Rupert Murdochstein (Updated)

Glenn Beck defenders write a lot of e-mails. Here's one representative note:

Hello Jeffrey:

If what you say is true, then why wouldn't Rupert Murdock, who is Jewish, put a stop to it? Obviously he knows about everything Glenn says on the air.

The truth that you did not address my question in your piece is a strong indication to me you feel this is a good reason to not believe what you write.

I also feel you are being hypersensitive. It is time for you to relax. The world is better than you think it is.

John Pike

I will be sure to bring this up with Murdoch at synagogue, except that he doesn't go to synagogue, because he's Christian.

UPDATE: Murdoch has been a stalwart defender of Jews, as Seth Lipsky pointed out recently. Which does not give me comfort, nevertheless, re: Beck.

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Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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