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The Mainstream Left's Disturbing Rhetoric

8:35 AM, Jan 14, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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In Haaretz, James Kirchick writes about the mainstream left's disturbing rhetoric:

One of the most notorious newspapers ever published in America was The Spotlight, founded in 1975 by white supremacist Willis Carto. For many years the country's premier hate rag, it peaked at 330,000 subscribers in the early '80s. Alongside support for South African apartheid and exposes of the Bilderberg group, the paper was a regular purveyor of Holocaust denial, with stories like "Jewish Groups Can't Defend Position on '6 Million' Debate" and "Anne Frank Fable Losing Credibility; Establishment Continues to Push 'Diary' as 'True Story.'"    

The Spotlight, which thankfully ceased publication in 2001, wasn't just concerned with falsifying history. When not questioning the existence of the gas chambers, it focused on the "Jewish lobby." And its writers had two terms for describing U.S. Jews and their activism on behalf of the Jewish state: "dual loyalists" who were for "Israel first."  

When Zaid Jilani was recently informed that his use of the latter term had anti-Semitic implications, he professed ignorance. Jilani, a blogger at the Center for American Progress  (CAP ), claimed to be "unaware of all the connotations it carried." That a young blogger at a prominent liberal think tank would see nothing wrong with such language is understandable. It's an indication of just how deep the rhetoric of the far right has seeped into the discourse of the mainstream left.

Jilani is one of several individuals who have come under fire for their commentary regarding Israel and Jews. The controversy started in early December, when Politico detailed how two "core institutions" of the Democratic Party - CAP, a farm team for the Obama administration, and Media Matters for America, a self-described "progressive research and information center" - "are challenging a bipartisan consensus on Israel."   

Whole thing here.

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