Quin, I think it is problematic to accuse Joe Klein, who is Jewish, of bigotry against Jews, although certainly Jennifer Rubin is correct to say that the Time columnist is fostering “conspiratorial paranoia.” Rubin also notes that there is zero factual support for Klein’s accusation that John McCain’s campaign is predominantly funded by “Jewish neoconservatives.” For a journalist, lack of facts is even worse than ill motives. Klein is not even interested in facts; he doesn’t attempt to adduce any evidence (FEC data, names of top McCain campaign donors, etc.) to support his charge.
What Klein seems to be counting on is the “any stick to hit a mad dog” attitude of the liberal media — there is no such thing as an unfair accusation against Republicans (e.g., Time‘s Christmas 1994 cover depicting Newt Gingrich as Scrooge). This is like liberal indifference to racist stereotypes used against Condoleezza Rice. It’s always open season on Republicans in the MSM.
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