Monday, November 15, 2010

The HP and the ADL Kiss and Make Up

I have commented in the past about the Huffington Post's obsession with the Anti-Defamation League, when there was the "Ground Zero Mosque" controversy and the ADL thought the Park51 people should move it. But now a news story has broke about the HP's favorite punching bag, Glen Beck, using anti-Semitic and "the International Jew"-type language to attack George Soros. The ADL condemned Beck for that, and the HPers ate it up. Including Cenk Uyger and  MJ Rosenberg:
"I misjudged Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League...Thanks to the ADL, the Glenn Beck era will likely end sooner than expected."
Hard to imagine that this is the same MJ who just a few months ago declared that:
"The fact is that neither the ADL or its twin...has been about opposing bigotry or even anti-Semitism for at least a decade. They now are entirely about defending Israel -- or, at least their right-wing version of Israel.... The ADL, AJC, Conference of Presidents, and the other "mainsteam" organizations are no longer Jewish organizations, let alone civil rights organizations. They are entirely about defending any and all Israeli policies and, to buttress that goal, demonizing Muslims."
Of course, if MJR saying that he has "misjudged" Foxman is the closest he will come to an apology, that is okay and I'm not going to rub it in. I just miss the days when we judged people and organizations on the content of their character and the sum of their works, instead of just whether or not they agreed with us about a particular issue. Now that the ADL is saying something that Rosenberg likes, does that mean they are no longer dedicated to "demonizing Muslims?" Or is Glen Beck a Muslim? Perhaps he will clear this up for us in a future article. 

1 comment:

  1. If you're a liberal in need of street cred, like Abe "Twentieth Century" Foxman is, roughing up someone on the Right helps.

    It apparently helped the ADL's standing on the HP.


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