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