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Fox “News” Insults 400 Rabbis, Calls Them Soros Puppets

Reported by Aunty Em - January 28, 2011 -

There seems to be a growing consensus that heated political rhetoric using Nazi and Holocaust allusions to denigrate and demean political opponents is not kosher. That’s why I am uncomfortable calling Fox “News” the Nazi Network, but there it is. In my entire 58.5 years I have never heard as many references to Nazis and the Holocaust as I have on just one so-called news network—going all the way back to the days when I was called a “Christ killer” and “kike” while walking past Immaculate Heart of Mary School (now the Michigan Technical Academy), which I had to do daily to get to Bow Elementary School, as they were directly across the street from each other. Yet, if it’s not Glenn Beck or Bill O’Reilly making the Nazi comparisons, it’s Megyn Kelly denying that there are Nazi comparisons on Fox, or Loofah Lad O’Reilly defending his right to use Nazi imagery, or Roger Ailes saying that it’s only “left-wing” rabbis who get upset at these comparisons and also comparing NPR to Nazis (for which he later apologized). That’s why it was interesting to see the response of Fox “News” to the open letter to Rupert Murdock yesterday (01-27-11), signed by 400 rabbis, calling on the Nazi Network to rein in Glenn Beck and Roger Ailes on their Nazi and Holocaust rhetoric. While it was a no-brainer that the response would be swift and dismissive, what was unexpected was that the terse 28-word statement circled back to Beck’s original claim that George Soros is “The Puppet Master” and insulted the 400 rabbis who signed the open letter as just more of Soros’ unthinking, unwitting puppets.

According to News Corpse, in an article titled “The Unmitigated Hate of Fox News,” Mark writes:

Joel Cheatwood, senior vice president of development for Fox News, took a confrontational stance that proved once again that Fox News is committed to an agenda of hate. He said…
“We haven’t seen the ad, but this group is a George Soros backed left-wing political organization that has been trying to engage Glenn Beck primarily for publicity purposes.”

As Mark points out the 400 rabbis are “from a diverse spectrum of congregations, from reform to orthodox. They include liberals and conservatives and they have no organizational affiliation other than their common faith and a shared disgust for those who tarnish the memory of their families and heritage.”

Yet Cheatwood’s response not only has the 400 rabbis marching in lockstep, but denigrates them as fame-seeking puppets of George Soros. Just like the back and forth of the “Nazi Rhetoric Diaries” explained by Ellen, I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of this controversy on the Nazi Network.

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