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. Brian

    "The likes of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet do business with Israel because they are geniuses."

    Yes, but what are they really thinking? Billy Graham was heard to make anti semitic statements in Nixon's notorious tapes. Also, Henry Ford was one of the most anti semitic people in history. The German Nazis used his book to form some of their racial tactics.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  2. CosmicC

    Oh, and by the way, yes the US Government has committed genocide against Native Americans. Crimes against humanity included military action, deprivation of food, and biological warfare (e.g. intential distribution of blankets from small pox wards).

    May 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • ME II

      The US has committed some awful action, treatment of Native Americans included. What's your point?

      May 30, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
  3. Haterhater

    Every day I wake up Jewish and ask myself why I hate myself so much, to which I reply (to myself) "No, I don't hate myself, why do you ask?" Then I imagine, if I weren't Jewish would I hate myself for being Jewish? which twists my brain into a knot. Maybe it's the residue from Hebrew School that makes me question everything all the time. Well, if I love Jews, then why don't I love all of Natalie Portman's films? (That's a tougher one to answer.) Then I recall the old Jewish teaching that some questions have no worldly answer or perhaps are better left unanswered at least until the sequel (e.g., Darth Vader's paternal relationship to Luke Skywalker was revealed in the second–or was it the fifth?–Star Wars movie). For those of you who've never met a Jew, this is what it feels to live the vida Jewish, so maybe it would be far better to swallow that bitter jealousy and move on with your lives.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • Anon

      racist sc..um!

      May 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • Haterhater

      Anon, exactly right, I was talking about you! Hahahahaha–huh? (Btw, Anon, I'm not laughing at you.) (Ok, I was indeed laughing at you, but I do feel bad if I hurt your feelings. I'd refer you to a psychologist but a non-Jewish one may be hard to find, just goes to show how problematic the vida Jewish may be.)

      May 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  4. DD

    Good job boyo.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  5. Alex Gessong

    Mr. Blodget should not have backed down. He asked a legitimate question. Why would that question make anyone angry? Some of the answers might cause anger, but the question itself should not. Asking questions is one of the ways people learn. Anyone with kids knows this. Would anyone have been angry if the question had been "Why do some people hate other people whose religion is different from theirs?"

    May 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • David X

      You, sir, have expressed my sentiments very succintly, thank you. I try to strike conversations with different groups of people, for the purpose of learning, but often get judged (wrongly) merely by the question I ask at the time. A question is not a point of view; it is merely a question. It seems our society is becoming too politically correct, and the mere mention of certain themes marks us as haters or racists or other negative things.

      May 30, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • Amy in Alaska

      Alex – Well put

      May 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  6. What the Jews don't get

    Many people dislike them, even hate them. Rather than just screaming "antisemitism" by rote, why not ask yourselves why it is possible for a group to generate dislike among so many different cultures? Just ONCE, examine yourselves instead of yelling at others and some insight might descend on you. Is it even remotely possible you bring some of this on yourselves? Or is it just that everyone else, no matter how different from each other, are just wrong?

    May 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • michael

      muslims, black people, jews, even women are still hated by large numbers of people, that doesnt mean they "earned" the hatred you idiot

      May 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      @What the Jews don't get: what anti-Semites don't get is that it's irrational to dislike an entire set of people based on a common label given to those people. Hate is the pursuit of the weak minded. The Romans crucified Jesus, so some people hate Jews, even though Jesus was a Jew, all of the Apostles were Jews, and Jesus' mother was a Jew. And the simple fact that any Jew who had a hand in Jesus' arrest, has been dead for about 2,000 years. Whether driven by mindless hate, envy, or simply ignorance, antisemitism is the sign of a maladjusted person.

      May 30, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  7. EdL

    Through the ages Jews have been blamed for killing Jesus. The fact that Jesus was a Jew himself is sort of swept aside. Those who hate are sometimes worse than those they hate.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • Ari

      Christians hate Jesus for being Jewish. Jews hate Jesus for being a liar. Muslims hate Jesus because he was not muslim. hahahahahaha

      May 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • AL

      Muslims love Jesus. u can not be a muslim unless u love Jesus. u learned something new today 🙂

      May 30, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      @Ari: Christians don't hate. Christ preached love, tolerance, and forgiveness, not hate. Christ said "do good to those who persecute you." That's as far from hate as can be. Jews don't hate Jesus. Jews simply don't believe Jesus was the Messiah. The Messiah was prophesied to free Israel from the Romans. Others had claimed to be the Messiah before Jesus came along. Muslims don't hate Jesus. Islam recognizes Moses, Jesus, and Mohammad as prophets of God. Islam says that Mohammad was the greatest of the prophets, but not the only prophet. Neither Judaism, not Christianity, nor Islam is about hate. Only very confused people use these religions to "justify" acts of hate.

      May 30, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  8. J

    The likes of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet do business with Israel because they are geniuses.And that is why every major American technology company in the US has has offices in Israel or does business with Israel.
    Anti-semitic morons just don't understand

    May 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • ME II

      Not sure what this has to do with anything. Many companies have connections with Israel and many other countries in the world. Why are these particular relationships significant?

