Milo Yiannopoulos can scarcely believe the stupidity of Henry Blodget, Business Insider’s chief executive and Editor-in-Chief, in publishing an article that asks why people hate Jews.
Why have people turned on Business Insider recently? I hear a lot of people tell me they’ve removed it from their RSS readers. Well, we got another hint today, when chief executive and Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget published a piece - on a tech and business news site, remember – with the title: “Why Do People Hate Jews?”
Here’s what Blodget had to say:
Citizens in Britain were startled recently when a religious-studies exam featured the question, “why do some people hate Jews?“ The question was immediately blasted as inappropriate and quickly withdrawn. But it’s an interesting and important question.
Along with many other sites, this site is occasionally visited by people whose mission in life appears to be to express hatred of Jews. (We delete these comments as quickly as we can, but they’re always startling in their venom, meanness, and stupidity.)
And hatred of Jews has obviously been an ongoing theme worldwide for centuries. Hitler, for example, hated the Jews so much that he murdered 6 million of them. Why? What is the source of this animosity? Why does it perpetuate itself? Where did this prejudice come from?
I’m asking this question seriously, and I’m going to Bleacher any comments that don’t answer it seriously. As usual, I’m also going to ban any anti-Semitic commenters. And I’m only going to keep the comments open for 24 hours, because I know what will happen once I stop checking back in and reading them.
In the meantime, I’m genuinely mystified and curious, and I look forward to reading your responses. Why do some people hate Jews?
I’m not interested in what Blodget himself thinks about Jews, more what this represents for Business Insider. At least now we know for sure what many had been suspecting: that BI has wrested Mashable’s crown as the most fetid and disreputable linkbait cesspit masquerading as a tech news site out there.
Is there anything they won’t publish, no matter how distasteful, offensive or simply bone-headed? I mean, just look at how the piece looked when originally published, before Blodget was shamed into replacing the top image. (He also later inserted “Some” into the headline.)
This is what happens when you have a chief executive who is also the Editor-in-Chief. It’s a structural problem in young media companies that leaves no one in ultimate charge. Business Insider should have fixed the problem a long time ago.
But aside from that subtlety, and not for the first time, I find myself thinking again today: what is wrong with this man?