On his radio show today, Glenn Beck labeled a recent Vanity Fair piece criticizing an Israel-focused episode of his Fox News show last week "anti-Semitic." In a disturbing trend, Beck appears to be labeling his opponents and critics as anti-Semites with increasing frequency.
In addition to the attack on the Vanity Fair piece, Beck has claimed that "members of [President Obama's] administration ... openly deliver blatantly insensitive and highly out-of-line anti-Semitic comments." To prove his point, Beck cited Deputy National Security Advisor John Brennan's use of the Arabic term for Jerusalem. Brennan said: "in all my travels, the city I have come to love most is Al Quds, Jerusalem." In fact, many prominent political figures -- including current Israeli Minister of Defense and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak -- have referred to Jerusalem as "Al Quds." So did Marshall J. Breger, President Ronald Reagan's liaison to the Jewish community.
Beck also recently suggested that "fifty percent" of union organizers like Trumka are anti-Semitic.
It is particularly noteworthy that Beck is throwing around the anti-Semitism label, since he has repeatedly promoted the work of anti-Semitic writers and used anti-Semitic stereotypes to smear George Soros.