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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. Geoff

    It would be simpler to say why I like the Jews Errrr I cant think of a thing to like

    May 30, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  2. Tony

    jeff you are a maroon

    May 30, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Can't Cure Stupid

      Doesn't even know how to spell his own name

      May 30, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
  3. Tony

    @Austin these are facts bigotry is part of our culture

    May 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  4. LIsaM

    I never... got why people hated the Jews (I'm not Jewish) I know.... they have been persecuted for hundreds of years. They did professions in Medieval Europe that were considered "unclean".... and the whole thing with Israel...

    But I don't see how this group has EVER done anything outstandingly wrong or bad, especially compared with the rest of the world.

    I just don't get it. Guess I never will.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • Steve

      If someone tells you you're an a$$, they could be wrong.

      If someone else tells you you're an a$$, start wondering.

      If a third person tells you you're an a$$, buy a saddle.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • IronDitka

      The answer is really simple. The Jews rejected the Christian's precious "savior" aka Jesus Christ. Even Muslims accepted Christ as a prophet. So both hate Jews. Not to mention the whole mess Middle East mess with Israel.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • deathwombat

      They didn't recognize Jesus as the messiah, which was heretical in Christian Europe.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • Can't Cure Stupid

      Steve, I for ine say you are an a$$, can i get a second and third on that?

      May 30, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • Huebert

      @Steve

      You're an a$$.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • IronDitka

      Seconded. Steve is indeed an a$$. Lets get a third on that and get him a saddle.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • Steve

      Go for it, I won't mind, as long as every recipient individual - or group - admits it as well.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • chefdugan

      There is no answer to what creates bigots, sometimes it's just the stupid leading the stupid. The 19th centuiry Jewish immigrants should be declared a National Treasure by the White House. If it weren't for them we would be a very backward nation. If nations were rated by their national average IQ Israel would be far ahead of anyone else.On the other hand the Arab nations would be at the bottom.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • Steve

      The US was an advanced nation before any appreciable number of Jews immigrated here.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
  5. Tony

    Why ask the question look who we have in congress a bunch of bigots people who are supposed set the example means we have haters in every fabric of our society.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  6. ronin

    Well as stupid as it might sound, I went to Catholic school and have always heard" the Jews massacred Christ" also its in the bible: "When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands and said, “I am innocent of the blood of this Just person. You see to it.” And all the people answered and said, “His blood be upon us and on our children.” (Matthew 27:24–25)"

    Now lets see the response this gets.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • Allison

      This passage is in the Bible and is clear as a bell. Believers in the Bible accept this as fact. No amount of re-writing or explaining it away changes it. It is what it is. I am Catholic and have a PHD in psychology. I have no desire to re write the Bible and apply modern psychology to "what they really meant" and try to explain away ancient times and not applicable to day. Hogwash.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • chefdugan

      My, my, you are just learning that the catholic church lies? There wouldn't be a catholic church if it weren't for lies.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • Doug

      You are aware that the Scriptures were written about 300 years after Christ. Thus, the chance that the words are exactly what happened begs at least some scrutiny, if not total disbelief.

      May 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  7. Keksi

    Jews convinced Americans they are Semites even that is false for most part since most Jews do not have origin in Middle East rather Europe and yet people will still insist on using word anti-Semite.

    Jews are not "genetically" successful but function like MAFIA where they promote each other,rich Jew will hire other Jew and give him top paying job regardless of talent.

    Hollywood is example of that where talentless Jew will make top dollar no matter what,just like major banks they can not fail because there is always someone to bail them out.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • sam stone

      Jews did not originate in the middle east? Based on what?

      May 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • IronDitka

      You are a moron. Most good business school grads work like that. Do you really think Harvard is the considered the best business school in the world purely based on their teaching standards?

      May 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • Keksi

      Most of Jews are from EuroAsia...CONVERTS.Very small number are genuine Jews from Middle East.

      And you just proved my point,they do not work hard they succeed based on connections.
      Question is Why would you support such thing especially after bragging about "equality".

      May 30, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  8. Steve

    This is astounding on many fronts. First, why can't subjects like this be discussed? We cannot solve a problem without understanding it. We cannot understand it unless we talk about it. On another front, I see people who have posted comments here who are clearly anti-semitic. I would ask them to ask themselves why they are like that? Did their parents teach them? Their church? Their community? Are people so shallow and idiotic that they simply hate, and cannot articulate why? And to put a group of people in a label and hate them under the label goes beyond rediculous. This is the 21st Century. Has history taught us nothing? Have we not learned what religious and racial bigotry and bias can do? Apparenlty not.Pathetic. There is no other word for it.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  9. Trent

