Fox News Must Fire Glenn Beck For Mocking A Holocaust Survivor

glenn beckThis time, Glenn Beck has managed to outdo even himself. Finally, can we say enough is enough?

Recently, the Fox News host made some unacceptable comments about George Soros, the Hungarian-American philanthropist and Holocaust survivor. On his radio show, Beck claimed that Soros—who as a 13-year-old boy was separated from his parents in Nazi-occupied Hungary— “used to go around with this anti-Semite and deliver papers to the Jews and confiscate their property and then ship them off. … It was frightening. Here’s a Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps.”

In order to escape the Nazi death camps, Soros posed as a Christian, and was taken in by the Baumbachs, a righteous Gentile family. His adopted father was ordered to take the inventory of Mor Kornfeld, a wealthy Jewish aristocrat who had since left for Lisbon with his family. Rather than leave the boy behind in Budapest for three days, Baumbach took Soros with him to the Kornfeld estate.

Those who monitor Beck on a regular basis know that his rants are consistently offensive and over the top. He crafts conspiracy theories involving left-leaning figures such as Soros, whom Beck has dubbed the “progressive puppet master.” He vilifies people such as Nancy Pelosi and Van Jones, and progressive groups such as the Tides Foundation and ACLU. Beck has compared people such as Simon Greer, executive director of Jewish Funds For Justice, to the Nazis. Beck equates social justice with communism and, no surprise, Nazism. And apparently Beck’s rhetoric has inspired some of his viewers, perhaps even more unstable and unhinged than he, to threaten public officials and conspire to commit acts of violence against Beck’s targets, including murder.

Without question, Beck has a Nazi fetish. As Dana Milbank of the Washington Post noted, from the time of Obama’s inauguration through June of this year, Beck mentioned Nazi or Nazism 202 times, fascism or fascist 193 times, Hitler 147 times, and Joseph Goebbels 24 times. Not unlike the virulently homophobic politician or pastor who is caught with a male escort, perhaps Beck’s obsession with Nazis reflects a hypocritical admiration for them. After all, he has hosted white supremacists, secessionists and defenders of slavery on his program. On his Twitter page, he listed a white supremacist website as among his favorites.

Beck’s latest hit job on George Soros is classic anti-Semitism, and is disturbing for a number of reasons. For one, he chose the 72nd anniversary of Kristallnacht—the infamous pogrom against Jews throughout Nazi Germany—to make his comments. During Kristallnacht, which means “Night of Broken Glass,” mobs of storm trooper thugs destroyed 7,000 Jewish businesses, burned over 900 synagogues to the ground, and murdered 91 Jews. 30,000 Jewish men were shipped to concentration camps. Announced by Nazi Propaganda Minister Goebbels, this pogrom laid the groundwork for Germany’s decision to remove Jews from public life.

Further, Beck’s depiction of Soros as an enabler of Nazi murder represents a classic example of anti-Semitism and Holocaust revisionism. And the “puppet master” analogy is a variation on the “Jewish conspiracy” theme, the Jew as usurer and villain. In Beck’s twisted mind, Soros is Shylock the ruthless moneylender in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, or Fagin the Jew in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, a man who deals in stolen goods and leads a gang of pickpocketing young boys.

Elan Steinberg, vice president of the The American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants, said that Beck’s charges are “monstrous,” and “go to the heart of the instrumentalization and trivialization of the Holocaust.” Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said that Beck’s statement was “completely inappropriate and offensive,” adding that “For a political commentator or entertainer to have the audacity to say, there’s a Jewish boy sending Jews to death camps, that’s horrific. It’s totally off limits and over the top.”

But just weeks earlier on October 22, Foxman had written a letter to Beck, calling him a “friend of Israel,” and apologizing for an ADL mailer that “inadvertently misidentified you on a list of celebrities who made anti-Semitic statements over the past year.” And on October 13, the ADL presented an award to Rupert Murdoch, Beck’s boss, “for his stalwart support of Israel and his commitment to promoting respect and speaking out against anti-Semitism.” In his acceptance speech, Murdoch announced that the most virulent forms of anti-Semitism come from the left, often dressed up as legitimate criticism of Israel. That day, the ADL released its blacklist of the so-called top 10 anti-Israel groups in America, all of whom are leftwing civil rights and human rights groups critical of the occupation of the Palestinians. On the list is Jewish Voice For Peace— a progressive Jewish group whose advisors include respected rabbis in the American Jewish community, and prominent Jewish Americans such as actor Ed Asner and journalist Naomi Klein.

