ADL criticizes Fox News host for using ‘anti-Semitic trope’ to describe Michael Bloomberg
(JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League criticized a Fox News host for calling Michael Bloomberg a “puppet master,” saying the comments play into stereotypes about Jewish power.
In a Thursday night broadcast, Fox News anchor Raymond Arroyo asserted that Bloomberg will be a “Biden puppet master.”
“What that means is that Mike Bloomberg is going to have more power than any ordinary American will in a Biden campaign,” Arroyo said.
In a letter to Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott, Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADL’s CEO, said the term puppet master echoes longstanding anti-Semitic tropes.
Disturbing that @RaymondArroyo on “The Ingraham Angle” called @MikeBloomberg a “Biden Puppet Master.” This antisemitic trope on Jewish power/money, echoing rhetoric from white supremacists & other antisemites, should never get airtime. I wrote to @FoxNews: https://t.co/Har4Uc9BQo
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) March 6, 2020
“This charge, and the comments that followed about Bloomberg’s wealth and power, play into deep-seated anti-Semitic canards about Jewish power and money,” Greenblatt wrote. “The use of the term ‘puppet master’ specifically conjures up longstanding anti-Semitic tropes about Jewish power and the notion of the Jewish puppeteer has figured in anti-Semitic imagery throughout modern history.”
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