December 13, 2010, - 3:28 pm

MORON: ABC Host Defends Henry Ford, Calls Charges of Anti-Semitism/Hitler Ties “Wild Ideas, Crazy”

By Debbie Schlussel

This morning, Detroit-based ABC radio affiliate WJR host Frank Beckmann–a so-called conservative whose show precedes Rush Limbaugh’s and Sean Hannity’s on the station–defended noted anti-Semite Henry Ford and denied the fact that Ford associated with Hitler, claiming the “charge” was “crazy stuff” and said that calling Ford an anti-Semite was a “wild idea.”  The pro-Hezbollah, CAIR-pandering moron Beckmann, also stated on the air,

I didn’t know this:  Henry Ford owned a newspaper?

Whatta dumbass.


Don’t Know Much About History: Islamo-Pandering Herr Frank Beckmann is Nazi-Panderer, Too

In a discussion of some person with the surname of Pip, Beckmann said that the Pip person’s father founded a newspaper, “The Pip Report,” to compete with Henry Ford’s newspaper because he claimed that Henry Ford was anti-Semitic and sending people to Germany to gather information against the Jews.  Beckmann called the allegations against Ford–that he was anti-Semitic and associated with Hitler:

Wild ideas. . . .  This is crazy stuff.

Uh, not only is it not a “wild idea” or “crazy stuff,” it is fact.

Anyone who is informed even a whit knows that Henry Ford was not only a noted anti-Semite, but that he regularly–for 91 weeks in a row–published blatant anti-Jewish editorials in his Dearborn Independent Newspaper.  It’s well-documented stuff that has been reported over and over again.  It is well known that Ford published the anti-Semitic “Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” and “The International Jew (Volume 2); The World’s Foremost Problem” (which he, himself, authored), and spread this vile “literature” far and wide in America.

Anyone who knows even an iota of history about Hitler and Ford knows that Ford was awarded the highest honor by Hitler.  It’s well documented that Ford proudly supplied Nazi Party headquarters in Munich with German editions of his publication of “The International Jew.”  And that was back in 1922 . . . before it was “hip.”  For Ford’s birthday, Hitler had German diplomats give Ford Germany’s highest honor, the Grand Cross of the German Eagle.  And Hitler famously said,

I regard Henry Ford as my inspiration.

Not only has all of this stuff been documented in Detroit newspapers over the years, but it’s detailed in two books, “Henry Ford and the Jews: The Mass Production of Hate,” by Neil Baldwin, and Henry Ford and the Jews,” by Albert Lee.  And many documents confirm close ties between Der Ford and Der Fuhrer.

I’m not surprised that Beckmann would be eager to defend an anti-Semite and deny history.  First, he’s a moron and an ignoramus.  As I’ve noted before, Beckmann asked an economist guest on the air, “Who is John Maynard KEEENZZZ?” after reading the guest’s book.  It’s bad enough he didn’t know who the “Father of Modern Economics” is–a fact I learned in 8th grade about the man who was an advocate for Democratic-style government intervention into the economy.  But you’d think he might know enough to try Google.

And, then, there’s the fact that Beckmann is an Islamo-panderer of the lowest kind.  He regularly invites CAIR officials and openly anti-Semitic Hezbollah agents on his show, defending and gushing over them, and he regularly engages in moral equivalency charades regarding Islamic terrorists and their Jewish victims.  Those who defend Helen Thomas’ openly anti-Semitic comments count themselves among Beckmann’s favorite, most-frequent, and most ass-kissed guests. Beckmann defended a man’s support for Hezbollah, when I got the man, Ali Jawad, removed from John McCain’s Michigan campaign finance committee.  And when station officials allowed me to come on the air to respond, Beckmann was such a wimp and so afraid of me, he took the day off.  Beckmann has repeatedly used his show as a forum to pander to “former” Islamic terrorist Imad Hamad, who continues to engage in illegal activity for Islamic terrorists and who called Hezbollah terrorists who murdered America Marines, “the heroes.”

It has long been a rumor that a close Beckmann relative–reportedly his father–returned to Germany to fight for the Nazis.  In researching that along with an investigator, we discovered that a man with the same full name as one of Beckmann’s immediate family members did go back to Germany to serve as an English translator of documents for the Nazis.

Incredibly, the always ignorant Beckmann claims his show, “makes you the best informed audience in all of radio.”  Well, I guess that must be a very relative term … or they’re best informed because they get real information elsewhere.

