A coalition of 400 U.S. rabbis took out a one-page advertisement in the Rupert Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal to chastise the media mogul for “unacceptable” references to Nazis and the Holocaust made by employees at Murdoch’s other News Corp. outlet, Fox News. “We share a belief that the Holocaust, of course, can and should be discussed appropriately in the media,” read the Jan. 27 open letter. “But that is not what we have seen at Fox News.”
In particular, the offenders worthy of sanctioning were Fox News head Roger Ailes and conservative commentator Glenn Beck, who has compared U.S. Democrats to Nazis, and referred to George Soros as a “Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps” during a series on the liberal billionaire. “It is not appropriate to accuse a 14-year-old Jew hiding with a Christian family in Nazi-occupied Hungary of sending his people to death camps,” the letter stated. “And it is not appropriate to make literally hundreds of on-air references to the Holocaust and Nazis when characterizing people with whom you disagree.” Ad space for the letter was paid for by the Jewish Funds for Justice, a non-profit advocacy group that has previously received money from Soros.