‘Journalistic malpractice’: Salt Lake Tribune op-ed suggests Glenn Beck is a Nazi sympathizer

Over the weekend, The Salt Lake Tribune ran what they’re calling a “reader commentary” on Glenn Beck’s “Independence Through History” exhibition. The op-ed’s author, self-described “art historian and educator” Alexandra Karl, took issue with the fact that the exhibit included Nazi memorabilia. How dare Beck use symbols of oppression to remind us of the sacredness of liberty!

From Karl’s piece, subtly titled “Commentary: Glenn Beck’s Nazi Exhibit” (gee, what could she and the Tribune mean by that?):

To be sure, the above grievances do not characterize a “typical” neo-Nazi. Beck is not a skinhead who desecrates Jewish gravestones. Moreover, harboring such material and disseminating it to such a lackadaisical audience is within Beck’s constitutional rights.

Still, it reveals more about tea party sensibilities and Beck’s personal values than I dared thought possible.

So not only do items in Beck’s exhibit reveal his latent Nazi sympathies, but they are also a wider indictment of “Tea Party sensibilities.”

The Tribune, for its part, tried to defend itself from criticism:

Oh yeah? Well he’s not very good at his job.

The piece’s “factual errors” included the name of the venue where the exhibit was held.

As for “the rest” being opinion, opinion is no substitute for evidence if you’re trying to play the Nazi card.

Shorter Salt Lake Tribune: Libel? Not our problem.

Beck’s executive producer Stu Burguiere wasn’t having any of it:

We think the latter seems much more plausible.

Claudia Bogumil, who was at the exhibition, penned an opinion piece of her own.

It’s worth noting that the Tribune’s opinion editor saw fit to change the title of Bogumil’s piece — to “Letter: Uninformed Opinion.” Bias? What bias?

Here’s Bogumil’s rebuttal to the newspaper and to Karl:

Her lack of knowledge about what Beck stands for discredits her opinion. Museum tours were sold out and more tours added. What Karl describes as apathy on the faces of museum-goers was, in reality, somber amazement at the true history presented by Beck through his passionate, thoughtful collection of historical artifacts that remind us of positive and negative historical outcomes. Macabre as it may be, a few drops of Hitler’s blood reminds us to never repeat the tragedy of the Holocaust.

I dare to suggest that perhaps Karl is a liberal cultist due to her inability to understand Beck’s goal of exposing current tendencies in American politics and around the globe to repeat tragic history (Nazis, KKK, etc.). To tie the tea party ideology to Beck is to say that they stand for individual liberty, honor and courage — respectable concepts that lead to love of fellow man and justice for all.

Boom! We couldn’t’ve said it better ourselves.

The Tribune’s social media handlers don’t appear to care much for being called out on B.S.:

Too bad. If they’re looking for sympathy, they won’t find it here:

A journalistic outlet taking responsibility for its content. There’s an idea!


Good question!

Twitchy CEO Michelle Malkin was also at the exhibit, and she tore into the Tribune for signing off on blatant defamation:


Will editor Vern Anderson see fit to publish Malkin’s piece? Time will tell.

In the meantime, it’s safe to say that The Salt Lake Tribune isn’t in too big a rush to shake its reputation as a hack outfit:


  • SophieRo3

    ‘@sltrib Commentary add. a display that writer felt was in poor taste & wondered about implications.’

    Is the Holocaust Museum in ‘poor taste’?

    Should I worry about its ‘implications’?

    • AaronHarrisinAlaska

      Glad to see the first comment posted what I was thinking. Her idea that Beck and by extension are Nazi sympathizers because there was Nazi memorabilia present shows not research but projectionist attitudes. She wants to believe it, there fore, it must be true. Never mind Beck made it clear what the exhibit was about.

      Sensible minds look at this sort of thing and say to themselves “never forget, lest we repeat.” People like the writer see it and think “nazi sympathizer.”

    • lapitup

      I am in love with Sophie Scholl.

  • The Penguin


  • Mackie72

    Darn that Glenn! He told me if I bought a brown shirt to SLC he’d buy me a Stuka dive bomber.

  • Richard J Sunkle

    I happen to know that copies of Mein Kampf can be found in University of Michigan libraries. Does that mean what I think it means?

    • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman


  • Patriot

    My local grocery store has an entire section full of hot dogs. Clearly, they support Anthony Weiner, sexting and intern abuse.

  • Richard J Sunkle

    My great grandmother taught me to make homemade saurkraut. Was I unwittingly indoctrinated with nazism?

