Saturday, January 22, 2011

Are Jewish Groups Ignoring Glenn Beck?

Are Jewish Groups Ignoring Glenn Beck?

Has anyone noticed that right-wingers are really exercised about anti-Semitism these days except when it emanates from right-wingers?

This week in Forbes, Abigail R. Esman pens an utterly over-the-top column called "World To Jews: Drop Dead."


She claims that, even here in the United States, anti-Semitism is no longer a "fringe" phenomenon but has gone mainstream. Who knew?

Esman cites by name the trinity of Helen Thomas, Rick Sanchez and (Jewish film maker) Oliver Stone as evidence. Naturally, the 90 year-old Thomas is Esman's marquee example of anti-Semitism even though her offensive remarks were not made on television or radio but to a rabbi with a camcorder at a White House party. (It was almost surely a set-up by a right-wing "pro-Israel" Israel activist with an agenda.)

On the other hand, Esman does not even mention Glenn Beck, whose reach dwarfs anything the Thomas/Sanchez/Stone trio can even dream about. It was Beck who devoted a full week on his program, watched by millions, to raw, old-fashioned anti-Semitism.

Nor does she mention one of the most powerful right-wing figures in Hollywood, Mel Gibson, who, in addition to his well-known anti-Semitism, homophobia, racism and misogyny, is now reported to have told Jewish actor Winona Rider that she is an "oven dodger."

Think about that one for a minute.

By the way, Gibson's new movie, produced and directed by his friend Jodie Foster, comes out in March. Unlike Helen Thomas, Gibson is still employable despite being a virulent bigot.

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