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  • Murdoch warned against the rise of anti-Semitism last month

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC BOEHLERT

    Rupert Murdoch gave a speech last month before the Anti-Defamation League, which was honoring the News Corps. CEO, in which he urged vigilance in fighting what he saw as the rising tide of anti-Semitism, specifically the "most virulent strains" coming from "the left."

    The irony is that Murdoch has remained stoically silent in light of the ADL's public denunciation of Glenn Beck and his "horrific" and "beyond repugnant" Holocaust rhetoric employed as part of the host's crusade against George Soros. It's a campaign that is literally built around ugly, age-old anti-Semitic stereotypes.

    Yet in light of the ADL's condemnation, as well as the denunciation of other Jewish groups, Murdoch's Fox News has stood behind Beck's hateful Soros campaign.

    Perhaps Murdoch should revisit his own ADL speech for some perspective [emphasis added]:

    The world of 2010 is not the world of the 1930s. The threats Jews face today are different. But these threats are real.

    These threats are soaked in an ugly language familiar to anyone old enough to remember World War II. And these threats cannot be addressed until we see them for what they are: part of an ongoing war against the Jews.