Glenn Beck’s Bigotry Goes After Muslims and Jews

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beck fists.jpgI wish Beck could be just laughed off.
He’s absurd, ignorant, poisonous — but also dangerous. He does have an audience, some of which is obnoxiously pugnacious and alarmingly coercive.
Today, Salon‘s Alex Pareene has a very good profile on Beck’s lunacy as he continues his Roger Ailes-sanctioned rant against George Soros and “reformed Judaism.
Beck says that “reformed Judaism” is basically akin to radical Islam.
Now, the Fox Network is aiming its bigotry at Jews as well as Muslims.
Pareene writes:


Glenn Beck said something stupid about Jewish people, today. Just FYI. On his radio program, while discussing George Soros, Beck says Reform Judaism is “almost like” “radicalized Islam.”
Glenn Beck has called Soros a Nazi collaborator and claimed that the man is bent on world domination, and now he is claiming that Reform Jews are not real Jews, because many of them tend to be liberal. Most surveys find that a plurality of American Jews are Reform, and Glenn Beck thinks they resemble religious extremists, because he does not consider them sufficiently spiritual.
Beck will almost certainly not be called on any of this by the Anti-Defamation League, the self-appointed arbiter of what should be considered anti-Semitic or not, because the head of the ADL is very, very good chums with Beck’s boss, Roger Ailes (a man who helped make virulent anti-Semite Richard Nixon president way back in the 1960s). When he utilized ancient and obvious anti-Semitic tropes to attack Soros in the first place, they gave him a pass because, they said, he “doesn’t understand” what he’s doing.

Here is the rest of Pareene’s piece.
— Steve Clemons

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9 comments on “Glenn Beck’s Bigotry Goes After Muslims and Jews

  1. Paul Norheim says:

    “The Most Disturbing Personality on Cable Television
    Peter Wehner 02.24.2011 – 9:37 AM
    In the past few weeks Glenn Beck has spoken about the coming caliphate that he believes is about to envelope
    most of the world. He then dilated on the anti-Christ with a man who says he has

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  2. Paul Norheim says:

    Well, now that even Jennifer Rubin has distanced herself from Glenn Beck, one may wonder
    who’s still a member of his fever swamp crowd?
    Rubin today: “Conservative groups and candidates should be forewarned: If they host, appear
    with or defend him they should be prepared to have his extremist views affixed to them.
    Fox News has every right to have whomever it wants on the air, but, likewise, conservatives
    have every right to and, indeed, should disassociate themselves from his brand of rhetoric.”
    More here:
    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-turn/2011/02/conservatives_be_forewarned.html

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  3. WigWag says:

    Is Glenn Beck the Charlie Sheen of the talking heads set?
    http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/sheen-assails-creator-of-two-and-half-men/?hp
    or
    Is Charlie Sheen the Glenn Beck of situation comedy?
    http://www.theatlantic.com/jeffrey-goldberg/

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  4. Paul Norheim says:

    I’m not entirely convinced by their arguments, but here it is anyway – Flynt and
    Hillary Mann Leverett’s Foreign Policy article “Obama is helping Iran”:
    “We take billionaire financier George Soros up on the bet he proffered to CNN’s
    Fareed Zakaria this week that “the Iranian regime will not be there in a year’s
    time.” In fact, we want to up the ante and wager that not only will the Islamic
    Republic still be Iran’s government in a year’s time, but that a year from now, the
    balance of influence and power in the Middle East will be tilted more decisively
    in Iran’s favor than it ever has been.”
    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/02/23/obama_is_helping_iran

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  5. questions says:

    Some interesting things from around the kosiverse:
    Fox flips poll results on union busting in Wisc.:
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/23/948814/-Fox-flips-poll-results-to-falsely-claim-Americans-support-union-busting
    How they keep on doing this shit and people still cite them, I do not know.
    Walker told he’ll lose fed funds….
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/23/948789/-Walker-informed-Wisconsin-could-lose-$46-million-in-federal-funds-with-anti-union%C2%A0bill
    ACA, CBO, budget estimates:
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/23/948023/-New-CBO-estimate-on-Affordable-Care-Act-and-deficits
    Wisconsin in headlines and polls, and lots of links to coverage. Walker has cornered himself the way that true believers do sometimes. Too much fervor and not enough real appreciation for what politics, compromise, and living with other people is really about. If Beck wants to see real radicalism (which is really a kind of rigidity of belief and self-righteous uncompromising insistence on the TRUTH, he should maybe look to the northern midwest. And then he should look to the other Repub govs who are suddenly in love with collective bargaining!!!!)
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/23/948963/-Public-opinion-about-Wisconsin-Lookatthe%C2%A0headlines
    And a little more from my kosarama, regarding the punking of Walker and what he said publicly and privately to “David Koch”:
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/23/948973/-Wisconsin:-Walker-claims-he-wasnt-trying%C2%A0to%C2%A0trick%C2%A0Democrats

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  6. Paul Norheim says:

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  7. dickerson3870 says:

    RE: Beck says Reform Judaism is “almost like” “radicalized Islam.” –
    Pareene
    MY SNARK:
    Hungarian Americans!
    First,

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  8. DonS says:

    Let’s change the subject, shall we, rapidly from Glen (the totally insane bigot) Beck’s attack on Reform Jews to — ta da — George Soros, the all purpose right wing punching bag.
    (BTW, calling Beck “stupid” is an undeserved compliment. Nice try)

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  9. Ben Rosengart says:

    I have long expected that if the U.S.-Israel alliance ever ends, the
    U.S. right wing would rediscover the “virtues” of anti-Semitism.
    The Nadines of the world will, I guess, be happy to give them
    cover.

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