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NY Times publishes clearly anti-Semitic cartoon, deletes only after intense criticism

NY Times publishes clearly anti-Semitic cartoon, deletes only after intense criticism

“This isn’t a dog whistle. This is a dog.”

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The left’s alarming and increasingly blatant Anti-Semitism has reached new lows.  The New York Times International edition published an absolutely appalling cartoon depicting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is featured as a dachshund, leading a presumably “blind” President Trump.

It is so horrifically offensive that the New York Times has since deleted the image online and issued an Editor’s Note explaining that publishing it was an “error in judgment” because the cartoon is “offensive” for containing “anti-Semitic tropes.”  I’m not sure how effective such a note can possibly be since we have all just had (re)confirmed our worst fears about that publication.

The Jerusalem Post reports:

The New York Times International Edition ran a cartoon of an apparently blind US President Donald Trump wearing a yarmulke being led by a dog with a Star of David for a collar and with a face of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on April 25.

The cartoon was part of its Opinion section and appeared next to a column by Thomas Friedman about immigration.

The cartoon was condemned by numerous people over the weekend. It appeared on the April 25 edition but in Israel was available with the end of the Passover holiday, coinciding with the holiday and Shabbat, two days when many observant Jews were not active online.

The much deserved condemnation came from across the political and religious spectrum.

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The New York Times issued the following tweet depicting the upcoming “Editor’s Note.”

Here is a screencap of the note itself via the above tweet.

https://twitter.com/nytopinion/status/1122143162506596354

It’s rather underwhelming and not going over well.

Seth Frantzman, writing at the Jerusalem Post, has a scathing response to the NYT’s Editor’s Note.  He begins by explaining that like most of us, when he first saw the cartoon and that it was in the NYT, he didn’t think it was real.

At a time of rising antisemitism, when we have become increasingly exposed to the notion of dog whistles and tropes that are antisemitic, when there is a lively and active debate about this issue in the US, The New York Times International Edition did the equivalent of saying “hold my beer.”

. . . . I didn’t believe the cartoon was real when I first saw it. Many of my colleagues didn’t believe it either. I spent all day Saturday trying to track down a hard copy. I phoned friends, I got a PDF of the edition, and even then I didn’t believe it.

I had to see for myself. So I drove to a 24-hour supermarket. There on the newsstand was the April 25 edition. I flipped gingerly through, fearing to see Page 16.

And then I found it. It stared back at me: That horrid image of a blind US President Donald Trump with a yarmulke being led by a dog with the face of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Worse, the dog was wearing a Star of David as a collar.

This is what The New York Times thinks of us Israelis. Even if they subsequently said it was an error, they thought it was okay to print a cartoon showing the US president being blindly led by the “Jewish dog”?

And not only that, those who watched as it went to print thought it was fine to put a Jewish skullcap on the US president. Dual loyalty? No need to even wrestle with that question.

It used to be that we were told that Trump was fostering “Trump antisemitism” and driving a new wave of antisemitism in the US. But the cartoon depicts him as a Jew. Well, which is it? Is he fostering antisemitism, or is he now a closet Jew being led by Israel, depicted as a Jewish dog? We used to say that images “conjured up memories” of 1930s antisemitism. This didn’t conjure it up; this showed us exactly what it looked like.

Frantzman then tackles the pathetic, reductive Editor’s Note.

. . . . The New York Times acknowledged this in a kind of pathetic way. They admitted that the cartoon “included antisemitic tropes.” It then noted, “The image was offensive and it was an error of judgement to publish it.”

That’s not enough. An error of judgment would imply that it was just a kind of mistake. “Tropes” would imply that to some people it is antisemitic, but that it’s not clear as day.

But this is clear as day.

This isn’t like some story of unclear antisemitism. This isn’t a dog whistle. This is a dog. This is antisemitic on numerous levels. It’s time to say no more. It’s time to say “They shall not pass.”

This should be a defining moment. It is a defining moment because one of America’s most prestigious newspapers did this, not some small town newspaper somewhere.

Over at the Spectator, Dominic Green provides his own scathing commentary before offering his take on what the NYT should say instead of resting on “tropes” and an “error of judgment.”

What the Times should have said was:

‘We ran a blatantly anti-Semitic cartoon. At a time when anti-Jewish violence and incitement is at levels not seen since 1945, we chose to place gutter racism on our pages. We did this because plenty of our editors share the prejudice of this cartoon; if in doubt, look at our unsigned editorials.

‘We’re so soaked in this that none of us thought that it might be an error to publish a cartoon with clear precursors in fascist, communist, Arab nationalist and Islamist propaganda. Rather than explain this away in the passive tense, we’re going to  name the editors who signed off on this cartoon, and fire them.’