Old-guard Jewish organizations such as the ADL and AIPAC have entered into a marriage of convenience with the American conservative movement, thereby enabling anti-Semites like Glenn Beck. That marriage has turned into a Faustian bargain. The ADL and others court the Christian Right for their so-called “pro-Israel” stand, although evangelical support for Israel is based on the belief that all Jews will die when Jesus Christ returns. Critics of Israel’s hard-right, ultra-Orthodox coalition government— including anti-occupation and pro-Palestinian rights groups— are branded as “anti-Semites.” Progressive pro-Israel, pro-peace Jewish groups such as J Street are branded as self-haters. Shutting down debate stalls the peace process and undermines everyone, including American Jews, the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Meanwhile, Fox News holds onto Beck as its useful idiot, albeit a dangerous one. Fox is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Republican Party, or vice versa. It is no secret that Murdoch has given truckloads of money to the GOP, and that Fox is the official Tea Party network. And it is no secret that as Beck pimped the legacy of Martin Luther King, he also partnered with the Tea Party corporate front group FreedomWorks to elect extremist-right candidates.

All of us should be concerned about Glenn Beck’s verbal assault on George Soros and his mocking of the Holocaust. Yet, this is more than a Jewish issue. We live in a time of scapegoats, the “other,” including Muslims, Arabs, Latino immigrants, and the LGBT community. Hard economic times do that to “civilized” societies. People need someone, anyone to blame for their misfortunes. And they delude themselves into believing that once the “other” is eliminated, their problems will disappear.

Kristallnacht was the culmination of a campaign of racist rhetoric against a group of people. This led to full-scale violence against that group, and laws designed to bring about their civil and physical death. The Glenn Becks in a given society are the propagandists that get the process going. They soften up the public through media manipulation, and make their audience receptive to the persecution of others.

David A. LoveSo, how long will Glenn Beck last? Certainly, he is important to Fox News as their money-maker, their rising star. But one should remember that when stars turn into black holes, they can destroy everything in their path, even light. With a successful boycott effort causing Beck’s sponsors to drop like flies, we must ask if this latest chapter will prove to be his undoing.

David A Love

Reprinted with permission from the Black Commentator.



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  1. Mordechai says

    This article was “Reprinted with permission from the Black Commentator.” Well, isn’t that a case of the pot calling the kettle black! One needs to look no further than “The Black Commentator” to find a whole treasure trove of disgusting Antisemitism. And, of course, such drivel was retransmitted (like a virus) by The L.A. Progressive.

    It’s interesting that the New American Nazi Party — er, “Progressives” — constantly accuse Glenn Beck of being a racist Antisemite without any shred of evidence, yet they continuously ignore their own blatant culture of racist Antisemitism that supports sales of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” and “Mein Kampf” among other virulently Antisemitic and Anti-Israeli rags at their own “Progressive” rallies, like that unionist hate fest hosted on the National Mall back in October. David A. Love is a thinly veiled Antisemite like the editors of The L.A. Progressive and so many of his other pals in the Progressive movement.

  2. Indepdent_thinker says

    Interesting article, but without any balance or common sense. Beck is a commentator and has just as much credibility as Rush Limbaugh, Rachael Maddow, Mike Malloy and others. We turn to these folks for commentary and not news and we should as independent citizens take everything we hear “with a grain of salt”. And I find it particularly telling that most of the commentors on your article can’t tell the different between a news program and a commentary program. Should be place red letters at the bottom for those to ill educated to tell the difference?

