Posted by By Eric Epstein at 28 February, at 14 : 50 PM
Charlie Sheen is not Mel Gibson. He is not a Vietnam veteran. He is not a Wall Street tycoon.
He’s a mess.
Frankly, I’m embarrassed for his family and disgusted by the spectacle. His daily reality show needs to be canceled so we make room for real issues like democracy and wars in the Middle East or the price of food, electricity and gas. Of course, that type of real reality does not move product.
While folks try to psychoanalyze Charlie Sheen from their in-house vegetable garden, the more offensive American version of Mel Gibson gets a free pass to defile history.
Glen Beck is Elmer Gantry and Father Coughlin wrapped into a lean, mean crying machine pushing gold bars to couch-huggers.
Beck is also keen on relativizing the Holocaust.
Many folks may be vaguely aware of Glen Beck’s march down Third Reich lane when he spent several days debunking a myth he helped massage regarding FEMA’s operation of a concentration camp system.
Beck and Fox News have created a cottage industry of vilifying opponents by referring them to as Nazis or comparing their ideological crimes to the Holocaust.
Beck opened a new front in his quest to demonize the enemy on February 25, 2011. Beck charged that “reformed rabbis are generally political in nature almost like Islam – radicalized Islam in a way to where radicalized Islam is less about religion than it is about politics.”
Good thing he wasn’t referring to the Moral Majority, the PTL Club or the Christian Nuclear Fellowship. I know how many folks on the right loathe mixing politics and religion.
Beck’s missive came after a group of 400 rabbis took out a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal rebuking Beck and Fox News for comments he made about George Soros’ role in the Holocaust.
In a way, this is old news. Ads and protestations have been taken out in other publications over the years rebuking Beck for this tripe. But Beck has yet to pay a price for his imitation of Joe McCarthy.
Millions of Americans were tuned in to Mr. Beck’s more recent revisionist rants. How many nod in approval or absorb the verbal abuse without deploying a distortion filter?
Glen is a big deal for making up history.
Glen Beck is the big lie.
George Soros survived the Holocaust in Hungary. A nation where 435,000 Jews were murdered with meticulous precision from March 1944 until August when the Auschwitz death machine tuned its poison on the Roma family camps.
These were real people; not Nielsen ratings.
Don’t look now, but Hungary’s current political climate is ripe for Glen Beck’s demagoguery. The Jewish grip on the media must be slipping.
According to Glen Beck’s reading of history, Mr. Soros, a liberal Jew, “used to go around with this anti-Semite and deliver papers to the Jews and confiscate their property and them ship them off. And George Soros ws part of it. He would help confiscate the stuff. It was frightening. Here’s a Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps.” (November 11, 2011)
Fact check. George Soros worked for the Jewish Council or the Judenrat. Judenrats were created in Nazi-occupied Europe to organize all facets of Jewish life in ghettos from Amsterdam to Minsk. They were governed by a Council of Elders. Many Judenrats served as a spoke for resistance. Some Judenrats were co-opted by Adolf Eichmann, and forced into the excruciating position of drawing up lists for deportation.
Children like young George, who was 14, were dispatched to serve the deportation notices. The Nazis then sent the council members and the Jewish police and their children to death camps. There was no commercial break. There was no happy ending.
Mr. Soros survived in hiding and accompanied the Hungarian official who was protecting him to “inventorize” an estate of a Jewish family. Of course, young George could have turned himself over to the Nazis, denounced “this anti-Semite”, and succeeded in killing himself and the family that hid him.
What would Glen Beck have done? Probably cry.
This is not the blathering of a drunk actor. This is a national, prime time opinion maker accusing a liberal Jew of aiding and abetting Adolf Eichmann while placing Jews on trains to Auschwitz after he stole their property.
So a 14-year old circumcised Jew in hiding spent his spare time organizing the deportations of Hungarian Jews while expropriating their property.
Really?! It sounds like an insanity plea at Nuremberg rather than a bizarre lecture from a media star.
What’s next? Why not blame Irving Berlin for writing “Horst Wessel”? Maybe Glen thinks the Jews burned down the Reichstag and faked Kristallnacht? Perhaps Fox News will produce a docudrama on how the Jews bombed Pearl Harbor; they can cast Mel Gibson as FDR.
Can you imagine the waves of outrage that would result from a Jewish newscaster scribbling a cartoon of Muhammad? Accusing the Vatican of child abuse? Or, asking the IRS to audit Bob Jones University?
But Glen’s rantings produce ratings, and his defense team is unwritten by Rupert Murdoch and stars Roger Ailes.
Remember Rog from the Lodge? Mr. Ailes was media consultant to Presidents Nixon, Reagan and Bush 2. He is the president of Fox News.
On November 16, 2010, Mr. Ailes defended Mr. Beck’s flippant destruction of history and frequent use of the terms Holocaust and Nazi, and ascribed the criticism to “left-wing rabbis who basically don’t think anybody can use the word ‘Holocaust’ on the air.”
The following day, Mr. Fair and Balanced alleged that NPR was a Nazi organization. “They have a kind of Nazi attitude. They are the left- wing of Nazism.” Ailes, Beck and Fox are committed to the media theology that liberals and progressives and Jews are laying the foundation for a new iteration of world domination. In the old days, we dismissed this nonsense as a Czarist fabrication better known as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Who new Russian fiction would enjoy a widespread audience on American television.
Beck’s recent apology comparing rabbis to radical Islamists is not enough. He can not undue the collective harm he has caused by his causal dismissal of “other” peoples’ sufferings.
I don’t want Beck to resign. Nor do I want his show canceled, I would like to see him compete against a fourth grade history student.
What I do want is for Americans to get off their couch, do their homework and hold Mr. Beck accountable.
How is it America won World War II and Americans lost the battle for memory.
The Nazi Party – or the NSDAP – was the National Socialist German Workers Party. The NSDAP is an acronym formed from the syllable “NAtional” and the second syllable “SoZIalist.”
The Nazis controlled the media.
The Nazis abolished unions.
The Nazi created a police state.
The Nazis took over the courts
The Nazis designed their own church.
The Nazis believed a woman’s place was in the home producing children with blue eyes and blond hair.
The Nazis also hated immigrants, progressives, Masons, monarchists, Royalists, the homeless, defeatists, pacifists, Spanish Republicans, Czech democrats, homosexuals, “race defilers,” Jehovah’s Witnesses, liberals, communists, socialists, Albert Einstein, Joe Louis, Mickey Mouse, modern art, jazz, Blacks, Russians, Poles, Slavs, the mentally ill and physically disabled, and all 11 million Jews that lived in Europe.
Fellow citizens, be careful in what you believe. “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” Voltaire
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