After initially using words like "horrific...offensive...unacceptable" to describe some of Glenn's reporting on George Soros this week, the leader of the Anti-Defamation League is now clarifying his position.
Abraham Foxman sent a statement to Salon saying:
"He still believes Fox host Glenn Beck "is a strong supporter of Israel and the Jewish people," even in the wake of a week of conspiratorial attacks on George Soros that some saw as anti-Semitic.
"But I also believe that there are certain things he doesn't understand, which have led him to make insensitive remarks," Foxman continued.
Salon see the central issue this way:
The dynamic here is a tension between the ADL's dual identities as a civil rights organization and a pro-Israel advocacy organization. This same dynamic was at play earlier this week when Foxman came to Soros' defense but was careful to note that the ADL often disagrees with Soros, who is not a Zionist.
Earlier today Beck revealed on the radio that Foxman had recently sent him a letter apologizing for the ADL including him on a list of "celebrities who had made anti-Semitic statements." We posted that letter and the segment from the radio show here.
One media observer concluded: Beck isn’t an anti-Semite, then: He’s simply a die-hard anti-Sorosite