Sig Heil, Frank.  Or, is that, allahu akbar?  With Herr Beckmann, either is just fine.

Call WJR General Manager Mike Fezzey to complain at (313) 875-4440.  Though I doubt he’ll care.  He actively promotes the ignoramus Beckmann’s baloney. And, in a phone call, Fezzey declined to admit that Henry Ford was an anti-Semite or that he associated with Hitler.

I guess we’re all just making it up, right?

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40 Responses

I was told as a kid that we Jews never buy Fords. As far as I know, no one in my family ever owned one.

Has Ford ever apologized for the founder’s behavior? Perhaps it’s time the company did just that.

adam on December 13, 2010 at 4:50 pm

wild ideas ?!

crazy ??!?!!

does mr beckmann know how to read ?!

prestigio on December 13, 2010 at 5:07 pm

I demand he be removed from his job if he doesn’t retract his anti-Jewish disinformation!

Moishe on December 13, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Ford issued a half-hearted apology in 1927 after consultation with Jewish groups.

It is, on first glance, especially surprising that someone in the Detroit area would not know of Ford’s anti-semitism, but with the tradition of Father Coughlan and similar groups, of which Detroit has had many, perhaps not so surprising after all. Bad enough not to get astute political commentary from talk radio in general, but the level is sinking, and this, unfortunately is a leading example.

Little Al on December 13, 2010 at 5:21 pm

And the especially disingenuous part is that if Beckmann knew the much more obscure fact that someone named ‘Pip” challenged Ford’s anti-semitism, is it reasonable he wouldn’t know about the anti-semitism itself?

LA: Terrific point. The guy is incredibly ignorant, but he’s also incredibly anti-Semitic and pan-Arabist, too. DS

Little Al on December 13, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Here’s what I wrote to WJR at their contact page, “I was more than outraged at learning of Frank Beckmann’s misinforming his audience about the well documented, well known anti-Jewish nature & activities of Henry Ford. I’m sure that if Mr. Beckman is a conservative or libertarian type person as I that we share a great many views. It is unforgivable, however, that he would either speak from such gross ignorance or course purposefulness by dismissing & ridiculing someone about who was right about the very well known repugnant views Ford held about Jews. It would be more than an outrage & truly hurtful to all Jews & Americans if Mr. Beckman were allowed to keep his job at your station without a heartfelt apology & complete retraction of this dangerous, deeply offensive misinformation.”
Too bad I didn’t edit it.

Moishe on December 13, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Debbie I wouldn’t expect much of a response from the usual Jewish spokespeople on this, since they are the types who would have you and I report to the railroad station tomorrow morning. But the real rabbis of Detroit should make a statement.

A1 on December 13, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Debbie I wouldn’t expect much of a response from the usual Jewish spokespeople on this, since they are the types who would have you and I report to the railroad station tomorrow morning.

    Dear Steak Sauce” What’s that supposed to mean?

    Miranda Rose Smith on December 14, 2010 at 8:04 am


      Dear Steak Sauce: What’s that supposed to mean?

      Miranda Rose Smith on December 14, 2010 at 8:04 am


      Miranda Rose Smith on December 14, 2010 at 8:06 am

      It means most of the “Jewish Leadership” of Detroit are kapos.

      Occam's Tool on February 8, 2011 at 8:43 pm

YES, Henry Ford II had more than made up for it by donating a LOT of money and using his connections to help Jewish causes. he was great friends with taubman and Max Fisher as well. Jews still won’t drive Fords, BUT almost every Jewish hosuehold I know owns a BMW or Benz…these companies have Jewish blood on their hands. Chrysler is the only auto company that didn’t profit off the Axis powers, unless you count them building tanks to kick Hitler’s ass.

P: Henry Ford II didn’t “make up for it.” He paid a little guilt money to the liberal, self-hating self-appointed Jewish bureaucracy, while paying millions to underwrite openly anti-Semitic Muslim and Arab organizations and their anti-Israel events, something the Fords continue today. DS< ?strong>

Patrick on December 13, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Yes, Patrick, Debbie is correct. In fact, the usual running joke is that, unlike with many Captains of Industry who start foundations, the Ford Foundation, by its support of antisemitic organizations, is fulfilling its founder’s original intentions.

