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New Republic Editor's Apology for Anti-Semitic Column 'Insufficient'

New York, NY, October 17, 2003 The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said that today's mea culpa by New Republic Senior Editor Gregg Easterbrook for his anti-Semitic writings on the Hollywood film industry was "insufficient," and called on Easterbrook and the magazine to make a clear statement of apology.  The League responded after Easterbrook published "An Apology" on the New Republic's Web site, where he characterized his original remarks as a "poor wording."


Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:


We expect more from The New Republic. Gregg Easterbrook's mea culpa is insufficient.  It's a rationalization.  There is no excuse for bringing religion into a discussion about greed and the film industry.  Greed is a human frailty.  Money is not only colorless, it is faithless. 


By injecting religion into his criticism about the film industry in his identifying Harvey Weinstein of Miramax and Michael Eisner of Disney as Jewish Mr. Easterbrook summons up classic stereotypes that Jews are greedy, money-grubbing and morally deficient.  His column feeds into the classic canard of "Jewish control" of Hollywood, a charge that has led to blaming Jews for contributing to the general decline of society through their "control" of popular culture.


Sadly, instead of making a clear apology and a rejection of anti-Semitic stereotypes, Mr. Easterbrook says he "wrote poorly" and was misunderstood.  Mr. Easterbrook's remarks reflect either absolute ignorance or total bigotry.  We find it hard to fathom that a senior editor at The New Republic could have absolutely no knowledge of the hateful canards about greed and Jewish moneylenders that have contributed to two-thousand years of persecution against the Jewish people.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

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