December 26, 2010

Broadcast Date: 
Dec 26 2010

Pacifica station KPFT's questionable decision to offer the local Israeli Consulate a weekly show; Glenn Beck's anti-Semitic conspiracy theories; plus an NAACP report reveals the Tea Party's ties to white supremacists and armed extremists.

Episode segments
  • KPFT's misguided response to allegations of anti-Semitism
    American, Israel/Palestine, Anti-Semitism
    Esther Kaplan

    Although commending sister-station KPFT's concern with allegations of anti-Semitism, Beyond the Pale believes that KPFT's decision to turn over regular air time to the local Israeli Consulate is misguided.  KPFT dangerously conflates Jews with Israel, and anti-Semitism with criticism of Israel.  Moreover it is journalistically unacceptable to give air time to a government agency that is charged with providing positive spin (i.e., propaganda) to events and policies.

  • Tribute to Senator Bernie Sanders
    National Politics, Domestic Policy, Anti-Semitism
    Bernie Sanders is Vermont's junior Senator.  He was elected in November, 2006.  Previously he was a member of the House of Representatives, for 16 years, and Mayor of Burlington Vt from 1981 to 1989.  He describes himself as a social democrat.
    Esther Kaplan

    We broadcast a November 30 speech by Senator Bernie Sanders, a prelude to his December, 8 1/2 hour, fillibuster speech opposing the extension of Bush era tax cuts to the rich.

  • Glenn Beck's anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theory
    National Politics, Christian Right, International Politics, American, Domestic Policy, Anti-Semitism
    Esther Kaplan

    Michelle Goldberg dissects the anti-Semitic tropes behind Glenn Beck's recent two-part series, The Puppet Master ?, about international financier and philanthropist, George Soros.  To read her full article in The Daily Beast, Glenn Beck's Anti-Semitic Attacks, click here.

  • Tea Party Nationalism
    National Politics, Christian Right, American, Civil Rights, Anti-Semitism
    Devin Burghart is Vice President of the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR). He has researched, written, and organized on virtually all facets of contemporary white nationalism since 1992.  He is a co-author of Tea Party Nationalism, which IREHR produced for the NAACP.
    Esther Kaplan

    Tea Party Nationalism is an extensive report on the Tea Party Movement. In this conversation with David Burghart, Beyond the Pale focuses on the connections between elements of the Tea Party is some of the most exteme elements in the U.S. including the militia, white power, and Christian identity movements and extreme racists and anti-Semites.