    What could have been an extremely interesting article to read got trashed by dumb people. Sounds like typical America doing what it does best.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  10. WASP

    i know how to end all hate and bigotry in the world. stop teaching religion.......everywhere; adopt the scienctific definition of what a human is. doing this would end the catagories that we used to seperate ourselves from each other and it would put all people equal due to this single understanding. humans are a warm blooded, bipedal mammal with an additional layer of brain tissue used for memory storage. there is no need to seperate ourselves into catagories due to the fact human instinct drives us to be the dominate group, this is evident in our competive nature. to use the topic of this articule, israel and palestine wouldn't have any reason to fight over "god given land" if there wasn't that seperation being taught through religion. humans would value thier lives more without the promise of a never ending life after this one. i know one major arguement i get from the religious side is " atheist can't be moral" truly we are moral; i live by if i don't want it done to me, i'm not going to do it to anyone else. i don't want to die, so i avoid fights, but if someone threatens my family that is where i draw the line. no imagine how many fights there would be if everyone lived as such. there wouldn't be any fights, none not a one. i know i will be long dead before anything like the deprogramming needed to achieve true equality is reached, but one giant leap is the removal of the catagory of each religion. then there is the whole "what about race" thing folks like bringing up; that's easy race is a man-made term. it doesn't exsist in nature, pigmentation exsists in nature, not race. you don't see dolphines attacking another of shade dolphine due to its' pigment or lack of pigment. you can call me whatever you like, but just don't call me late for dinner, lmfao. i know many will see a problem in my post, but these are my own observations. no catagories to set each human into would mean we are all just humans and as being such are truly equal............that or we will eventually go extinct and then be equal in the dirt.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • LT

      The existence of God IS scientific and pure and logic since matter CAN NOT create itself in and of itself. Explosions don't "just happen". Science and PURE logic demands an eternal AND intelligent source. Basically He who has no beginning. GOD IS. That's PURE science. It doesn't take faith to except the existence of God. Pure logic DEMANDS his existence.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • NoThanks

      Pride and ego are the sources of hate and bigotry, not religion.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • Rev. Rick

      @ LT said, "matter CAN NOT create itself in and of itself." Which begs the obvious question – who or what created God. Unless God is not made of matter, something must have created Him. But what? Your logic is circular and fundamentally (nudge, nudge, "fundamentally", get it) flawed. Your argument contains no logic at all, and certainly no science.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • ME

      No, it's not logical - your argument extends from, "we don't know what happened before, therefore I manufacture God as the answer." In reality, we have simply to extend our scientific knowledge.

      Look up "Argument from Ignorance". Proof of a higher power requires proof of a higher power, not just some area where we don't have enough information to make an inference.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  11. Steven Gaynor

    For some reason people hate the success of others, much of it coming from hard work and sacrifice. They may have worked as hard but were not as lucky, or have not really done what it takes to be succesful and resent the success of others. For example, say you are walking toward a line to buy something. You are not moving that fast and someone else moving faster than you passes you and gets to the end of the line first. You may feel anger or resentment toward that person thinking they should have let you go first since you were originally ahead of them.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  12. Why the World Hates People lilke Blodget

    Okay you gave him his two seconds of fame for posting.

    Now fire the A – Hole for being a part of the problem.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • james

      touche...

      May 30, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  13. Tony

    They hate them because they are smarter, and are the choosen ones.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • ronin

      "They are smarter?" What God makes some humans superior and others Inferior? That sounds pretty racist to me. Along with Jews are Gods " Chosen People" I thought God Loves all people the same... God Created all of us equally..... funny how racism is injected into this Nonsense by Jews and the Old Testament and if you disagree with it "YOU" are the anti-Semite.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • across12

      Did you eat our cereals with milk in the morning?

      May 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  14. Guested

    I wish people would stop apologizing about every article. Some topics will upset some people. That's life and nothing to apologize about.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  15. LT

    For one race to hate another race is beyond stupid, since we all came from the same dust.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • Topher

      There is only one race. The human race.

      Now that's Biblical.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • LT

      @Topher, Absolutely agree!!

      May 30, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • JM

      exactly

      May 30, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  16. Tony

    bigotry is part of the American culture

    May 30, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • AustinIsFull

      I was never raised that way. Please don't generalize like that.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  17. Reality

    Putting a damper on Judaism and hatred thereof:

    ONLY FOR THE NEW MEMBERS OF THIS BLOG–

    origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482 NY Times review and important enough to reiterate.

    New Torah For Modern Minds

    “Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

    Such startling propositions - the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years - have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity - until now.

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine doc-ument.

    The notion that the Bible is not literally true "is more or less settled and understood among most Conservative rabbis," observed David Wolpe, a rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a contributor to "Etz Hayim." But some congregants, he said, "may not like the stark airing of it." Last Passover, in a sermon to 2,200 congregants at his synagogue, Rabbi Wolpe frankly said that "virtually every modern archaeologist" agrees "that the way the Bible describes the Exodus is not the way that it happened, if it happened at all." The rabbi offered what he called a "LITANY OF DISILLUSION”' about the narrative, including contradictions, improbabilities, chronological lapses and the absence of corroborating evidence. In fact, he said, archaeologists digging in the Sinai have "found no trace of the tribes of Israel - not one shard of pottery."

    prob•a•bly

    Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • David M

      “Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation".

      You're putting your arguement on a lot of conjecture. Not a very good foundation to build on. Abraham and Moses are facts of history. You don't have to read the bible to read about them. All you have to read is Jewish historians. They were real people. Jericho is also a fact of history. You can't dismiss people and events of history just because they don't fit your belief.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • Poor Edgar Derby

      Since I said I accepted Jesus into my heart, I now have a free pass to do and say whatever I want about whomever I please.

