ADL goes over the line -- and beyond the pale
As more and more mainstream news outlets are acknowledging the fallacy of the connection between overheated rhetoric and the Arizona violence (The Post's Paul Farhi has a must-read piece on the subject) the Anti-Defamation League sends out an appalling press release that reads: "ADL EXPERTS AVAILABLE ON RIGHT WING EXTREMISTS AND ANTI-GOVERNMENT GROUPS."
Have we established that this is the root of the problem? Are they uninterested in left-wing groups? A pro-Israel conservatives e-mails me: "This is about the worst thing I can ever remember them doing. It is astonishing. Anything for a headline, I guess."
The release has struck a chord on Capitol Hill. A pro-Israel staffer on the Democratic side tells me, "With anti-Semitism on the rise across the world, one would think this esteemed organization could more productively apply its not unlimited resources."
But maybe grabbing headlines, foisting one's expertise on a subject (whether or not implicated in the Arizona shooting) and drumming up business is what this incident has become.
| January 11, 2011; 4:30 PM ET
Categories: Arizona shooting
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