    Your article advocates he should be fired from Fox for something he said on his radio show which is not controlled by Fox (Clear Channel). And if this is your standard that you must be removed for the first mistake in fact on a commentary the radio waves would be rather silent. Your next point is about the term “Nazi”; I would ask you to monitor say Mike Malloy for say 22 months and see how many times he uses the word Nazi or maybe listen to Ed Schultz and you will get a number far far higher than Beck’s. I listened to an podcast from Mike Malloy this weekend and I would easily say that he used the word Nazi several dozen times in just one broadcast. Or maybe go over to Democratic Underground and do a term search for the “Nazi”. I did and came up with 37,900 references. A similar check on Free Republic came up with less than 50 references in the past 18 months.

    Your debate is rather weak and one-sided. If you wish to win against Glenn Beck – beat him on ideas. Yelling racist is a very weak and ineffective argument.

    I look forward to any and all reasoned debate and argument. I am about right and wrong, not left and right. We are too quick to support those who share our political philosophy. We should debate and choose the best. Who cares from where the idea originates.

  3. CTPatriot says

    Fantastic piece of work that covers much of what is wrong with Glenn Beck and the propaganda emanating from Fox “News”. What is most ironic to me is how the comments have been so overrun with Beck’s true believers, the ignorant tea bagging morons who have no ability whatsoever to separate fact from fiction. These are the people who call Obama a socialist, marxist, etc., and the ones who think that Glenn Beck, who decries government constraints on banksters, as a champion of the little guy. They are the people who point fingers at Soros as some kind of liberal puppet master while conveniently ignoring conservative “puppet masters” like Richard Melon Scaife, Rupert Murdoch and the Koch brothers, who have invested billions in developing the right wing echo chamber that tea baggers now inhabit.

    One has to wonder why they have ventured out of their echo chamber to a progressive media site like this. Judging by their comments, it wasn’t to learn and engage, it was to demean and bully the left, like the brown shirted thugs that they are. Just another reason why articles like David Love’s, which expose the lies and manipulations of the right, are so important.

    • in_awe says

      “ignorant tea bagging morons”
      “have no ability whatsoever to separate fact from fiction”
      “it wasn’t to learn and engage, it was to demean and bully the left”
      “like the brown shirted thugs that they are”

      Ok @CTPatriot, thank you for your cogent remarks – I certainly have learned much about progressives and their values from them. You obviously have won the debate through your superior ideas.

  4. marshall says

    Dick I notice that most of your writers are in the progressive camp. I give you credit that you allow the other camp to write their opinons in response, so I guess that is fair. merry Christmas

  5. Bobbi says

    Well said… I am hopeful enough people will come out of the brain fog and look at what is really happening in our country. There are so many issues this nation is being slammed with.

    1) Illegal immigration – how many billions does this cost the tax payers every year, in housing, food stamps (cards), education, jobs that are being taken away from legal citizens… and the legal costs?

    2) The UN 1992 Kyoto Protocol agreement… Agenda 21 is being implemented and our freedoms are being eroded away with the implementation of Agenda 21.

    3) The Health Care bill that was passed and our Congress did not even take the time to read this massive piece of legislation prior to them passing it. Plus they excluded themselves from being ruled under the law.

    4) Another massive piece of legislation that was passed… The Finance Reform bill who does this really benefit? The people or the banks…

    As a wise statesman once said, “You have a Republic, if you can keep it.”

  6. Bob says

    Dick,

    You have some really amazing pieces — unfortunately amazing for their disconnection from reality. If I were an instructor of rhetoric, this particular piece would be a classic to dissect as an example of confabulation, and a whole host of logical fallacies, all to make a point which, when examined on the actual facts, shows that Mr. Love has created a wonderful straw man, which he tries to demolish. He puts Glenn Beck’s name on the straw man so that we might believe that the straw man is Glenn Beck (and Glenn Beck is soooooo unpopular with the left) that many will lap this up and think it’s truth.

    Using all these fun trigger words and catchphrases: “Holocaust”, “Anti-Semite”, “Racist”. What a gas.

    The position that simply because Soros is a Holocaust survivor makes him sacrosanct is in itself simply ridiculous. Bringing up the past to show how he acted in the past being not much different from the present — well, that would be relevant, wouldn’t it? The Holocaust was terrible. If you excuse Soros for his behavior, would you have to excuse the German soldiers who were just doing what they had to do to survive?

