Hate Hoaxes and Hate Hypochondria In The NEW YORK TIMES
From the New York Times:
By MAGGIE ASTOR FEB. 27, 2018
Workers repositioned headstones at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City, Mo., after as many as 200 were toppled last February. Credit Nick Schnelle for The New York Times
The number of reported anti-Semitic incidents in the United States surged 57 percent in 2017, according to an annual report by the Anti-Defamation League. …
That “something” is hard to identify definitively, but Mr. Greenblatt pointed to three likely factors: the increasingly divisive state of American politics, the emboldening of extremists, and the effects of social media. Some of the increase may also be attributable to better reporting of incidents.
None of it is attributed in the NYT to Hate Hoaxes, despite Israeli-American man Michael Kadar being arrested in Israel on charges of phoning in at least 160 threats to Jewish community centers.
The invigoration of the far right blah blah blah …
The Forward, a Jewish publication, offers some needed information missing from the New York Times’ credulous PR release rehash:
The 2017 number includes more than 160 bomb threats sent to Jewish community centers and other institutions early that year. A Jewish teen from Israel has been arrested for making the vast majority of those threats, which were all not credible. …
You’ll notice that Michael Kadar’s name is almost never given, rather like Haven Monahan’s isn’t, nor his age (19). The fact that he was a “teen” is used to to imply that’s why his name isn’t mentioned, when the real reason is that it’s easier to forget and harder to look up an unnamed perp.
Discounting the JCC bomb threats, reported incidents still increased by 43 percent over 2016.
Another 8 of these phone threats were charged against a leftist black journalist.
How many other incidents were Hate Hoaxes is not speculated upon, because the mental concept of the Hate Hoax doesn’t exist.
Another concept that should exist is Hate Hypochondria. For example, I don’t know what happened to the tombstones in the Jewish cemetery in University City, MO that the NYT featured, but I do know that there were similar reports last year of Nazis toppling tombstones in a Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn that just turned out to be subsidence.
It’s also quite possible that the cemetery was the victim of vandalism but not anti-Semitism. University City is right next to the crime-ridden black slums of St. Louis, the murder capital of America post-Ferguson. It’s quite possible that some local youths pushed over tombstones for the hell of it without caring whether this was a white Jewish cemetery or a white gentile cemetery. This could well have been an anti-white hate crime. Or it could just be vandalism for the sake of vandalism.
Almost all of the instances were either harassment — including the bomb threats — or vandalism, including seven instances of Jewish cemeteries being desecrated. There were also 19 anti-Semitic physical assaults, a decline of 47 percent from 2016.
So, the number of actual physical assaults (assuming no hoaxes) declined 47%. But that’s not news that’s fit to print.
This is Washington Post-level badness in the New York Times. Usually, their reporters (who aren’t dumb) are allowed to slip in a few subversive facts toward the end of their write-ups, but this is just blatant.