Adbusters and the New York Times

Adbusters – the original instigators of Occupy Wall St
is demanding that the New York Times publish a reply
to insinuations in the Times that they were anti-semitic
and thus that there was something anti-semitic about
Occupy Wall Street.
Neither Adbusters nor Occupy Wall St are anti-semitic.

From Adbusters’ letter:

“Mr. David Brooks said:
“Jews are a famously accomplished group.
They make up about 0.2 percent of the world population,  but
54 percent of the world chess champions,
27 percent of the Nobel physics laureates …
37 percent of Academy Award-winning directors …
51 percent of Pulitzer Prize winners for nonfiction”
and so on.

“And yet, in his October 10 column he found something insidious
about an article Adbusters ran seven years ago pointing out that
50 percent of the prominent neocons surrounding the Bush administration were Jewish.
Why the double standard, Mr. Brooks?
How is this different?”

#ADBUSTERS (founders of Occupy Wall St.
The New York Times is refusing to give them
a Right of Reply to David Brooks’ Oct 10 column.
http://bit.ly/vEbV2I

Once you start classifying people this is what you get into.
There are truths and facts – but they are not stable – in a
generation or two the Jewish “abilities” may well dissappear.
This is already happening as new groups with great ambition
take over these skills.
Still sometimes cultural facts need to be reported but not
used for racist purposes. Much as I am pleased to read
David Brooks’  list, still I do not like the tone of it. It is on the
brink of turning against the people it’s praising.
All of these kind of remarks
– Jews have the brains. Jews have the money
etc etc are highly charged kinds of discourse.
KR

James Joyce wrote the classic version of all this kind of discourse
in Ulysses:

But begob I was just lowering the heel of the pint when I saw the
citizen getting up to waddle to the door, puffing and blowing with the
dropsy, and he cursing the curse of Cromwell on him, bell, book and candle
in Irish, spitting and spatting out of him and Joe and little Alf round him
like a leprechaun trying to peacify him.

–Let me alone, says he.

And begob he got as far as the door and they holding him and he
bawls out of him:

–Three cheers for Israel!

Arrah, sit down on the parliamentary side of your arse for Christ’
sake and don’t be making a public exhibition of yourself. Jesus, there’s always some bloody clown or other kicking up a bloody murder about bloody nothing. Gob, it’d turn the porter sour in your guts, so it would.

And all the ragamuffins and sluts of the nation round the door and
Martin telling the jarvey to drive ahead and the citizen bawling and Alf and Joe at him to whisht and he on his high horse about the jews and the loafers calling for a speech and Jack Power trying to get him to sit down on the car and hold his bloody jaw and a loafer with a patch over his eye starts singing                                                                       If the man in the moon was a jew, jew, jew and a slut shouts out of her:
–Eh, mister! Your fly is open, mister!

And says he:
–Mendelssohn was a jew
and Karl Marx and Mercadante
and Spinoza.
And the Saviour was a jew and his father was a jew. Your God.

–He had no father, says Martin.                                                             That’ll do now. Drive ahead.
–Whose God? says the citizen.

–Well, his uncle was a jew, says he.                                                       Your God was a jew. Christ was a jew
like me.

Gob, the citizen made a plunge back into the shop.
–By Jesus, says he, I’ll brain that bloody jewman for using the holy name. By Jesus, I’ll crucify him so I will. Give us that biscuitbox here.

–Stop! Stop! says Joe.
—————
And this was written more than 90 years ago.
And think of what has happened since.
And this kind of thing is still going on.
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Here is Adbusters account
Kalle Lasn here with a story about how the New York Times refused to give Adbusters [which Lasn edits] the right of reply. Here is the chronology of what happened:

1. October 3 letter from Adbusters Kalle Lasn to the editor of the New York Times:

In the wake of the #OCCUPYWALLSTREET movement, the New York Times has twice taken a swipe at Adbusters magazine, originators of the event. David Brooks led the charge in his October 10 column, The Milquetoast Radicals, falsely accusing us of being anti-Jewish.

In an earlier column, Mr. Brooks said: “Jews are a famously accomplished group. They make up about 0.2 percent of the world population, but 54 percent of the world chess champions, 27 percent of the Nobel physics laureates … 37 percent of Academy Award-winning directors … 51 percent of Pulitzer Prize winners for nonfiction” and so on. And yet, in his October 10 column he found something insidious about an article Adbusters ran seven years ago pointing out that 50 percent of the prominent neocons surrounding the Bush administration were Jewish. Why the double standard, Mr. Brooks? How is this different?

Then on October 17, Joseph Berger’s Cries of Anti-Semitism, but Not at Zuccotti Park, quoted an article in a conservative magazine founded by the American Jewish Committee which alleged that “the main organizer behind the movement — Adbusters editor Kalle Lasn — has a history of anti-Jewish writing.” Mr. Berger, why are you uncritically passing on other people’s allegations? Why didn’t you do your own research and come up with your own conclusions?

Adbusters is best known for its deconstruction of advertising, discontent with neoclassical economics and provocative takes on hot button geopolitical issues like the Israeli apartheid in Palestine. I invite readers to visit our web site, leaf through our magazine, look up what we’ve said over the past twenty years and decide for themselves if we are motivated by anti-Semitism or a sense of justice.

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