      May 30, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
  9. michael

    jews make up 0.2 percent of the world's population and 18 percent of nobel prize recipients were jewish. many jews give to charity, whereas a lot of christians (like vice president biden) do not give to the less fortunate. jews are doctors, lawyers, journalists, inventors, plumbers, car salesmen, etc...if you hate jews you probably hate yourself. a lot of haters out there without money and without love...most of the ppl commenting on this article have never read a book or gotten laid...

    May 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • Ari

      Such is the low-life of the goyim. Pity them.

      May 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • Anon

      So here are two posts by racists who sound like they are "Jews". Are they neo-nazis trolling? Or "Jews"?
      Their words are racist and disgusting.

      May 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • michael

      anon you are an idiot

      May 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  10. James

    Real reason people hate jews: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ83SEWw9n8

    May 30, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  11. Ari

    This is an OUTRAGE!!! Marge Schott was also a CEO and spewed anti-Semitic comments like this and lived to regret it. She was stripped of her position and her possessions and banned from major league baseball for her outrageous comments. The same should happen to this hatemonger for fanning the flames of anti-Semitism for his own short term gain. His actions must NOT be tolerated and it is the duty of every American to see to it that he is held fully accountable.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • Anon

      Ari, YOU are a hatemonger and a racist. YOU have NO right to criticize anyone at all but should be banned from the internet.

      May 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      @Ari: the man asked a question. He didn't make any antisemitic comment or fan any flames. He noticed that some people are antisemitic and he asked why, that's all. he asked because he didn't know, because antisemitism makes no sense. Besides, he posted a photo of Natalie Portman, which means he has great taste in women! Personally, I would have posted a picture of Albert Einstein, but Ms. Portman is a lot prettier!

      May 30, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  12. J

    Ironoc how Christian Doctors are not Anti-Semites,but Community College/Boces/Wallmart working retards always are.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  13. Chris B

    God forbid the author write a story on the violent protest in Israel. Protest where Israeli's are demanding a small group of people be placed in "detention" camps.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • J

      The likes of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet do business with Israel because they are geniuses.And that is why every major American technology company in the US has has offices in Israel or does business with Israel

      May 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • Chris B

      And that is relevant how?

      May 30, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  14. Ed

    Racism will persist as long as we can't have an honest, open conversation. And that will never happen as long as writers are being crucified online for simply asking the question of where all of this hatred came from.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  15. test


    May 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • logical


      May 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • p

      peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee on you

      May 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  16. Evian Bidet

    I don't love Jews because they killed Jesus.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • Ecclesiastes 7:17

      Sure sure..and you troll on here because you have no other choice.

      May 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • logical

      you should be thanking jews for killing jesus because if they didnt he wouldnt of died for your sins. and the romans killed jesus not the jews

      May 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • Ari

      Ok Evian Bidet. Name ONE Jew that killed Jesus. I don't think Pontius Pilot was Jewish.

      May 30, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • logical

      P. S jesus and his entire family were practicing jews so you hate jesus?

      May 30, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • AL

      No one killed Jesus. God raised him up to the heavens. Another funny thing is that people make fun of Muslims for having a beard or wearing that long "dress" (how u ppl look at it) but Jesus wore the same thing..I say that Muslims love Jesus more than anyone else. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.

      May 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • Timothy

      FYI: His name was Yeshua.

      May 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      @Evian: actually, it was the Romans who killed Jesus. BY the way, anyone who had a hand in that has been dead for about 2,000 years, so why are you hating people who weren't even born then?

      May 30, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  17. Leucadia Bob

    Pretty Funny

    May 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  18. Chris B

    It's a shame you feel the need to edit your thoughts in order to appease. Nothing you wrote was harmful or vindictive. The people who responded negatively to your blog might want to check their location. Last time I checked, we as Americans are allowed freedom of speech. The current state of America, where we are afraid to offend anyone, is pathetic. We should all be willing to voice our opinions in a manner that provokes thought and forces others to look outside their box. The fact that some people took offense to the headline, and obviously didn't read the context, isn't something that should of driven you to edit your thoughts, it should of motivated you to expound on the original.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  19. Jeffrey Scott

    Just wait till ya all die, there won't be any surprise just a nothingness. Better enjoy yourself here while ya can because we all have a fore see able future but after death good luck. Screw everyone who for some reason think their superior in some way because we all are to each other in some way. Just a matter of how we use it and where we let it take us a head, beyond or an even steady keel of pleasure from within or live in a painful mental state of internal torture except for the few who lash out and gain the respect of their fellow prisoners!

    May 30, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
    • Ecclesiastes 7:17

      Lol...the crazy are so amusing sometimes.

      May 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  20. Dan

    CNN should be ashamed of itself for publishing this story with a headline which is in almost as bad taste as the one chosen by the initial author. He has already apologized for his error, but the second time we are the fools. CNN likes to get the anti-semites and other bigots in an up-roar as it generates traffic on its web-site. The bigots will always be blind, but CNN should know better, and should offer an apology to its rational readers and agree it will not pick headlines for the purpose of merely generating the web-traffic of bigots (they already have websites they can visit for their verison of the truth).

    May 30, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
    • Richard

      Yes, lets keep doing that P.C. liberal thing of burying our heads in the sand. Better than facing up to anything.

      May 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
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