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  • Thursday, January 27, 2011

    Top American Rabbis Take on Fox News

    Many of us have been angry at Fox News for years for their constant comparisons between liberals and Nazis, a completely irresponsiible and stupid comparison...not to mention DEEPLY offensive to Jews and other groups who were targeted by Nazi genocide.

    Now some of the top rabbis in America are finally fed up with Fox News and its offensive trivialization of the Holocaust. From the Washington Post:

    A coalition of rabbis wants Fox News chief Roger Ailes and conservative host Glenn Beck to cut out all their talk about Nazis and the Holocaust...

    The ad is signed by the heads of the Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements as well as Orthodox rabbis.

    "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," says the ad, signed by hundreds of rabbis and placed by the Jewish Funds for Justice, a nonprofit advocacy group. Earlier this month, the group organized a letter-writing campaign asking Murdoch to remove Beck from the air.

    The rabbis were prompted by Beck's three-part program in November about liberal billionaire philanthropist George Soros, whom Beck described as a "Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps" during World War II...

    "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," says the ad. "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."


    So...will Fox News stop its offensive trivialization of the Holocaust or will they continue their pattern of right wing extremism and whipping up intolerance and violence?


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