    Occam's Tool on February 8, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Sounds like Beckmann has no business getting any air play, let alone his own show, as anyone who knows anything about history knows that Henry Ford and Adolf Hitler were virtually in love with one another. But I’m sure he’s a liar; as nobody in his position could be that stupid. Adolf Hitler kept a life-size portrait of Ford next to his desk. “I regard Henry Ford as my inspiration,” Hitler told a Detroit News reporter two years before becoming the Chancellor of Germany in 1933. In July 1938, four months after the German annexation of Austria, the Nazis awarded Ford the Grand Cross of the German Eagle, the highest medal given by Nazi Germany to foreigners. Of course, Ford wasn’t the only American company doing business with the Nazis. There’s also General Motors, IBM, and Standard Oil, to name a few.

Ralph Adamo on December 13, 2010 at 10:15 pm

I discovered some years ago that Mr. Beckmann did not have a moral backbone. It’s easy if you just listen to him.

rickster on December 14, 2010 at 12:10 am

I could never quite get myself to buy a Mercedes, but I do own a BMW. I knew of Mercedes’ involvement, but I never wanted to look into what BMW did. How about Porsche?

adam on December 14, 2010 at 2:54 am

I didn’t know this: Henry Ford owned a newspaper?

He really never heard of the Dearborn Independent?

Miranda Rose Smith on December 14, 2010 at 8:14 am

No conspiracy theorist or total hater (okay… so I am a romantic hater). But:

1) It takes an intelligent person to come across as an ignorant airhead playing to the least intelligent and most malleable (hola, Paris Hilton and Tila Tequila);

2) If the sevenfold rule of biblical vengeance were to be applied to WW ver 2.0, wouldn’t Nazi Germany be reduced to a smouldering trash-heap and the Germans reduced to near extinction? And wouldn’t Japan be part of China or Korea by now? And by extension, wouldn’t Islam be reduced to Scientology status – significant, yet utterly insignificant? (Don’t get me wrong – I love Germans, Japanese and Arabs just as I love anyone else – with a grain of salt the size of Helen Thomas’s head);

3) If there were truly a war going on (since when sere we ever at peace, eh?), wouldn’t this Beckmann dude be either a traitor or at the very least part of the Fifth Column of Evil? Just asking; and

4) If the Jews truly run Hollywood, why aren’t we seeing any movies and shows where Fascist Islamists get their justly deserved desserts (deserts)? And wouldn’t these pan-Islamists (read “closet Jihadists” or “undercover Islamists” or “secret genocidal Fascists”) be at best alive and unemployed?

The paranoid need answers. The rational need discussion.


The Reverend Jacques on December 14, 2010 at 10:04 am

There is a trend on the right towards anti-Semitism and appeasement of Islamic jihad. Some rightists only care about $ and would align with Hitler if only he agreed with their economics. Ron Paul, the stealth Neo-Nazi, is a perfect example – he is a disgrace and a friend to those who blow up America’s soldiers.

John on December 14, 2010 at 10:07 am

Beckmann does play by play for Michigan football, not the Lions.

rjk on December 14, 2010 at 10:24 am

Michael Savage made a good point when he said that when you are a commentator, education DOES matter. He’s right—compare his show (or Debbie debating someone) vs Rush Limbaugh & Shawn Hannity whoonly have a High School Diploma. Obviously you can learn alot on your own, but I have found that those who love to learn usually have a few degrees that they have earned along the way. If Beckmann was better educated, he would know better or at least make a better stealth neo-nazi argument.

Regarding Henry Fonda, he and ALOT of of other rich Americans have Jewish blood on their hands. Besides investing in Hitler’s Germany, buch of the Nazi racist garbage came from over here. For more info, Google the Thule Society and Social Darwinism.

