Glenn Beck Apologizes For Remark About Rabbis
February 25, 2011 at 11:40 AM (PT)
GLENN BECK has issued an apology for remarks he made TUESDAY (2/22) on his PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS show.
On the show TUESDAY, BECK said that Reform rabbis "are generally political in nature ... It's almost like Islam -- radicalized Islam -- in a way to where radicalized Islam is less about religion than it is about politics." After widespread criticism, including a full-page ad in the WALL STREET JOURNAL taken out by a group of 400 rabbis, BECK issued an apology on the air, saying, "I was wrong on this and I also apologize for it. In this case I didn’t do enough homework." He referred to his comments comparing Reform rabbis to radical Islam as "one of the worst analogies of all time."
BECK subsequently sent a letter to the ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE in which he wrote, "I was admittedly misinformed on Reform rabbis, and made a horrible analogy that I immediately attempted to clarify -- quite honestly, I blew it on this one." ADL National Director ABRAHAM H. FOXMAN accepted BECK's apology, saying "GLENN BECK has shown that he understands how his remarks were offensive and out of line. We welcome his words of apology and consider the matter closed."