  • Jack Deth

    Urgent Message to Salt lake Tribune:




    Michelle Malkin has you in her sights. And she does not take prisoners.

  • $9898556

    Who owns the Salt Lake Tribune?

    • WhoMeToo

      MediaNews Group

  • thohan


    SLTrib circulation down, and quite a bit. Written by the SLTrib. I bet that was a fun one to write.

    By comparison, the Deseret News, the competing paper, was up. The DesNews ain’t no daisy, but it’s oceans better than Pravda-lite trib.

    To clarify: DesNews local coverage is fantastic. It’s just that they throw stuff in from AP/UPI/Reuters and other legacy news “services”, but to their credit I think they do this out of laziness rather than malfeasance. And they serve up a weekly dish of George Will and Charles Krauthammer. It’s a paper that’s good enough to read.

  • Garth Haycock

    Now you good people know what folks in SLC have had to put up with since 1871 when the Tribune was first published. It calls itself “Utah’s Independent Voice” but the truth is that it was started as an anti-Mormon paper and continues its assault on the LDS faith today.

    It added political conservatives to its hit list in the 1960s – during the Civil Rights era – as a way to paint conservatives as bigoted racists who want to deny rights to anyone who isn’t white or Mormon.

    It’s no surprise that the Trib published that op-ed by that hateful, ignorant woman, as hate is the unwritten mission statement of that waste of trees.

    • thohan


  • WhoMeToo

    The left would love nothing more than to have all these items disappear from sight.

    • Chevypowered

      Internet. Forever. `nuff said.

  • Utahlady

    I moved to Utah 9 years ago . I dropped the SLT 8 years ago. I have lived all over this country and I believe SLT is one of the worst rags in the country. Hateful people ,no class and closed minded secular, liberal ,progressives. They are not indicative of the population of this state and I think the are here only to try to balance their hatefulness with the decency of the people in this state. Fortunately they are failing. They call occasionally and try to get us to renew (still),or attack you in the grocery store ,practically offering you a subscription for free. I politely tell the sellers pretty much what I have said here ,well as polite as you can be with this information. Most of us pretty much ignore them! I suggest you all including Glenn do the same.

  • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

    And by wanting to interview Glenn Beck, wouldn’t the Salt Lake Tribune be condoning Nazi tactics?

    See. Two can play at that game, Salt Lake Tribune. Although I’m thinking you’re a LOT closer to the Nazis than Glenn Beck is…

  • Jack Deth

    Memo to Salt Lake Tribune:

    When you shoot yourself in the gut, DO NOT complain that you’ve been gut shot!!!

    Not only is it terribly embarrassing. It’s equally tacky.

  • TocksNedlog

    Never forget: With leftists the ends ALWAYS justify the means.


  • Jeremy

    another worthless paper that is only useful at the bottom of bird cages.

    • Beckies

      I get them free on campus, to use for exactly that purpose. Thanks for the free cage liner SLT!

  • Dan Thorpe

    I will repeat the theme of Beck’s show today “Cancel your subscription to the Salt Lake City Tribune.” What they printed was horrible because it’s false, also the women possibly didn’t even attend the museum. How can you write an op-ed about something you didn’t experience? Total smear piece and the Salt Lake City tribune should be discredited for running that piece.

  • Chase C.

    I’m from Utah. To most of the state the SLC Tribune is a joke. Just another braindead lib mouth piece. Please don’t let them make this great state look bad.

  • Stephen L. Hall

    “Surely, harboring such items adheres to a personality cult and suggests a sympathizer rather than a critic.” — alexandra karl

    I own and have read Mein Kampf . . . Das Kapital . . . the Koran . . . by her standards I’d be a fascist/communist/islamist sympathizer. However . . .

    “To know thy enemy is to know thyself” — William Shakespeare.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      That’s like what Glenn described on his show 10, maybe 11 years ago…He was advised by somebody (I forgot who) to “Read as many books as possible.” Glenn has read “Mein Kampf” Along with “Profiles in Courage” (JFK), “The Book of Mormon”, and even “Green Eggs and Ham” (Okay, a little ridiculous here), and has learned the value of differing opinions, despite his conservative leanings. Jawamax 8<{D}

  • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

    Hmm, little quiz here. What political party/philosophy do these platform demands sound more like: Tea Party or Democrat Party?

    a) The abolition of incomes unearned by work The breaking of interest slavery.

    b) personal enrichment from war must be regarded as a crime against the nation. We therefore demand the ruthless confiscation of all war profits.

    c) the nationalization of all businesses which have been formed into corporations (trusts).

    d)a law instituting profit-sharing in large industrial enterprises;

    e) The creation of a livable wage;

    f)The immediate discontinuation of all taxes on things of life’s necessity, such as food, clothing, shelter, medicine etc.:

    g) We demand the treasonable system of health care be completely revolutionized.

