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Tue Dec 18, 2018, 12:38 AM

THE NEW YORK TIMES JUST PUBLISHED AN UNQUALIFIED RECOMMENDATION FOR AN INSANELY ANTI-SEMITIC BOOK

Over the weekend, the New York Times Book Review published a full-length interview with Alice Walker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple. The very first question: “What books are on your nightstand?” Walker replied with four, the second of which was:

“And the Truth Shall Set You Free,” by David Icke. In Icke’s books there is the whole of existence, on this planet and several others, to think about. A curious person’s dream come true.

This passed without comment from the New York Times interviewer, and the publication passed it on to readers without qualification. This is rather remarkable because the book is an unhinged anti-Semitic conspiracy tract written by one of Britain’s most notorious anti-Semites.

More here: https://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/277273/the-new-york-times-just-published-an-unqualified-recommendation-for-an-insanely-anti-semitic-book


I’m honestly so sick of this shit.

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Reply THE NEW YORK TIMES JUST PUBLISHED AN UNQUALIFIED RECOMMENDATION FOR AN INSANELY ANTI-SEMITIC BOOK (Original post)
EllieBC Dec 2018 OP
madaboutharry Dec 2018 #1
applegrove Dec 2018 #2
EllieBC Dec 2018 #4
applegrove Dec 2018 #5
elleng Dec 2018 #3
Behind the Aegis Dec 2018 #6
RockRaven Dec 2018 #7

Response to EllieBC (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2018, 12:49 AM

1. This is nothing new for her.

She is deeply hostile to Israel and to Judaism.

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Response to EllieBC (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2018, 12:57 AM

2. Can't believe they would not fact check that.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 18, 2018, 01:13 AM

4. They probably didn't say anything because in interviews

like this, they are just going for a profile of a person. So they don’t question or pass judgment on any answers given.

Still maybe an addition at the bottom about how Icke is a POS antisemite and conspiracy theorist might have been nice.

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Response to EllieBC (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 18, 2018, 01:16 AM

5. Yes. The context of it was benign, a profile.

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Tue Dec 18, 2018, 01:00 AM

3. Alice Walker under fire for praise of 'antisemitic' David Icke book.

'The New York Times also faced criticism for publishing the Color Purple author’s recommendation without qualification.

The New York Times Book Review and Alice Walker have come under criticism for comments the celebrated writer made in an interview with the publication in which she recommended a work by someone accused of antisemitism.

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Asked what books were currently on her nightstand, Walker, the author of The Color Purple, mentioned among others And the Truth Shall Set You Free, by the controversial British figure David Icke. Icke, an author and public speaker in his own right, has long propounded a series of conspiracy theories in his work that many see as antisemitic.

“The book is an unhinged antisemitic conspiracy tract written by one of Britain’s most notorious antisemites,” wrote Tablet magazine’s Yair Rosenberg, among the most strident critics of Walker’s comment. Rosenberg also faulted the Times for failing to react to or qualify the contents of the book to its readers.

Icke has long claimed that a shadowy cabal controls the world, a familiar antisemitic trope.'>>>

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/dec/17/alice-walker-antisemitic-david-icke-book

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Response to EllieBC (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2018, 01:27 AM

6. Disgusting, but not unexpected if one is familiar with her.

In another article, this sums it up best:




Of course, unsurprisingly, there are those defending her bigotry, as is often the case when the target of bigotry is Jews; see: Women's March leadership articles in this group.

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Response to EllieBC (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2018, 01:38 AM

7. Even if you set aside the loooooooong and deeeeeeeeeeep record of Icke's anti-Semitism,

which is an act of charity he does not deserve... he is still a f-ing loon in every *other* possible way. Lizard people, moon landing, quantum, blah, blah, blah.

I think there is room for people to engage with this material to try to understand where both the author and more importantly the audience/fans/acolytes are coming from or what they are seeking. But I would never mention him or his work without a giant caveat/asterisk -- in the hands of the credulous or feeble-minded this kind of material can lead to dark or dangerous places.

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