September 5, 2006

IF OPENNESS REQUIRES HATE THEN CLOSE:

HATEFUL 'MOVE' VS. JOE (MAGGIE HABERMAN, September 5, 2006, NY Post)

A string of anti-Semitic rants about Sen. Joe Lieberman have popped up on the liberal MoveOn.org's open forum Web site, drawing criticism from the Anti-Defamation League. [...]

"We recognize that Action Forum is an open forum intended to foster the free flow of ideas," ADL head Abraham Foxman said in a letter dated Aug. 31 to MoveOn, which supported Lamont in the Democratic primary against Lieberman.

"Nevertheless, since such profoundly offensive content is appearing on a board clearly linked to MoveOn.org, we believe you should assume some responsibility to respond to this hateful content," Foxman wrote in the letter, which was forwarded by Lieberman's campaign.

Foxman cited examples from the site's Action Forum, including "media owning Jewish pigs," "Zionazis," a reference to the senator as "Jew Lieberman" and the question, "Why are the Jews so Jew-y?"

Foxman wrote, "Those who allow hate to rear its ugly head under their auspices bear a special responsibility to distance themselves from that hate, and to speak out against it, as loudly as possible."


It has always struck us as a cop-out for folks who provide websites to claim they aren't responsible for the hate speech they allow to fester in the comments.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 5, 2006 3:37 PM
Comments

The media is just now figuring out that anti-semitism is alive and thriving in the cesspools of the left.

Posted by: Stormy70 at September 5, 2006 4:24 PM

Last night's news showed footage of Lamont and Lieberman supporters fighting at the Labor day parade. That race is a mess.

Posted by: AWW at September 5, 2006 4:53 PM

Many of Joe's foes in this race are simply anti-Western religions period. They'd be just as ready to let fly with anti-Chrisian slurs as they are their anti-Semetic rants.

Posted by: John at September 5, 2006 5:47 PM

It may well be just a cop out, but some of those sites get hundreds of comments on dozens of posts each day. That's a lot of talk to monitor.

Posted by: Brandon at September 5, 2006 5:55 PM

The folks who are rooting for the terrorists--oops, excuse me, I meant to say the antiwar movement--sure seem to be awfully anti-Semitic. At the very least, there's a high correlation between opposition to US victory and opposition to the Chosen People. I think that's why they're coming down so hard on Lieberman.

Consider:

--Hillary! has just as neo-con a voting record as Lieberman, and she's despised on the Left for it, but they didn't go looking for a "netroots" challenger in NY the way they did in CT. Wonder why?

--Note also the "netroots" support for Webb in VA, even after the borderline Julius Streicher cartoon of his Jewish primary opponent.

--And don't forget Walt & Mearsheimer and Cynthia McKinney.

Posted by: Mike Morley at September 5, 2006 7:08 PM

First, Anti-war people aren't anti-Semitic; they are by and large anti-Israel. There is a huge difference.
Second, after a brief scan of the history of posts on this site, I don't think many of the regulars here should be too critical on inflammatory speech that goes on in other forums; there is plenty to go around in these parts.

Posted by: Porter at September 5, 2006 8:57 PM

Porter:

Exactly--I'm not anti-black, I'm anti-African. Huge difference.

Posted by: David Duke at September 5, 2006 9:52 PM

I despise Robert Mugabe. Is that a twofer?

The Left prides itself on tolerance, openness, peace, diplomacy, comity, and all sorts of virtues. The UN is held up as the world model.

But then the venom erupts when it comes to Jews. Israel is a s****y little country. Jewish professors are banned from national collegiate groups. New York is Hymietown. US foreign policy is run by AIPAC. The Protocols are considered viable.

It's always the Jooos!

Israel is a place - the Jews are the real targets. I sometimes think the Left believes that if 6 million more were killed, we could all live in peace and harmony (and those dirty, smelly terrorists would leave us alone).

Who is going to defend "the Jews"? Michael Moore? Cynthia McKinney? Nancy Pelosi? The President of Dartmouth? Bill Clinton? Kofi Annan? Hugo Chavez? Hu Jin-Tao? Dick Durbin? John Conyers? John Murtha? Cindy Sheehan?

I would be ashamed to be mentioned in the same sentence with anti-Semites. But this crowd isn't. So, who you gonna stand with, Porter?

Posted by: ratbert at September 5, 2006 10:06 PM

With all the anti-semitic commentary in Europe about the Jews which goes far beyond commentary against Israel and now the same coming out here in our anti-war groups, I think Porter has missed something somewhere along the line or is just in denial of what his compatriots are actually saying.

Posted by: dick at September 5, 2006 10:33 PM

Anti-semitism wasn't quite able to bring salvation to the world in the 30s and 40s.

Time, I guess, to give it another chance.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at September 6, 2006 3:06 AM
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