Helen Thomas was ambushed by a right wing James O’Keefe style Rabbi and was forced to retire. You have to be careful what you say and Helen probably should have retired years ago anyway. But Glenn Beck has not been ambushed but that has not stopped him from recommending crazy right winger W. Cleon Skousen and now Nazi sympathizer Elizabeth Dilling.
On his radio show today, Glenn Beck heralded and promoted the work of Nazi sympathizer Elizabeth Dilling, who spoke at rallies hosted by the leading American Nazi group and praised Hitler. Today, Dilling is heralded by White Supremacists and White Aryans who revere her “fearless” work against Jewish people.
As Media Matters’ Simon Maloy noted, Beck had kind words for Dilling’s 1934 anti-communist book, The Red Network, saying: “This is a book — and I’m a getting a ton of these — from people who were doing what we’re doing now. We now are documenting who all of these people are. Well, there were Americans in the first 50 years of this nation that took this seriously, and they documented it.” Maloy noted that Dilling has a long history of rabid Antisemitism, such as calling President Eisenhower “Ike the Kike” and labeling President Kennedy’s New Frontier program the “Jew frontier.”
Now I doubt that Beck had ever read Dilling or knew anything about her – it was just another prop for his rodeo clown show. But he did promote a known anti-semite. Should he be forced to resign? And what about FOX? David Neiwert:
It’s really very simple: If Fox News continues to employ Glenn Beck after this, it will forever after be known as a TV network that employs an apologist and advocate for Nazism.
If so, it will have irrevocably proven itself to be not a news organization, but a propaganda organ for the worst kind of racial and ethnic hatred known to man. It’s pretty close to that judgment now.
Cross posted at Newshoggers