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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Irony?

As just about everyone in the country knows by now, CNN host Rick Sanchez was fired after he made some controversial comments in a radio interview.

First, Sanchez said that he was automatically regarded as second tier by the "Northeast, establishment liberals" because of his Cuban background. Then he complained that Jon Stewart had picked on him because he was Hispanic. When it was pointed out to Sanchez that Stewart was also a minority because he was Jew, Sanchez replied with a laugh, "Very powerless people. He's such a minority, I mean, you know… Please, what are you kidding?…I'm telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority? Yeah. I can't see someone not getting a job these days because they're Jewish."

So, because Sanchez had the temerity to voice that old anti-Semitic canard that Jewish people have a lot of power, some Jewish people proved what a liar he was by....having him immediately fired.

Wouldn't Jewish people be bettter off -- and in fact stir up less anti-Semitic feeling -- by not objecting quite so violently whenever anyone blurts out the truth about how much power they have? And, perhaps, by not wielding it quite so nakedly?

One further question: if it is considered anti-Semitic to talk about how much power Jewish people have, would it be considered pro-Semitic to say the opposite? Then let me be the first to establish my pro-Semitic credentials: Jewish people have absolutely no influence in this country. There is nary a Jewish person to be found in the media. AIPAC is a toothless organization. Jewish people never stick up for each other. And it is sad how they always seem to end up at the bottom of the economic ladder. 

There. I hope that puts me in the Anti-Defamation League's good graces.

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