by Jeff Dunetz
From their perspective, Media Matters’ targeting of Glenn Beck is almost understandable, after all the radio host/TV commentator has been warning people how the progressive agenda is a danger to American freedom for a long time. He has also been exposing, George Soros, also known as “Spooky Dude” who is the Sugar Daddy for much of the progressive movement, including Media Matters.
What Media Matters doesn’t like to talk about is the fact that Soros is a major funder of the organization, most of the funding is indirect. Three different Soros charitable foundations, individual members of the Soros family, and the Geosor Corporation give hundreds of millions of dollars to The Open Society Institute (see page 18 of the Institute’s nonprofit tax return posted here). Open Society gives money to the Center for American Progress who gives money to Media Matters. Another Soros funded group that helps Media Matters is the Democracy Alliance, and recently Soros gave a large and public chunk of money to Media matters, calling it the “first ever” donation by the financier (except for all the other I suppose). Keep in mind that Media Matters is not required to list its donors, this information comes from the tax returns of the foundations that give it money, so there may be other donations not discovered.
Media Matters attacks on Beck have reached almost comic proportions—an incredible obsession. A search of Media Matters on site search engine reports the Soros-controlled media police posted 2,460 anti-Beck posts between January 4, 2010 and October 5th (the day before they began their strategy of trying to brand the Commentator as a Jew-hater. Let that number roll around in your mind for a second–2,460 posts in 274 days–that’s an average of nine posts a day and (if he didn’t miss a TV or radio show) 13 posts per program. It was obvious that either Media Matters and Mr. Soros had it in for Glenn Beck or someone has some sort of kinky crush on the Fox star.
Media Matters began a “Glenn Beck has a Jewish Problem” hit job in October when the the commentator dedicated a program to outlining George Soros’ political network and exposing Spooky Dude’s history of currency manipulation and it continues through today with the bogus charges of 400 rabbis, blessed by Media Matters and promoted by the Progressive mainstream media.
False charges of Antisemitism are a particular hot button of mine. As a Jew, every time I hear someone being bullied with false charges of Antisemitism I an compelled to offer a defense (usually that deflects the bully’s anger toward my direction).
That doesn’t mean I reject all charges of Antisemitism. When charges are valid I just vigorously attack the bigot, such as when my friend Rabbi Nessenoff asked me what to do with this little video he took of Helen Thomas. I quickly posted it on my site The Lid, at Big Journalism, gave it to Scott Baker who at the time was running Breitbart TV , sent out tweets and emails to most of the large sites. By the end of the day it was on radio and TV and the calls for Thomas’ head were all over the place, and my friend Rabbi Nessenoff’s face was all over the media.
In the case of Media Matters and Sugar-Daddy George’s progressive hit squad, branding Beck as Antisemitic was a brilliant strategy at times they brought back memories of the All in the Family episode where Mr. Rabinowitz, Archie Bunker’s attorney advised,
In a court of law, you can’t beat a station wagon filled with nuns!
Though in the case of Soros progressive hit squad, it was an open letter with 400 Rabbis.
Thankfully the attempt to brand Glenn Beck as an anti-Semite isn’t working for two reasons. First of all and most importantly it’s not true. As a regular listener of Beck’s radio show and a semi-regular viewer of his TV offerings, if there was the slightest hint of Antisemitism coming out of the Fox broadcaster’s mouth I would be attacking him relentlessly. Just as I continue to attack people like WFAN’s Mike Francesa and his former partner Chris Russo, who reacted to 9/11 by calling for Jews to take a loyalty oath.
The other mistake made by the Soros hit team lead by Media Matters was over reach. The few months have seen some of the the lamest allegations of Antisemitism made since biblical times, when God told Abraham to leave the Mesopotamian City of Ur the land of his birth, his kindred and his father’s house, move to the Holy Land to create the first “Jewish neighborhood.”
