Blood Libel

January 13th, 2011

Inspired by Obama calls for healing, not blame, In 2 words, Palin’s effort to address furor stokes it, and Palin and the ‘blood libel’ (Washington Post 1/13/11). Sarah Palin has come out in condemnation of media incitement of hatred. No, she’s not talking about Fox News or right wing talk radio incitement of hatred against liberal, or Muslims, or Obama. She’s talking about the “lamestream” media’s incitement of hatred against her.

 

“But what we cannot do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on each other.” – President Obama speech to the Nation from Tucson, AZ
 
“Yes, we can.” – Sarah Palin (paraphrased)

 

Obama has called for healing instead of blame,

But Sarah Palin doesn’t feel the same.

 

She wants us all to know that she’s the real victim,

Not those unlucky enough to Loughner’s bullets to succumb.

 

To them, she offers Reagan and the Bible.

But to her critics she offers…

blood libel.

 

Blood libel is the false accusation

That Jews make matzo with the blood of Christian children.

 

That allegation has been the justification

For a thousand years of assassination.

 

Those and other antisemitic views

Were responsible for the horrible deaths of millions of Jews.

 

Whole communities were destroyed as a result of this myth,

And those victims are who Palin sees herself as comparable with.

 

It’s “reprehensible” that the media has incited hatred of her

By criticizing Palin’s use of crosshairs, to Gabby Giffords to refer.

 

There could be consequences to Palin’s map, one such critic pointedly said.

Unfortunately, she couldn’t issue a response due to the bullet in her head.

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Here’s the President’s “Together We Thrive” speech 1/12/11 in Tucson (click here for the transcript).

 

Here’s Sarah Palin’s “America’s Enduring Strength” video (click here for the transcript). The contrast between this self-centered, bitter statement and Obama’s speech couldn’t be more stark.
 

Here’s Giffords during the healthcare debate referring to Sarah Palin’s crosshairs map and saying that things like that have consequences.

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Here’s Hardball’s 1/13/11 panel discussion about Sarah Palin’s “blood libel” comment, followed by his “let me finish” comment.

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Here’s the Last Word’s 1/12/11 panel discussion, featuring former Bush speechwriter David Frum and Politics Daily’s David Corn, followed by Lawrence O’Donnell’s excellent “rewrite” (that’s the clip to watch if you’re just going to watch one).

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Here’s Hardball’s 1/12/11 panel discussion with more about Palin’s blood label comment. Howard Fineman makes some excellent points. The second segment also includes discussion of Glenn Beck’s history of inciting violence. The third segment includes discussion of the proposal by Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA) to extend the prohibition on threatening or inciting violence against the President and Vice President (which outlaws putting targets or crosshairs on pictures of them) to members of Congress.

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Here’s The Last Word’s 1/13/11 panel discussion, with more information about the history of “blood libel” accusations, followed by O’Donnell’s revelation that “Team Palin” has been deleting negative reactions to her “blood libel” video from Palin’s Facebook page. Gotta love that free speech!

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Here’s Stephen Colbert’s 1/12/11 report.

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Here’s the Young Turks’ report. Cenk: I love your stuff, but this time you went a little wrong. “Blood libel” was not what antisemites accused the Jews of, it was what the accusers themselves were guilty of by dint of having libeled the Jews as drinkers of Christian children’s blood. So what Palin is saying is that the accusation that her crosshairs map contributed to the Tucson tragedy is a similarly bigoted, false, and libelous accusation. But other than that, great report.

Where’s Palin get the great idea to talk about blood libel? Well, she says she reads the Wall Street Journal, so maybe she got it from this article from a few days before: Glenn Reynolds: The Arizona Tragedy and the Politics of Blood Libel (WSJ.com 1/10/11).

Update 1/14/11: Here’s Hardball’s further panel discusion.

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4 Responses to “Blood Libel”

  1. Newsericks » Blog Archive » Guilty Feelings Says:

    […] Obama has called for healing instead of blame, But Sarah Palin doesn’t feel the same. She wants us all to know that she’s the real victim, Not those who happened to Loughner’s bullets to succumb. It’s “reprehensible” that the media has incited hatred of her By criticizing Palin’s use of crosshairs, to Gabby Giffords to refer. There could be consequences to Palin’s map, one such critic pointedly said. Unfortunately, she couldn’t issue a response due to the bullet in her head. — Blood Libel […]

  2. Newsericks » Blog Archive » Everything’s OK Says:

    […] at campaign rallies, not with those who proudly voted in the last election.” – Sarah Palin on Facebook “The despicable act in Tucson is a horrifying and senseless tragedy, and should be condemned as […]

  3. Newsericks » Blog Archive » Praise When Due Says:

    […] (Unlike some others there’s no need to name). […]

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    […] (Your persecution has been so much like theirs). […]

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