Poor John Podhoretz sure got a dose of that Liberal dogma at the 92nd Street Y the other night. He dared to disagree.
In fact, after a prolonged bout of booing, I responded by suggesting—in a manner that was intended, for what I would have thought were obvious reasons, to be ironic—that the crowd might try hissing too. Which they did. Maybe they didn’t pick up on the irony; Eisner apparently didn’t, given her level of mystification.Lori Lowenthal Marcus from the Jewish Press also reported it.
What happened was that although all of the panelists said they disapproved of the ASA boycott, J Street’s Ben Ami then began recounting what he said were Israeli policies that led people to believe that a boycott of Israeli institutions was appropriate. PODHORETZ DEFENDS ISRAEL, AUDIENCE EXPLODES, ‘ENRAGED’ “You’re blaming the victim!” Podhoretz exclaimed. To which the 92nd Street Y audience erupted into loud booing. According to the moderator, Eisner, who is much closer to Ben-Ami’s Israel viewpoint than the others – having served as a co-chair of her local New Israel Fund regional council – there was not just scattered booing. She wrote in her blog on the topic that when Podhoretz accused Ben-Ami of blaming the victim, some “members of the audience became enraged.” The audience was so disruptive with what Podhoretz described as a “prolonged bout of booing,” that he turned to the audience and asked with what he thought was obvious irony, “why don’t you also hiss?”
Read more at: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/shushed-and-booed-podhoretz-walks-out-on-92nd-st-y-panel/2013/12/18/0/
John Podhoretz is no dummy. He's editor of the very prestigious Commentary Magazine. The members of the audience obviously are intolerant of other opinions. That is not being liberal.
open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values.
"they have more liberal views toward marriage and divorce than some people"
(of education) concerned mainly with broadening a person's general knowledge and experience, rather than with technical or professional training.
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