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!
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: