Let’s imagine you are a rabbi irritated by certain aspects of Fox News. You write letters and complain after Glenn Beck attacks George Soros saying that he collaborated with Nazis in Hungary during the Holocaust. You write letters and complain and have meetings after Roger Ailes calls National Public Radio a bunch of Nazis after they censored Juan Williams.
But nothing really changes. The Fox news personalities continue to invoke the Holocaust and Nazism to attack their enemies. Ailes even says the complaints are from just a group of left-wing rabbis who don’t think anyone should use invoke the Holocaust in partisan political discussions on the air.
What’s a rabbi to do?
I am not sure. But a group of rabbis, including leaders of various synagogue and seminary movements, arranged a full page ad this past Thursday, UN Holocaust Rememberance Day, in the Wall Street Journal, the business newspaper that is controlled by Rupert Murdoch’s corporation, which also owns Fox News.
The ad, titled “Rabbis to Rupert Murdoch: Sanction Glenn Beck” was an open letter that explained that the undersigned rabbis, with a variety of political views, were deeply offended by Ailes statement, and stated that Fox diminishes the memories and meaning of Holocaust when it uses it to discreditany organization or individual Beck or Ailes Disagrees with.
The ad was signed by 400 rabbis, including Rabbis Yoffie, Wernick, Ridberg, Nevins, Ehrenkrantz, Weinberg-Dreyfus, and Artson.
Effective? Time will tell.