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Responding to news in a virtual world

SALVATORE CAPUTO | Assistant Managing Editor | Posted: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 10:00 am

Why do organizations like the Anti-Defamation League issue statements on pop-culture issues like Lena Dunham’s column for the New Yorker “Dog or Jewish boyfriend? A quiz” nearly two weeks ago? Do establishment organizations risk sounding out of touch or old-fashioned when offended by contemporary humor?

“Well, before you label it old-fashioned or not, why don’t you spend a little bit of the time on the social network to see the reaction to her column by young people who are not old-fashioned, who use social media?” Abraham Foxman, ADL’s national director, recently asked Jewish News. “So that’s number one. Number two, I will tell you we don’t jump on these issues. I will credit you for us responding. The column appeared on Monday, OK, on Monday in the New Yorker, and there was a lot of traffic going on. You didn’t see anyone from the Anti-Defamation League jump on it, but what happened by Friday is people like you [journalists] started asking us, ‘Have you read it? Did you see it? Do you have an opinion? Do you have a point of view?’ And so, out of respect for your profession, we did read it, we did take a look at it, and we issued a statement.”

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