Of course, the Times will do none of this.

That sounds about right, but as Green notes, it will never happen.  Because it’s all true.

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This is front-page material found in Julius Steicher’s Der Stürmer.

Think of the layer-upon-layer of editors that exists in the NYT. And yet this “slipped” through?

Make no mistake – this was no mistake.

    Conservative Beaner in reply to fscarn. | April 27, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Of course it’s no mistake and they don’t care. I’d almost bet most Jews in NYC don’t care either unless they are Orthodox or Conservative.

    The New York Times is no longer fit to print. I wouldn’t even line a bird cage with the Times.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to fscarn. | April 27, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Now they need to publish a Mohammed cartoon, perhaps one where he has a row of 9 year old little girls lined up? I find it very hard to understand how anyone can buy anything he said.

    Milhouse in reply to fscarn. | April 28, 2019 at 12:27 am

    The thing about those “layers upon layers” of fact-checkers and editors is that they don’t really exist. They’re the MSM’s basis for claiming to be better than the blogs, but they let through so many stupid errors, not ideological things but errors that any competent fact-checker or editor, of any political persuasion, would have caught, that the claim has become a joke.

    So I could believe that this was a mistake that was not caught because there was nobody there to catch it. But if they were really sorry they would have announced that everyone involved in publishing it has been sent for training on how not to look like an antisemite. Instead they’re trying to brush it off as simply an unfortunate choice of images to convey a correct message. Because they still don’t get what’s wrong about it.

    Sanddog in reply to fscarn. | April 28, 2019 at 3:28 am

    The person responsible for that cartoon published it because they felt comfortable knowing that everyone in the newsroom would agree with it. They’re probably all confused over the backlash.

    Jackie in reply to fscarn. | April 29, 2019 at 7:44 am

    Actually they will probably get a Pulitzer, just like they did on Russia, Trump collusion where they got everything wrong and ignored evidence of FBI misconduct.

Time to fold, NYT. Crumple up into a ball and die. Learning to code would be too good for you.

Just picking a nit….
One doesn’t “reach” new lows, one “drops” to new lows. One “reaches” new heights,
What a horrifying cartoon.

I wonder how the NYT is feeling about today’s synagogue shooting?

    Paul in reply to lc. | April 27, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Following recent prog “logic” this cartoon clearly “incited” the shooter and the Slimes is to blame.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to lc. | April 27, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    I’m assuming, from the data presented, that they are overjoyed and wishing for a higher body count at the next one, soon.

    Subotai Bahadur

    JusticeDelivered in reply to lc. | April 27, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    “In the suspect’s manifesto he talks about anti-Trump”

    Another TDS, also LPS sufferer, perhaps a bit more deranged than Rags-Rump?

    JusticeDelivered in reply to lc. | April 28, 2019 at 10:53 am

    They probably had an office party.

Trumps fault.
I see twitter jerks blaming Trump for the shooting in Cali, saying he’s encouraging hate in his voting base.
No mention of the hateful trio of ilhan, ocasio castro or tlaib for some (sarcasm) reason.
nyt has been anti semitic since forever. The real hate mongers of the left with the dog whistle to their followers.

LukeHandCool | April 27, 2019 at 7:51 pm

A few days ago Maggie Haberman of the NY Times tweeted concern that the Trump administration playing the song “Edelweiss” at the White House was some kind of NAZI, white supremacist dog whistle. Yeah, a song from the very pro-NAZI Sound of Music from the very pro-NAZI Rodgers and Hammerstein. Good grief.

But she hasn’t tweeted any concern about this cartoon (last I checked).

What are they smoking at the Times?

    LukeHandCool in reply to LukeHandCool. | April 27, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    By the way, for those of you who are not on Twitter.

    I’m the first to admit Twitter is largely garbage.

    However, it is immensely valuable as an insight to the biases and hatred of many establishment media journalists. You see their thoughts and feelings in their almost personal, unguarded moments. And often it’s worse than you expected. They really despise you who are not just like them.

      Mercyneal in reply to LukeHandCool. | April 27, 2019 at 10:01 pm

      In particular, the biases of NY Times reporter Maggie Haberman. Last week she Tweeted that when the White House played “Edelweiss” this was sending an ominous message.

    Watching “Man in the High Castle,” I suspect.

