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‘Too many’ Jews in the media?

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Are there too many Jews in the media?

That was the question posed on a recent edition of the Canadaland podcast, hosted by Jesse Brown. Brown opened the episode by reading an email from one of his listeners, whom he left unnamed.

That person wrote: “I was debating about writing you because there is no way of tackling this subject I’m about to address without looking like a hater/nutter/racist. But I am not, and I feel you are an understanding guy, so I figured I’d take a chance and write you… In [a previous Canadaland podcast], I believe you scoffed at the notion that Jews controlled the media. But here’s the thing: they do. I don’t subscribe to some massive Jewish conspiracy. That’s for the nutters and the racists. But surely you, Jesse Brown, must concede the overrepresentation of Jews in the media.

“Look,” the writer concluded, “I have nothing against the Jewish people… who doesn’t love a good baggle [sic]? But serisoisly [sic, again]. You do your listeners a disservice when you try to imply that there is not an overconcentration of Jews in the media.”

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Brown seemed to agree with the writer’s premise, while Sam Bick and David Zinman, hosts of the Montreal-based Treyf podcast, who were Brown’s guests on the episode, took a similar stance. The problem, Bick argued, is that there are too many “white Jewish men” and “white European-descended Jews” in the media. (Zinman added that no one would say there is an overrepresentation of “Mizrachi Jews.”)

I was also a guest on the podcast, and when it was my turn to respond, I pointed out that questions about Jews’ professional orientations have been around for centuries, and that they are often posed by people looking for reasons to hate the Jewish people. Why did so many Jews end up working in the banking and finance sectors, I asked them. It wasn’t, as many conspiracy theorists and anti-Semites would have us believe, part of some grand, nefarious plan to achieve worldwide dominance, but out of historical necessity. After all, Jews weren’t allowed to own land or operate businesses, and so they turned to the one area of work that was still available to them.

Historical precedent aside, though, I don’t see an overrepresentation of Jews in Canadian media, and I think I’ve been around the industry long enough to know. Moreover, however many Jews are employed by Canadian media outlets (and by the way, it would have been instructive for the Canadaland conversation if the host had attempted to quantify his opening salvo with some hard data), they don’t speak in one voice – about Jewish values, Israel or anything else. It’s quite the opposite, actually.

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So, to the Canadaland reader/listener who raised the subject: you can tell everyone you want that you’re not a “hater/nutter/racist,” and that you “don’t subscribe to some massive Jewish conspiracy.” But here’s the thing: if you’re seriously asking that question, you are and you do. I only wish Brown, a journalist I’ve never known to go easy on his subjects, had not gifted you with anonymity. 

Clarification: This article originally stated that Jesse Brown posed the question as to whether there are too many Jews in the media. We have clarified to indicate that Brown did not pose the question himself. Instead, he read an email from an anonymous writer, who suggested that there is an “over concentration of Jews in the media.”

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  • TerrorIsEvil

    There are altogether too many questions about various identities in the new identity politics of today (race. religion, color, sex, etc.). The goal is to control, limit and/or promote the amount of representation of certain groups. This is now an obsession of the left-wing PC crowd which
    want, for instance, more female MPs, more Islamists, more “color,” and, by the way, limitations on the numbers and influence of Jews in Israel and the Diaspora.

    Where matters of employment are concerned, we need to be color-blind, religion-blind and only look at the merits of the candidates, not based on politics, race, creed, religion or culture. That is the best formula for equality and fairness.

    We have just been through 8 years of an Obama administration that discriminated against citizens and groups on religious and political grounds (using the IRS and “outing” eavesdropping and exposure tactics). They went after anyone who was against the Iranian deal giving Iran nukes to point at Israel and the West, for example.

    The Jews in media are all over the map in their political views – more on the left than the right, that’s for sure. You have the Tom Friedman types smoking peace pipes in his obsequious relationship with Saudi and UAE officials, constantly pushing for a fantasy two-state solution and
    thinking that the magic elixir for the entire world is to give in to another new Palestinian state on top of and in place of Israel. Then you have People like David Horowitz who has a more conservative bent. There is no way to pigeon-hole the positions of Jewish media people.

    Those asking the question are really falling back on old myths and blood libels and they ask for a specific purpose – to come up with quotas to rid the world of Jews and white guys who are now targets of the social justice warriors using race and religion to bludgeon the West and install a form of left-wing control that in its end-game will decide who can work and who cannot; who is on top and who will be forced to the bottom.

  • blackdreamhunk

    I am here to say that white looking Jews or European Jews benefit from white privilege.

    I was doing some research on white privilege when You start comparing black people to white Jews. White Jews benefit from white privilege. In fact, some countries like America Jews are legally white and don’t suffer from racial discrimination and are not kill by American cops while unarmed. In fact I would say there is favoritism on global scale when you compare a black person or black country to a Jewish person or a Jewish country. Then you have racism towards black people in places like Israel. Jews have racial word like Cushi or Kushi. Black suffering and black history by Jews are constantly overlooked, for example, Dutch Jews and the slave trade. IN France people go jail for saying that holocaust never happened. Meanwhile, it is perfectly ok for Jews to say they played NO role in the slave trade. Also, Note in France Frenchmen is perfectly ok with racism towards black people. Also, I do believe that must Israeli Jews voted for Trump. Trump who has been accused of racism himself.

    Other examples
    Would Any European country or America underfunded The United nations for a black country like America did for Israel because of a Untied Nations vote?

    Recommend youtube video for Internet video proof of Anti-black racism and Proof of Jew benefiting from white privilege from youtube videos that are called
    ” Israeli Racism & Hate?”
    ” Empire Files: Anti-Black Racism Reveals Israel’s White Supremacy”

  • blackdreamhunk

    Just so you know even if you hide my comment there 300 people plus forums who will see what you have written and perfectly know I am doing research on blacks and Jews comparing privilege.