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Anti-Semitism in the Berkeley Daily Planet
by dpwatchdog Saturday, Sep. 12, 2009 at 3:14 AM

Anti-Semitism in the Berkeley Daily Planet

Here’s a pop quiz. From where is this quote taken:

"One should ask why anti-Semitism has persisted throughout the centuries. Let us go back to 539 BC, when Cyrus the Great, King of Persia, went to Babylonia and liberated Jews. One can ask why Jews were enslaved by Babylonians. Also, one can ask why Jews had problem with Egyptians, with Jesus, with Europeans, and in modern times with Germans? The answer, among other things, is their racist attitude that they are the 'Chosen People.' Because of this attitude, they do wrong to other people to the point that others turn against them, namely, become anti-Semite if you will."

(a) Mel Gibson’s drunk driving police report

(b) Mein Kampf

(c) The Hamas Charter

(d) The Berkeley Daily Planet

Sadly, if you guessed (d), The Berkeley Daily Planet, you would be correct. This quote, essentially blaming Jews for all that has befallen them, including the Holocaust, appeared in an August 8, 2006 Berkeley Daily Planet Commentary written by Kurosh Arianpour, an Iranian living in India.

The Berkeley Daily Planet, as we will show, is a font of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel expression. It defends itself from the ugly charge of anti-Semitism by professing, instead, a very strict interpretation of the rights of free speech. However, while we have found all manner of anti-Semitic hate (“free”) speech, in a thorough review of all past issues we have found only one expression of hate speech directed at any other group. That other group is police officers. Since Mike and Becky O’Malley bought the paper in 2003, we have not found one single expression of hate speech directed against gays, Muslims, blacks, or any other ethnic or religious group. Neither have we detected any misogyny. In the Berkeley Daily Planet, it is all about Jews and Israel.

First, has the Berkeley Daily Planet published unequivocally anti-Semitic op-eds, cartoons, and letters? Here, the answer is a definite YES.

Second, is the Berkeley Daily Planet in its totality an anti-Semitic newspaper? Here the answer, we believe, is PROBABLY.

Third, is the Berkeley Daily Planet owner and executive editor, Becky O’Malley, herself an anti-Semite? VERY POSSIBLY.

In other sections of this website we will examine additional facets of journalistic malfeasance at the Berkeley Daily Planet. DPWatchDog hopes to act as a mirror by which the O’Malleys might look at themselves and thereby be persuaded to reform the content of their paper such that it might become a first class local paper of which all Berkeleyans might be proud. As it is, vast swaths of the public have long ago turned their back on the Berkeley Daily Planet in disgust. In time, however, and with a showing of good will on the part of the O’Malleys, perhaps trust might be restored.

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