Thursday, January 27, 2011

400 Rabbis Call on Rupert Murdoch to Sanction Beck, Ailes

In a full-page ad in today's Wall Street Journal, 400 rabbis from progressive group Jewish Funds for Justice called on Rupert Murdoch to request that
"Glenn Beck be sanctioned by Fox News for his completely unacceptable attacks on a survivor of the Holocaust and Roger Ailes apologize for his dismissive remarks about rabbis' sensitivity to how the Holocaust is used on the air."
The letter specifically cites Beck's recent three-day attack on progressive billionaire and Holocaust survivor George Soros and Fox News boss Roger Ailes' subsequent defense of Beck, in which Ailes claimed that the only people Beck's remarks had upset were "left-wing rabbis who basically don't think that anybody can ever use the word, Holocaust, on the air." The letter follows up efforts by Jewish Funds for Justice, which we covered a few weeks ago, to keep Beck off the air in New York City after Beck's radio program was dropped by conservative talk radio network WOR.

In other Beck news, in perhaps one of the clown prince of conservatism's most bizarre on-air moments, Beck employed his renowned cryptography skills this week to decode the Top Secret Muslim Agenda behind the President's State of the Union address. Beck's use of race and religion-baiting is itself nothing new, but this segment in particular deserves some attention, as Beck's props happen to include a live rabbit and a chainsaw.

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