US talk-show host Glenn Beck on his syndicated radio show Monday raised Norway's ire when he likened the 93 victims of the recent mass murder attack to the infamous Nazi Hitler Youth.
Opening a seven-minute segment on the Premiere Radio Network's "The Glenn Beck Program," Beck described the attack "as a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like the Hitler Youth. Who does a camp for kids that's all about politics?”
Torbjרrn Eriksen, the former press secretary to Norway’s prime minister, was not amused.
“Young political activists have gathered at Utoya for over 60 years to learn about and be part of democracy, the very opposite of what the Hitler Youth was about,” Eriksen told The Daily Telegraph. “Glenn Beck’s comments are ignorant, incorrect and extremely hurtful,” he added.
At least 85 people, some as young as 16, were killed in the second attack allegedly by Anders Behring Breivik at a summer camp that draws young members and children of the governing Labor Party.
It is unclear whether Beck, known for his unruly rhetoric, simlly made an off-the-cuff gaffe or was making an intentional barb intended to generate ratings. During the segment Beck also said Breivik was 'no different' than Osama Bin Laden.
Breivik, whose manifesto is hyper-critical of Islam and multiculturalism, was disguised in a police uniform when he carried out the attack on Utoyoa Island. He allegedly had set off a bomb in Oslo outside a government building, killing eight, before making his way to the island by ferry.
The Hitler Youth to which Beck referred was a paramilitary organization of the fascist Nazi Party comprised of teens and preteens that existed from 1922 to 1945.