Business Insider Owners 'Concerned' Story On Bill Ackman's Wife's Plagiarism Could Be 'Construed as Antisemitic'

Chris Menahan
Jan. 08, 2024

Business Insider's parent company based in Germany is reportedly "concerned" that BI's viral report documenting billionaire hedge fund owner Bill Ackman's Israeli-born wife Neri Oxman's plagiarism "could be construed as antisemitic and anti-Zionist."

The parent company, Axel Springer, makes all their employees pledge allegiance to Israel as a "duty."

From Semafor, "Business Insiderís owners clash over plagiarism story":
Business Insider's parent company is divided over the publication's recent article about plagiarism allegations made against the wife of businessman Bill Ackman.

Ackman led the effort to oust now-former Harvard president Claudine Gay over plagiarism accusations, amid campus controversies around Israel and Gaza. Last week, Business Insider reported that his wife, Neri Oxman, plagiarized portions of her dissertation.

Semafor has learned that the report has caused serious divisions within the top echelons of Axel Springer, BI's German owner. Some company leaders have debated whether Ackman's wife was fair game for reporting, and have been concerned that the report could be construed as antisemitic and anti-Zionist. (Oxman was born and raised in Israel.)
Newsweek said last month that calling for a ceasefire is "antisemitic" and now Axel Springer is claiming documenting a Jewish celebrity academic's plagiarism is "antisemitic."
In a statement to Semafor, Axel Springer spokesperson Adib Sisani said that while the facts of BI's report have not been disputed, over the past few days "questions have been raised about the motivation and the process leading up to the reporting ó questions that we take very seriously. Our media brands operate independently, however all Axel Springer publications are committed to journalism that meets rigorous editorial standards and processes."

"We are going to take a couple of days to review the processes around these stories to ensure that our standards as well as our journalistic values have been upheld," he said.

[...] Top execs at Axel Springer seem to be worried that reports like those on Oxman last week could damage BI's reputation in the eyes of some potential business readers.
Ah yes, "business readers."

Ackman was apparently quite proud of the news as he retweeted it to his 1.1 million followers:

As I noted above, Axel Springer -- which owns Politico, Politico Europe, Business Insider, Insider, Bild, Die Welt, Fakt, B.Z. and other news outlets -- makes all their employees pledge allegiance to Israel.

Via Wikipedia:

The company also appears to have started as a CIA front:

BI's report on Oxman was unquestionably in the public interest and yet Axel Springer now appears to be launching a witch hunt and an intimidation campaign to silence their own BI American reporters to advance Zionist interests.

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