jimmyPx on December 14, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Jimmy, you wrote “besides investing in Hitler’s Germany, buch of the Nazi racist garbage came from over here. For more info, Google the Thule Society and Social Darwinism.”Darwin did not influence Hitler much. Nietzsche was a much greater influence on Hitler’s thinking. Hitler, like Ford, certainly did not regard Jews as genetically inferior to non-Jewish Germans. In fact, the opposite was true, he had an idea about Jewry similar to Kevin MacDonald’s, he regarded them as highly intelligent due to their eugenic practices, and as competitors with non-Jewish Germans. He got his ideas of Jewish undermining of Germany from Nietzsche and Otto Weininger. Ford was not a major influence on Hitler’s Anti-Judaism, and Darwin was not an influence on it at all. Darwin was not Anti-Jewish at all, and I believe the reason Hitler’s ideas are blamed on Darwin is partially an equalist political agenda to discredit discussion of genetically based intellectual differences between people. Not only Anti-Jews believe in this, Hans Eysenck and Richard Hernnstein were Jewish and they believed in a genetic foundation for intelligence, so did Karl Marx. Paul Gottfried is Jewish and he believes in genetics impacting intellectual differences between people and has complained about guilt by association being used to discredit Darwinism. The Thule Society was not influenced by Darwin or Ford at all. Its main influences were Friedrich Nietzsche and Helena Blavatsky. Hannah Newman has done an ok study of the Thule Society in her online book “The Rainbow Swastika: A Report to Jewry on New Age Anti-Judaism”, although she tries to link Darwin to the Nazis, she basically discredits her thesis, and shows Nietzsche and Blavatsky influenced them more. The founder of the Thule Society, Baron Rudolf Sebottendorf was a member of Blavatsky’s cult Theosophy.

    Paul Bustion on May 17, 2016 at 1:20 am


I believe you meant Henry Ford. Henry Fonda served with distinction in the Navy during WWII.

WilliamMunny on December 14, 2010 at 11:51 am

oops, of course you are correct. Sorry.

jimmyPx on December 14, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Well, I think Rush Limbaugh has been masterful since Cap’n Zero has been at the helm. He is so succinct and direct and really bottom lines it. So is Jim Quinn (if you don’t listen to “Quinn & Rose”, you’re missing the best show on radio).

I love Savage, but disagree with him on “Hush Bimbo” (MS is so funny…that nickname cracks me up). We all know Vannity is a DB. He’s not even in the same building as Rush.

I like Mike Church…and he is funny. I know DS is not a Wilkow fan, but when it comes to dismantling the Liberal arguement, he is very good. Prickly guy, but I love his taste in music too.

Prager has let me down and so has Medved. Disappointing.

Skunky on December 14, 2010 at 2:54 pm

So he’s conservative….he’s still a moron. They’re not mutually exclusive.
As for Medved—- from what I’ve read from him, he has yet to figure out that, like it or not, American culture is and always been about pushing the envelope. That’s why America has given the world Elvis, Louis Armstrong, Chris Rock,the Lindy-hop dance, surfing culture, dune-buggy,Dizzy Dean, etc, etc. These people and things could never have come out of a government-regulated culture, nor one where envelopes were never pushed.

Not Ovenready on December 14, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    So right, Oven. Also, how can someone as smart as Medved STILL not want to call MaObama a “socialist”. Talk about keeping your head in the sand. Just looking at his past experiences makes it crystal clear, yet brainiac Medved does not want to call him a Socialist and Prager does not want to call him a Liar.

    Sometimes, real smart peeps can be incredible idiots.

    Skunky on December 14, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Someone once asked me who the worst anti-Semite in American history was. I thought about it and replied that it was Henry Ford.

My 2nd pick would be Peter Stuyvesant and I thought for a minute that he might be number one. However, Stuyvesant’s efforts were thwarted as he did not have sufficient influence.

My friend was shocked. He thought Louis Farrakhan was the worst. Farrakhan probably hates Jews more than Henry Ford did, but his efforts were hardly as devastating and influential as Ford’s.

To this day, the Ford Foundation is a source of money to many groups that demonize the Jewish State and feed the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement.

Looking back at the whole 400 year history of the United States of America, Henry Ford sticks out as (In my opinion) as the worst anti-Semite in our nation’s history. He’s got some mighty fine company, but none that combine the hatred and influence that Ford had. It should come as no surprise to anyone that Dearborn is a hotbed of Islamist anti-Semitism AND the world headquarters of Ford Motor Company. That’s no accident, folks!

While I know of no official policy of anti-Semitism at Ford Motor Company today, the Ford Foundation (the Ford Family’s “charitable trust”) is still problematic in its hostility toward Israel.

There is NO Santa Claus on December 14, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Sorry, FDR is the worst antisemite in American history, not Ford. Ford didn’t turn away the St Louis; FDR did.