These, in my humble opinion are the lamest.1) Just What The Heck Were They Smoking? In early October Beck covered Soros’ history as a currency speculator whose sometimes underhanded dealing brought down the British pound sterling and an insider trading conviction in France . He had also been accused of triggering the economic meltdown of Southeast Asian currencies in 1997.
“rolled the dice in ‘97 in Asia, and many, including the Malaysian prime minister, believe it was billionaire speculator George Soros who helped trigger the economic meltdown that spread through Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.”
Media Matters turned this Beck program into Antisemitism with some pretty inventive and twisted logic. Try to follow this (if you can)— since Beck mentioned Soros was accused of doing underhanded dealing by the Malaysian Prime Minister—and since the Malaysian PM is a serial anti-Semite who once said Soros’ currency dealings were part of a Jewish conspiracy–and since Soros is Jewish—well then, that must mean Beck must be a Jew-hater who believes that Jews run the banks. Understand? No, I didn’t think so. Don’t feel bad because it doesn’t make the slightest bit of sense and it ignores the fact that, well Soros’ has been underhanded if you consider a insider trading underhanded. This charge was reminiscent of those weird questions found on the S.A.T. exams in the 1970s. Remember? —Cat is to Dog as hamburger is to automobile. You would be scratching your head for days trying to figure out what the exam’s creator smoking.
Besides being hard to follow, the other problem with the Media Matters charge was Beck did not mention or even hint at the word Jew in his discourse. Of course according to the Media Matters playbook Beck’s omission of any tie to the Jews is not a concern, because like the Ministry of Truth from 1984 truth is not their concern.2) OOPS, I Guess I Should Have Checked My Mail. During a series about Soros in November, Beck used an interview Soros did with 60 Minutes where the Pope of Progressivism discussed how he helped to confiscate Jewish property:
KROFT: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson.
Mr. SOROS: Yes. Yes.
KROFT: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews.
Mr. SOROS: Yes. That’s right. Yes.
KROFT: I mean, that’s–that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?
Mr. SOROS: Not–not at all. Not at all. Maybe as a child you don’t–you don’t see the connection. But it was–it created no–no problem at all.
KROFT: No feeling of guilt?
Mr. SOROS: No.
Ironically, Beck had used this passage to bring out sympathy for Soros,
But when he had to go over and take the lands from the people, his Jewish friends and neighbors who were being sent to the gas chambers, I can’t imagine what that would do to a teenager, or anybody, an adult—well, what did it do to George Soros.
Beck’s only real question about Soros and the Holocast era is why today at age 80, he considers it the happiest year of his life.
A few days later, Progressive leader Abe Foxman head of the ADL, who often works harder for progressive issues (such as late-term abortion rights and amnesty for illegal aliens) than Jewish issues criticized the way Beck handled his discussion of Soros’ youth in Nazi Hungry saying,
Glenn Beck’s description of George Soros’ actions during the Holocaust is completely inappropriate, offensive and over the top.
Foxman’s charges indicated that he did not actually watch the program but was simply told about the quote and issued his rebuke. Unfortunately for the loyal progressive, Foxman had to “walk back” his criticism when Beck revealed a two week old letter he received from the ADL guru, apologizing for an earlier unfounded rebuke of the Fox commentator and praising the commentator as a friend to both to Israel and the Jewish Community.
3) You Say Tomato, I Say You Mean “Damn Those Jews.” On November 9th of 2010 Media Matters attacked Beck-owned website, The Blaze for associating with anti-Semites.
The Blaze’s infraction was quoting Zubi Diamond, author of “The Wizards of Wall Street” to substantiate a claim that George Soros may be “betting on U.S. financial collapse.” According to Diamond, Soros’ agenda is “to destroy capitalism.”
According to Media Matters, when Diamond called Soros the “mastermind” behind of a “cabal of slithery rich” who “visited financial violence on the American people to get Barack Obama elected,” He was using anti-Semitic imagery. No really, they really made that claim.
