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Posted at 1:10 PM ET, 01/27/2011

And what about Steve Cohen?

By Jennifer Rubin

A large group of rabbis have drafted a letter and placed an ad in the Wall Street Journal asking Fox News to muzzle Glenn Beck. They specifically object to his comments dismissing the concerns of "leftwing rabbis" whom Beck claims want to silence all mention of the Holocaust on the airwaves. They ask Roger Ailes to sanction Beck.

I have no sympathy for Beck and have in the past expressed my view that he harms the causes he claims to champion. His is not the image or tone that conservatives should seek to emulate. I don't think the rabbis' letter is out of bounds in the least. Beck in this instance has plainly gone over the line.

However, what I DO object to is the selective outrage. They were mute when Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) compared Republicans to Goebbels. Where were they when Holocaust language was used to score points against their political adversaries?

And then there were the series of Time magazine "reports" using Holocaust imagery and anti-Semitic tropes (e.g. Jews care only about money) to smear the Jewish state. Where were the rabbis then?

And what about in 2008 when Time magazine's Joe Klein asserted that Sen. John McCain was surrounded by "Jewish neocons"? The ADL weighed in on that one, but the liberal rabbis were silent.

I suppose the rabbis have every right to give liberals a free pass. But in doing so they damage their own standing and the impact of this letter. Right and left, Jew and non-Jew, would be well-served if the rabbis did not use their positions to condemn inappropriate Holocaust language and anti-Semitic language only when voiced by those whose politics they disagree with.

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 27, 2011; 1:10 PM ET
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Comments

Jennifer Rubin,

Are you serious? You name one person to compare with the constant Fox national media drum beat of Nazi rhetoric and the Rabbis have to address that one too or else they are selective?
Being more honest with yourself would make your politics more effective.

Posted by: BobSanderson | January 27, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

"JFJ receives funding from George Soros's Open Society Institute, which gave the organization $150,000 in 2009 and $200,000 in 2010. "

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7584

Posted by: engdre | January 27, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

As the link Ms. Rubin provided says:
"The rabbis have called on Fox News's owner, Rupert Murdoch, to sanction his two famous employees [Ailes and Beck] via a full-page ad in Thursday's editions of the Wall Street Journal - one of many other media properties controlled by Murdoch's News Corp."

The whole idea is that they are targeting Murdoch and his media empire.

Since the ultimate target for the rabbis is Murdoch, going after Rep. Cohen makes no sense.

Besides, Ms. Rubin already had that covered.

Posted by: MsJS | January 27, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with BobSanderson. Glenn Beck has a huge audience of viewers nightly, and is much more prominent on the national stage than Rep. Cohen. That this group of rabbis did not also specifically call out Cohen is not evidence of "selective outrage" so much as it them doing something that might actually have some impact.

Essentially what Jennifer is trying to do is create a false equivalence between Rep. Cohen's one time foolish/stupid comment, and Glenn Beck's nightly show where he regularly makes Holocaust comparisons.

Posted by: mustangs79 | January 27, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

These rabbis sound like they're just another advocacy groups who is only interested in condemning the actions of those who don't largely share their political views.

I think describing what these rabbis have done as selective outrage is entirely appropriate, especially given how recent Steve Cohen's outrageous comments were made.

Posted by: Fitz157 | January 27, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

"In the end what the Wall Street Journal ad today represents is a slander made by 400 Rabbis who did not even bother to check to see if what they were signing is true, driven by JFJ a political organizations whose politics run contra to those of Glenn Beck. Both the organization and its leadership are beholden to George Soros who sent a Representative to threaten Beck for his expose' and/or others who have campaigned against Glenn Beck. In other words, this "open letter" published in today's Wall Street Journal, is nothing but an attempt to slander someones name for political reasons."
http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2011/01/jewish-funds-for-justice-goes-after.html

Posted by: engdre | January 27, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"In the end what the Wall Street Journal ad today represents is a slander made by 400 Rabbis who did not even bother to check to see if what they were signing is true, driven by JFJ a political organizations whose politics run contra to those of Glenn Beck. Both the organization and its leadership are beholden to George Soros who sent a Representative to threaten Beck for his expose' and/or others who have campaigned against Glenn Beck. In other words, this "open letter" published in today's Wall Street Journal, is nothing but an attempt to slander someones name for political reasons."
http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2011/01/jewish-funds-for-justice-goes-after.html

Posted by: engdre | January 27, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey, where were these guys/gals when every 3rd word in almost any sentence about George W. Bush (arguably the most pro-Israel and possibly the least anti-semitic POTUS ever - not necessarily a strataspheric standard, to be sure) was Nazi?

