January 12, 2011
HOPEFULLY TODD KNOWS HOW TO MAKE A GOLEM::
Palin Calls Criticism of Her Rhetoric 'Blood Libel' (David Freedlander, January 12, 2011, NY Observer)
"Especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence that they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible."
The "blood libel" was the false accusation spread in the Middle Ages that Jews used the blood of Christians for Passover rituals. Gabrielle Giffords, the congress woman injured, was Jewish.
But Ms Giffords isn't the real victim, the Right is, eh?
We see here the danger of living in the partisan echo chamber. The Right has adopted "blood libel" as a mantra during their self-pity party after being criticized for violent political rhetoric. Stuck there, it never occurred to Ms Palin that the trope would be offensive outside the bubble.Posted by Orrin Judd at January 12, 2011 4:45 PM