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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. ytuque

    Why Do Some People Hate Jews? That's a very good question which unfortunately is decidedly non-PC. I dislike Jews because they are clannish, manipulative, and with respect to money, pathologically greedy and dishonest.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
    • wpqr

      The fact that you're engaging in ignorant stereotypes I assume wouldn't make a difference to you. And of course all the Noble Prize winners in science and medicine they keep churning out year after year which has made life better even for people like you is of no consequence either.

      May 30, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • Mason Garrison

      What the hell, do you know all the jews in the world.. oh wait that's ridiculous to think you would, hmm do you know 1% of them? Oh that's still a huge number so... yeah you know what you have been told and what you have heard second hand. Go back to your bridge troll.

      May 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
    • Bob Bales

      How do you feel about the 99% of Jews who are not this way?

      June 1, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  2. Ikramuddin Akbar

    @ Gager
    "Islam , a human cancer",Oh atleast humanity comes along.And what about atheism! a man went rowing to the middle of the water and then threw away the oars,and trying foolishly to reach the bank.rowing with his hands. A dog without a master! AIDS has no cure.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • metlhed64

      What is that even supposed to mean?? I know I'm ignert....but c'mon.

      May 30, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
  3. DamianKnight

    Simple. It's easier to find a scapegoat and hate people than it is to look at one's own shortcomings.

    May 30, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • Sad but True

      Nope, too easy, I think it must be because they gore people with their horns.

      May 30, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
  4. Lewis

    Psalm 2 of the Jewish Scriptures tells us why the heathen (non-Jews) rage. People will often transfer their anger or hatred from one thing to another. For example, people who hate America burn American flags or effigies of people since they can't attack the real place or person. Many people hate the God of the Jewish people and take it out on the Jews.

    May 30, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • metlhed64

      The God of the Jewish people, who's name is Jehovah (or Yawheh) is the God of us all. People go on and on about the Nation of Israel being God's chosen people. Read the Christian Greek Scriptures (or New Testament) and you will find that God has cast of the Nation of Israel for a new Israel, a Spiritual Israel, made up of peoples of all nations....the requirement being that they believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and that they believe in the Ransom Sacrifice that He made for all the people of the earth. That He was crucified on our behalf, and that He arose from the dead and that He ascended into Heaven.

      May 30, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • Bob Bales

      The new Israel has been grafted in (the phrase is), but the old Israel has not been cast aside.

      June 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  5. metlhed64

    I don't hate anybody...but I sure do have a lot of people who perturb me. I can't stand rap/hip-hop...and I hate it even worse when I see white kids listening to it. I don't like Lady Gaga, or Brittney Spears, Clay Aikens or Justin Beiber. I don't understand what is going on with society when you are no longer able to present your point of view without someone calling for your firing or resignation or whatever. We should all be able to speak our minds, state our case, whatever it is...without the fear of being fired or stalked or hounded or whatever else. This is America after all.

    May 30, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  6. Ann

    I am not a Jew but I am a Christian who loves every one. I love Jew people and I have respect for all of them. Jew people didn't kill Jesus it was the devil. Don't be deceive like others. Satan deceived Adam and Eve. Adam was weak. Jesus on the other hand was strong. The devil said to Eve if you eat of this fruit you will be like God and you will know good and evil. Adam and Eve were already made in God's image they didn't have to eat the fruit on the tree to be like God. They were already godly people because they were made in God's image. Knowing good and evil UMMMMM? The deceiver wanted Eve and Adam to sin not to know evil. When Adam sin he lost it all. Eve blamed the serpent, Adam blamed Eve and God. When he said it was the woman, the woman you gave me. He blamed both Eve and God. No one should blame Jews, you should be happy for them and pray for them.

    May 30, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Why do people hate Jews? Because they're too stupid and lazy to take responsibility for their own shortcomings and prefer to blame others. So why not the Jews? People have been blaming them for millenia for everything from the death of Christ to the black death to 9/11. Antisemites are so stupid and lazy that they can't even come up with someone original to hate.

    May 30, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
  8. steeb

    Some?? A LOT of people hate Jews, and CNN isn't helping matter much with their ridiculous under-informed article about columbus being a Jew looking for a homeland for his people. Any idea how much that sort of crap feeds the muslo-nazi conspiracy freaks (which is about half of them)? CNN and "news" (insert pr0p0g4nda) sites like it are constatnly playing against Israel and inspiring the kind of hate they now elect to weakly wring their hands about. You've got ONE GUY saying this and he's already sorry he asked? Tremendous anti-semitic effor CNN. I'm no Jew but I'll stand with them to the end. Their cause is just. When the UN was handing out countries, Israel said yes and Palestine said no, their fault and that's it. It's neve been a "state" and when they were given statehood on a silver platter they refused it. At least the Jews were smart enough to take it rather than leave it, knowing what they were in for. They're now more powerful and organized than ever and the muslim brother hood hate (they've already codified their hate in anti Israeli legislation) in egypt and other "spring" countries will boil over into another attempted genocide and CNN will be responsible as their prop0g4nda wing. They do a better job than Al Jaz33ra of rolling over on Israel.

    May 30, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
  9. Paqrat137

    For those who hate and consider themselves Americans, here is a thought that can adapted to themselves:

    “If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus is just as selfish as we are or we’ve got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition. And then admit that we just don’t want to do it.” – Stephen Colbert

    May 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • enfilmigult

      Well put, to say the least.

      May 30, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • Austen

      Great!!

