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MSNBC Hosts Under Fire for Posting Tweets Deemed Anti-Semitic

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 04:01 PM

By Todd Beamon

Two MSNBC talk-show hosts are under fire for posting allegedly anti-Semitic messages on Twitter.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday accused Toure — a co-host of "The Cycle" political news-talk program — of "reverse-racism" in his response to a Twitter user who discussed his family's survival from concentration camps and eventual immigration to the United States.

In response, Toure said on Twitter:

But Efraim Zuroff, Israel office director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told The Blaze that the comment desecrated the memory of Holocaust survivors.

"It’s obviously absurd and smacks of intense and disgusting anti-Semitism," Zuroff charged to the Blaze. "It’s reverse-racism basically.

"There is no question that part of the anti-Semitism that we see has its roots in the form of jealousy," he added. "This is a perfect example: 'Jews made it because they’re white and Jews.'"

Meanwhile, Ronan Farrow likened his dating life to Steven Spielberg's 1993 epic Holocaust film "Schindler's List" in this tweet:

He also compared his business meetings to "Blue Is the Warmest Color," the award-winning French lesbian coming-of-age drama released last year.

The analogies did not sit well with Mediaite columnist Andrew Kirell.

"His dating life is like a gruesome, three-hour film about a German businessman who witnesses mass extermination of Jews and sets out to rescue a bunch; and his business meetings are like a postmodern French film about two girls who explore their sexuality and class differences," Kirell said on Tuesday.

Noting that MSNBC gave Farrow his afternoon program "because of his social media savvy," Kirell then asked: "Get it?! If you don’t, you’re probably just not social media savvy enough to understand."

He then answered Farrow's question: "No, you’re doing nothing wrong. Keep wowing us with your super smarts!"

Neither host nor MSNBC has responded to the controversies.

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