Among the dozens of blogs and websites obsessed with Israel and the machinations of the U. Israel lobby, Phillip Weiss’ Mondoweiss (a project of The Nation Institute), Glenn Greenwald’s blog on Salon, and Stephen Walt’s blog on Foreign (owned by The Washington Post Company) sit atop the junk-heap.’s Jeffrey Goldberg, a Tablet Magazine contributing editor and a frequent target of Weiss, Greenwald, and Walt.
Last week, a post on the Russian spy scandal received 14 comments; another post during the same period, enumerating what Walt considers the “five big questions about contemporary world politics,” fared a bit better, garnering 53 responses. The other reason is the triumph of the Internet, which lends itself to anti-Semitic narratives.From blogs and bulletin boards, Jew-baiting soon entered the mainstream publishing industry, most famously with the publication of Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer’s to AIPAC—who intentionally deceived the American public and subverted “true” U. If not quite as popular as adult-content sites, the anti-Israel blogosphere is a dirty little thrill that major U. media outfits have mainstreamed for the masses, the intellectual equivalent of the topless “Page Three” girls that British tabloids use to boost circulation.I don’t think they’d be comfortable surfacing the same kind of invective about African-Americans or other groups.But there seems to be a high tolerance for hosting a Jew-baiting blog.” One explanation for the open sewer of hate that runs through the most prestigious foreign-policy websites is that their editors have become desensitized to opinions they read every day—and that are widely echoed throughout the Arab world and in Europe.While it is difficult and in some cases perhaps undesirable to keep reader-comment sections completely free of insults, racist slurs, paranoid rantings, and threats of violence, it is also the case that some authors and certain subjects, regardless of the author or argument, are more likely than others to stir up the cesspool. On Glenn Greenwald’s Salon blog, there were close to 1,000 comments when the news of the Gaza flotilla incident broke.