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Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Ridicule of a Terror Victim

from the blog, Zionist Conspiracy:
On his radio program this morning, Don Imus interviewed Tom Rose, publisher of The Jerusalem Post. The interview was fine until toward the end, when Imus mentioned (without name) Goldie Taubenfeld, a chasidic mother of 13 from New Square, New York, who was killed in yesterday's bombing, with at least one of her daughters wounded. Rumors suggest that a 6-month-old child of Taubenfeld was also killed, but at this time that has not been confirmed.

Derisively referring to Mrs. Taubenfeld, Imus asked Rose: "What was that woman thinking? I mean, what'd she say to herself, let's go to Jerusalem and get on a bus?"

Instead of objecting to Imus' offensive statement, Rose meekly responded that the woman was probably an immigrant to Israel who needed to ride the bus to get around. Not only is that factually inaccurate, but it suggests that one needs to be defensive about riding buses in Israel, something most visitors frequently do.
Thank you to Joe Schick for bringing this to our attention.

Don Imus was named by Time Magazine as one of the 25 most influential people.
imus@msnbc.com