LA Times: Musk's Criticism of the ADL is 'The Most Extreme Outburst of Anti-Semitism' by a 'Mainstream Public Figure' in 'More Than 100 Years'

Chris Menahan
Sep. 05, 2023

Twitter/X owner Elon Musk's criticism of the Anti-Defamation League amounts to "the most extreme outburst of antisemitism by a purportedly mainstream public figure in more than 100 years," according to the LA Times.

From The Los Angeles Times:
Column: Elon Musk comes around to blaming the Jews

SEPT. 5, 2023 11:10 AM PT

Elon Musk has long been known for blaming everyone else but himself for the various fiascos visited upon his companies -- meddlesome bureaucrats for COVID-related production slowdowns at Tesla, the Pentagon and conniving rivals for the loss of a government contract by SpaceX, nasty woke advertisers for the decline of X (ex-Twitter).

So what were the chances that he would get around to blaming the Jews? Based on the evidence at hand, 100%.

Over the weekend, Musk launched a ferocious, spittle-flecked attack on the Anti-Defamation League, which describes itself (accurately enough) as "a global leader in combating antisemitism, countering extremism and battling bigotry wherever and whenever it happens."

Musk decided that the ADL is responsible for (in his words) "most of our revenue loss [at X]....Giving them maximum benefit of the doubt, I don't see any scenario where they're responsible for less than 10% of the value destruction, so ~$4 billion."

He asserted that the U.S. advertising revenue at X is "down 60%, primarily due to pressure on advertisers by @ADL (that's what advertisers tell us), so they almost succeeded in killing X/Twitter!" And he tweeted that he has "no choice but to file a defamation lawsuit against the Anti-Defamation League."

Not to put a fine point on things, but all this shows Musk to have gone utterly off the rails and over the edge of conspiracy-mongering paranoia. It's the most extreme outburst of antisemitism by a purportedly mainstream public figure in more than 100 years.

Musk's hate-spasm easily outflanks the previous champion of public antisemitism, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who was caught on tape in July arguing that COVID-19 was "targeted to attack Caucasians and Black people" while leaving Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese relatively immune. It's as if Musk challenged Kennedy's effort to seize the antisemitism crown by saying, "Oh, yeah? Watch this."

Musk's outburst makes the position of Linda Yaccarino, the formerly respected entertainment executive who accepted the job of X's CEO to restore the platform to the good graces of corporate advertisers, hopelessly untenable. Why she doesn't resign is a mystery. His words also should prompt the federal government to question his suitability, and that of his company SpaceX, to hold government contracts of any kind.
Michael Hiltzik, who positions himself as a moral authority, last year wrote a column for the LA Times saying it was "necessary" to mock the deaths of "anti-vaxxers."

If Musk's criticism of the ADL amounts to "the most extreme outburst of antisemitism by a purportedly mainstream public figure in more than 100 years," I guess there hasn't been much anti-Semitism at all.

The fact of the matter is the ADL brags about their ability to influence advertisers and bring companies to heel for going against their agenda.

As I reported in 2021, the Anti-Defamation League -- which supports anti-BDS laws that ban Americans from boycotting the state of Israel -- lobbied the World Federation of Advertisers to boycott Tucker Carlson and Fox News because he was talking about The Great Replacement.

Not only was Tucker Carlson's show boycotted into the ground (despite being the most popular show on Fox News) but Carlson was later fired by Rupert Murdoch. In the wake of Carlson's firing, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt bragged about pressuring Fox News to fire him.

Just two weeks later, Fox News started bragging about how much new ad money they were bringing in.

"We have had over 40 new advertisers come into the hour since we launched the new program, including some of the largest in the country and, really, across all major categories," Fox News Media's Executive Vice President of Ad Sales Jeff Collins told Variety's Brian Steinberg. "We have seen new advertisers come in, and new demand."

"Procter & Gamble, one of the nation's largest and most influential advertisers, has been running ads in 'Fox News Tonight,' the network's new 8 p.m. program, for female-skewing products like Venus razor blades by Gillette and Secret underarm deodorant. Also showing up in commercial breaks: Novo Nordisk's trendy medication Ozempic, and Scotts Miracle-Gro," Steinberg reported.

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