The National Jewish Democratic Council denounces the photoshopped images of Attorney General Eric Holder as a Nazi and former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives head Ken Melson as Nuremberg defendant as posted by Mike Vanderboegh—a right wing blogger who has appeared recently on Fox News and was honored in September by Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO). According to Media Matters:
Last month right-wing blogger Mike Vanderboegh accepted the ‘David and Goliath Award’ for ‘intrepid’ investigative journalism from Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO). The now-award winning ‘journalist’ spent the past few days repeatedly posting a photoshopped image of Attorney General Eric Holder dressed in a Nazi officer’s uniform….
Vanderboegh is most well known for encouraging people to throw bricks through the windows of Democratic offices and has been featured on Fox News in recent months. Beyond his call to vandalism, Vanderboegh has a history of activism with militias, the extremist ‘three percenters,’ and the Minutemen border vigilante group, and has promoted Oklahoma City bombing conspiracy theories.
As we have consistently said before, invoking the Holocaust to make political points is never acceptable. We strongly encourage others to condemn this type of behavior when they see it.
Unfortunately, after allowing individuals such as Glenn Beck and Hank Williams, Jr. to use Holocaust rhetoric during their appearances on the air, it is unlikely that Fox News will do the right thing and repudiate Vanderboegh. Indeed, Fox News’ own chief executive compared NPR executives to the Nazis and lashed out at those criticizing the network for allowing such behavior to take place.
That leaves JPFO—a Jewish group that recently awarded Vanderboegh—to act responsibly and make it clear that his behavior is unacceptable.