Posted by: cavalier4 | January 27, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

glen beck has been and is a thorn in SOROS backside.he exposes the man for what he is.Soros influence on the american left is well documented, and paid for.

Posted by: rustiewood | January 27, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Yet another example of logical fallacy employed by a columnist; in this case, it's a circumstantial ad hominem attack. But first, a little bait-and-switch is employed: we're not done with the second paragraph before Rubin admits, "I don't think the rabbis' letter is out of bounds in the least. Beck in this instance has plainly gone over the line." So why does this blog entry even exist if she's got no quibble? Ah, wait, here it comes. Rubin apparently wants to be outraged anyway, so she paints her targets as inconsistent in their beliefs and then asserts that they "damage their own standing." There's the fallacy: "Don't trust what these rabbis say because they didn't condemn X or Y and therefore any future condemnations are also suspect." Logically, that just doesn't follow. this is lazy, fallacious reasoning in a vapid, worthless blog post. Why am I even commenting? Silly me.

Posted by: obeah | January 27, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

This is a very poor argument.

This is what little kids say all the time.

"But what about Billy, he did it too?"

Well, we're not talking about Billy are we, we're talking about what you did. You need to take responsibility for your actions.

But you can always fall back using this childish argument when you have no substance to defend your position.

Posted by: thestinkymonkey | January 27, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

"and Glenn Beck's nightly show where he regularly makes Holocaust comparisons. "

search the archives and prove it dude. so many effin' losers manufactured by idiot school "public/union" teachers.

here:

http://www.watchglennbeck.com/

Posted by: engdre | January 27, 2011 10:18 PM | Report abuse

For left-wing Jews, their leftism is their religion. Judaism is just a cover.

Posted by: gord2 | January 27, 2011 11:28 PM | Report abuse

"Next, they bring false witnesses, who accuse him of blaspheming against God, Moses, the Law, and the Tabernacle. Aided by an angel, Stephen refutes every point, a refutation recounted in some detail. Finally, they try torture; still, Stephen attempts to convert them by inciting shame and fear in them, and by showing their love for him—he prays for his opponents as he is being stoned."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Stephen

Posted by: engdre | January 28, 2011 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Beck is absolutely correct. George Soros uses his billions of dollars to influence government politics. In 1989, Soros financed Vaclav Havel's rise to power in the Czech Republic's "Velvet Revolution". He has acknowledged having orchestrated coups in Croatia, Georgia, Slovakia, and Yugoslavia

Soros was given the title, "the man who broke the Bank of England." In 1992, he made $1 billion profit by devaluing the British Pound under a $10 billion deal. Soros is credited with collapsing the Malaysia financial market.

Soros's answer to America's problems involve more regulation and more government intervention in the marketplace. Soros pours billions of dollars into the following anti-USA causes;
- Promoting the view that America is institutionally an oppressive nation
- Promoting the election of leftist political candidates throughout the United States
- Opposing virtually all post-9/11 national security measures enacted by U.S. government, particularly the Patriot Act
- Depicting American military actions as unjust, unwarranted, and immoral
- Promoting open borders, mass immigration, and a watering down of current immigration laws
- Promoting a dramatic expansion of social welfare programs funded by ever-escalating taxes
- Promoting social welfare benefits and amnesty for illegal aliens
- Defending suspected anti-American terrorists and their abetters
- Financing the recruitment and training of future activist leaders of the political Left
- Advocating America’s unilateral disarmament and/or a steep reduction in its military spending
- Opposing the death penalty in all circumstances
- Promoting socialized medicine in the United States
- Promoting the tenets of radical environmentalism, whose ultimate goal, as writer Michael Berliner has explained, is “not clean air and clean water, [but] rather ... the demolition of technological/industrial civilization”
- Bringing American foreign policy under the control of the United Nations
- Promoting racial and ethnic preferences in academia and the business world alike

Posted by: panola60 | January 28, 2011 5:31 AM | Report abuse

Yes Jennifer, one statement by Cohen = Fox constant Nazi rhetoric and propaganda.

That really proves the Rabbis have a double standard and you don't.

Posted by: FoundingMother | January 28, 2011 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Yes Jennifer, one statement by Cohen = Fox constant Nazi rhetoric and propaganda.

That really proves the Rabbis have a double standard and you don't.

Posted by: FoundingMother | January 28, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Since Jennifer Rubin does not address every incident of racism by white people(or any incidents really), is her dozen or so articles on the black panther party an example of selective outrage?

Would that make this column an example of naked hypocrisy?

Posted by: thetruth2011 | January 28, 2011 4:33 PM | Report abuse

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