Thursday, January 6, 2011

Keeping Beck Out of the Big Apple

Progressive group Jewish Funds for Justice launched a campaign this week to keep Glenn Beck’s radio show off the airwaves in New York City, following news that conservative talk radio network WOR dropped Beck's show, reportedly due to poor ratings.

From a statement released yesterday by Jewish Funds for Justice:
Simon Greer, president and CEO of Jewish Funds for Justice (JFSJ), applauded WOR’s decision to remove Mr. Beck from its programming. WOR is one of the nation’s leading conservative talk radio stations. Following WOR’s decision to remove Glenn Beck, JFSJ is calling on other New York City area radio stations to keep Glenn Beck off the air.

WOR’s decision to remove Glenn Beck tells me that even conservative listeners are rejecting Mr. Beck’s fear speech, anti-Semitism and Holocaust revisionism,” said Simon Greer, president and CEO of The Jewish Funds for Justice. “This should come as no surprise. For too long, Mr. Beck has been given a large megaphone for his hate mongering. Too often he has crossed the line of decency and blatantly demonized people he disagrees with. We believe that New York City, with its incredible diversity and large Jewish community, is rejecting Beck and we will encourage other radio stations to learn from WOR experience and not pick up his syndicated show.

Coupled with recent reports of dips in Beck’s television ratings, it’s enough to make one hope that folks are finally catching on to the fundamental bigotry underlying the clown prince of conservatism’s antics.

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