    We demand an end to the status quo in which people die or rot away from lack of proper treatment due to the failure of their medical coverage, Health Maintenance Organization, or insurance policy.

    We further demand the extensive development of insurance for old age and that prescription drugs be made both affordable and accessible.

    h) the continued research and development of clean burning fuels and energy sources.

    i) a law for the expropriation of land for communal purposes without compensation when deemed necessary

    Well — Tea or (D)? Neither, of course. But they certainly do sound a lot like (D) hot-buttons, don’t they? Or the Occupiers. (Anyone hear from them lately?)

    Here is their actual source:



    The Nazis are on the left, morons.

    • Stephen L. Hall

      The left only hear the “national” part of “national socialism” therefore think that being patriotic makes you a nazi.

  • Peyton

    By Karl’s definition, every Holocaust Museum is a Nazi Exhibit.

  • Jill

    Considering this troll could not even get the location, layout, or name of the event correct you’ve got to question how grand a ‘historian’ she must be….

  • http://www.common2cents.org/ Soulphoenix

    Truth doesn’t matter to a rabid “progressive” – as long as they win! (And a win for them is really a loss for society.)

    • Teddi

      Yep, its all about the ideology, common sense be damned…

  • Iacobus

    What’s even sadder? The comments to Ms. Bogumil’s rebuttal. Go read them.

    I don’t know how you defend the indefensible but liberals are actually trying…

  • Sara Nichols

    Salt Lake Trib is a leftist rag! They need to apologize or Michelle needs to kick some a**es!!

  • D-dubs

    Contact them and tell them what garbage they are, this is the only way to make a change nowadays. They do it to us all the time! Threaten to contact their advertisers unless they correct and apologize for the piece….unfortunately have to play their game sometimes!!!

  • emd2k3

    The National Holocaust museum has “nazi memorabilia” Obviously run by Nazi sympathizers.

  • AZWarrior

    So if slander is the name of the game, then Salt Lake Tribune’s editoral staff are running a child prostitution ring. They code ages, gender, prices and locations in their local weather section. Prove you are not. /sarcm/

  • Utahlady

    Well lets see ,I said it was a lousy newspaper ,based on having been exposed to papers all over the country, and you some how invented a new word to describe my religion, of which I have none, and my politics, which I could basically care little about. Most politicians are pretty much the same . It is the people who write to and for the paper that bored me.
    I love the mountains, the open sky and my kind thoughtful neighbors and have found nothing to hate about this state and was bored by all of you who are low information haters.
    Not only are you what you eat ,but also what and who you allow into your heart and mind. I am indeed pretty choosey.

  • Garth Haycock

    See folks? This is what Conservatives in Utah have to deal with.

  • sandyaz

    If it bugs you that much and makes you that bitter to be surrounded by Mormons, why stay? It would be like bitching about Jewish people while living in Jerusalem or Catholics while living in Rome. No one is forcing you to stay. Go and find your happiness. Stop being a petulant carbuncle.

  • Garth Haycock

    What’s hilarious is that you claim to want to hear a wide variety of opinions, yet you worship the most biased paper west of the NY Times.

    A variety of opinions indeed.

  • Garth Haycock

    Thanks for proving my point, Mr. Bigot.

  • Garth Haycock

    Once again, your display of bigotry shines bright. And it’s both sad and hilarious that you’re completely unaware that you are a bigot.

  • walterc

    I find it ironic that you point out the majority of the population is Mormon, and then complain that the majority of the legislature is also Mormon. People elect like minded politicians, so it stand to reason that the majority of Utah politicians would be Mormon. Any society imposes laws that fit the values of it’s citizens.

    As Sandyaz says, if it’s o bad, you are free to relocate to a state that has values more in line with yours. Liek NYC for example.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    DON’T. FEED. THE. TROLLS. Here’s your sign… #BillEngvall Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Garth Haycock

    I stand by my comment.

  • walterc

    Then the legislature should only be 41.2% Mormon, or your non Mormon neighbors share the same values.

    Either way, you’re free to leave.