Anti-Semite Beck Rocks Fox
I try to keep US politics to a minimum in this blog but its extremes fascinate me, and if I was an American citizen I’d be very worried right now. First we have Alaska’s own Edna Kravitz peering round her net curtains to eye her chances on the world stage (where she’ll be eaten alive). Sarah Palin has found a new way to become a world leader – not by rebooting an economic plan to restore US parity at a global level, but by having her own reality TV show, which works as one long glorified political ad.
Now we have reptilian Glenn Beck attacking George Soros, a billionaire financier and patron of liberal causes, as a puppet-master of a shadowy Jewish conspiracy. This is grotesque smearing masquerading as journalism, and if Fox wanted to retain any shred of dignity for its news coverage, it should immediately cut Beck loose.
Beck has been implying that there’s something sinister in Soros’ support for anti-communist civil society organizations in the former Soviet Union, and has all but shouted ‘Jewish plot’ at him. Everyone knows exactly what he’s saying.
But with Obama proving ineffectual with his G-20 Big Idea (consisting of ‘Can everyone else spend more to balance us?), the nuts are on the march. Still, the American people are sensible enough to avoid extremes, and will hopefully find a moderate course.
It doesn’t help that US TV consistently harps on about patriotism as a cure for all ills. A reminder yet again of the words of Dame Edith Cavell, the British nurse who faced a firing squad: ‘Patriotism is not enough – I must have no hatred or bitterness for anyone.’