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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. Lex

    Some people hate everyone. Hate makes the world go round. Even self-proclaimed liberals who claim only goodness and love, really have their hates and biases.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  2. hal

    Jesus Christ, this again?

    May 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • Darwi

      They should have reprinted the articles about the NYC ultra-orthodox child abusers and how they are as bad as the RCC in hiding pedo-rabbis and assorted other low-lifes.
      That would have been more clear that there are indeed reasons to hate particular people who happen to be Jews, rather than hating a group regardless of what the individuals have done inside that group.

      May 30, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  3. Love Rhino

    Bwong Bwong Bwong

    May 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  4. Leigh2

    Jews are disliked because they are God's chosen people ~ they were the ones who made God known to the world by spreading the word of God. God blessed them first. And God loved them first. They are maligned, just as Christians are for believing in Christ. Hmm. Wonder who would really have such an ax to grind against the Deity and His followers? I have a pretty good idea. But I won't go into it here.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      So apparently god is not omni-benevolent or all good since he apparently shows favoritism. Strange way to show favoritism though, allowing his "chosen ones" to be mocked, tortured, and killed throughout a lot of history.

      May 30, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • Keksi

      What kind of God word Gene Simmons is spreading?Or Sasha Cohen?Or Bernandke?Or tons of Hollywood Jews promoting Satan agenda??

      May 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Satan agenda? Sorry don't believe in that either.

      May 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • ted

      The whole idea of "Chosen people" has been completely misunderstood by all including the Jews themselves. The Biblical God told the Jews that He choses them for a mission to bring his word the the whole world. And in a way they did that, since Bible is by far the most read and distributed book worldwide.

      May 30, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  5. DNA

    I'm not against the Jewish Religion, although I think all religion is myth. I'm decidedly VERY against the State of Israel and their actions. The approach they take to dealing with non-jewish people is disgustingly ironic.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • Ecclesiastes 7:17

      You mean like giving arabs citizenship? Maybe you mean not requiring the Druze to be in the military because of their faith? Perhaps you mean the Arabs that are working in the Knesset.

      May 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  6. Mrs. Katz

    These are the same haters that insist gays, who are 2% of the population, are ruining the family unit.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • Love Rhino

      no no no...that was the american government

      May 30, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  7. Richs

    We Control Everything?

    To all the Anti-Semites that think us Jews control everything let me state something first. No one in my family works in Hollywood, for a bank, sells insurance, or for the government.

    My question to you is this. We make up 1% of the US population. How can we control everything?

    May 30, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • BGko

      For only making up 1% of the population, would you consider there to be a disproportionate amount of Jews in the entertainment and banking industries?

      May 30, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • Richs

      Show me the stats that prove this. Give me 1 stat to back that up. People attack succesful people. Doesn't matter what color, race, or ethnic background. Should people who work hard not be rewarded? I have never been offered a job bc I was Jewish.

      May 30, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • BGko

      I didn't say it was a fact, I asked if you would agree with that statement or not. It seems to me that they make up a larger proportion of those industries than 1%, would you say so or not?

      May 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  8. Keith

    I am NOT anti-Semitic I draw a distinction between Jews and Israelis, I dislike ISRAEL very much. The Israelis are arrogant and rude and dismissive but their begging bowls are always out and they expect them to be filled. They are NOT friends of this country all they want is our money. Their lobbying power is always visible and it is used to threaten our spineless law makers at every turn. How many times have they agreed to stop the building of settlements in the West bank? it has never happened. The US objected to the building of the wall to separate the Israelis and the Palestinians, did this stop the Israelis, hell NO. Why do the Palestinians continuously fight against Israel? because Israel has stolen the land of Palestine from the Palestinians and turned the Palestinians into refugees. The outrageous and criminal acts of the Israelis are legend yet they thumb their noses at their critics and bring out their begging bowls.
    When Israel accepts billions of $ from US taxpayers then they should be forced to abide by our wishes. If they want to ignore US policy they are free to do so but THEY SHOULD NOT GET ONE MORE RED CENT FROM US TAXPAYERS.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • DNA

      Agree

      May 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • Darwi

      Keith, just as "no man is an island", the USA is not the only country in the world. You cannot wall out the rest of the world.
      Israel is one of our strongest allies. They actually help our country quite a bit, although it is hard to see how it could be worth billions to us. Some things are hard to fathom without a top security clearance, anyway.
      If you want our country to be more efficient, you'll have to quit supporting the GOP. They aren't for efficiency at all.

      May 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • Darwi

      And I agree that Israel needs to stop treating the Palestinians like Nazis.
      Putting Palestinians into ghettos is so hypocritical and ironic it's a wonder they don't burst into flames from sheer hypocrisy.

      May 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • Ed

      Aparently, you are indeed anti-semetic...or just ignorant on the importance of Israel to this country...but ignorance and being anti-semetic, go together...so, please, express your opinion, but do not self declare yourself, let others judge you by what you REALLY say.

      May 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • Steven Cook

      @Keith. You are obviously not an educated person, which is unfortunate. Your ignorance shines through for all to see. Did you know "Palestinians" is a made up name! Try Google or Wikipedia or just read some literature pertaining to the subject. Keith...do you know who have had more Nobel Laureates per capita than jews, nobody! Get the chip off your shoulder and stop hating.

