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August 21, 2017 2:07 pm

New York Times Blames the Jews for Donald Trump

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The New York Times is blaming the Jews for Donald Trump.

That’s what I took away from two pieces in the newspaper over the weekend.

The first was a news article from Jerusalem, headlined, “As Trump Offers Neo-Nazis Muted Criticism, Netanyahu Is Largely Silent.”

The article faulted the Israeli prime minister for failing to condemn President Trump in a manner that the Times judged to be sufficiently speedy and specific.

This is strange on two fronts. First, it’s a double standard. When Netanyahu publicly faulted former President Barack Obama for the Iran nuclear deal, the Times complained he was meddling in US politics and making an enemy out of an American president. Now that Netanyahu is doing his best to avoid a public fight with an American president, he gets criticized for that, too.

Second, the Charlottesville marchers weren’t just antisemites, they were also, at least reportedly, racists. It was a Confederate statue that triggered the whole thing, not any Jewish symbol. But the only country whose leader got put on the spot in a full-length Times news article, at least so far as I can tell, was Israel. There was no full-length Times news article I saw about any majority black African or Caribbean countries or majority Asian countries (other than Israel) and their prime ministers’ or presidents’ reactions or non-reactions to Trump’s response to the Charlottesville events. Maybe there were some such Times articles that I missed. But I usually read the paper pretty carefully, and I sure did not spot any.

In the same Saturday issue of the Times came a column by Bret Stephens headlined “President Jabberwock and the Jewish Right,” critical of “right-of-center Jews who voted for Donald Trump in the election.” This is such a small group in proportion to Trump’s overall support that it’s hard to see why it merits an entire column. Not a single one of these “right-of-center Jews who voted for Donald Trump in the election” is actually named in the column, which claims that such Jews are now subject to “moral embarrassment.”

The column says Jews should have known not to vote for Trump because of “the denunciations of ‘globalism’ and ‘international banks’ and the ‘enemy of the American people’ news media.” Yet on July 3, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt sent a message denouncing “the old fetishes of so-called international bankers.” Plenty of Jews nonetheless voted for FDR without any moral embarrassment. Likewise, Bernie Sanders attacks the press, including CNN and the New York Times, just about as vociferously and directly as Trump does. Plenty of Jews voted for Sanders, too, and Sanders’ attacks on the press haven’t been widely interpreted as antisemitic.

In my own view, the danger of antisemitism right now is less in the Oval Office and more in the Times comment section and editorial moderation. It was just days ago that the Times was assuring us that its decision to award a gold ribbon and “NYT Pick” stamp of approval to a reader comment describing Netanyahu as a “parasitic thug” was an inadvertent mistake. Yet in the comments on the Stephens column, the Times again awards a gold ribbon and “NYT Pick” label to a comment that reads in part, “It also remains to be seen whether American Zionists have learned to stop prioritizing ‘good for Israel’ over ‘good for America.’” That comment, which earned “thumbs up” upvotes from at least 410 Times readers, could have easily fit into the Times news article about the Charlottesville racists and antisemites “in their own words.” (It was also consistent with the Stephens column itself, which explicitly mentioned Israel as part of “the gist of the Jewish conservative’s case for Trump,” but omitted taxes, deregulation, or the Supreme Court.)

There was an extended discussion in the Times this weekend about bigoted commenters. That discussion came in a Times magazine article about the website Breitbart. The Times reported:

Breitbart functioned as a legitimizing tether for the most abhorrent currents of the right wing. Benkler referred to this as a ‘‘bridge’’ phenomenon, in which extremist websites linked to Breitbart for validation and those same fanatics could then gather in Breitbart’s comment section to hurl invectives… many of the writers and editors at Breitbart really were inclined to a pedestrian politics, but they were happy enough to welcome bigots if it meant increasing traffic. …he says he doubts that many of his former colleagues realize how deplorable their commenters can be. ‘‘They’re mostly just seen the way a lot of websites see their commenters, which is: ‘Oh, God, these idiots,’ ’’ he said. ‘‘I think there was a lot of opportunism going on. If they could get traffic from those people, then they got traffic from those people.’’

When a Times column blaming right-wing Jews for Trump generates a reader comment with 410 upvotes and a gold ribbon “NYT pick” for asserting that US Zionists prioritize Israel’s interests ahead of America’s, some people might start suspecting the Times itself of engaging in Breitbart-style reader-comment opportunism.