    The leftist fantasy world sounds wonderful, except that there have been no leftist workers’ paradises — only tyrannies controlled by a power-hungry (and rich) elite. The examples have been out there for decades. Get a grip and look at reality. Eastern Europe left Communism for a very good reason.

  7. Fred Farkle says

    I don’t watch Beck often, but when I do see him, he is always standing up for the little guy, he appears to respect each individual no matter their genetic bundle, and he understands how oppressive the regressive left is. He appears to truly revere the the principles embodied in the US constitution, and wants our lawmakers to abide by it. I agree with that completely.

    It used to be that liberals stood for liberty and freedom. Those people are gone, and today we see nothing on the left but marxists, socialists, statists, authoritarians of all stripes, who cry for bigger government, with no limits.

    You leftists are supporting tyranny. No matter how pure you think your motives are, or how wonderful your egalitarian dreams may be, your methods are inhumane, and effectively racist. You have created a vast surly black underclass since the sixties, you have skyrocketed black bastardy and the breakdown of family cohesiveness. You have destroyed our first-class education system, especially for the blacks. And now you are doing the same thing to millions of hispanics.

    All with the purest of intentions, I’m sure.

    George Soros is clearly one of these people, and he is subverting the constitution and corrupting the country, as I’ve described above, with his money funneled into statist operations.

    Doesn’t matter where he was born, or what religion his daddy was – Soros is evil, and I’m glad Beck sees it and says so.

    The whole world has always been organized on the tribal spoils system, and the problems and injustices are ancient and obvious. But America was founded on liberty for the individual, and that crucial principle has allowed the greatest country on earth to bloom into flower. It’s created more wealth, lifted more people out of poverty, helped more people give and receive charity, and be healthier and happier than any place the world has ever seen.

    That’s why everybody wants to come here. All because people who are free, will energetically invent and build, and there will be plenty to share.

    But you marxist control freaks still think the old racist tribalism with all its group identities and grievances is the answer. You are wrong. Your ideas are regressive, backwards, and destructive.

    Yeah, Beck seems a bit of a clown to me, but his ideas are more humane and enlightened. The record of history is clear, on that there can be no doubt.

    Capitalism is not perfect, but it’s the best, most free, most humane system ever invented. If we are wise we will use our powers to keep the players honest to keep the information accessible, so all the little guys can have the best chance possible to make their own success.

    And since not everyone will be a winner, it is up to each of us, individually, to give and share what we can for the good of all. Taking from one person, by force, to give to another, is wrong. No matter what your motive, using government force to achieve your generous objectives is wrong. It creates poverty and resentment and oppression – and it always devolves into tyranny. But, isn’t that obvious – just look around. Your welfare state is crashing all around you. Great misery is coming because of what you and your ancient freedom-killing ideas have done.

  8. says

    If Glenn Beck disagrees with Soros, he should stick to what the man is doing and saying now. THAT should be the issue. For Beck to reach into a horrendous period of our world history and distort what Soros did AS A CHILD for the sake of survival is unnecessary and unconscionable. Shame on Beck.

    “Opinion guy” or not, Beck presents himself as a fact-deliverer, oftentimes appearing in front of a chalkboard/whiteboard as a teacher or scholar would. As a longtime educator and current university teacher, I cringe at the symbolism of this academia that he tries to connect to himself. I have seen too many episodes of Beck’s show wherein his double standards and hypocrisy, not to mention his sheer and reckless hate-mongering and character assassinations, do nothing to edify. They only exacerbate the destructive divisiveness in our society. Shame on Beck again. For someone who claims to be a patriot and love his country, he seems bent on tearing it apart by hook or crook. Unfortunately, it seems too often to be “crook.”

  9. Elaine says

    I agree with most of what the Conservatives say in response to David Love’s article. It is obvious that this mans last name does not represent any part of him. At least Glen Beck researches what information he gives you, to make sure it is right, but David Love listens to people that do not even watch Glen Beck and if they do they have twisted and darn out right lied about what he is saying.
    George Soros may be Jewish by birth, but he hates the Jews and he claims to be an Atheist. I believe him. He hates our country, our Democracy and Republic and freedom. He just stated it is about time
    that Americans began to loose some of their privileges so he is going to try take us down and put us up under the UN and help Obama move us right on into the Global One World Order. So David Love you are a good for nothing lying, poop stirring, man that should spend some time learning what the truth is and stop lying to the American public. You are an embarrassment to us all.

