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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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soundoff (1,236 Responses)
  1. Kanageloa

    With all the touted diversity in the US and world why is there still hate? Humanity is the reason. We haven't moved past old ways. Christians, Jews and Muslims still cling to their HATE. I'd like to think there is hope but the current flow of events suggest otherwise. There are noble gestures and glimpses of light but with an ever increasing movement of world contamination of radical islam the only hope now is the destruction of all of Islam. We're doomed to an unfavorable fate.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  2. Chris R

    Wait, why is it a problem to just ask the question? It is a very valid and important question "Why do some people hate jews/gays/catholics/blacks/whites/muslims/broccoli?" If we are afraid to even ask the question how are we going to deal with the problem?

    May 30, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • Mass Debater

      But an even more important question to ask is why doesn't Mitt Romney hate anally intruding Marbled Polecats?

      May 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Frogman

      you are so right!

      May 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  3. Paul

    The article is entirely appropriate. It is about time that more light is shed on this. I found it difficult to explain to my children that we live in a world where a holacaust can happen. These blog pages are always sprinkled with hateful comments from people who are subtlely or not lobbying for another holocaust. It is the nature of prejudice to attribute to another group of people attributes which we deny in ourselves. Do people really not understand how prejudice functions? Gays, straights, Christians, atheist, liberal, conservatives.....just stop the hating. And for some reason Jews get most of the hate.

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

      Not only CAN happen but will happen again and again until they get it.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  4. clearick

    I see no problem with the question. There are a lot of ignorant people in the world and addressing the root cause of their ignorance is good idea. Unfortunately there is a tendency for some people to come together not in unity but in hate. If you read the posts of these people, they are very one-dimensional. They say the same thing, repeat the same lies over and over and refuse to listen to any new information.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  5. SueH

    It's too bad the author of this article is now saying he wished he had never posted it. I disagree because the comments were interesting, for the most part. There is always racism and hatred on these boards. I like reading different peoples' opinions, whether or not I agree. We need to keep open minds and continue to discuss our similarities and differences

    May 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  6. Calvin Our World Millwood

    ...Our religions is at the root of our hate and intolerance's... Consider this, if in the Bible it is written that God did NOT want his chosen people to mix with the un-chosen people... and God hates the un-chosen and anyone against His chosen faith, therefore if God hates you then I can hate you too if I believe I am apart of the chosen faith and you are not...

    ...What has happened over time is that people were forced to believe in the one of the Abrahamic faiths through Holy wars, torture, Crusades and Inquisitions, and as people practiced this chosen people ideology, whether Christian, Catholic, Jew or Muslim, which was built on the principle of remaining segregated from the un-chosen, their faith urged them to remain segregated, where they lived and never to marry anyone outside their faith... and even in death there is a history of segregation which to this day continues, try having a non Jewish person buried in Jewish cemetery.

    The segregation and the hate continues because we cannot unlearn what we taught and realize that we are all one human specie, and that we are all meant to be different, as different as our fingerprints and as different as the lines in the palms of our hands...

    May 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • Calvin Our World Millwood

      ...so people hate the Jews because they believe their faith is God's chosen faith and the Jews are not... just ask a Christian if they are God's people and see what they say... ask a Muslim if they are God's chosen people and see what they say... and ask a Jew if they are God's chosen people and see what they say! ...it's really time to end the ignorance of religion, the world isn't and immovable in the heavens (Pslam 104:5) anymore

      May 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Just -In

      God does not hate Gentiles at all. You just dont know the scriptures. Our Jewish brothers and sisters were not chosen by God because they were a superior group. They were idoloters and Not a very good group at all. But,he chose them and set them aside for all races to behold. The Jews ushered in Christianity also. But from the New Testament we know that Jew and Gentile are now the same.Please,for your own sake,dont put words in God's mouth saying that God Hates!God is far above these petty emotions and as hate is sinful,it cannot be of God. Peace to you Brother!

      May 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  7. ThatTexasGuy

    From Tom Lehrer's "National Brotherhood Week":

    "Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics,
    And the Catholics hate the Protestants,
    And the Hindus hate the Muslims,
    And everybody hates the Jews."

    May 30, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • The Christina messenger

      This is why Mcaih 5:8 ...

      May 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • Steve

      Tom Lehrer's work was prophetic as well. Take the song "Whose next?" for example. Glad to see someone else remembers his satire. Maybe a lot of other people should listen as well, the might just cringe a little realizing how little has changed since the 60's.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  8. Joan Turbeville

    I don't hate anyone and respect all people and all religions. Negative comments only add fuel to the fire.Get a life folks. It's short. Enjoy it.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Jimmy G.

      Sorry Joan but that would be a morally bankrupt position to take.
      Not everyone deserves respect and there are no religions that deserve any respect at all.
      If religious bigots were open to reason, we wouldn't be here.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  9. Bob

    It is, of course, absurd to claim that "people" hate Jews. Among the segments of society that persist in virulent anti-Semitism there is no more unity - or relevance to wider society - than among the KKK, Black Panthers, or any other random assortment of racist detritus.