      Yes, it is very convenient.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • Can't Cure Stupid

      The Conservative Jewish Movement is a dying movement. Their membership is declining. In response to that, they are constantly diluting their views in order to appeal to a broader base. In essence this is only causing their membership to dwindle further, as people can sense a lack of authenticity, when religious views change for the sake of convenience.

      David Wolpe, although fine orator, is far from a scholar in Jewish Theology. There are many archeologists that do believe in the literal interpretation of the bible. To quote the Conservative Seminary and David Wolbe as the authoritative view on this is disingenuous, they have their pony in this race

      May 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • Reality

      http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adherents.html
      Religion………………………… Adherents

      Christianity ……………………..2.1 billion

      Islam…………………………… 1.5 billion

      Irreligious/agnostic/atheism…… 1.1 billion

      Hinduism 900 million
      Chinese traditional religion 394 million
      Buddhism 376 million
      Animist religions 300 million
      African traditional/diasporic religions 100 million
      Sikhism 23 million
      Juche 19 million
      Spiritism 15 million

      Judaism…………………………………….. 14 million

      Baha'i 7 million
      Jainism 4.2 million
      Shinto 4 million
      Cao Dai 4 million
      Zoroastrianism 2.6 million
      Tenrikyo 2 million
      Neo-Paganism 1 million
      Unitarian Universalism 800,000
      Rastafari Movement 600,000

      May 30, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • Reality

      From amazon.com

      "Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary (Hardcover) $58.00 (The New Torah For Modern Minds)

      ~ David L. Lieber (Editor), Jules Harlow (Editor), United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (Corporate Author), The Rabbinical Assembly (Corporate Author)
      4.7 out of 5 stars (15 customer reviews)

      "The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) is the primary organization of synagogues practicing Conservative Judaism in North America. It closely works with the Rabbinical Assembly, the international body of Conservative rabbis, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies.[1]"

      May 30, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • Reality

      "David J. Wolpe (born 1958) is an author, public speaker and rabbi of Sinai Temple (Los Angeles, California). Named the most influential Rabbi in America by "Newsweek Magazine" (2012) and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the "Jerusalem Post" (2012), he is considered a leader of the Conservative Jewish movement. Wolpe was named one of The Forward's Forward 50, and one of the hundred most influential people in Los Angeles by Los Angeles magazine. He is the author of six books and a regular weekly column in The Jewish Week.

      ,Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/david-wolpe#ixzz1wOBlpL1d

      May 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • ~

      go troll somewhere else Reality

      May 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  18. shagpal

    because JEWS deserve and earned their hate

    May 30, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • David M

      I can see you put a lot of thought in to your answer. Can't get much more shallow than that. Just saying "because" is not an answer, unless that's all you got, and it sounds like that's all you got. Care to add anything to support your "just because" answer?

      May 30, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • sbp

      Don't encourage her to try and think. Could cause brain damage. Ooops, too late.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • jeff

      Yes, how dare they be subjected and oppressed by every culture and society they try be apart of!

      May 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  19. Voice of Reason

    As a species, we better be careful to make sure we focus on education and not allow this perverted sense of reality to exist or it will surely be our demise.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  20. pdough

    Loud (i.e. Joan Behar, etc.), Argumentative (Barney Frank, etc.), Untrustwortny (Bernie Madoff, Michael Milken, etc.), Obnoxious and Ammoral (Howard Stern, etc.), Smarmy (Rachael Maddow, etc.), Un-masculine and whimpy (Woody Allen and Jon "Leibowitz" Stewart, etc.), Traitorous (Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Noam Chomsky), Unpatriotic (Noam Chomsky, etc.) Socialist/Communist (Bernie Sanders, etc.), ultra-liberal (Gloria Steinem, etc.), hypocritical (Sean Penn, etc.).

    Sorry for all the specific examples...I don't want anyone to think I was generalizing.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • Steve

      For "socialist and communist," Sanders was the best you could do?

      Try Marx and Trotsky.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • Huebert

      So you hate an entire people for the actions of a few. Man those specific examples really helped your argument.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • sbp

      I think all non-whites really should hate all whites. After all, both Hitler and Stalin were white. Doesn't that PROVE white people are pure evil?

      What a tool.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • Can't cure stupid

      Half the people you listed aren't even Jewish

      May 30, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • Steve

      In that list, only Maddow and Penn aren't Jews.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
    • JM

      ignorant/clueless: you and people like you...

      May 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • magnus

      actually, all the people on that list are jewish. you should visit jewornotjew.com it is a site run by jews. not racist at all so calm your horses.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • rrutman04

      i don't quite understanding what you're getting at. Are these are genetically predisposed traits of all Jews?

      May 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • no nothing

      U R A T U R D

      May 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • Gordon

      Joan Behar isn't Jewish. She's Italian (not mutually exclusive, but in this case not Jewish). The confusion used to be part of her standup routine.

      May 30, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • eric

      joy is not jewish. wow, you are way off base...

      May 30, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
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