      Milhouse in reply to Perfesser33. | April 28, 2019 at 12:33 am

      I’m sure she was, and was unaware of its origins. But on that show it’s a song of the anti-nazi resistance, just as it is in The Sound of Music, so she still fails.

inspectorudy | April 27, 2019 at 8:10 pm

Wait! Are any of you surprised by this? This is the MO of the left. Say, print or publish a video of something insulting to the right and then say it was an error to do so. And it won’t ever happen again! BS! This is what they do daily. They have no honor or ethics and live in the mindset of a street thug. ALL of them do it and then try to walk it back a little. Any charade of neutrality by the NYT is ridiculous!

4th armored div | April 27, 2019 at 8:29 pm

the NY Slimes needs to be booted from the Washington press corps {e}.

Ignore them until they BEG for forgiveness.

Let them die an unnatural paper demise!

History, and, now, sadly, contemporary events, demonstrate that Jew-hatred does not occur in a vacuum. It is enabled by feckless, self-serving, morally bankrupt collaborators, who provide all manner of political cover, excuses, whitewashing and rationalizations, vis-a-vis the Jew-haters. I’m talking about the sainted Obama’s non-veiled and persistent hostility towards Netanyahu and Israel, and, his callous and flippant dismissal of the targeted murder of Jews in a Paris market, as merely an allegedly “random” attack on some “folks” in a “deli.” I’m talking about the Dhimmi-crats’ contemptible inability and failure to unequivocally and forcefully condemn vile Jew-hater Ilhan Omar; indeed, with leading Party leaders such as Fauxcahontas Warren and Cory Booker going to extreme lengths to rationalize her remarks, and, to give her absolution for her odious bigotry, because she happens to be an African-born, Muslim woman. And, on and on…

    guyjones in reply to guyjones. | April 27, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Oh, I forgot to mention empty-suit and fake Hispanic Robert O’Rourke’s contemptible slander against PM Netanyahu, a few weeks ago, calling him a “racist.” The most despicable and false remark imaginable, but, this ceaseless Israel-demonization and Israel-vilification by the Left and their Muslim, Jew-hating allies, has a palpable effect — it makes Jew-hatred acceptable in some quarters of American and European society and grants it legitimacy and alleged rationalization, under the fig leaves of anti-Israel venom.

    This is where the moral bankruptcy of the Left’s “intersectional” credo is leading us.

    Milhouse in reply to guyjones. | April 28, 2019 at 12:36 am

    the sainted Obama’s […] callous and flippant dismissal of the targeted murder of Jews in a Paris market, as merely an allegedly “random” attack on some “folks” in a “deli.”

    Thanks for reminding me of this. That was exactly like Omar’s complaint that “some people did something, and suddenly everyone’s picking on us poor Moslems”.

    Terence G. Gain in reply to guyjones. | April 28, 2019 at 8:04 am

    “An attack on some folks”. It sounds eerily familiar. The callousness is palpable. Obama’s hate for Bibi escaped condemnation. There was a photo published during Obama’s presidency of Obama and Bibi in the Oval Office which showed Obama staring at Bibi’s profile. The hatred in Obama’s eyes was very obvious and disturbing.

    The NYT thought they could get away with their anti-Semitism because the cartoon also attacks President Trump.

I don’t see the problem with this political cartoon. It is fairly effective rhetoric. Trump is a blind man being led by Jared Kushner? Some of Trump’s own followers feel that way.

    Barry in reply to mrboxty. | April 27, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    “I don’t see the problem with this political cartoon.”

    Anti-Semitic progs like you never do. Your a vile commie racist.

      mrboxty in reply to Barry. | April 27, 2019 at 9:53 pm

      I don’t care if you name call. If you cannot explain the anti-semitic content of the cartoon as opposed to any other political cartoon then you are just a nutter like the progs crying “microaggression!” Or you are the dog hearing the dog whistle. Take your pick.

        JusticeDelivered in reply to mrboxty. | April 27, 2019 at 10:36 pm

        Name calling, especially “nutter”, makes me think that Rags-Rump is at it again.

        Barry in reply to mrboxty. | April 28, 2019 at 2:25 am

        You’re still an anti-Semitic commie.

        inspectorudy in reply to mrboxty. | April 28, 2019 at 11:44 am

        Speaking of being blind! Look at the exaggerated nose of Netanyahu. Look at the breed of dog he is depicted as. Look at the exaggerated length of the dog. Look at the wearing of the yarmulke that Trump is wearing suggesting that he is a Jew. But wait! Last month the NYT claimed he was anti-Semitic! This is not even a political cartoon. It is pure anti-Semitic trope and an insult to both men and their countries! You should be ashamed to have written what you wrote here and maybe think about going to another site to express your biases.

    guyjones in reply to mrboxty. | April 27, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    The dog in the cartoon features Netanyahu’s face, not Kushner’s.