    However, if one were going to attempt to answer the question "Why do some people hate Jews," a probable answer might have something to do with the fact that one is not permitted to speak of Jews in any way whatsoever without being branded an anti-Semite and shouted down.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • David

      Agreed Bob! The response to the headline was a live demonstration of a reason behind the vitriol.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  10. escher7

    I am not going to bother reading any of these comments because I already know what they say. Poor white trash will spout mindless nonsense about why they hate the Jewish people. By their pathetically low level of English usage and lack of logic you will know who they are – losers who have no other way of trying to elevate their own self image. And those who unsuccessfully attempt to explain hatred and its origins. Nothing changes. These forums are OK but they certainly give the mindless too much of a platform for vitriolic rants.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • Dev

      It's because they have been behind every financial hardship this world has ever known.

      Duh

      May 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • YouAreStupid

      before you make an attempt to insult someone's intelligence i suggest you take a 4th grade English class you don't even use proper punctuation yet talk about someone else not using proper English you sir are an idiot......

      May 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • RickInPA

      You're right escher7...I only read a few of them out of curiosity, and most were as predictible and idiotic as you said they would be

      May 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  11. EasyRhino

    One reason: AIPAC

    May 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  12. apalled

    I do not even know why CNN posted this article. It is only going to attract the wrong attention.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • Crazyyyy

      Top Ten Signs You're a Christian in Name Only
      10 – You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.
      9 – You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.
      8 – You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.
      7 – Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Al lah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees!
      6 – You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.
      5 – You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.
      4 – You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs – though excluding those in all rival sects – will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving."
      3 – While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some id iot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christianity.
      2 – You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.
      1 – You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history – but still call yourself a Christian.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • magnus

      yeah but, number 7 is not a christian thing, its an old testament thing. nonetheless, your point is well taken. thank you

      May 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • Mass Debater

      "number 7 is not a christian thing, its an old testament thing."

      So it was the Father that did those terrible things but the son is different right?

      "Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father" John 14:9

      May 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • Doug

      Bravo!

      May 30, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  13. Syd

    BTW, the whole "Jew/money" thing stems from Christianity. Back in the day, Christians interpreted parts of the bible to mean "don't charge anyone interest" but the old test. was more specific with "don't charge your brothers interest" (or something like that) so the only business Jews were allowed to do had to do with loans and financing since they could have customers outside their faith.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  14. Bernardo

    Never been to Israel,won't travel there till I see a human treatment of the Palestinians.I don't hate them but certainly dislike them since I believe they do not respect other groups in any shape or form since they are the "chosen"ones.To do what???Ruin America???People in Israel will probably will like to reach a better inderstanding with the Arabs,it's the American jews and their money that are killing the peace process..They suspect everybody,they brilliantly avoid wars and it's us who get killed for their greed.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • New Gawker

      so suicide bombing has nothing to do with impeding the peace process?

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

      Jes invented terroism

      May 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  15. hudsony

    Hate and persecution of the Jewish People throughout history is proof of evil. Evil in the hearts of people and the existence of Satan the enemy of God and mankind. He will continue sow hate and evil until Jesus returns to destroy him. Turn to the Messiah while there is time and read the New Testament. For my Jewish friend don't let the hate of so called Christians turn you from your Messiah. Read Isaiah 53 and see the Messiah's love for you.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      LET's Religiosity Law #1 – If you use words and phrases like: "everything hudsony just said"

      Then you are definitely mentally retarded.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Mass Debater

      "He will continue sow hate"

      Yes, it's true, jews do not eat much pork...

      May 30, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  16. Crazyyyy

    Top 10 Stereotypes About Black People – YES

    I want to know

    May 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
  17. palintwit

    Jews are not a problem. Never have been. Instead, Hitler should have concentrated on Sarah Palin's ancestors. Then we wouldn't be stuck with her now.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
  18. Religion Sucks

    I hate Jews because their stupid religion gave birth to two other stupid religions...and those two other religions are even worse than the one that gave birth to them.

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

      i some way, that might have been the smartest comment i read on CNN. thanks

      May 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      LOL. Very succint.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      I can get behind this one.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • Doug

      Wow, that at least is a good reason.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  19. BC

    But come on lets be honest, the guys who wrote this did it for readers...clicks, eye balls and when he has enough...BAM facebook...IPO and goes away with 100,0000000000 dollars. Yeah got to live the fool...no hate man just love...and fool you ani't no fool love it man....smile the world is watching.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      D+ for effort, but that's about it. Is English your third language? Because it's definately not your first.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  20. basisforstereotype

    people hate jews, because we've all been swindled or cheated by them. they are a close knit community that engages in nepotism more than any other culture. look at law firms or the entertainment industry. there are so many of them because they hire each other. They are not to be trusted, and this belief has a long standing basis for good reason.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • Snake

      I still don't understand why people like you say "Don't trust a Jew", but then the majority of people saying this are Christian or some Christianity offshoot. If you 'can't trust a Jew'...then WHY are you trusting JESUS, because Jesus was Jewish??!

      May 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      They like to ignore that. Plus they also forget that the whole Bible is based off of the Jewish faith.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      I think basisforstereotype also flunked out of law school because he is a moron and instead of blaming it on himself, blames it on Jews. You just have to have a scapegoat don't you? It couldn't possibly be your fault. It's the Jews!

      May 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
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