Fox Host’s Use of Holocaust Imagery Incurs Wrath of Rabbis; 400 Sign Letter of Protest to Rupert Murdoch

Jan 27, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A Fox News host is the focus of a protest letter signed by 400 rabbis, who are calling on the network to sanction the host for his repeated use of Nazi and Holocaust imagery and for airing attacks on World War II survivor George Soros, reports Reuters.

The letter to Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of Fox News parent News Corp., targets Glenn Beck, also asking for an apology from Fox News chief Roger Ailes for calling Beck’s Jewish critics "left-wing rabbis," the story notes.

The rabbis have paid more than $100,000 to print the letter in an advertisement in Thursday’s editions of the News Corp.-owned Wall Street Journal.

"This group is a George Soros-backed left-wing political organization that has been trying to engage Glenn Beck primarily for publicity purposes," said Fox News senior vice president of development Joel Cheatwood, who added he hadn’t seen the ad, the story says.

The rabbis charge that Beck has made "literally hundreds of on-air references to the Holocaust and Nazis when characterizing people with whom he disagrees," and that he has said putting the "common good" first leads to "death camps," the story notes.

"You diminish the memory and meaning of the Holocaust when you use it to discredit any individual or organization you disagree with. That is what Fox News has done in recent weeks, and it is not only ‘left-wing rabbis’ who think so," the letter reads.

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