    Occam's Tool on April 19, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Henry Ford was also responsible for inviting significant numbers of Shi’ite Muslims from Lebanon to work in his factories. The descendants of these factory workers are today’s Hezbollah supporters in the Dearborn area. Exactly why Ford decided to bring over and employ Lebanese Muslims to produce American automobiles remains inexplicable to me, but we have him to thank for creating the hotbed of jihad and Jew-hatred that is Dearborn today.

commonsense on December 14, 2010 at 11:12 pm

What an idiot. It is also well documented that well into the 90s the PLA was regularly using Ford’s anti-semitic writings for propaganda purposes.

SquareMileWife on December 16, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Ford’s role in anti-Semitism is even more important than you may realize. Hitler, in fact, plaguerized many of Ford’s statements and ideas. I’ve reproduced some of these findings from an article from this well-documented link:

During World War I, Ford wrote a series of viciously anti-Semitic articles for The Dearborn Independent, which he then published in book form as a hate-filled diatribe against Jews called “The International Jew: The World’s Foremost Problem”, which basically blamed Jews for all of the problems of the world. The International Jew is still reprinted and used and much admired by neo-Nazis and White Supremacists even today.

In the early 1920s, this book was published in Germany under the title The Eternal Jew. It reportedly had a major influence on Adolf Hitler, and he almost certainly plagiarized parts of it in Mein Kampf. The admiration was mutual. Following Hitler’s assumption of power, Ford sent Hitler 50,000 Deutsch Marks every year on Hitler’s birthday. Ford’s anti-Semitic views were well known during the period that the Buchmanites bragged of Ford’s support of their movement. For more information on Ford’s Nazi connections, see Who Financed Hitler?, by James and Suzanne Pool. New York: Dial Press, 1978.
Alcoholics Anonymous, Cult or Cure?, by Charles Bufe, page 30, footnote 16.

What happened was, at the end of 1918, Henry Ford Sr. bought the small independent country newspaper The Dearborn Independent and, at great expense, turned it into a nation-wide newspaper that was devoted to spreading his message.

Suddenly on May 22, 1920, the Independent lashed forth with a violent attack on the Jews. The boldface headline on the front page was a blunt and concise summation of the editorial’s thesis: “The International Jew: The World’s Problem.” The first paragraph began: “There is a race, a part of humanity which has never yet been received as a welcome part.” This people, the article continued, has ever been fouling the earth and plotting to dominate it. In order to eventually rule the Gentiles, the Jews have long been conspiring to form an “international super-capitalist government.” This racial problem, the Independent said, was the “prime” question confronting all society.

The following ninety-one articles covered a wide field of topics related to the international Jew. …

In subsequent articles, Ford frequently accused the Jews of causing a decline in American culture, values, products, entertainment, and even worse, of being the instigators of World War I. Who Financed Hitler; The Secret Funding of Hitler’s Rise to Power 1919-1933, James Pool and Suzanne Pool, page 87.

Ralph Adamo on September 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm

How does one separate Henry Ford’s masterful genius in the field of manufacturing & business on one side; from his obvious deficiencies of humanity, conscience & compassion on the other? The simple answer is–you don’t. As with all people, you either accept them fully as they are or not at all. Hateful words & deeds can sprue from the richest of the rich or the poorest of the poor. Bigotry, hatred & inhumanity has no intellect, reason or heart. Henry Ford was an extremely opulent, successful man. He used his power to propagate his hateful, misguided agenda of anti-semitism & bigotry. Taking his cue from his buddy, Hitler–Proving you can be the worst demon from Hell, but, still care for your pets & be a relatively successful painter.

Laura S. on July 9, 2012 at 5:03 am

I doubt the detractors of Henry Ford’s book never read it, or if they have simply pooh-poohed it because of contents they don’t like or for others to read. The book is actually well-written and presented. It is also well-researched and can be considered more or less unbiased in its approach. Facts are the facts. For today’s readers, Ford’s publication captures the zeitgeist of the period warts and all. It was relevant then, but highly relevant today. Now that much of underhanded dealings is not done in the open, one can say with certainty that Ford was on to something very important.

Diavlo on February 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I tried to leave a comment before but it wouldn’t post. I don’t think Ford’s book was very good but I don’t think he influenced the Holocaust. I think Nietzsche and Weininger were much greater influences on Hitler than Ford was.

    Paul Bustion on May 17, 2016 at 1:05 am

The greatest anti-Semite America has ever had is Obama-the black Muslim with the most power and HATE

irving katz on July 14, 2016 at 12:00 pm

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