Prominent Rabbis to Place Ad Against Beck, Ailes, in Murdoch-Owned WSJ

A group of hundreds of rabbis, from all the major denominations of religious Judaism, have had enough of the constant cry of "Nazis" from creepy Glenn Beck, whose recent programs have veered dangerously close to Anti-Semitism. Recently, he made particularly disgusting comments about George Soros, who survived the Holocaust as a child by hiding with a non-Jewish family. They're also none too pleased with Fox News chief Roger Ailes for his dismissive dig at "left-wing rabbis" who objected to Beck.

So they're going straight to the boss, Rupert Murdoch, by placing a massive full-page ad criticizing Beck's words in the Murdoch-owned WSJ. The ad will run on Thursday, which is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Some of its text follows:

"We share a belief that the Holocaust, of course, can and should be discussed appropriately in the media. But that is not what we have seen at Fox News,"

"... It is not appropriate to accuse a 14-year-old Jew hiding with a Christian family in Nazi-occupied Hungary of sending his people to death camps...It is not appropriate to call executives of another news agency 'Nazis.'  And it is not appropriate to make literally hundreds of on-air references to the Holocaust and Nazis when characterizing people with whom you disagree."

"...We respectfully request that Glenn Beck be sanctioned by Fox News for his completely unacceptable attacks on a survivor of the Holocaust and that Roger Ailes apologize for his dismissive remarks about rabbis' sensitivity to how the Holocaust is used on the air."

Ailes has also been overly loose with the word "Nazis" himself, using it to characterize NPR for firing Juan Williams. The ad, signed by prominent members of the Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist movements, will also run in the Jewish Daily Forward newspaper.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.


AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at January 27, 2011, 5:17am

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