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January 23rd, 2012
03:48 PM ET

Jewish newspaper’s editor resigns over Obama assassination column

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - A Jewish newspaper owner who attracted U.S. Secret Service attention for a column suggesting that Israel consider assassinating an American president has resigned as the paper’s editor, employees there said Monday.

The resignation comes after a firestorm over the column and after a tearful apology from the editor-in-chief of Georgia’s Atlanta Jewish Times, Andrew Adler.

The JTA reported Monday that Adler is selling the newspaper, but the office manager, Jerry Farkas, said that was incorrect and that Adler hadn’t announced plans to sell.

The paper’s newly named interim editor-in-chief, John McCurdy, said in an e-mail that he had not talked with Adler about whether he planned to sell the paper.

Adler wrote a January 13 column about the threat of Iran to Israel, posing three options for the Jewish state. One was a "hit on a president in order to preserve Israel's existence."

The column attracted interest from the U.S. Secret Service, with spokesman George Ogilvie saying Saturday, "We are aware of it. We are taking the appropriate investigative steps."

In an interview with an Atlanta TV station on Saturday, Adler broke down as he apologized for the column.

“All I could do now is let President Obama, the State of Israel, everybody affected in Atlanta’s Jewish community … (know) that I’m sincerely sorry for what has transpired,” Adler told Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters Inc., straining to choke back tears.

“It’s storming outside as we speak, and I’ve always felt that when a storm happens that God’s angry with me,” Adler said.

Farkas said the paper is working with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta to find a permanent managing editor.

The federation had said that it was suspending its relationship with the Atlanta Jewish Times until Adler apologized, agreed to stop writing and gave up editorial control.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Georgia • Judaism

soundoff (742 Responses)
  1. Voice of Reason

    A resignation is appropriate. Kudos to the federation for holding him accountable for such stupity.

    By the way, comments about Jews in Georgia are inappropriate. The person posting suc ignorance should probably do some reading if that is not too much to ask.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
  2. Roger

    I've seen some bad actors before, but this Adler guy is WEAK at trying to pony up the crocodile tears. Israel can take care of itself, it always has since the land was 'given' to them in the post-war land grab of the late 1940s – early 1950s. Adler is clearly another racist hiding behind his 'religious beliefs'. He's a coward.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
  3. skwirrl

    people said this stuff about Bush weekly. Obammer is such a n**ger

    January 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • Roger

      Why is it racists are always so inarticulate?

      January 23, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
  4. Stopthemadness

    Typical for a religious nut job to think bad weather was caused by his behavior. It really cracks me up how insane religious people are.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • Roger

      Amen, sister!

      January 23, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
  5. Rubiconski

    Keeping Americans divided is media job # ONE!

    January 23, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
  6. Dave

    Benjamin Netanyahu said that President Obama did more for Israel than any previous U.S. president. WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING when you wrote the column?

    January 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
  7. Tom

    Andrew Adler is an embarrassment to America:, but he is not alone in that category. Just look at what's left running for president in the republican party.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
  8. paganguy

    Adler should be sent to Guantanamo.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • Thomas

      And left there to rot until he dies of sunstroke.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
  9. Dave

    Resigns but still owns the tabloid... If someone did this to Bush, they would be in Gitmo...

    January 23, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • Roger

      True dat!

      January 23, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  10. Rubiconski

    See...it's working.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
  11. thespiritguy

    "It's storming outside as we speak and I've always felt when it's storming outside God's angry with me..." Wow, no ego there.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • SGT J

      I thought the same thing!

      January 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
  12. Rubiconski

    More zionist manipulation of the media designed to make Americans who are angry with puppet Obama rush to his defense.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • mfhpr

      how funny...thanks for that "wisdom"...

      January 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • Thomas

      Where do you have your head?

      January 23, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
  13. warren e

    Mr attorney general where are you?

    January 23, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • Mike

      Busy hauling another load of military grade weapons to Mexico? That is my bet.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • American Firster

      New York Times where are you?

      January 23, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
  14. Tony Farris

    How come this heading was not on the front page? If it was a middle eastern person saying those words it would have been on prime time news? lets be fare and report the news in whole

    January 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • Thomas

      The media is strictly controlled by AIPAC and the pro Israel organizations in USA.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • Stopthemadness

      When you can spell fair then tell the media how to do their jobs o.k.?

      January 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
  15. brandon

    he always feels that when it storms, God is angry with him? That't... quite a statement to make.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
  16. You Mad?

    “It’s storming outside as we speak, and I’ve always felt that when a storm happens that God’s angry with me,” Adler said.

    A little self-centered are we? Disgusting.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
  17. malcolm in St Louis

    Poor guy he is just trying to be a good redneck like everyone around him. He should post comments like that on Fox where they get lost in the noise.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  18. Leaf on the Wind

    There are jews in Georgia? 😉

    January 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      Inappropriate comment that reflects a level of stupity reflective of someone who is wholly uninformed.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
  19. MICHAEL GRAY

    THAT GUY WAS WRONG FOR SAYING THAT, PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ENOUGH TO DEAL WITH , ESPECIALLY THIS KINDA JUNK!!! HE IS A GOOD PRESIDENT TRYING TO HELP US THROUGH ALL THIS GREED AND HATRED!!!MG

    January 23, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • ELADAVE

      take off your blindfolds

      January 23, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
  20. Julia Gerson

    ALL religions consider themselves favored by God, or 'chosen'.

    January 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • Minorkle

      I know exactly what you mean. Those Unitarians are particularly pesky in that area.

      January 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
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