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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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Filed under: Judaism

soundoff (1,236 Responses)
  1. Syd

    Further evidence that religion causes more problems than it solves.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  2. Lewy

    Some?

    May 30, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • Huebert

      Yes "some". Not everyone is an ignorant bigot.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  3. BC

    People hate Jews for the same reason they hate others, blacks hwo hate white, white who hate black, Hinhu who hate Muslim, Muslim who hate Budda, they are ignorance. Raised within the walls of anger and envy, jealous and hateful of thoses they don't want to understand. Ask yourself, would you rather your daugther marry a loving heart surgeon if he's black or mass killer, wife abuser if he's white. The answer will demonstrate your inner most feeling of hate to anther and put in the the class of minority (haters) or majority (lovers) of the human race. Loves paves the way of understanding to the gates of happiness. Anger plows the path of destruction to the gates of hate. Smile, the world is watching.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  4. anonymous

    there should be a "report stupidity" button below these comments

    May 30, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • Huebert

      If their was the servers would crash in seconds.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • LaShone "is alwaysThinking About It"

      Please ask "CNN" to add five "STUPID" buttons, really one (button)is not enough!

      May 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  5. cnnlicksit

    I see alot of people expressing their frustrations with Jews. So do something about it. Boycott Jewish run businesses, starting with Facebook and Google.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • Snake

      Then why can't people boycott CHRISTIAN businesses...because JESUS WAS JEWISH.

      So if you're going to boycott Jews count Jesus in, too.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • shagpal

      by wasting time on JEWBOOK? LOL!

      May 30, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • closet atheist

      lol... I did boycott...!! I was renting from a bunch of greedy, nickel-and-dime-you-to-death hasids in Brooklyn... their greed drove me to finally bite the bullet and buy a place.

      Thanks you self-righteous, greedy b@stards...best thing i've ever done!!!

      May 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  6. OldMo

    To condense things for brevity, God said he'd scatter his chosen to the four corners of the earth and they'd be hated wherever they went. Near the end times he said he'd regather them physically back to their land. Some prophecy says the desolate land would flourish upon their return, they'd have their own language again and they'd immediately be surrounded by their enemies. Israel/Jews will suffer through more hatred and bloodshed but they'll never cease to be a nation again. And when the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob regathers his chosen spiritually, you want to be amoungst the sheep and not the goats cuz things are gonna get real noisy. 🙂 Please people, read your Bibles because there will be no excuses on judgement day.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
  7. babooph

    Really odd,as Christians are simply a type of Jew.....

    May 30, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • Sajor

      Ahhh, No. The basic tenet "doctrine" in Judaism is that God is one, and we only pray to God. Christianity, in it's many forms and practices, has one common tenet, and that is the Trinity. (that God is composed of three parts, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) It is no minor discrepancy, since Christians believe that Jesus was actually God in the flesh. To us (Jews regardless of denomination) that is 100% incompatible with our believes. Yes, we share a bible, yes, Jesus was Jewish, but to us he was just a man. Interestingly, the messiah we await is also just a human, (sent by God, inspired by God, but just a human) and not some divine representation of God. For us, praying to a Saint / virgin (dead person), or angel, or an image of one, is just plain and simple idolatry. It is like comparing God to a corrupt King, and saying we need people with influence to intercede for us. All humans are equal in God's eye.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  8. Rick in L.A.

    How can people generalize like this?? There are great Christians and horrific Christians, just like great Jews and bad Jewish folk. Seems it's always the ignorant imbeciles in society who choose hatred to further their agenda.
    Look in the mirror. What do you see?

    May 30, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • Orly

      I believe you hit it on the nail! as i was reading the article i was thinking. Don't people look in the mirror,and you said it!

      May 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
  9. John Smith

    Jews are stupid.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • Huebert

      Troll harder kid

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

      You are a troll. Go crawl back under the bridge you came from.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • Richs

      Anti-Semtic folks showing their lack of brains. I am a Jew who lives in the south where there arent many Jews. I have not taken over the state or made up all the rules. We make up less than 1% of the pop. How can we controll everything?

      May 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • Ex

      "Smith"s are stupid.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  10. drastrozoom

    Sure. Let's sweep tough discussions under the rug. That'll certainly create positive change.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
  11. newsmkr

    Magnus is totally off the mark. I am a Baptist married to a wonderful Jewish girl and my findings is that many Jews do not "hate" Gentiles but often distrust them to a degree. Not reason to wonder why.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • magnus

      Mock me all you want. You are not so righteous and dont even know me. My experiences are authentic and honest. You on the other hand is casting judgement on me like i am some sort of monster. nice try buddy. you call yourself a preacher?

