John Cusack Posts, Then Deletes Anti-Semitic Tweet: ‘Follow the Money’


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Actor John Cusack posted and then quickly deleted a tweet on Monday that trafficked in anti-Semitic tropes and imagery. Quote-tweeting above an illustration of a giant hand marked with a Star of David that was crushing people, Cusack wrote “Follow the money.” Its invoking of longstanding stereotypes about Jews quickly drew the ire of others on Twitter. The original Tweet was a reply to Cusack––a vocal Bernie Sanders supporter––and another Sanders-supporting account, @GottaBernNow, as part of a discussion of the Israeli occupation and a recent Israeli military attack that damaged a Palestinian hospital. As of publication time, it remains up. Cusack offered various excuses for his post before finally apologizing.

BuzzFeed News Issues Correction to Story on Synagogue Vandal’s Wife Following Ben Shapiro


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BuzzFeed News is issuing a significant correction to their report suggesting Ben Shapiro might have contributed to a vandal’s descent into anti-Semitic, alt-right extremism. Indiana resident Nolan Brewer was sentenced to three years in prison in the last few days after being charged for graffitiing a synagogue with swastikas and Iron Crosses. As Brewer pled guilty in court and talked about how he became radicalized, he tried to shift blame to his wife by saying she enabled him and introduced him to writings from Shapiro and other right-wing elements. As Buzzfeed News reported the case, the outlet suggested in a tweet that Brewer’s path to radicalization included reading up on Shapiro’s writings. In a new tweet correcting the former, BuzzFeed acknowledged that Brewer told prosecutors it was his wife who read Shapiro.

Senior Bernie Sanders Adviser Rips Politico for ‘Wildly Anti-Semitic’ Use of ‘Cheap Jew’ Trope Against Bernie


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David Sirota Rips Politico 'Anti-Semitic' 'Cheap Jew' Bernie Sanders Politico Magazine spent the weekend getting blasted for a profile that promoted anti-Semitic tropes against Bernie Sanders, including by senior Sanders campaign adviser David Sirota. The article, entitled “The Secret of Bernie’s Millions,” explores the path Sanders took to amass “a net worth approaching at least $2 million,” and featured the writer noting that Sanders “might still be cheap, but he’s sure not poor.” That sentiment, expressed in a tweet, earned outrage from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who also called Politico out for its use of an image that showed Bernie Sanders standing next to a tree whose leaves are made of hundred-dollar bills, sometimes referred to as “Benjamins.”

Valerie Plame on Sharing Anti-Semitic Article: ‘Not Who I Am… We All Make Mistakes’


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Valerie Plame, the former CIA officer infamously outed in 2003, is running for Congress. She spoke with MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt about her run on Sunday night, but she also addressed an anti-Semitic article she shared in 2017. Back in September 2017, Plame shared an article that was titled “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars,” subsequently clarifying in a tweet, “First of all, calm down. Re-tweets don’t imply endorsement. Yes, very provocative, but thoughtful. Many neocon hawks ARE Jewish.” She later apologized and said, “OK folks, look, I messed up. I skimmed this piece, zeroed in on the neocon criticism, and shared it without seeing and considering the rest.” After talking about the Scooter Libby pardon, Hunt brought up to Plame a recent National Review article on her sharing that piece:
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Mel Gibson, Inexplicably, Set to Star in a New Comedy Film Rothschild


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Mel Gibson is set to star in an upcoming film: A satire apparently based on the Rothschild family. The controversial actor and filmmaker made enough headlines recently after news broke that he’s going to star in an Christmas move. But on Monday, reports came in that director Jon S. Baird has tapped Gibson and Shia LaBeouf to be the leads in his latest flick: Rothschild. Hollywood Reporter described the project as a “black comedy” that will tell the story of Becket Rothschild (played by LaBeouf), who clashes with grandfather Whitelaw Rothschild (Gibson) as he works to take his place among New York’s wealthy elite. The film is clearly based on the Rothschild family, which has been central to anti-semitic conspiracy theories for centuries. Conspiracy theorists blamed the Rothschilds for controlling everything from politicians to the weather. Given Gibson’s history of anti-Semitic controversies, a backlash on social media has ensued over
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NY Times Publisher Says in Memo They’re ‘Taking Disciplinary Steps’ With Editor Who Published Anti-Semitic Cartoon


