When Paul Krugman took it upon himself to label conservative talk show hosts as a root cause of the hatred and violence that manifested itself in the Holocaust Museum shooting I pointed out that Jewish conspiracy theories are the favorite of the Left, not the Right these days.
Now, as Michael Goldfarb points out, Andrew Sullivan, free from his obstetrics investigations, has fixated on a new conspiracy. You guessed it — the Jews. “Neocons” are propping up Ahmadinejad (actually they are the ones hollering for Sullivan’s beloved Obama to stop cowering and do more to support the protestors, but let’s not get tripped up on the facts). Dropping any pretense of careful verbiage, Sullivan suggests that the Jews (or Jewish-inspired editors) got a Washington Post columnist fired. He writes: “Maybe the quality of his free-lancing was showing up the hackneyed AIPAC boilerplate they publish every day on their op-ed page.”
Well, this is quite a step for the Atlantic, once a respectable and respected publication. Let’s be clear here: the conspiratorial view of Jews as controlling powerful media outlets is hackneyed anti-Semitic boilerplate. I’m sure Paul Krugman will be on the case soon.
UPDATE: Via Jeffrey Goldberg, Fred Hiatt has responded that Sullivan’s accusations concerning the Post’s decision to end columnist Dan Froomkin’s column is ” so incoherent, it’s hard to know how to respond.”