To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle.
--- George Orwell

Friday, January 31, 2014

Was Yanked Economist Cartoon Anti Semitic Or Just Politically Inconvenient? (The ‘Less Is More’ Version)

There’s a lot more to say about last week’s kerfluffle over an editorial cartoon yanked from the web edition of this article in the Economist after complaints that it played off an old anti Semitic trope of "Jewish control" over the government. (In fact the cartoon, with two Stars of David impishly embossed on the US congressional seal, was really taking a poke at the undue influence of the Israel lobby, as seen in AIPAC's outsize role in pending Senate legislation to increase sanctions against Iran.)   

For now though, the moral of this story seems to be: When the truth gets anywhere even remotely close to a trope, just shout "canard!" It certainly worked in this case.

Score one for the bullies.  

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