WHAT.

Jan. 12th, 2011 01:27 pm
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So, Sarah Palin has spoken out about the accusations that she is contributing to a violent atmosphere.

And in doing so, used the phrase "blood libel" to describe those accusations.

Blood libel. Yes.

Two things.

First off, Rep. Giffords is Jewish.

Second, in many far-right circles (not mainstream conservative), there's a pervasive belief that Jews control the media. So, this use of an ancient antiSemitic trope casts Palin as the poor Christian woman being picked on by all those mean Jews.

Assuming, of course, that Palin was not just being stupid. I'm not sure I'm willing to believe that this was not deliberate.
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