Sarah Palin’s Statement On Arizona Tragedy Oddly Uses “Blood Libel”

Posted by | January 12, 2011 09:09 | Filed under: Top Stories

Sarah Palin didn’t rush to make a statement about the Arizona tragedy, but finally she, or someone on her behalf, crafted a Facebook post. One particular line has Taegan Goddard wondering if she is using dog whistle politics to reach her base.

Palin states:

“But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.”

As Goddard notes:

The term “blood libel” usually refers to the false accusation that Jews use the blood of Christian children in some of their religious rituals.

It is unclear why the term “blood libel” should be used in the context of the Arizona shootings. There is no way to determine intent, but it is an odd phrase to use here.

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