Commentary editorial on Beck’s Soros-Holocaust obsession

I’ve always been mixed about Glen Beck. Several years ago, I wrote a review of a book he wrote before he was a nationally known figure – I took issue with his phrasing “real America” and “real Americans,” and, to be a complete snob about it, I thought the books was poorly written.

Anyway, I caught a few glimpses of Beck going after Soros … all week long. What I didn’t catch, apparently, was Beck critiquing Soros’s actions as a Jewish teenager during the age of the Third Reich. Pretty nasty stuff, so much so that Commentary took him to task and then some:

But whatever actually happened, as even Beck stated, Soros was just “surviving” an impossible situation, and it is simply inadmissible for anyone to speak in a judgmental fashion about his conduct or to demand “remorse.” Beck is no position to pontificate about the conduct of Holocaust survivors and should refrain from even commenting about this subject. In fact, Soros has himself discussed his experiences openly, and most of what we know about this comes directly from him. Throwing these events in his face is, as Anti-Defamation League National Director Abe Foxman stated, “completely inappropriate, offensive and over the top.” Such topics really must be off-limits, even in the take-no-prisoners world of contemporary punditry.

Beck has become a radio and television phenomenon whose ability to tap into people’s fears and suspicions about media and political elites has made him a star. But as the Nov. 10 broadcast in question shows, his willingness to wade into subjects about which he knows little makes him appear both silly and ill-intentioned. When discussing Soros’s father’s belief in Esperanto, a pre-World War II movement that sought to create a worldwide language and universal government (which Beck incorrectly called “Esperanza”), he made it sound like this bunch of ineffectual do-gooder pacifists was a coequal threat to freedom with Communism and the Nazis. Their idea was foolish, but to treat them as if they belonged to an international conspiracy reflects a lack of context and knowledge about the era.

via Soros Is No Good Guy, but Beck’s Holocaust Remarks Are Dead Wrong.

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