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Bashing Of Glenn Beck Goes From Bad To Worse


When Glenn Beck’s upcoming Jerusalem rally was first announced, he saidit would be called “Restore Courage” – modeled on his “Restoring Honor” rally last year in Washington that drew half a million. Or as Beck put it: “Last summer, we set out to restore honor in Washington, DC. This summer, it’s time to restore courage. It is time for us to courageously stand with Israel.”

A month later the Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot added more details:

Tens of thousands of excited Israelis and Americans, music performances, appearances by local and international celebrities, senior politicians and a live broadcast that will reach millions of viewers – this is just some of what is in store for Glenn Beck’s upcoming rally “to restore courage,” which is set to take place on August 24 in Jerusalem. The multi-million dollar production is expected to be attended by a convoy of American dignitaries, including former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, an independent, and Republicans Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee and Congresswoman Michelle Bachman are to join Beck at the rally as well.”

That was too much for “liberals,” who went into a froth.

The Jerusalem Post’s left-wing columnist Larry Derfner published a piece called “Godspeed to Jerusalem, Glenn Beck.” Derfner spoke of

thousands of godly Americans expected to fly in to join tens of thousands of godly Israelis . So far there’s been no word about Koran-burnings . The stupider and more rotten an American’s politics, the more loudly he’s likely to cheer for Israel . So wackos like Beck and Palin and Bachmann love us – but only as long as we go on fighting their enemies . Who are Israel’s friends? Right-wing meshuggenehs. What is Israel? A right-wing meshugge country . Israel is a tragic story. It used to inspire idealists, now it appalls them . So come on, Glenn proclaim the covenant between Israel and whack-job America for all to see . And I couldn’t think of a better meshuggeneh for the job.

One would like to believe that even some who share some of Derfner’s views could admit this is not any kind of argument but a stream of nasty, bigoted abuse.

Americans for Peace Now, however, chimed inwith “Don’t let Glenn Beck set Jerusalem on fire!” The organization complained that “the location he’s chosen shows that what he really wants to do is foster conflict. He’s decided to hold the event in East Jerusalem, just outside the Old City, one of the most politically sensitive locations in the world. This proves that Beck is no friend of Israel, as he now claims to be. His planned rally could sow greater enmity between Israelis and Palestinians .”

That’s it, right on the money. The choice of location has nothing to do with religious associations; Beck will be flying to Jerusalem in the hope of starting a rumble. Again, the intellectual level of the elitist left doesn’t sweep you off your feet.

And then there was Dana Milbank of the Washington Post, who has gone so far as to publish a Beck-bashing book. In his June 17 column Milbank called Beck “the leading purveyor of anti-Semitic memes in the mass media.”

What really got to him was that Lieberman confirmed to a Washington Post reporter that “I’ve been approached by [Beck] to go . I’d love to participate…”

“This,” wrote Milbank, “nearly caused me to plotz. I admire Lieberman . But if he shares a stage with this creature, he will surrender the decency that has defined his public life . Lieberman still has time to reconsider. For the sake of everything you have stood for, Joe, please: Say it ain’t so.

Wacko. Meshuggeneh. Warmonger. Anti-Semite. Creature. These virtuous people don’t like Beck, do they?

Now what is actually the truth about Glenn Beck? As the political journalist Ron Radosh noted in a tribute last month, “his recent programs on Israel, anti-Semitism, and Jew-hatred of an Islamic strain have been unique in television fare, and in [them] Beck has been serious, passionate, and committed in his desire to defend Israel and to let Americans know why they should join him in this cause.

As Radosh further comments, Beck “has been devoting his air time to the need for defense of Israel and has been doing this in a way that no one else in the media is . No one else in the media has done as much to let Americans know about Islamist Jew-hatred and how it is being played out today. He shows his viewers videos from MEMRI’s own website that the major networks would never think of letting their viewers see.”

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