  10. david locke says

    scumbag Nazi collaborator You mental midgets you losers Citizenwrong, you make such a compelling case. thanks for your extremely intelligent comments.

  11. racetoinfinity says

    It’s amazing to me that the conservative commenters posting here now can’t see how twisted Beck’s speech is. David Love is not spinning anything.

  12. says

    Help me understand how being a holocaust surviver makes you sacrocanct or how it is ever progressive to call for suppression of expression. David Love, we have as much to fear from you as we do the KKK.

  13. marshall says

    Love and Degan said just what I thought they would, they made up facts out of their opinions. I think Beck also makes facts out of his opinion but that is was opinion guys/gals do, write what they think and not what is, so Beck is the same as Love and Degan, he just spins the bowl in the other direction. The other two gave a more factual account.

  14. in_awe says

    Beck did not (in your words) mock the Holocaust. You made this assertion and never delivered a shred of evidence that it happened. Beck’s issue with Soros is not his religion, but his political positions and behind the scenes influence of so many liberal and progressive politicians, foundations, organizations and activities.

    Why should a conservative commentator refrain from attacking the modern day machinations of someone who is diametrically opposed to conservatism? Why should Soros’ survival of the Holocaust 65 years ago provide him with some form of immunity from criticism for his action sof the past 3 decades?

    The web of Soros’ involvement in the current administration and left wing organizations is buttressed by his financial backing of them. In effect he controls the purse strings of many of the most influential left wing groups. Perhaps “puppet master” is the appropriate description of the man.

  15. says

    It always saddens me to see a “Child Left Behind” – all grown up. Glenn Beck would be a text book case. Last year on his unintentionally uproarious FOX Noise program, Beck told his television audience:

    “First they came for the bankers, and I did not speak up because I was not a banker. Then they came for the A.I.G. executives, and I did not speak up because I was not an A.I.G executive.”

    He then looked the camera dead in the eye and ominously told his clueless viewers that eventually “they” (He never specified exactly who “they” were) would be coming for them. It was a gross perversion of the famous Martin Niemoller poem. It was a none-too-subtle effort to compare the Obama Justice Department’s prosecution of corporate criminals to Hitler’s persecution of the Jews seventy years ago. Nice.

    alf-witted ideologues are a dime a dozen. What separates Glenn Beck from his peers is the fact that he is doing some serious damage to the country he professes to love so much. For all of the comparisons to the Nazis he likes to make with regard to Liberals, Beck’s program has much in common with Adolf Hitler’s 1923 screed, Mein Kampf. Eighty-six years ago, Hitler attempted to arouse the anger of his fellow Germans by spouting half truths and utter nonsense – exactly what Glenn Beck is doing in 2009. So much of the insane dialogue that has been spewed forth at these Town Hall meetings across the country in recent weeks might have been lifted straight from a transcript of any of Beck’s programs.

    Beck and his twisted ilk have done the seemingly impossible. They have deflected the blame for America’s current economic distress toward Barack Obama. An incredible feat when you take into consideration the fact that the President is one of the few people in government today whose guilt in the matter is almost nil. They have also let loose with a vengeance the very worst angels of the American nature. Opening this Pandora’s box was relatively easy. Closing it might prove to be a bit of a problem.

    Deep in their hearts
    They do believe
    That they shall undermine someday….

    http://www.tomdegan.blopspot.com

    Tom Degan

    • racetoinfinity says

      Obviously, Beck must believe some of it – he must have at least part of his mind embedded in pre-rational, backward, ethnocentric irrationality and reactionary darkness, (the process of attributing Nazism to (an)other[s], when one is in denial about one’s own fascination and attraction to it, is projection, and it seems pretty clear he’s unconsciously doing that), but I wonder how much (or even IF) he is aware that it’s drivel, and, also, how much if any collaboration there is between him and the corporate plutocrats like Murdoch and the Koch Bros. and a relative handful of others who wield enormous influence in our sadly paid-for society/culture and benefit from his rabble-rousing misdirection of awareness and energy?

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