October 14, 2003

Racism at the New Republic?

What the heck is up with this in the New Republic by Gregg Easterbrook?

"Set aside what it says about Hollywood that today even Disney thinks what the public needs is ever-more-graphic depictions of killing the innocent as cool amusement. Disney's CEO, Michael Eisner, is Jewish; the chief of Miramax, Harvey Weinstein, is Jewish. Yes, there are plenty of Christian and other Hollywood executives who worship money above all else, promoting for profit the adulation of violence. Does that make it right for Jewish executives to worship money above all else, by promoting for profit the adulation of violence? Recent European history alone ought to cause Jewish executives to experience second thoughts about glorifying the killing of the helpless as a fun lifestyle choice."
Sigh. It's everywhere now, isn't it? It's really everywhere.

Of all the political magazines I read, the New Republic reflects my views the most. But not today. Not this time.

Martin Peretz, it's time to have a chat with your employee. But no one needs to tell you that.

Gregg Easterbrook: Apologize, and I mean really apologize, or get off my blogroll.

UPDATE: Some readers in the comments think Easterbrook is making a reasonable point badly and isn't actually anti-Semitic. That's possible, hence my question mark in the title of this post. He wrote this on his blog, and I know how easy it is to say something dumb while writing "live" without an editor. But he has quite a hole to dig himself out of. Any writer who "accidentally" writes this sentence should probably think again and hit the delete key: "Does that make it right for Jewish executives to worship money above all else, by promoting for profit the adulation of violence?"

See Roger L. Simon and Meryl Yourish for brutal dissections.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at October 14, 2003 9:45 PM
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