September 05, 2006

Anti-Semitism Rife At MoveOn.org's Web Forum

The NY Post reports this morning about how the forum portion of LoseOn.org's website is riddled with Jewish slurs against CT Senator Joe Lieberman.

"We recognize that Action Forum is an open forum intended to foster the free flow of ideas," ADL head Abraham Foxman said in a letter dated Aug. 31 to MoveOn, which supported Lamont in the Democratic primary against Lieberman.

"Nevertheless, since such profoundly offensive content is appearing on a board clearly linked to MoveOn.org, we believe you should assume some responsibility to respond to this hateful content," Foxman wrote in the letter, which was forwarded by Lieberman's campaign.

Foxman cited examples from the site's Action Forum, including "media owning Jewish pigs," "Zionazis," a reference to the senator as "Jew Lieberman" and the question, "Why are the Jews so Jew-y?"

Foxman wrote, "Those who allow hate to rear its ugly head under their auspices bear a special responsibility to distance themselves from that hate, and to speak out against it, as loudly as possible."

LoseOn.org's executive director, Eli Pariser, was...ahem...unavailable for comment, though he did post a statement distancing himself from the forum users.

If Pariser is serious that he disapproves of these offensive comments, will he delete them? Imagine the howling on the Left over that one. Cries of "censorship" would reverberate throughout the blogosphere.

Anti-Semitism has been a major component of the the Leftist nutroots for some time. Just browse through the comments on any given post at some of the more prominent Lefty blog sites (don't even get me started on Dummycratic Underground.com). But LoseOn.org is a 527 organization that funnels big bucks to Democrats.

Democrat Senate candidate Ned Lamont owes the bulk of his success to their efforts.

Now, wither Ned? Will he make a statement denouncing the content on the site? It would be tough. After all, so many of his supporters like to push these neocon conspiracy theories ("it's the Jooos!!"). And when confronted by a racist photoshopped pic of Joe Lieberman in blackface that was created by Jane (firedoglake.com) Hamsher last month, Lamont's response was "Blogs? What Blogs?".

Lamont's opponents should not let up on this one.

Read excellent commentary from The Moose here.

More on this abhorrent phenomena at FrontPage Magazine.

Posted by: Gary at 09:30 AM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 Was that before or after he met with Hamsher while shooting his first video blog Geez...typical libs.. And when confronted by a racist photoshopped pic of Joe Lieberman in blackface that was created by Jane (firedoglake.com) Hamsher last month, Lamont's response was "Blogs? What Blogs?".

Posted by: Skye at September 05, 2006 08:12 PM (MfeOa)

2 Anti-Semitism has always been rampant in the Democratic Party. How could the party of the Ku Klux Klan, George Wallace, and Strom Thurman not be anti-Semitic? One of the very rare occassions that I had the presence of mind to save something from the web was the "blackface Lieberman" picture. I just knew it would disappear almost immediately and it did. But, I still have the image on file.

Posted by: Indigo Red at September 05, 2006 11:52 PM (6HsUG)

3 i guess the concept of an open, free, forum, where everyone is allowed to express their opinions, is totally lost on you. let's go shut down yahoo. i hear someone dropped the f-bomb on one of their forums.

Posted by: camden at September 19, 2006 03:19 PM (NnFbc)

4 An "open, free, forum, where everyone is allowed to express their opinions" is a good thing. But how many pro-Lieberman commenters are treated with such respect at MoveOn.org (or even welcome, for that matter)? Any guesses? How about zero? So much for free speech. BTW, I never suggested that their forum be shut down. But a candidate for elected office has a responsibility to answer for such vile, hateful "opinions" featured by an organization whose financial support he's only too happy to accept.

Posted by: Gary at September 19, 2006 03:57 PM (PLHs9)

5 "BTW, I never suggested that their forum be shut down. But a candidate for elected office has a responsibility to answer for such vile, hateful "opinions" featured by an organization whose financial support he's only too happy to accept." MoveOn.org shut their forum down twice, for two days on September 8 and "until the election" on September 24. It's quite likely that the candidates they endorsed contacted them and told them to get rid of the evidence before it cost someone like Bob Casey or Ned Lamont the election. Too bad for MoveOn that I copied all the good stuff before they could hide it.

Posted by: Bill Levinson at October 03, 2006 01:51 AM (Poedu)

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