Remember when the media freaked out for three days over Sarah Palin’s completely legitimate use of the term “blood libel”?
Nearly every major media outlet took a dive deep on this critical outrage. Millions of Americans learned more about how Jews in the Middle Ages were sometimes falsely accused of kidnapping and murdering Christian children so they could use the blood for ritualistic baking. But more importantly: What did Palin mean? Was Palin sending veiled messages to Evangelicals voters? Was it just anti-Semitism rearing its ugly head?
There will be no such national discussion over Joe Biden’s recent comments. At the Legal Services Corporation, our Clouseau-esque vice president was extoling the virtues of his son Beau when he launched into one of his folksy populist rants. “People would come to him and talk about what was happening to them at home in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being,” he explained. “I mean, these Shylocks who took advantage of these women and men while overseas.”
Immediately, the voice of America’s aggrieved Jewish community, the Anti-Defamation League, jumped into action with this rather mild condemnation:
When someone as friendly to the Jewish community and open and tolerant an individual as is Vice President Joe Biden, uses the term ‘Shylocked’ to describe unscrupulous moneylenders dealing with service men and women, we see once again how deeply embedded this stereotype about Jews is in society.
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