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Resurgence of Anti-Semitism in Mainstream American Media: FAIR

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Issue: 29 Section: International News Geography: USA Topics: racism, media

June 10, 2005

Resurgence of Anti-Semitism in Mainstream American Media: FAIR

FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting), an American media watch group, claims that the mainstream press in the US has not only failed to cover "increasing anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish sentiment in many places around the globe," but has also been complacent in allowing "anti-Jewish outbursts" from many of its commentators.

The FAIR report cites various anti-Semitic comments from nationally-syndicated radio and television commentators and their guests. These included Don Imus of MSNBC, who called the book publishers Simon & Schuster "thieving Jews" on his popular radio show; Bill O'Reilly of Fox News, who told a Jewish caller to his radio show to "go to Israel" if he was upset about "Christmas going into the schools;" and Bill Donohue, Catholic League president and guest on MSNBC's Scarborough Country, who claimed that "Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular."

The recent resurgence in anti-Semitic comments by mainstream commentators and guests is attributed to "an aggressive form of religious nationalism" that has gained momentum since the re-election of George Bush last November. This religious nationalist movement, according to FAIR, is seeking out a scapegoat to serve a powerful conservative mandate.

Sandy Hager

FAIR: The Mainstreaming of Anti-Semitism

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