaust and Nazis when characterizing people with whom he disagrees," calling American politicians he disagrees with Nazis and saying that putting the "common good" first leads to "death camps."

"You diminish the memory and meaning of the Holocaust when you use it to discredit an individual or organization you disagree with," the letter said. "That is is what Fox News has done in recent weeks, and it is not only 'left-wing rabbis' who think so."

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