      May 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  9. Mrs. Katz

    A lot of people hate the world for their own failings.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • Mike

      nailed it!

      (...ding ding!)

      May 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  10. Bill Grogan

    It's too bad that the man can't ask a simple – poignant question – without the focus of the question getting too embarrassed or upset. This is a reasonable question and headline because in THE REAL WORLD this is a constant struggle and issue for people who do have problems with the way Israelis operate within, or most outside the Socio-political climate. These types of QUESTIONS ARE THE ONES THAT SHOULD BE AT THE FOREFRONT of our self discovery, not turned into a pathetic apology because of some strong handed words built ONLY FROM FEAR. REVISIT REPOST THIS TOPIC, FIND OUT WHY FOR YOURSELVES.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  11. Path Finder

    Both the Muslim extremists as well as the Jews have a self absorbed view of their respective importance that relies upon their version of the fairytale for direction and validation.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      "Both the Muslim extremists as well as the Jews have a self absorbed view of their respective importance" and that's why you hate them? Weak.

      May 30, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • Path Finder

      Fairytale Clown – you missed it!

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

    gesundheit

    May 30, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  13. Jack Tors

    Oy Vey.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • logical

      o yes

      May 30, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  14. jimbob22

    jJudaism is the system of law that protects working class people from lying, warmongering, fascist governments. Thus, for thousands of years, such governments have had to relentlessly demonize and attack Judaism with absurd lies while teaching their minions to reject the values that would liberate them from oppression.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  15. First

    I recently checked a blog on this issue. It's @ calltojudah.blogspot.com, it's very informative for those in the want to know, with Bible references. And all comments are answered.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  16. AverageJoe76

    "Where'd the hatred for black people come from?" Another appealing question....

    May 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • Darwi

      At least you did not over-simplify this time. It could be worse, you know...

      May 30, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  17. Chris

    Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting an Israeli National in my home. We worked together on a project for my company. I learned quite a lot from him about the current state of affairs in Israel. Essentially, he stated that most all of the problems are stemming from a core group of ultra orthodox Jews that are creating most of the issues and are being funded by orthodox jews here in the U.S. he further stated that most of his friends him included don't harbor any animosity to arabs or persians and quite frequently shop in their neighborhoods and dine at their restaurants. I thought that this was an interesting observation...

    May 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  18. Marc

    If there were no jews, medicine in 2012 would be at the 1960's standard, at best.
    Computers would be at the 1987 standards. World wide economy would be stuck in the 70's era.
    Jews are the recepients of far more Nobel prizes and positive contributions to our world, than any other people, especially considering how few they are.
    Jews have been around since time immemorial and will continue to stick around for a long while. Without them, I dare say, the world as we know it, has no future.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • Diane

      Yes, imagine if we didnt share any of this with others. They would all die out and we would survive.-wait, not a bad idea after reading some of the posts on this. Stupid people exhaust me!

      May 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • AverageJoe76

      I hear you Marc, but since that alternative reality never manifested, your statements are based on assumptions at best. Just because an innvoator came along that was Jewish and made a contribution, doesn't mean that someone in the same field (who wasn't Jewish) wasn't far away from the same discovery/ contribution to society. Just saying.... it's like saying if peanut butter wasn't invented by George Washington Carver, then it would never be discovered. I disagree with that notion.

      May 30, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • The Flamingo Kid

      You are so ignorant it is unreal.

      May 30, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • Darwi

      Marc, such ethnocentric thinking is what got us into this debate.
      It is the basis for many a bigoted point of view, which yours appears to be...

      May 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      George Washington Carver – didn't discover peanut butter

      May 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • joe sarr

      you are full of gas

      May 30, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • Marc

      Facts are facts, even though you dislike them.

      May 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Mike

      "I dare say"?

      hack.

      May 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • Keith

      What absolute GARBAGE, if the Jews had not done what you say they did then someone else would have. The Nobel prizes that the Jewish winners received would have gone to someone else for similar achievements. None of these arguments give the Israelis the right to continuously violate the basic human rights of the Palestinian people who live in abject poverty. Israel occupies the land that rightly belongs to the Palestinians and Israel will never have one minute of peace until that land is returned. In the mean time the Israel is building up a mountain of bitterness and anger against them with every passing day. Israel is feeding the roots of its own eventual destruction, for a people so stuck in the past they foolishly ignore their own history. When the Nazis force the population of Warsaw into a ghetto the Jews rebelled and fought back against overwhelming opposition but they didn't give up. Likewise the Palestinians will NOT give up. ISREAL, READ YOUR OWN HISTORY.

      May 30, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • AverageJoe76

      Lucifer's Evil Twin – thanks! I actually thought he did. You do learn something new every stinking day on this mudball. 😉

      May 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  19. Doctor

    Fact: We live in a society where we can ask any question we want
    Fact: Some people hate Jews
    Fact: We have the right to try to understand why. What is wrong with that anyways?

    Anyone fighting facts has an agenda.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • palintwit

      Fact: We live in a society infested by Palins.
      Fact: Everyone despises Sarah Palin.
      Fact: Everyone has the right to despise Sarah Palin.

      May 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  20. Billy

    Girl, I can't understand you.
    You're like reading a big fat book in hebrew.
    I can tell by the way you drool
    you don't mean to be cruel.

    Say it,
    Don't spray it.
    I want the news,
    Not the weather.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
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