4) Who Owns That Website- Oh I do. One would think that once Keith Olbermann left MSNBC there would be some movement toward sanity. However within days of the Master of Mean’s firing, Cenk Uygur who was a temporary substitute for Olbermann’s substitute decided to join in on the “fun” declaring that Glenn Beck had a Jewish problem.
MSNBC must have been trying to impress his bosses with the charges against Beck but it was built on holes. Who cares if eight of those nine people Cenk cherry-picked were Jewish? Anybody can take a list and pick out the Jews. Most of the other names that Glenn Beck has criticized, indeed has devoted entire shows “attacking” include a host of gentiles: Bill Ayers, Woodrow Wilson, Van Jones, Mark Lloyd, Rev. Wright, Andrew Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt, John Holdren, and Jim Wallis just to name a few. Indeed even the MSNBC personnel who Glenn Beck has locked horns with, such as Olbermann and Matthews, are not Jewish (thank you God!).
Using Cenk as a spokesman for protecting the Jews is a bit of a joke in itself. He has used the a modern version of the “blood libel” against the IDF, invokes a moral equivalency between terrorist acts and Israel’s targeted attacks on Hamas leadership and in one Huffington Post article wrote that he can’t stand Judaism (to be fair he can’t stand Islam either).
Additionally Cenk Uygur runs a website called Young Turks which is loaded with Antisemitic comments. For example, this comment made by someone named kkdragonlord?
that makes me wonder, jews are mighty poweful over there with holywood and Israel holding America by the balls, what would be the problem with a jew President?
Christian right would freak out or something?
down here we even complain when our candidates try to make a big deal out of faith
Don’t look at me, I don’t have a problem with a “Jew president” but I would rather have a gentile who is a conservative, than a Jew who is a liberal.
5) A Media Matters Writer With a Jewish Problem Claims Glenn Beck Has a Jewish Problem Joining Uygur in claiming that the Fox host had a Jewish problem was progressive MJ Rosenberg, who among other jobs, is a commentator for Media Matters.
Rosenberg went after Beck in an article where he tried to relate the tragic shooting of Gabrielle Giffords to Beck’s supposed Jew-hatred.
I have written about my concern that the Jewish community was not paying enough attention to Beck because he cleverly covers his tracks by professing his “love” for Israel. (Virtually all anti-Semites these days understand that expressing “love” for the Jewish state gives them a relatively free pass to bash Jews and even to use Nazi themes against them.)
Sorry Rosenberg, but its time to throw down the hypocrite card. There is no political commentator who uses anti-Semitic imagery more than Rosenberg himself. Ironically just a few weeks later, in a piece written by MJ Rosenberg and published by Media Matters, he used another crisis, this time the one in Egypt to imply that Jews ran the government, the media, and if it wasn’t for those dammed Jews, the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran would be practically “kissing cousins.” Many people have accused MJ Rosenberg of being a self-hating Jews, when you have read enough of Rosenberg’s writings, it is clear he is not self-hating, in fact I believe he loves himself (although it is also clear he isn’t a huge fan of those war-mongering, foreign policy running, Iranian hating, media owning Jews)6) A Station Wagon Filled With 400 Rabbis. Just before the weekend of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the the Soros-affiliated Jewish Funds for Justice (JFJ) delivered a petition to Fox headquarters criticizing Glenn Beck for comments he made about George Soros back in October (the same ones Abe Foxman criticized). JFJ embellished the original Foxman allegation with a false charge that Beck used Holocaust terms to describe people he disagreed with “hundreds of times.”
Two weeks later in the January 27th edition of the Wall Street Journal was an advertisement/open letter signed by 400 Rabbis via JFJ. Repeating the libels found in the petition delivered earlier that month, the letter added a demand that Fox News Chief Roger Ailes disrespected the group because when JFJ announced they were preparing a complaint signed by four hundred Rabbis, Ailes dismissed the threat describing the group as “Left-Wing Rabbis who don’t think anybody should be able to use the word Holocaust on the air.” Ailes was completely incorrect– the group was composed of Left-Wing Rabbis who don’t think anybody but progressives should be able to use the word Holocaust on the air.
