Glenn Beck Thinks Some People Have Gone Too Far

Fox host Glenn Beck has had it (4/27/10) with opponents of Arizona’s new immigration law making analogies to Nazi Germany:

I hate to rain on the hate parade here, but can we please slow down for just a minute and, I don’t know, think? You are comparing the systematic, cold-blooded extermination of millions of Jews to America making sure people are here legally. The parallels are… nonexistent.

Indeed. The guy who’s made a regular habit ofderiding various White House officials as Communists, Maoists and the like is urging restraint with the historical analogies. Save the Hitler talk for people who really are behaving like the Nazis. Like Al Gore’s climate change activism, forexample:

Here’s Beck talking about Al Gore on his radio show in 2006 (Media Matters, 6/8/06):

When you take a little bit of truth and then you mix it with untruth, or your theory, thatâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s where you get people to believe. . . . Itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s like Hitler. Hitler said a little bit of truth, and then he mixed in ‘and itâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s the Jewsâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢ fault.â┚¬Ã‚ Thatâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s where things get a little troublesome, and thatâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s exactly whatâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s happening.

UPDATE: Here’s Glenn Beck on the cover of the current issue of Extra!, comparing the systematic, cold-blooded extermination of millions of Jews to…religions calling for social justice:

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Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.