Whom should we trust to determine whether Occupy Wall Street is an anti-Semitic movement: Anti-Defamation League (ADL) national director Abraham Foxman or birther, conspiracy theorist, and race-baiter Eric Bolling?
On his Fox Business show tonight, Bolling took time out of a segment attacking President Obama to bash the movement as a bunch of "leftist, hippie, pot-smoking, sex-addicted morons on Wall Street." Bolling's resort to childish name-calling doesn't exactly show that he's winning the argument.
But Bolling wasn't done. Later in the same segment, Bolling suggested he had accidentally left "communist" and "anti-Semites" out of his description of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
In contrast to Bolling, Foxman said to The New York Times that, while there have been incidents of anti-Semitism in the movement, "they are not expressing or representing a larger view." Foxman also stated that "the movement is not about Jews. ... It's about 'the economy, stupid.' "
From an October 21 Times article:
Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, urged the protest organizers to condemn any expressions of anti-Semitism, but said, "There are manifestations in the movement of anti-Semitism, but they are not expressing or representing a larger view." He also pointed out that, according to his organization's periodic polls, roughly one in six Americans believed Jews had too much power in Wall Street and the American government.
"So it's not surprising that in a movement that deals with economic issues you're going to get bigots that believe in this stereotype," Mr. Foxman said. "The movement is not about Jews; it's not about Israel. It's about 'the economy, stupid.' "
To reiterate, whom are you going to believe on this subject: Foxman or Bolling?