In October, the Anti-Defamation League honored News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch with its International Leadership Award. The ADL was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Rupert Murdoch is the owner of Fox News. If that sounds incongruous to you, it should.
The ADL, as many noted at the time, was calling into question its self-proclaimed commitment to combat “all forms of bigotry,” by honoring a man who promotes and profits from many forms of bigotry. The revelation today that Fox News president Roger Ailes referred to the employees of National Public Radio as Nazis should cause the ADL to realize it made a mistake in honoring Murdoch and withdraw its award, unless he fires Ailes. Instead, the league has accepted Ailes’s tepid apology. Unless the ADL takes a stronger stand, it will continue to diminish its stature as a group promoting tolerance and civil rights.