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The New York Times is taking further action in response to the anti-Semitic cartoon that ran in its international edition. Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger sent out a memo today announcing several steps they’re taking, including “changing our production processes to ensure adequate oversight and address issues with the international Opinion pages that enabled this mistake.” He said the Times it no longer running “syndicated cartoons, which are created by those with no direct ties to The Times,” their contract with CartoonArts International has been cancelled, and they are “taking disciplinary steps” with the editor who ran with it. Sulzberger also announced that the Times‘ bias training will be updated “to ensure it includes a direct focus on anti-Semitism”:
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NY Times Editorial Board Criticizes Paper for Publishing ‘Obviously Bigoted’ Anti-Semitic Cartoon


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The New York Times editorial board has put out an editorial tonight criticizing the paper for the publication of an anti-Semitic cartoon in its international edition. The Times put out a statement over the weekend expressing regret for the cartoon, then apologized in their second statement. Columnist Bret Stephens excoriated the paper in his column for running the “despicable” cartoon. And now the paper’s editorial board has written a piece on how the Times must learn from history:
The Times published an appalling political cartoon in the opinion pages of its international print edition late last week. It portrayed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel as a dog wearing a Star of David on a collar. He was leading President Trump, drawn as a blind man wearing a skullcap. The cartoon was chosen from a syndication service by a production editor who did not recognize its anti-Semitism. Yet however it Continue reading "NY Times Editorial Board Criticizes Paper for Publishing ‘Obviously Bigoted’ Anti-Semitic Cartoon"

Kellyanne Conway and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Go to (Twitter) War Over Terror, Faith, and… Trump


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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway got into a battle with New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday over tangled questions and implications regarding politicizing tragedy, religious faith, and who is anti- what -ity or -ism. It began when, during a lengthy conversation about President Trump and condemnation of anti-Semitism on CNN Sunday morning, Conway said to host Jake Tapper that Ocasio-Cortez had tweeted extensively about the murdering of people of faith while they worshiped in New Zealand, but had not tweeted about the murder of people of faith while they worshiped in Sri Lanka on Easter. Watch:

Not long after, CNN Political Analyst Julian Zelizer mistakenly tweeted that Conway had suggested Ocasio-Cortez had not tweeted about the synagogue shooting in California. Conway then corrected him in a tweet, arguing that she hadn’t said that Ocasio-Cortez failed to tweet about the shooting of Jewish congregants, and murder of one, in
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WATCH: Fox Dumps Tree of Life Synagogue Member in Mid-Sentence as He Blames Trump for Rise in Anti-Semitism


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Fox News anchor Jon Scott dumped a guest in mid-sentence just seconds after asking him “Why the rise in anti-Semitism?” and just as the guest, a member of the Tree of Life Synagogue that was the site of a terrorist mass murder in October, was going in on Trump’s recent defense of his remarks on Charlottesville. On Fox Report with Jon Scott this weekend, Scott was interviewing Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joel Rubin, about the then-unfolding shooting at a synagogue in California. Less than seventy seconds into their interview, Rubin was abruptly dumped for a Salonpas commercial. Scott began by asking Rubin about the “terrible memories” that this latest shooting must evoke, and Rubin told Scott that “it’s very troubling that, six months after the Tree of Life shooting in my hometown of Pittsburgh… that the lessons have not yet been learned, and that the political Continue reading "WATCH: Fox Dumps Tree of Life Synagogue Member in Mid-Sentence as He Blames Trump for Rise in Anti-Semitism"

NY Times Issues Statement on Anti-Semitic Cartoon That Ran in Int’l Edition: ‘Error of Judgment fo Publish’


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The New York Times has issued a statement admitting a serious error in running an anti-Semitic cartoon in its international edition. The cartoon in question, per the Jerusalem Post, ran in the Opinion section of the international edition of the paper next to a Thomas Friedman column. The Times issued a brief statement Saturday morning admitting to an “error of judgment,” which is putting it lightly:
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Booker: Trump’s Rhetoric on Rep. Omar Fuels the Kind of Hate That Manifests Itself in Violence and Terror


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The big 2020 candidates are gathered together once again, Tuesday, speaking at the She The People Forum taking place in Houston. During his time on stage, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker was asked by a member of the audience to talk about Rep. Ilhan Omar and the controversies around her commentary since taking office this year. “My question is about Ihlan Omar. She was recently critical of the outsize influence of AIPAC in determining US foreign policy, including funding of Israel,” began the audience member. “Subsequently she has received condemnation from the president and members of her own party, as well as death threats. What will you do as president to protect the right of courageous women of color to criticize US policy even when directed at allies?” Omar has faced condemnation and reproach over more than one set of comments, including being casually dismissive of the 9/11 attacks Continue reading "Booker: Trump’s Rhetoric on Rep. Omar Fuels the Kind of Hate That Manifests Itself in Violence and Terror"

