I’ve been following the Glenn Beck-George Soros story with disgust and disbelief – both at Fox News for defending Beck’s indefensible vendetta. (In addition to putting a warped interpretation on the 13-year-old Soros’ behavior during the Holocaust, he attacks the man’s nose hairs. Is that journalism?)

Fox is trying to pass off its passivity in the face of justified Jewish complaints by painting complainants – including 400 rabbis who signed a full-page ad appearing in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal – as left-wing. But, as Dana Milbank points out in today’s Washington Post, “The statement’s signatories included the chief executive of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and his predecessor, the dean of the Conservative Jewish Theological Seminary rabbinical school, and a number of Orthodox rabbis.” (See http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/28/AR2011012802776.html?hpid=opinionsbox1.)

That dean, by the way, Rabbi Daniel Nevins, is a native of River Vale. Other local names on the list of signers: Rabbis Rachel Kahn-Troster and her father, Lawrence Troster, of Teaneck, and Henry Glazer, formerly of the Fair Lawn Jewish Center.

Another signer who’s been in our paper: Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, the founder of the Orthodox ethics organization Uri L’Tzedek.

Milbank quotes Beck as saying, “Could I put on three hours of television with nothing but lies and smear and keep my job against the most powerful man [Soros] and the most powerful groups in the world?”

The most powerful groups in the world? It seems to me I’ve heard that song before, and it shouldn’t be sung on national television.

RKB