      May 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  12. mikeM

    Jews have lived in this country for a very long time. They have never really assimilated. Many have more loyalty to the Zionist nation than to this country.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • magnus

      an american jew's motto: "we dont fight wars in the middle east, that is what blacks, hispanics, and white christians are for – to die for israel while we open up businesses and make money". at least i give israeli jews a little credit for being in the midst of it all, but american jews are hated because they dont fight their wars, they leave it up to the gentiles and then they mock christians behind closed doors and blame them for the holocaust.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • Bill

      And which published study are you basing your claims on? Anything that didn't come from the neo-nazi press?

      May 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • Bunbunfu

      I know plenty of American Jews and Israeli people and non of them care about what you 2 are talking about. You should open your eyes and minds to the whole spectrum of people out there. Once we are able to let go of lumping groups together and lableing them, then maybe we can start accepting people for who they are. Jew, American Jew, black, white, Mexican.... such a non-issue and such a waste of time debating such a silly things.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • len

      Jews have been here since the beginnings of European colonization and Zionism was an 18th century political movement that culminated in the creation of modern Israel and no longer exists .

      May 31, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  13. Religiosity

    You can't have open, honest, intelligent discussions about many things in this country. People just can't handle it.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  14. oldguy

    Read the comments on any article about the Mideast and it's hard to not conclude that the premise is valid

    May 30, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  15. cnnlicksit

    People hate Jews because they believe they engage in shady business practices and only care about money. One stereotype that is true is that Jews definitely look after their own. Take a look at corporations founded by Jews like Facebook, Google, Bloomberg, etc. You will see a disproportionate number of Jews at the top positions.

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

      don't forget holly wood, mass media, fed reserve, and the kosher tax we pay on almost all foods and food related products.

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

      You DO realize that JESUS WAS JEWISH, RIGHT??!!!

      May 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • Bill

      "You will see a disproportionate number of Jews at the top positions"

      And if you go to an Indian company, you see a disproportionate number of Indians.
      And if you go to a Mexican company, you see a disproportionate number of Mexicans.
      And if you go to an Irish company, you see a disproportionate number of Irish.

      Have you ever gotten a friend a job? Ever said "Hey, get me your resume, we're hiring!"
      Most people have.
      Now look at your group of friends. Odds are they are mostly like you. Nothing odd about that, you just associate with like-minded people, or people that are geographically close (your hood). Liberals with liberals, conservatives with conservatives, Christians, Jews, blacks, midgits, teenagers, poor, rich... it happens.

      So now that you realize most of your friends are Christian, do all the "Christian businesses" stand out to you like the Jewish ones do?

      May 30, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • Church of Suicidal

      Yes. Don't forget we control the media. If your post was halfway intelligent, we'd delete it. Ah, the intellect of an anti-semite...

      May 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • meemee

      What a laugh, with the history of Christian Europe running amok in the world, conquering and exploiting world populations. I have known far more Christians who cheat, lie, cheat on taxes, cheat in business, run frauds and scams, become ministers only for easy money, etc., etc., etc. I have come to avoid any business that shows a fish on its ads because they inevitably charge more and engage in upselling and frank fraud in business. From doctors, dentists and lawyers to auto-repair and retail, Christians far surpass Jews in all manner of unethical practices, ... after all, "they are forgiven," whereas Jews aren't. Historic limitations on Jews forced them to be clever and funneled them into businesses like merchant trade and banking. Because of that, Europe got its first banking systems, and the nobility their silks and jewels to put in their crowns, etc. IN fact, the only medical school in Europe during the medieval period was in Montpelier and run by Jews. Jews haven't been able to trust Christians for obvious reasons and posters like you only continue to prove it.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • magnus

      meemee, your argument is mathematically flawed. you state that you know more christians who cheat, yet there are 100X for christians than jews. Therefore, you have to divide your number by 100 to have the same denominator to allow for a fair comparison. seriously, you are really sad.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  16. Gdog

    This is Obama's America, you do not need a reason to hate successful individuals, races and/or organizations. That they're successful is reason enough.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  17. M. Meyers

    Preach love. Practice hate.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • Huebert

      The christian mantra.

