Despicable Fox News Defends Beck's Anti-Semitism

Glenn Beck's disgusting, anti-Semitic invocations of George Soros' life during the Holocaust rightfully drew ire from Jewish leaders yesterday, who characterized his comments as “trivializing” the genocide. But in a typically weak statement to the New York Times, Fox News defended Beck's comments, asserting he got all his information straight from the source:

Fox stood by Mr. Beck. Joel Cheatwood, a senior vice president at Fox News, said in a statement Thursday afternoon that the “information regarding Mr. Soros’s experiences growing up were taken directly from his writings and from interviews given by him to the media, and no negative opinion was offered as to his actions as a child.”

However, Beck's assertions––that Soros took property from fellow Jews at the tender age of 14 while in hiding––has been summarily debunked. An excerpt from Soros: The Life and Times of a Messianic Billionaire, one of the sources Beck sites:

This is what actually happened. Shortly after George went to live with Baumbach, the man was assigned to take inventory on the vast estate of Mor Kornfeld, an extremely wealthy aristocrat of Jewish origin. The Kornfeld family had the wealth, wisdom, and connections to be able to leave some of its belongings behind in exchange for permission to make their way to Lisbon. Baumbach was ordered to go to the Kornfeld estate and inventory the artworks, furnishings, and other property. Rather than leave his "godson" behind in Budapest for three days, he took the boy with him. As Baumbach itemized the material, George walked around the grounds and spent time with Kornfeld's staff. It was his first visit to such a mansion, and the first time he rode a horse. He collaborated with no one and he paid attention to what he understood to be his primary responsibility: making sure that no one doubted that he was Sandor Kiss. Among his practical concerns was to make sure that no one saw him pee.

Glenn Beck lied in order to rile anti-semitism towards Soros––on the 72nd anniversary of Krystallnacht, no less. If anyone's complicit with anything, it's Fox News, allowing Beck to get away with such disgusting behavior on their time.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at November 12, 2010, 4:52am