Nevermind the fact that Glenn Beck is bullying a 78-year-old professor, inciting death threats against her. That offense doesn’t even make the newspaper today as Business Insider points us to a full-page Wall Street Journal ad demanding Fox News and Roger Ailes “sanction” Beck. It comes via the Jewish Funds For Justice, “including the heads of the Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements as well as prominent Orthodox rabbis.”
The letter cites Beck’s “literally hundreds of on-air references to the Holocaust and Nazis,” which the host uses to bring down people he doesn’t like. It’s something like Godwin’s Law on TV, every day. And the rabbis will no longer stand for it:
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.
It is because this issue has a profound impact on each of us, our families and our communities that we are calling on Fox News to meet the standard it has set for itself: “to exercise the ultimate sensitivity when referring to the Holocaust.”
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.
For his part, Ailes said the only people upset were “left-wing rabbis who basically don’t think that anybody can ever use the word ‘Holocaust’ on the air.” None of these rabbis should be holding their breath. See the whole ad below, via BI.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 27, 2011