Adam Schiff Tells Tapper Only Trump Believes ‘There are Good People on Both Sides of a Nazi Rally’


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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff ripped Donald Trump for accusing Democrats of anti-Semitism, noting that it’s not the Democratic Party that believes that there are good people on both sides of a Nazi rally. There’s just one party and one party leader who believes that, and that’s Donald Trump.” On Sunday morning’s edition of CNN’s State of the Union, host Jake Tapper played a clip of Trump claiming that “the Democrats have even allowed the terrible scourge of anti- Semitism to take root in their party and in their country,” remarks he made at the Republican Jewish Coalition Convention in Las Vegas. “You’re one of the highest-ranking Jewish members of Congress. What’s your response?” Tapper asked. “Well, I hate to even dignify those remarks,” Schiff said, then responded to the remarks at length. “Look, it’s not the Democratic Party that believes that there are good people Continue reading "Adam Schiff Tells Tapper Only Trump Believes ‘There are Good People on Both Sides of a Nazi Rally’"

Nancy Pelosi at AIPAC: ‘The Full House Came Together to Condemn the Anti-Semitic Myth of Dual Loyalty’


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During her speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference on Tuesday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) praised the anti-hate resolution the House of Representatives passed last month. The resolution was originally a resolution against anti-Semitism in response to comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). “In our democratic societies we should welcome legitimate debate on how best to honor our values and to advance our priorities without questioning loyalty or patriotism,” Pelosi said. “This month, the full House came together to condemn the anti-Semitic myth of dual loyalty and all forms of bigotry with a resolution that, quote, rejects the perpetuation of anti-Semitic stereotypes in the United States and around the world, including the pernicious myth of dual loyalty and foreign allegiance, especially in the context of support for the United States-Israel alliance,” she continued. “I simply declare to be anti-Semitic is to be anti-American. It Continue reading "Nancy Pelosi at AIPAC: ‘The Full House Came Together to Condemn the Anti-Semitic Myth of Dual Loyalty’"

Rep. Ilhan Omar Was ‘Sincerely Befuddled’ On Israeli Foreign Policy in Rare Admission of Being Underinfomed


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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) apologized online for saying “Israel has hypnotized the world” to commit “evil,” adding she did not realize her sentiments would be offensive to Jews. “In all sincerity, it was after my CNN interview that I heard from Jewish orgs. that my use of the word ‘Hypnotize’ and the ugly sentiment it holds was offensive,” the Democratic Congresswoman tweeted early Tuesday morning, agreeing with New York Times opinion writer Bari Weiss, who had speculated earlier that “perhaps Ms. Omar is sincerely befuddled and not simply deflecting” with her comments about Israel.

GOP State Sen Candidate Apologizes for Depicting Jewish Opponent Grasping Cash: ‘Hate Speech…Does Not Belong’ in Politics


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After sending out a flier depicting his Jewish opponent with fistfuls of cash, a GOP candidate for Connecticut state senate is now apologizing for the “heartbreaking” impact of the ad. The mailer, which targeted Ed Charamut’s Democratic challenger, Rep. Matt Lesser, quickly gained national attention as critics found the image of the grinning politico clutching wads of bills to be anti-Semitic. For that, Charamut issued a mea culpa. “We sincerely apologize to Matt Lesser, the Jewish Community and anyone who found the mailer to be anything other then a depiction of policy differences between the two candidates,” he told Mediaite Wednesday, despite having defended the mailer the day before. Charamut explained that while the ad was meant to highlight Lesser’s record, “it is clear now that the imagery could be interpreted as anti-Semitic, and for that we deeply apologize as hate speech of any kind does Continue reading "GOP State Sen Candidate Apologizes for Depicting Jewish Opponent Grasping Cash: ‘Hate Speech…Does Not Belong’ in Politics"

Al Jazeera Apologizes for Tweeting Anti-Semitic Meme About Climate Change


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Al Jazeera is apologizing to their Twitter followers after posting an anti-Semitic image on their English online page. The tweet had an anti-Jewish cartoon caricature giving commentary about the U.S. decision to leave the Paris Agreement this week. Though the tweet has been deleted, it was up long enough for people to take screenshots: Al Jazeera put out a statement on the matter, apologizing for the tweet: Washington Free Beacon spoke with a senior producer for Al Jazeera about the incident, and they explained that the anti-semitic meme came from a tweet directed towards the outlet back Continue reading "Al Jazeera Apologizes for Tweeting Anti-Semitic Meme About Climate Change"