Plus ça change . . .

Case Study #1:

On Thursday Joseph Sobran, described by the New York Times as a “conservative writer and moralist,” died at the age of 64. The Times obit noted that Sobran’s “outspoken antipathy to Israel and what he saw as the undue influence of a Jewish lobby on American foreign policy led to his removal as a senior editor of National Review in 1993.”

After a decade of opposition to U.S. policy in the Middle East,  Sobran, a protege of National Review founder William F. Buckley, crossed the line in 1993 when he attacked Buckley himself for being soft on Israel.

Buckley called Sobran’s criticisms “a breath-catching libel” and sacked him.

Case Study #2:

Also on Thursday, CNN’s Rick Sanchez, described by the hardworking staff as a “conservative anchor and idiot,” saw his career die when he . . . well, let CNN tell the story:

On Thursday, Sanchez appeared on the XM Sirius radio program “Stand-Up with Pete Dominick.” During the interview with Dominick, Sanchez called “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart “a bigot” and then said that he was bigoted against “everybody else who’s not like him. Look at his show, I mean, what does he surround himself with?”

Dominick pressed for specifics, and Sanchez, who is Cuban-American, responded, “That’s what happens when you watch yourself on his show every day, and all they ever do is call you stupid.”

Dominick, who was once the warm-up comic at Stewart’s Comedy Central show and now has a spot on CNN’s “John King, USA,” noted that Stewart is Jewish and so a minority himself.

“I’m telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority? Yeah,” Sanchez responded.

True, anti-Zionist views continue to draw retribution from both the left and the right.

But also true, anti-Zionist views continue to border on the anti-Semitic.

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

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5 Responses to Plus ça change . . .

  1. Bob Gardner says:

    I never saw more than a glimpse of Rick Sanchez on CNN. Was he an anti-Zionist? The quotes on your post seem to be pure anti-Semitic drivel, without any reference to Israel, Palestine or American foreign policy.
    I’d be curious to see the piece that got Sobran fired, and how it Sobran looks in hindsight compared to Buckley. I don’t remember much about Sobran but I do remember Buckley advocating a war to secure oil in the Middle East, suggesting that since there were no jungles, it would be nothing like Vietnam.
    By the way a prominent publisher admitted his bias recently. Did anybody on your staff happen to catch it?

    • Campaign Outsider says:

      As far as I could tell, Bob, Sanchez was all over the place, all across the political spectrum.

      As for that publisher you allude to, Marty Peretz of The New Republic, he seems increasingly unhinged of late. Maybe his latest excess will make him reassess.

      • Steve Stein says:

        I was thinking about mentioning Peretz, but the fact is that his boss LOVES him, so he’s not firing himself anytime soon.

  2. CAvard says:

    I agree that anti-Zionist views continue to border on anti-Semitic … but not all of them. We have to be careful not to paint anti-Zionism with a broad brush. I think speaking out against Zionism is necessary and valid when its used in the proper and appropriate context. Zionism has a really, really ugly history when you look deeper into the goals and aims of Herzl and company.

    Where does anti-Zionism get criticism from Left? If you’re talking about members of the Democratic Party, I would hardly call them people on the left, but that’s just me.

  3. Laurence Glavin says:

    Hmmm…it’s interesting that Rick Sanchez is being raked over the coals for HIS comments, but Rush Limbaugh is getting a pass for this utterance from two weeks ago:

    http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201009240025

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