Sunday, December 19, 2010
[The following, by Matt, is crossposted from Huffington Post Monitor.]
To Whom It May Concern,
Hello, my name is Matt and I have been a loyal reader of the Huffington Post for two years now. I enjoy the HP's variety of articles, and in particular the World and Sports sections. I personally think you should cover the successes of the New England Patriots in more detail, but that's not why I'm writing to you today.
I was reading a blog post by MJ Rosenberg and I became very concerned about the ideas written "in between the lines" of the post. Rosenberg wrote about a recent bill passed through Congress condemning the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state, but the focus of the blog post was on AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. I'm sure I don't need to tell you what AIPAC is, but I should point out that AIPAC members and lobbyists are all Americans. Something to keep in mind going forward.
What was truly disturbing about Rosenberg's post came towards the end, when he wrote his thesis statement:
"But, for now, the bottom line is money. The U.S. government dances to Israel's tune because it is afraid to risk campaign contributions from a few dozen fat cats. That is the whole story."
Since that is "the whole story" I hope you don't mind me quoting Rosenberg out of context. Please go and read the comment in context if you feel the need.
When I read this quote, I interpret it the following way: "The US government 'dances' for Israel because of Jewish money.'" Rosenberg does not say who exactly the "fat cats" are in his blog post, but it is not very much of a stretch to go from fat cats to AIPAC, and from AIPAC to Jewish. After all, AIPAC supports the Jewish state and its supporters are mostly (but not entirely) Jewish. For me (and for other posters, as I will describe below), the message was abundantly clear.
This idea of Jewish money controlling governments is a blantantly anti-Semitic trope that has been around at least since the publishing of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the anti-Semitic forgery that claimed a conspiracy of Jewish leaders were working to take over the world through government and media control. Jews controlling America was a favorite idea of Henry Ford, whose book The International Jew described what Rosenberg described, Jewish power through money. In more modern times, the concept of the Zionist-Occupied Government, as in, a government completely controlled by "Zionists," not Jews, has grown out of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, with the use of the term 'Zionist' as a fig leaf instead of Jew. Needless to say, these ideas being published in a mainstream influential newspaper such as the Huffington Post, however thinly disguised, is extremely disturbing to me.
I would like to call your attention to Rosenberg's readership. I have taken screenshots of a number of comments made in the comments section of Rosenberg's post, and you can see the conclusions that the other users have drawn from the post. The screenshots are attached and the descriptions are below.
Pic1: In this conversation, two users talk about who really control Washington. Washington itself, not US foreign policy, not US Middle East policy, Washington D.C. Who, you ask? They won't say, but it's "foreign interests". Which country could that be? It's probably not Canada!
Pic2: The user warns of Israel supporters working against the interests of the United States. This idea that people who support Israel are traitors is a theme that will come up later.
Pic4: This post showcases numerous anti-Semitic concepts, such as AIPAC "tentacles" and Israeli control of the media. The user "Rianna" also writes AIPAC is a "Jewish lobby", making her more honest than Rosenberg.
Pic5: This user calls for Americans to take back control of their government and questions the loyalty of 'dual citizens' and Israel supporters.
Pic6: This conversation calls for any Americans who support foreign entities to be denounced as traitors. And which two Americans can these users think of? Two Jewish Republican Congressmen, Eric Cantor and Howard Berman. I'm sure out of all the Congresspeople who voted for the bill, it was just a coincidence those two were picked.
Pic7: This user claims America is being controlled by "foreign operatives".
So as you can see, the talkbackers have taken MJ Rosenberg's message to heart and are seeing AIPAC and Israel supporters as traitors to America and cunning manipulators. It is only a matter of time before they make the jump from Israel supporters to Zionists or Jews in general, and Rosenberg is moving them along in that direction. Is this really the message you want the Huffington Post to espouse? Do you want the Huffington Post to be the mouthpiece for age-old anti-Semitic myths, covered with a thin veneer of anti-Zionism? If not, I encourage you to act accordingly and remove MJ Rosenberg from your blogger pool.
I look forward to discussing this more with you and I thank you for your time. Please contact me if you have any questions or comments.