Interestingly the body of the charges seemed to have been ripped off from an article by NY Jewish Week’s progressive writer James Besser, written on November 11th.
A Further investigation revealed that most of the people/or organizations whose quotes were used in the body of the JFJ letter to corroborate their slander were rebelling against the Soros effort. Out of the five quotes, three weren’t contacted prior to the use of their names, announced they disagreed with the thrust of the letter and were upset that they were included. A fourth came out and said the letter was too one sided. And, not surprisingly, the only group/person not raising an objection has multiple connections to the Dude himself.
Incredibly one of the people who was offended by their inclusion in the Jewish Funds For Justice letter was none other than the ADL’s Abe Foxman, who helped to start the ball rolling back in Novemember
I was surprised to see my name and statements attributed to me used in the advertisement from Jewish Funds for Justice calling on Rupert Murdoch to “sanction” Glenn Beck for his repeated use of Holocaust and Nazi images on his Fox News program.
I want to make it clear, for the record, that I do not support this misguided campaign against Fox News, even though my name was used.
While we have said many times that Nazi comparisons are offensive and inappropriate when used for political attacks, in my view it is wrongheaded to single out only Fox News on this issue, when both liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, can share equal guilt in making trivializing comparisons to the Holocaust.
Furthermore, the open letter signed by hundreds of rabbis is a trivialization in itself—bizarrely timed for release on United Nations’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. At a time when Holocaust denial is rampant in much of the Arab world, where anti-Semitism remains a serious concern, and where the Iranian leader has openly declared his desire to “wipe Israel off the map,” surely there are greater enemies and threats to the Jewish people than the pro-Israel stalwarts Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes and Glenn Beck.
7) The Charges Never Made. This one doesn’t really involve Glenn Beck, this one is about the real live Antisemitism or inappropriate use of Holocaust imagery ignored that should have been blasted by Media Matters, Jewish Funds for Justice and the rest of the progressive hit team instead of making false charges against Glenn Beck.
They were silent, for example, when Sugar-Daddy George Soros used the anti-Semitic canard that the Jews control the media.
“The pro-Israel lobby [a polite way of saying, those dammed Jooose] has been remarkably successful in suppressing criticism.”
They were also silent when General Merrel McPeak, former Obama for President Co-Chair, was asked during an interview why there isn’t peace in the Middle East. He answered, “New York City. Miami. We have a large vote — vote, here in favor of Israel. And no politician wants to run against it.” (In other words those pesky Jews, who control America’s policy on the Middle East.)
And there are plenty of other examples, comments made by one-time Obama appointee Chas Freeman, Obama Campaign adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, Progressive Congressmen Moran and Ellison just to name a few—all ignored by Media Matters. They also ignore that two major progressive websites, the Daily Kos, and the Huffington Post are usually loaded with anti-Semitic references.
They were even silent when Soros wrote in his book that George Bush used Nazi-tactics. Move On, an organization seeded with some of George Soros’ money, created a TV commercial comparing George Bush to the Nazis, and many of their progressive supporters on TV made similar analogies.
Even though this seventh example does not at all mention the Fox broadcaster, it is the most important because it makes the first six even lamer. You see without number seven those other charges are just a series of half-truths, lies and disjointed logic. But the examples in this section make the charges made by Media Matters’ and the other progressives more than lame but hypocritical. The fact that they make fake charges against Glenn Beck and ignore real examples of Antisemitism proves that they don’t give a rat’s arse about Jews, despite the fact they profess to be defenders of the Jews and the memory of the Holocaust. There is just one way to describe the charges made by Media Matter:
…At least its “Grade A”
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