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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Glenn Beck's continuing war on George Soros

Last week Glenn Beck went on a two day tirade against his favorite bogeyman, George Soros, the billionaire investor.  He started by accusing Soros, a Jew of being a Nazi collaborator in his native Hungary at age 13, helping the Nazis confiscate Jewish property.  The true story is that his father paid a non-Jew to look after his his son when the Nazis invaded Hungary.

Media matters has the full story here.

Beck then went on a tirade accusing Soros of plotting to collapse the American economy as part of the 'one world government' conspiracy, repeating the fact that Soros is Jewish and is a billionaire investor. His rant was remarkably similar to the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion', the fraudulent screed from 1903 that claimed that Jewish bankers were plotting to take over the world which became the cornerstone for Anti Semitism in the 20th century.

Beck has often praised Elizabeth Dilling's 1936 book, The Red Network: A "Who's Who" and Handbook of Radicalism for Patriots. I doubt that he;s actually read the book. I think the title appeals to him and that's good enough for him. If he had taken the time to read the book he would have noticed one glaringly obvious fact. Dilling was an active supporter of Hitler and a virulent anti-Semite.

I don't believe that Glenn Beck is an anti-Semite. He just has no idea how anti-Semitism is conveyed and perpetuated.

This week the war on Soros resumed. The IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America). In 2007 Beck hosted Paul Rieckhoff, the head of IAVA and had this to say,

BECK: Let me tell you something. If you are a vet and you’re watching this show and you’ve got a problem, you either get it to Paul and his organization or you get it to me. This is absolutely inexcusable. And we will take care of it. Its the right thing to do.

Things change. IAVA recently rated congress on their support of veterans from the two wars. 154 Congressmen received a 'D' or an 'F', 142 of them were Republicans, 94 received an 'A' or an 'A+', 91 of them were Democrats.

On his radio show this week a caller said,

CALLER: The next day and checked them out online and come to find out that they’re actually funded by which totally shocked me. I mean my heart literally just dropped. And I immediately came home and I told my boyfriend, “You are not going to believe what I found out today. George Soros has his hands even in the military. In our American military.” And I was very very disturbed by this.

She claimed she read it somewhere on the Internet. That was proof enough for Beck who then launched into a new tirade on Soros, Move-On, the SEIU and communists who are trying to take over the country by infiltrating the military and everything else. I guess for Beck having someone tell him they read it somewhere on the internet is proof enough as long as it fits into his worldview. There is no evidence that either Move-On or Soros is funding IAVA. As a philanthropist he may have donated money to IAVA but all IAVA are doing is making sure that vets from our current wats are being taken care of, something that Republicans are ignoring, judging by IAVA's rating of congressional support. The GOP are happy to send our men off to war but can't be bothered with them once they return. Shame on them for that.

Hey I read on the internet that Glenn Beck is the devil and he abuses children. It must be true then.

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