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Fox News Backs Beck In Face Of Anti-Semitism Charges

Reported by Ellen - November 12, 2010 -

As I previously posted, Jewish and other religious leaders have vehemently protested Glenn Beck's recent attacks on George Soros, suggesting, among other things, that he was a Nazi collaborator. But Fox News has apparently turned a deaf ear on those concerns and is standing behind Beck. At least in public. At least so far.

The New York Times reported yesterday,

Fox stood by Mr. Beck. Joel Cheatwood, a senior vice president at Fox News, said in a statement Thursday afternoon that the “information regarding Mr. Soros’s experiences growing up were taken directly from his writings and from interviews given by him to the media, and no negative opinion was offered as to his actions as a child.”

The Times also notes that Daily Beast writer Michelle Goldberg called Beck's attacks "a symphony of anti-Semitic dog-whistles." She also wrote, "Nothing like it has ever been on American television before."

Anti-Defamation League director Abraham Foxman is one of the Jewish leaders who has condemned Beck's attacks. Citing one of our posts, Think Progress noted that in the past, Fox News made a point of trumpeting and overblowing Foxman's concerns when he spoke out in a measured way against the so-called Ground Zero mosque.

This time, Foxman has been far more emphatic as have other Jewish leaders. Yet Fox has turned what seems to be a deaf ear to their concerns.

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