      May 30, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
  10. AL

    I'm Muslim and I love Jesus (peace be upon him). I ask you all to please STOP listening to the media when it comes to our beautiful and only true religion. Dont you think its worth a shot to found out why with so much negativity in the media about Islam, its the fastest growing religion in the world. Please don't be fooled by the media. search for yourself!!!

    May 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • metlhed64

      Beautiful and true religion.....????? Oh stop, you're making me laugh so hard I'm going to vomit my supper!!!!

      May 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
    • ytuque

      Your reference to your religion as being the only true one, shows the intolerance of Islam.

      May 30, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • Ikramuddin Akbar

      I'm a muslim and i respect and love moses and jesus (peace be upon them) and as a muslim respect and recognize all the prophets that came before islam, what i want to say is,Islam has come to stay and it will stay ,and all the others will embrace islam finally, its better for them to stop criticizing Islam,better criticisize muslims, because some have gone fanatic, but majority is acting the real role.and i can predict that after embracing islam these critical jews and christians would act more precisely on the rules of Islam.God doesn't depend on arab muslims or indian or Pakistani or african muslims to worship Him all the human beings and creatures are His property and He may chose some others to worship Him more well.So we muslims should not be in any illusion. If we dont act accurately on Islam it has been said some others will take our placeto act more better

      May 30, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • Ikramuddin Akbar

      Exactly!

      May 30, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
  11. Keith

    Hey, you Jew haters better watch it. There are lots of paid folks trolling all the sites watching for folks like you. You don't even have to hate them, just disagree with them.

    On the other hand there are folks trolling these articles looking for Global Warming deniers.

    When it comes right down to it, Zealots on either side are stupid and inconsequential to how things will turn out in the end.

    May 30, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
  12. donjgen

    Why do some people hate Jews? Who complained more, the Jews or the Gentiles?

    May 30, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • Ecclesiastes 7:17

      To look through most of the cnn comment boards...it's atheists.

      May 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • ME II

      @Ecclesiastes 7:17,
      That's right the one group that has been fair game for persecution throughout history.

      May 30, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Ecclesiastes 7:17

      Lol...but most atheists in the past had the common sense not to act like jerks. With the creation of the internet, they have been unleashed.

      May 30, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
  13. Snow

    One of the best comments I read today is about the difference between the jews and christians as one person explained.. "A simple example – if an Orthodox Jew saw two people sitting on park bench – one wearing a star of david and one wearing a cross – both eating a ham sandwich, his thought would be "that Jew should not be eating pork" – not "those two people should not be eating pork". "

    Somehow, that perfectly exemplifies the way christians think – who should learn to "keep their noses out of others' lives/businesses"

    May 30, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
  14. Coflyboy

    The answer is really simple: People just LOVE to hate each other.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  15. onthisday

    the piece speaks for itself, LOL.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  16. JomoDaMusicMan

    My problem with Modern Day Israel is they are Jewish (wish they were Jews) and not the Original Hebrew. Most of these people are White Europeans who have adopted the Jewish Religion. The Western powers placed them into into Middle East and gave them Nuclear Weapons for them to become a Super Power Nation. Now these European Jews are just as racist as the NAZI'S. Here in America, Blacks are often told by the White Majority to forget about Slavery and being Mistreated but Jews are never told to forget about the Holicaust

    May 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • Keith

      You may have a point. No matter what their history is I didn't do it and I don't care.

      May 30, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • Bob Bales

      The people who came from Europe to Israel were and are Jewish because their ancestors came from Israel. And, in the overwhelming majority, they are not racist.

      June 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  17. Rhonda

    It all began when Sarah told Abraham to go into her hand maid. The Arabs are descended from the illigitimate son, Ishmael.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • JomoDaMusicMan

      Nothing was illegitimate about Ismael being born from Hegar. Abraham was a wealthy man and could have as many wives as he wanted. Remember, how many wives Jacob had with those 12 sons and I don't hear you or anybody calling Ruben, Levi or Benjamin ILLIGIMATE. You are being racist, calling Ismael an illigimate because he was born from an Egyptian Slave.

      May 30, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • Keith

      JoMo – rhonda is a Christian, all she knows anyting about is what they told her in Sunday School.

      Christians don't know anything about their religion or the history of the world if it isn't in the King James bible.

      May 30, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • Rhonda

      The 12 sons of Jacob were born of his legitmate wives, not by slaves.

      May 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
  18. nutandyahoo

    lol@ some posters saying that the jews will tracking down your IP Address if you say something bad against them ....hahahah...ever heard of the proxy?

    May 30, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • Holy Man

      Ever heard of making your sentences grammatically correct? "...the jews will tracking down your IP..."? Seriously? The uneducated should really keep their mouths shut.

      May 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • steeb

      I've looked at the posts, you're the only poster saying this. You=sectarian violent racist genicidal muslim brotherhood or some such. I sincerely hope you and your kind start some real trouble so the "k1k3s" will have no choice but to pull out their nukes and solve the problem once and for all. You're all f00ls, you won't be able to displace israel, you'll only be able to break yourselves against it time and time again until you are no more. BTW, track my ip and come get me, we got concealed carry laws in my state. I am no Jew, but I can read the writing on the wailing wall.

      May 30, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
  19. stan

    I don't understand how you don't hate Jews

    May 30, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  20. alateos

    I'm just curious to know how the "hate" level is measured towards any group or any thing for that matter. The proposition itself seems faulty to me from the get-go.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • Haterhater

      Ooh-boy, how I hate haters! On a scale from 1 to 10 I'd say I hate them an 11.

      May 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
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