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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

My Essay Published by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs


Anti-Israelism and Anti-Semitism in Progressive U.S. Blogs/News Websites:

Influential and Poorly Monitored

Adam Levick

  • Sixty-seven percent of the worldwide internet population visit social networking sites and blogs (web 2.0). These are now outpacing email in popularity. According to Nielsen Online they have become the fourth most popular online category. The popularity of political blogs is increasing as traditional media struggle to stay afloat.
  • The three most popular progressive political blogs in the United States are Huffington Post, Salon, and Daily Kos. These three together have over thirteen million unique visitors per month.
  • Within these three blogs a number of historical anti-Semitic staples appear frequently: excessive Jewish power and control over society/government; Jewish citizens are more loyal to Israel than to their own country; Israel resembles Nazi Germany; Israel is demonized.
  • In part because of the huge size of the blogosphere - there are thousands of bloggers at Daily Kos alone - such hateful commentary often escapes the kind of scrutiny that the traditional media faces. A major challenge is that anonymity provides bloggers with moral impunity.


Full article HERE:

http://www.jcpa.org/JCPA/Templates/ShowPage.asp?DBID=1&TMID=111&LNGID=1&FID=381&PID=0&IID=3211

3 comments:

Rob said...

You referenced Greenwald's shameful piece on 1/4/09, but I'm surprised you didn't mention the fact that he actually posted this link to a terrorist propaganda video in that column.

http://muslimtv.magnify.net/video/ISRAEL-CARNAGE-CIVILIANS-CHILDR

And the only reason he issued a (feeble) retraction was because a few of us pointed out what pure bunk it was.

I raked him over the coals for posting that video and have never truly stopped. It starts with this letter to him:

http://letters.salon.com/7e9f7788bf11819f827e128002dc7eec/author/index43.html

You can follow along if you like. But I warn you, there are other letters in there about sports and politics. I'm also an ardent liberal and *gasp* a Mets and Giants fan.

Keep up the good work documenting all the ugly BS on these sites.

As an aside, on Kos, I'd recommend looking at WinSmith. He's called out Greenwald numerous times.

Adam Levick said...

Thanks for the info, Rob. I wasn't aware about Greenwald posting that terrorist propaganda video.

Robert H said...

You're welcome.

Keep it in the quiver for the next time you need to criticize Greenwald's pathetic excuse for journalism.

Incidentally, someone linked to your JCPA piece in Salon letters. I read it, found you on facebook and then came to this blog.

That's how I know you're an anti-seMetite. And sorry about the Phillies. I was rooting for them.

Personally, sometimes I get so disgusted by the hateful anti-semitism on the left and right, it makes me want to move to Haifa. And I've never been to Israel.

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