    Portraying Jews as animals in negative context has roots in Nazi propaganda posters depicting Jews as rats; that’s offensive trait number one. And, while dogs may have a positive connotation in the west, they are considered unclean in the Islamic world, and, the cartoon creator was no doubt aware of that fact.

    Offensive trait number two is the cartoon’s playing into age-old canards about Jews exerting nefarious control over non-Jews. Again, a widely-featured trait of European and Nazi propaganda in the first half of the twentieth century, depicting Jews as octopuses, with tentacles encircling the globe.

    Any person possessing a modicum of historical awareness and moral probity would recognize this cartoon as offensive and the furthest thing from innocuous.

Well, at least they’ve gotten to where they can use the term “anti-Semitism”. The left still can’t associate the word “Christian” with the Sri Lanka bombings.

ottovongrubner | April 27, 2019 at 8:58 pm

The US Left’s propensity is now too call anyone who disagrees with them or threatens their power base a Nazi. This is merely projection of their worst faults. So, let’s go to the videotape.

Eugenics – Planned Parenthood, check.
Anti-Semitism – see above, check.
The Big Lie – Russia Collusion, check.
Book burning – removing classics from libraries, check.
Censorship – Twitter, Facebook, check.
Negative Integration – Whites are the enemy, check.
Brownshirts – Antifa goons, check.

I might have missed a few, but it looks like the Left checks all the boxes for being Nazis, if you ask me. Truly, a fart has no nose,

Colonel Travis | April 27, 2019 at 9:11 pm

So Trump is a Jew now and not a Nazi.
Gotcha.

Recall, a few years ago, in a similar bit of water-carrying on behalf of the Jew-hating Dhimmi-crats, at-large, and, the sainted Obama, specifically, that the Times published a chart accompanying an article on U.S. Congressional Representatives who had the temerity to oppose Obama’s farcical, vanity-driven capitulation to Iran’s despots, laughably termed “The Iran Deal,” which chart helpfully included a column stating whether or not the Representative was Jewish. Unbelievable, in this day and age. Or, perhaps not.

Subotai Bahadur | April 27, 2019 at 10:04 pm

One of the signs that we are not going to recover from our current straits with electoral politics is the blatant fact that the Left, the Democrat-Socialists, are unable to restrain themselves. Words will not suffice for them much longer and they will go to open violence. All the while claiming that it is justified by the provocation of the existence of those who do not worship them. The Left will prevent the legal system from dealing with violent attack by their acolytes. So it will be up to victims to defend themselves.

Once is chance.
Twice is coincidence.
Three times is deliberate, hostile action, and must be dealt with accordingly.

Subotai Bahadur

Jews have been thrown overboard by the Democrats.

It’s the price of identity politics. Some races are going to end up on the bottom.

What are you going to do, vote Republican?

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Olinser. | April 27, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    That is exactly what I did, and Trump’s performance has been great, while the Dems performance has been downright pitiful.

The Friendly Grizzly | April 27, 2019 at 10:49 pm

To Olinser; “Jews have been thrown overboard by the Democrats.”

And Jews will continue voting for Democrats. 85% or more.

Come on people, this cartoon is an act of contrition by the NYT. Last week, the dog would have been Putin.

Sinister, isn’t it?

This protends a new step coming in the globalist/leftist/islamic axis.

Remember: all they’ve got left is violence.

Was the Times always this radical left? I remember reading it with my father when I was a kid. We would trade off sections. We assumed that they were objective.

    Barry in reply to Jackie. | April 29, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Depends on when you were a kid.

    For years I would purchase the Sunday edition (in South Carolina) just to read the editorials and some of the international news. That was around 1971 when I was 18 until about 1980. At some point I noticed the leftward bent had become full blown communist supporting and stopped reading. So, IMO, by 1980 the Times had become the Slimes.

The great grandfather of the current publisher of the Times was Jewish, he even belonged to a Reform temple. His grandfather still pretended to be Jewish, but was a virulent anti-Zionist. His father–Punch was his nickname, if you can believe that no longer pretended. The current scumbag is a full fledged Jew hater.
Two things should be noted about the Times–1) the Sulzburgers have retained control of the Times, not because they own a majority of the stock. In fact, their holdings are very small.
Their grip is because corporate structure vests. voting rights in a small group–and the majority of stockholders have no say. This is a problem that can be dealt with my legislation. And because this abuse is not limited to the Times, there is growing sentiment in favor of reform.
The second is the present Scumberger was a hippie who rose to his exalted position the hard way–by being born.

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