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Thursday
Jan272011

The Other N-Word: Rabbis Unamused

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A full-page advertisement by 400 rabbis in Thursday's Wall Street Journal has put a spotlight on a trend many people see as alarming: the use of the word Nazi to bash opponents in public discourse.

In their advertisement, the 400 rabbis single out Fox News host Glenn Beck and Fox News chief Roger Ailes for using Nazi and other Holocaust references in slamming adversaries.

The rabbis are demanding that Ailes apologize and that Fox owner Rupert Murdoch sanction Beck.

"In the charged political climate in the current civic debate, much is tolerated," the rabbis write in their advertisement, published in the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal and the Forward, a Jewish newspaper.

"But you diminish the memory and meaning of the Holocaust when you use it to discredit any organization or individual you disagree with."

Ailes landed in hot water last fall for calling National Public Radio executives Nazis for firing Juan Williams, who also was working as a commentator for Fox News.

Beck has been under attack for three days of programs attacking liberal billionaire and Holocaust survivor George Soros. Beck described Soros as a "Jewish boy helping send Jews to the death camps."

The ad bashing Beck and Ailes was backed by a coalition of U.S. rabbinical organizations and timed to coincide with Thursday's Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was paid for by Jewish Funds for Justice, an organization that has received funding from Soros.

Ailes has apologized to the Anti-Defamation League for his Nazi comment but has defended Beck's practice of invoking Nazi terms to slam his opponents.

The ad by the rabbis says that Ailes should apologize for making "dismissive remarks about rabbis' sensitivity to how the Holocaust is used on the air."

In a written statement, Fox News Senior Vice President Joel Cheatwood said, "This group is a George Soros-backed, left-wing political organization that has been trying to engage Glenn Beck primarily for publicity purposes."

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