I thought I was the only getting all those Jew hating emails chiding me for not reporting on the Madoff scandal. Why should I? Madoff, a star in liberal philanthropic circles, is a crook. Period. He doesn't represent a movement or an ideology. He is a thief and I hope they put him away for a long, long time. Terrible yes, but what's to report? That all Jews are not perfect? Are we supposed to be perfect? Wow.
The washerwoman Wolcott is also on the warpath. Hell hath no fury like a Wolcott rant. Having been the object of Wolcott's perverse affection, I find his latest Jew rant predictable. We know how deeply Wolcott cares about Jewish charities now don't we?
Here is an excerpt from Debbie's post. Read it all here:
I keep getting e-mails from people--some of them clearly anti-Semitic--asking why I haven't written about investment Ponzi scheme king Bernard Madoff and his scandal. Well, for one thing, it's been covered and over-covered to death, and I don't have anything to add. For another, a greedy left-wing liberal rips off mostly other greedy left-wing liberals. Sorry, but that's go nothin' to do with me.
That said, I'm really surprised at the level of anti-Semitism leveled at me and other Jews because of this charlatan who was more left-wing than he was Jewish (he wasn't a religious, practicing Jew by most accounts, even if he funded some, mostly left-wing and a few worthy Jewish charities).
The worst of it appears on Vanity Fair and it invokes my name. Anti-Semite, pan-Islamist, calorically-gifted (or is that, Differently Digestive?) Vanity Fair writer James Wolcott wrote this typeface version of rat-a-tat-tat:
James Wolcott (left): Anti-Semitic Vanity Fair Writer Uses Madoff Scandal to Attack Jews, Me
Working from the deep, respectable, cushioned inside, Bernard Madoff inflicted more damage and misery on Jewish families, charities, and institutions than all of the homegrown cells of jihadists running wild in the imaginations of Pamela Geller .... , Francis Porretto, Michelle Malkin, David Horowitz, and the flat sodas at Pajamas Media. These great bloggers have been scanning the horizon for pirates, oblivious to the bomb about to go off below deck.
Not to dignify his anti-Semitism, but . . . .
Um, Mr. Wolcott, let's be clear: While what he did was reprehensible and criminal (and he should have the book thrown at him), Madoff didn't murder a single individual, Jewish or otherwise. He didn't fly planes into buildings and tell people to call their families and say good-bye. 19 Muslims murdered nearly 3,000--not 3,000 Jews, but 3,000 Americans. It's not relevant who did what to Jews, when we speak of terrorism. 9/11 should have made clear-if not, many attacks on Americans beforehand--that terrorism is everyone's issue, not just the Jews. Likewise, why should I care whether his victims were Jewish-Americans or random Americans. That you would indicate I'd only care about the former tells me what you think of the Jews, even aside from your screed.
Bottom Line: To compare Madoff to Islamic terrorism is like comparing an ant pissing to a continental tsunami or Hurricane Katrina.