Peter Grier mourns Andy Rooney’s impending retirement, expected to be announced this weekend.
Did Glenn Beck just jump the shark in Israel?
Beck’s dismissal of 200,000 protesters seeking cheaper housing as aligned with terrorists probably won’t broaden his appeal as he seeks to drum up support for his ‘Restoring Courage’ event.
Just as the Fonz’s days were numbered the moment he jumped over a shark-infested pen on his summer trip to Hawaii, Mr. Beck is in danger of alienating a large section of his target audience on his coming vacation.
The 600 or so tickets for the event at Jerusalem’s Davidson Center are sold out, but Beck has been eager to get large numbers of Israelis and foreigners to turn out for a public broadcast. He’s not making that task any easier for himself. While Beck often proclaims his love for Israel and Israelis, a recent broadcast makes it clear that he views a vast swath of the Israeli public with contempt.
Last week on Beck’s online show, he and his cohorts dismissed the hundreds of thousands of protesters who have taken to the streets of Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities complaining about rising prices, particularly for housing, as “from the far left” and implied they are communists. In a segment dripping with sarcasm, they said the protesters’ demand for higher income taxes on the wealthy was evidence they “hate the rich.”
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