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Kathy Shaidle

Will the ADL Apologize to Rush Limbaugh?

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Posted on June 17 2010 3:00 pm
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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Rush Limbaugh likes to joke that he is “documented to be almost always right, 98.8 percent of the time.” And whenever his political predictions prove accurate, listeners know what to expect: his baritone voice lowers even further as he intones, “You see, folks? DON’T… doubt me…”

Now: let’s travel back in time to January of this year, when Limbaugh mused on the air:

To some people, banker is a code word for Jewish; and guess who Obama is assaulting? He’s assaulting bankers. He’s assaulting money people. And a lot of those people on Wall Street are Jewish. So I wonder if there’s – if there’s starting to be some buyer’s remorse there.

Since reality itself is deemed racist these days, it is no wonder that the highly paid, professional insult particle detectors at the Anti-Defamation League jumped on those remarks and deemed Rush an “anti-Semite.”

No matter than it is clear to anyone reading that transcript that Rush is warning that some group of people that doesn’t include him might use the economic meltdown as an excuse to bash Jews (cuz, hey, THAT’S never happened before, right?)

And after some thought, it is equally clear that such a group hates bankers and Wall Street, and supposedly includes Obama. That sounds to me like a pretty good description of… radical leftwing Democrats. And Rush Limbaugh is not radical left-wing Democrat.

But who cares? Bashing Rush Limbaugh based upon intentionally misrepresented, out of context remarks has been a popular sport on both coasts for twenty years.

As it turns out, a few months before Rush made his remarks, two academics conducted a study on “Anti-Semitism and the economic crisis” that’s just coming to my attention now:

The media coverage of the Bernard Madoff scandal made extensive reference to Madoff’s ethnic and religious background and his prominent role in the Jewish community. Because the scandal broke at a time of great public outcry against financial institutions, some, including Brad Greenberg in The Christian Science Monitor and Mark Seal in Vanity Fair, have reported on its potential to generate a wave of anti-Semitism.

Oddly enough, I don’t recall the ADL singling out Vanity Fair or the Christian Science Monitor for criticism…

The authors continue:

Interestingly, Democrats were especially prone to blaming Jews: while 32 percent of Democrats accorded at least moderate blame, only 18.4 percent of Republicans did so (a statistically significant difference). This difference is somewhat surprising given the presumed higher degree of racial tolerance among liberals and the fact that Jews are a central part of the Democratic Party’s electoral coalition.

Are Democrats simply more likely to “blame everything” thus casting doubt on whether the anti-Jewish attitudes are real? Not at all. We also asked how much “individuals who took out loans and mortgages they could not afford” were to blame on the same five-point scale. In this case, Democrats were less likely than Republicans to assign moderate or greater blame.

Yep, that’s all very “interesting.” Alas, it isn’t so “surprising” at all, to anyone who’s been paying attention.

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