Business site raises eyebrows by asking 'Why Do Some People Hate Jews?'
Business Insider CEO and Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget in New York earlier this year.
May 30th, 2012
10:25 AM ET

Business site raises eyebrows by asking 'Why Do Some People Hate Jews?'

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - The Business Insider, a popular business-focused news website, posted a curious headline on its site: “Why Do Some People Hate Jews?”

Tuesday's headline and accompanying blog post, from Business Insider CEO and Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget, wound up turning a lot of heads. The avalanche of response and criticism prompted Blodget - a high-profile former Wall Street analyst - to revise his headline and offer explanations/defenses of his post throughout the day.

“Along with many other sites, this site is occasionally visited by people whose mission in life appears to be to express hatred of Jews,” Blodget wrote in his original post. “And hatred of Jews has obviously been an ongoing theme worldwide for centuries.

“What is the source of this animosity? Why does it perpetuate itself? Where did this prejudice come from?”

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The query drew plenty of tongue wagging from many corners of the Internet. “That’s right, there sure is nowhere better to suss out the reasoning behind one of the greatest attempted genocides of our modern times than in an Internet comments section,” Mediaite jested in a post that seethed disapproval.

“Is this how websites get traffic now?” Mediaite writer Jon Bershad continued. “Should Mediaite’s next slideshow be 'Top 10 Stereotypes About Black People'?"

Later Tuesday, Blodget updated his piece with a new headline, “What Are the Sources of Anti-Semitism?” explaining the initial headline “made a lot of people angry ...  (s)o I changed it.”

Blodget also subbed out the original photo, which he characterized as featuring a pair of “jovial Orthodox Jews,” with a picture of Jewish actress Natalie Portman. He wrote that some readers found the original photo “needlessly provocative.”

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By day’s end, Blodget offered his seventh update, saying that he wish he’d never published the piece. “Whatever interesting responses came from the post, I now regret writing it,” Blodget wrote. "I am very sorry to anyone I offended. I sincerely apologize.”

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  1. Joshuahn

    While I am at it..............Look at how many factions there are inside the 'later-to-come-into-existence' religions like Christianity and Islam, and see how they are committing such and so many terrible moves on each other (externally and internally). I do not see the Jews doing that to each other. Perhaps their spiritual solidarity is something that others feel zelotypic about. "How can they keep holding it together, and from long before our religion(s) were even made up, yet we cannot? What else can we invent about them to mask our own inconsistencies and striving for power and domination over the resources of our parochial worlds?" This is why all religion needs to be kept out of politics. Do we need to keep repeating our same mistakes?

    May 11, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
  2. Joshuahn

    People who choose to hate the Jews do so predominantly because they think of them as easy to bully. This truth is purely because there are so few of them than other 'groups' of self-naming peoples. I also know for fact that because the ultra-religious Jews dress and sometimes act in an archaic and often 'dorky' way it makes them a target of off-the-cuff abuse more flowingly. I am not Jewish so this is not a defense on their part, it is simply their reality. Why would anyone desecrate their grave sites? How inordinately cowardice is that, seriously? Really, anyone who is prepared to accept and even bolster support for the Holocaust has to be sick to the worst degree. Since when has it ever been alright for children to suffer such and so many horrors? I know implicitly that the Jewish people do not wish the same upon anyone else, they just want to be left alone to get on with their lives and do business. The people who have screwed us most throughout history are those still doing it today at scales most folks can't even get their hidebound heads around. The Christians and the Muslims are and have
    been the biggest warmongers and abusers of human rights throughout history, any half-educated person can see that. This is why religion and politics must be kept apart at all costs. This is mankind's and society's biggest and most important concern right now. We would all live in a much happier, war-free, child-loving world had this been addressed centuries ago. Get real.

    May 11, 2013 at 6:34 pm |
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  4. yahmez

    I do not hate Jews, but I do hate all religions. Every one. I believe church based businesses and investments should be taxed. I especially hate political pressure from religious groups that cause society to bend to the will of dogmatic BS.

    June 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
    • l3anana

      you've been on /r/athiesm, haven't you? that stuff may be like a circlejerk of crack, but that stuff's not healthy for you.

      July 2, 2012 at 10:45 am |
  5. nonredneck

    I think it started in the Western world when the Romans conquered ancient Judea (part of Israel) and granted the Jews an exemption to worshiping the cult of the Roman emperor. This made the Roman population angry at them. When Christianity came into force as the official religion of Rome, the local population transferred their hate of Jews previously established before Christianity into this new religion. As Christianity spread, the hatred of Jews spread with it. My theory anyway.

    June 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
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