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ADL rebukes Limbaugh for remarks on Jews

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Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh is being criticized by the Anti-Defamation League for remarks on Jews and the banking industry.

During a Jan. 20 broadcast following Republican Scott Brown’s upset victory in the Senate race in Massachusetts, Limbaugh wondered if Jews — nearly 80 percent of whom backed Barack Obama in 2008 — were having second thoughts about the president.

“To some people, ‘banker’ is code word for Jewish; and guess who Obama is assaulting?” Limbaugh said, according to the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters. “He’s assaulting bankers. He’s assaulting money people. And a lot of those people on Wall Street are Jewish. So I wonder if there’s starting to be some buyer’s remorse there.”

In response, the ADL’s national director, Abraham Foxman, said, “Limbaugh’s references to Jews and money in a discussion of Massachusetts politics were offensive and inappropriate.

“While the age-old stereotype about Jews and money has a long and sordid history, it also remains one of the main pillars of anti-Semitism and is widely accepted by many Americans … When he comes to understand why his words were so offensive and unacceptable, Limbaugh should apologize.”

Media Matters initially failed to note that Limbaugh had started out by saying that it was “people who have prejudice” who equate Jews and bankers. — jta


Comments

Posted by Richard Blaine
01/31/2010  at  10:23 AM
Contempt

It’s often a mark of people leading the bigoted that they feel superior to their followers by not being quite as bigoted, or not as mindlessly so.  The very rich in the Old South used lynching and the more vitriolic verbal expressions of prejudice against black people as evidence that the whites whose lives they controlled were not fit to govern themselves—-the inability to distinguish between a black share-cropper and a black college professor was a sign that the folks below them were pitifully inadequate to dealing with reality.

So it would not surprise me in the least if Mr Limbaugh were not particularly anti-Semitic, but felt that as a matter of course his audience, which he often mistakes for the American people as an whole, are so…and no more surprised, if that were the case, that he had never excoriated them for being so.

(I’m sure some in the Democratic party feel this way about black people—-this is not a Republican vice, but a human vice, though if one party has a recent history of using racial fear brutally or subtly (the old Democratic Party, the current Republican Party) it will be more prone to it.)

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Posted by PhoenixAlly
02/10/2010  at  12:59 AM
Limbaugh is an idiot ...

and so are his fans.  Anything else I could say about him probably violates the terms of use of this website.

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