I'm so glad the the Berkeley Daily Planet has folded. Not that I would have needed to worry about the poison they spread for so long in Berkeley for several years (if I even end up at Berkeley), but it's nice to know that evil does not always end up on top. Sometimes it comes a deserved cropper.
As abundantly documented by the stalwarts at Daily Planet Watchdog, the editor of that newspaper, Becky O'Malley, waged an unmerciful hate campaign against Israel, Jews, and anyone who disagreed with her point of view about Israel and the Jews.
Israel and Jews are of course the canary in the coalmine of western civilization. If Berkeley is not a good place for Jews, how must it be for other ethnicities?
Well, we know it's very good for Arabs.
THE BERKELEY DAILY PLANET'S WEEKLY VENOM
In every issue, the pages of the Berkeley Daily Planet bore witness to the intellectual pogrom against Israel. Such people as Joseph Anderson, Rob Kanter, Stephen Pearcy, and Hassan Fouda all sprung to criticise one regime in the middle east, and one regime only. Whatever else happened in the region did not interest them, but the merest blip out of Israel moved them to insensate fury. Egged on, of course, by the lily-white earthmother aged hippies of Berkeley, whose desperation to be revolutionary and meaningful trumped any sense of decency they might otherwise have had.
Collectively, Anderson, Kanter, Pearcy, Fouda (and wife), and their readership the radical middle-classes of the Berkeley flatlands, railed, jibbered, ranted, and spewed. Quite the obscenity.
I get the impression that the hothouse atmosphere of a college town leads to brain fever among the longtime residents. Especially those with no claim to any perspicacity or intellect.
As attested by another blogger:
But, as of a few weeks ago, the Berkeley Daily Planet ceased publishing, and became a web parking place for occassional shallow diatribes.
Becky O'Malley still lives, but her pet hate project has, for all intents and purposes, died. Rest not in peace, remain unlamented, and be forgotten soon.
Quote: "In its Dec. 3, edition, the Berkeley Daily Planet published a letter from an Atlanta man who claimed that Zionist Jews conspired with Eichmann and Hitler in the Final Solution. In the letter, he stated, "Zionists collaborated in sending the bulk of Hungary’s Jews to the gas chambers in exchange for allowing your relatives and a few rich Jews to leave and go to Palestine as the basis for a Zionist state."
Such repellent fiction is commonplace on neo-Nazi websites where Jews are often blamed for their own victimization, but any responsible newspaper would reject this erroneous and inflammatory statement.
However, the Daily Planet has a history of making Jews scapegoats. Israelis and their American Jewish supporters have more than once been compared to Nazis. Local American Jews have been called spies and fifth columnists for Israel. A writer once gloated that she was lucky that she did not marry a Jew. In 2006, the Daily Planet printed a letter from India which claimed that the Jews got what they deserved in the Holocaust.
That, as much as anything, pretty much encapsulates Berkeley, The Daily Planet, and Becky O'Malley herself.
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