Monday, January 30, 2017
Lest We Furr-get: Circle Back
With news cycles churning at lightning speed and reporters dropping balls left and right, it's discouraging that we rarely see defenders of deplorables asked for comment when new developments could put them squarely on the spot.
For example: In November, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach took to the interwebs to publicly chastise Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, for speaking out against noted white supremacist Steve Bannon. (You know Bannon — the guy who now has a seat on the National Security Council.) "I don’t think even the most hostile media can point to a single reason to consider [Bannon] anti-Semitic," the rabbi sputtered at Greenblatt.
So, okay. We assume Rabbi Boteach isn't familiar with Breitbart News because he doesn't know how to read. That's the only excuse we can think of for not knowing about a website that called Bill Kristol a "renegade Jew."
But surely Boteach hasn't been able to escape the latest news, has he? — that a Bannon-created White House proclamation on Holocaust Remembrance Day failed to even mention the six million people the Nazis slaughtered because they shared, um, a very particular characteristic?
Sadly, we'll probably never know — because we haven't heard any journalists dialing Rabbi Boteach back up and asking for his reaction.
Come on, members of the Fourth Estate. We cats know you have a lot of craziness to report on these days. But you really shouldn't be letting Jewish defenders of anti-Semites off the hook like that. We cats HISS.