So long as the Times is on the topic of “moral embarrassment” — well, let’s just say, if not much of that seems on display among the paper’s own editors, it’s not because it’s entirely unwarranted.

More of Ira Stoll’s media critique, a regular Algemeiner feature, can be found here.

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  • Sara Hill

    And what if some of its ideas made their way into your body via osmosis? That could leave you very conflicted.

  • Sara Hill

    Don’t you know that the NYT has their own set of “facts”? They have left off two letters from their slogan. ” All THEIR News that’s fit to print”.

  • Florence Weinberg

    Too true!

  • Gnomercy

    If not for double standards, the New York Times would have no standards at all.

  • pacman

    “danger of antisemitism right now is less in the Oval Office and more in the Times comment section and editorial moderation.” and the threat of antisemitism is far greater from the liberal left than any marginal neo nazi group.

  • Mike

    The NYT rag of all rags is responsible for Trump. THey did so by being exactly the toilet paper they are.

  • Camus1

    Yes, US Jews are still blindly showing support to their “team” while Israelis flags were burning out of the democratic convention and Obama was promoting a UN vote that remove the ownership of the western wall in Jerusalem.

  • SaciPerere

    So my comment wasn’t approved?

  • PhillipNagle

    As an American Jew I am proud that voted for Trump. The truth is that the worst anti-Semites are on the Left, BLM, black nationalist and Antifa. They hate Israel and they hate Jews but the far Left New York Times loves them. The Democrat Party has refuse to condemn the anti-Semites of the Left, it is time for Jews to abandon the Democrats.

  • Abu Nudnik

    There is a real problem in vilifying one’s political opponents to the point where you cease recognizing them as human. Such so-called liberals are nothing of the kind.

  • Nehama Nev

    Thanks for this article, – YOU NAILED IT.

  • Nehama Nev

    Thanks for this article, – you nailed it.

  • BonniePrinceCharlie

    As a Scottish Jew living in Manchester, England but with business interests in the USA, I’m really pleased that I also played a small part in helping President Trump to get elected by encouraging family, friends and business associates to vote for him.

  • SaciPerere

    ” “It also remains to be seen whether American Zionists have learned to stop prioritizing ‘good for Israel’ over ‘good for America.’” ”
    There they go again, accusing Jews of dual loyalty.
    Strange how the Nazi accusations against Jews are also pushed by the NYT.
    I think it time that people realised that the NYT is projecting.

  • hoptoit27

    As an American Jew who lives in Ohio I am really pleased that I helped in electing Donald Trump as president. Even today the thought of Hillary Clinton being president gives me the shivers. Trump will be doing me a great favor when he accepts the fact that there will never be a Palestinian state in Israel.

  • Charlie Hall

    Silly article with an inaccurate inflammatory headline. The double standard is all the right wing Jews who would have blasted Obama at 200 decibels had he said anything to coddle American anti-Semites. Regarding Netanyahu, how is it that he was so willing to criticize Obama but not American Nazis? Naftali Bennett was able to make a clear moral statement; maybe he should be the Prime Minister instead?

    And of course most anti-Semites are racists and vice versa! Confederate flags are like Nazi flags and too many Jews don’t understand that.

    • BonniePrinceCharlie

      Most thinking Jews do but their worries lie elsewhere.

      A few weeks ago the Alt-left in the UK joined hundreds of Muslims who were allowed to parade through the centre of London calling for death to the Jews and for the destruction of the State of Israel. Maybe it’s different in the USA; maybe the Alt-left / Antifa would never dream of joining the genocidal Muslims: but ah hae ma doots.

      I believe that we have more to fear from our version of the Alt-left and others who support Jeremy Corbyn – Leader of HM’s Opposition, a bit like your Chuck Schumer but with less obvious vitriol. Whilst the white supremacists might muster a couple of hundred people to march though areas shouting antisemitic and racists slogans, the left can and do bring thousands on to the streets and the vast majority of people taking part in these marches and rallies are members of or associate themselves with the Labour Party which is riddled with antisemitism and anti-Israelism. (At the moment the Labour Party is trying to force our MPs who have the temerity to support Israel and in some cases replace them with Jewish MPs who are critical of Israel and support the Palestinians.)

