A representative of the Norwegian government has condemned remarks made by U.S. radio commentator Glenn Beck in which he compared the Norwegian Labour Party members who were murdered by Anders Breivik during an outing to “Hitler Youth.”
During his syndicated radio show, Beck said: "There was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like the Hitler youth, or, whatever. I mean, who does a camp for kids that's all about politics. Disturbing.”
Torbjørn Eriksen, a former press secretary to Jens Stoltenberg, Norway's prime minister, called it a "a new low" for Beck.
Eriksen said to the British newspaper Daily Telegraph: "Young political activists have gathered at Utøya for over 60 years to learn about and be part of democracy, the very opposite of what the Hitler Youth was about. Glenn Beck's comments are ignorant, incorrect and extremely hurtful."
Beck has been losing popularity in the U.S., as exemplified by his sudden departure from Fox News earlier this year due to falling ratings and fall-out from other controversial comments.