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

      You mean like Is-slimes

      May 30, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • J.C.

      Yep. Virulent antisemitism is all over the place, but discussing this (or even admitting to noticing it) is forbidden.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  18. onestarman

    FEAR of the OTHER seems to be very Strong in those who have nothing but Self Hatred and Doubt to fill the cavern left from the SHRIVELING of Their souls. Why Do the RIGHT Hate the Black Man in the White House?

    May 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • Nicole Chardenet

      Well, to be fair, they hated the white liberal Prez in the nineties too.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  19. magnus

    that is because jews think that most (all) gentiles are anti-semites. to get back at gentiles, they encourage gentiles to spend money on jewish businesses but behind close doors they tell all the jews to not spend any of their money on non-jewish businesses. i know this for a fact because i dated a jew and her mother kept preaching that to her in front of me. i know most of you wont believe me but that is the fact. i probably should not generalize this to all jews – and for this i apologize – but the fact of the matter is that jews in general hate christians even though they will never admit it in public.

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

      Truly inspiring, magnus. Inspiring me to recognize your hatred because your Jewish girlfriend (rightfully) dumped you.

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

      youre right just read the talmud about christians. Jews hate christians but it's not ok to hate jews? Double standard.

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

      Mangus,

      Please don't think that one person's prejudice is everyone's prejudice. I am Jewish, working three jobs (no I'm not rich). I don't care who owns the store as long as they are running an honest business. I shop many stores owned by Christians (i.e. Hobby Lobby). If they treat their customers and employees well I'm for them and will shop there. Netanyahu, it only seems like it's a double standard. But really the Jewish population is so small compared to the Christian majority that it barely registers when the Christians are criticized. Honestly, we should just all get along.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • magnus

      Thank you Bestauntie for your nice response.

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

      magnus – yeah, your sample of n=1, from which you state a "fact" based on the mother of a girl you dated, probably is a good indicator that most jews secretly hate on non-jews.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • magnus

      anonymous, like i said in my original post, i apologize for generalizing all jews. But, is n=1 really a single, outlier? really? even you know that to not be true.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • Bunbunfu

      Bestauntie is right. I personaly feel you all are using the word "hate" to freely. I mean say what you want, freedom of speech. However I don't understand why the subject of hate is more compelling to people than love. Maybe its not hate at all, just non- approval or difference of opnion? Let it go and get along.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • Orly

      Now that is a crazy reason.......... I am Jewish and never heard that in my life! So in a way you are lucky you are out of this family. I was never tought to hate anyone, or not shop anywhere. I shop where people are nice! I spend when i have and don't when i don't, and that includes Hobby Loby. Your reasoning is so crazy, i have to laugh.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • magnus

      Orly, it was an honest experience. but maybe that is one stereotype that is completely wrong. thank you

      May 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • AlexK

      Your comments just prove that you are an anti-Semite. Because on women preached shopping at Jewish business you can generalize over 20 million people?

      Most Jews do not hate Christmas. Many dislike the way Christmas is treated in America. Americans act like Christmas is an America holiday and if you are not in the Christmas spirit than you are anti-American. Despite the fact that this is supposed to be a secular country Jews are bombarded with Christianity for over a month of every single year. Christian music is playing in every store, Christian commercials are on every TV channel. If your not Christian you will never understand what an isolating experience Christmas is.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • magnus

      Alex, one again the anti-semite card. i make a statement of an honest experience, apologize for it in my original post, then am cordial and thank others for helping me through the flawed logic, and yet you go ahead and throw the anti-semite card at me. Sadly, you are so much more worse than me but you are too victimized to even know it. i feel sorry for you.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  20. Diane

    If people were to read the original Old Testament they would see how many changes the Catholic church has made to negate Judaism and increase their own followers. If you want to know who created Anti-Semitism, ask the Catholic church. If you want the world full of people who discover cures for illnesses and save humanity, ask a Jew. Even Jesus was a Jew- people dont seem to remember that

    May 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • 3mistyrivers

      I agree. Even the term" the Jews" makes me shudder. It makes no sense, and is an incredibly strange catch-all, labeling all members of a race into a bigoted hatred based on stereotypes. Try this: take on a Jewish name even if you are not Jewish, and see the hatred fly.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • magnus

      yep, you proved my point that jews are the biggest racists in the world. blame catholics for the holocaust and teach your children hate so they can keep the cycle going. nice job there.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
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