      Whilst I’m not suggesting that you should ignore the Confederate flag-wavers, they are relatively small in number. How many were there at Charlottesville or Boston compared to the numbers that turned out to oppose them? What influence did they have? You claim – probably correctly – that they support President Trump so that makes him a racist because these people support him. But what about all the racists and antisemites that support the Democrats? Does that make the party racist?

      On the subject if Netanyahu, he criticised Obama because he was taking actions and signing a deal with Iran that put Israel at risk. The few white supremacists that gathered in Charlottesville and Boston and elsewhere posed no such risk to Israel’s security. Context, dear boy. Context.

      PS Where was the outcry from all the leaders of the Black African nations?

  • A I Orenstein

    This is nonsense. They’re not blaming Jews for Trump; they’re blaming Netanyahu for being a jerk, and investing in a U.S. President who does not have the Jews’ best interests at heart.

    And, while Charlottesville was a racist rally, dismissing the anti-Jewish sentiment of the protesters when they were shouting “Jews will not replace us [white culture]” is absurd, and dangerous.

    And, this piece really wonders why Trump is criticized for anti-Semitism while Bernie Sanders is not? I loathe Bernie Sanders and think he’s a fraud with stupid policies, but it is safe to say he’s not anti-Semitic. Come on, this isn’t hard. Don’t join Trump in the anti-reality bubble.

    • Camus1

      “a U.S. President who does not have the Jews’ best interests at heart.” you must be confused with Obama. Trump’s daughter, son in law and great children are Jewish. Do you think that he hate them?

      • Sara Hill

        “Some of my best friends are Jews.” Have you ever heard that one? Nevertheless, I don’t think Trump is an anti-Semite. He should just follow the old reminder to engage brain before opening mouth, or in his case, twittering.

  • speakup4freedom

    Oh let’s blame the Jews for EVERYTHING because we can’t blame ourselves. NYT, if anyone is responsible for Trump getting elected it’s you, because you tow the liberal left brainwashed deranged mental disorder agenda that America is fed up with!

  • AnnieHart

    We support Trump precisely because he denounces the Jew haters on the right who support him. I see far more hatred of Jews from the left and I never heard Hillary or Obama denounce that on their side. Instead they invited groups that hate Jews in as honored guests.

  • tiki

    The NYT, the newspapers with to many self hating Jews running it, trying to ”influence” the world!

  • henrytobias

    Bret Stephens was the editor of The Jerusalem Post in Israel and he did a great job. He then went back to America and wrote for The Wall Street Journal, where he also did a great job. However when Trump won the nomination Stephens lost his moral compass. Stephens hates Trump and this has clouded his journalistic integrity. Trump, so far, has been very favourable to Israel and Netanyahu, so why should Bibi, the consummate politician bite the hand that is feeding him. Stephens is not anti-Israel, but his personal prejudices are showing. A great pity.

    • Sara Hill

      Bret Stephens has a personal ax to grind. He wrote an article called, ” When the White House Lies About You”. I don’t know whether I am allowed to post the link here but it appeared in the NYT on July 26, 2017.

  • Fred

    Well,well the New York Sturmer at long last blames the Jews for Americas ills. I trust the cartoons of the International Greedy Jew will emblazone the New York Sturmer with the American poor as a pawn.
    I always thought this rag of being anti Semitic in the style of Hitlers “Der Sturmer “under Julius Streichers Editorship . If there is nothing new blame the Jew…..

  • Kay

    NYTs has done more to stir up Jew hate than any other newspaper. What a disgusting rag. Thank goodness it works great as a liner in my cat’s litter box

    • Sara Hill

      I wouldn’t line my cats’ litter boxes with that rag, even if it ever made its way into my home. I can deal with my cats’ droppings but wouldn’t want to have to see the sh** in the NYT every time I clean the boxes.

  • Actually, Sec. Clinton’s poor campaign strategy is to blame for President Trump. As for the NY Times, there’s too much coverage about President Trump, and very little reporting on the failure of Congress to pass legislation vital to American voters.

    • Camus1

      She spent $1.2Billions of others people money. I would not call it a “poor campaign”. I don’t like Trump, but I can’t stand Hillary.

      • Sara Hill

        That’s why I was unable to vote in the last election. I mean, I couldn’t figure out who was the lesser of two evils and the other two candidates were no solutiion, either.