If there ever was a word that’s being flogged to death by relativist journaillie it is “controversial”. What, Â for heavens sake, is “controversial” about a NYT columnist Â calling Jews ‘pigs?’ And why is he just ‘facing criticism’ for that? Isn’t that reprehensible enough for him to get the sack? The lack of Â a moral compass on the left never ceases to amaze me.
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is facing criticism after retweeting a controversial message that referred to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the National Rifle Association as “the 2 most pig like lobbies” in America.
BY:Â Adam Kredo
New York TimesÂ columnist Nicholas Kristof is facing criticism after retweeting a controversial message that referred to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the National Rifle Association as “the 2 most pig like lobbies” in America.
Longtime Israel critic M.J. Rosenberg, who wasÂ dumpedÂ by the liberal Media Matters for America for his use of borderline anti-Semitic language, authored the controversial tweet Wednesday afternoon. It called to mind recently unearthed statements by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi that referred to Jews as “pigs.”
“OBAMA told the 2 most pig like lobbies, AIPAC & NRA, to drop dead in same month. Next: Chamber of Commerce,” Rosenberg wrote.
The missive was thenÂ retweetedÂ by Kristof and a slew of others.
Rosenberg regularly engages in anti-Israel activism on Twitter and has repeatedly used the term “Israel firster,” a phrase with origins in the white supremacist movement that many consider anti-Semitic.
One official with a Jewish organization told theÂ Free BeaconÂ that Kristof’s repetition of such rhetoric is surprising given that it occurred on the same day that theÂ New York TimesÂ ran an editorialÂ in its print edition against Morsi’s anti-Semitic remarks.
“It is quite extraordinary that on the same day theÂ TimesÂ decries Morsi’s description of Jews as pigs, one of their premier columnists invokes the same language about a Jewish organization,” the activist told theÂ Free Beacon.
TheÂ TimesÂ on Wednesday referred to Morsi’s contention that Jewish people are the descendants of “apes and pigs” as “repulsive.”
Another pro-Israel activist who asked to remain anonymous said Kristof is helping to promote anti-Semitic slurs.
“Given that RosenbergÂ regularlyÂ deploys rhetoric associated with neo-Nazis and classic Jew hatred, engaging in what has been described by the Simon Wiesenthal Center as ‘toxic anti-Jewish prejudice,’ it is shocking to see aNew York TimesÂ journalist promoting his ideas,” said the Jewish leader.
“If Father Coughlin were on Twitter, would it be OK forÂ NYTÂ employees to be promoting his sermons, too? Perhaps Mr. Kristof is unaware of what he is doing?” asked the source.
Kristof and aÂ New York TimesÂ communications official did not respond to aFree BeaconÂ request for comment.
Kristof has facedÂ criticismÂ in the past for his writings and musings about Israel.
He repeatedly has blamed Israel for the impasse in the peace process andmaintainsÂ that the Jewish state’s security measures are callously aimed at oppressing the Palestinian people.
Nor is this the first time Kristof has taken heat for tweeting about Israel.
CommentaryÂ magazine notedÂ last yearÂ that Kristof authored several offensive comments about the Jewish state as it celebrated its independence day, which is referred to by Palestinians as Nakba Day, or the day of “catastrophe.”
“Do I have this right? Israeli forces fired today on protesters at 3 different bordersâ€”Gaza, Syria and Lebanon?” heÂ tweetedÂ at the time.
“Pres. Assad must be so relieved that Israel shot Syrians at the border, distracting from his own shootings of Syrians,” heÂ tweetedÂ hours later.