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The Commentator’s New Clothes

One thing I respect about Vox Day is that he’s one of the few opinionated voices in the blogosphere who actually backs up his point of view with solid data:

In 2000, 81 percent of Jews voted for Al Gore while only 17 percent voted for George Bush. The same study also showed that only 4 percent of the electorate was Jewish. This indicates that only .68 percent of the support for the Republican party in 2000 was Jewish. Even godless atheists, Carthage to the Christian Right’s Roma Mater, proved to be demonstrably more Republican-friendly.

A similar pattern held true for 2004. Despite some pre-election hooplah about how pro-Palestinian Democrats and the War on Method would cause George Delano to become the most popular Republican president among Jews since Reagan , John Kerry still won the Jewish vote with ease, 76 percent to 24 percent.

Since most Jews vote left-liberal and since there aren’t very many of them in the first place, you might think that the Jewish influence in the nominally conservative media would be quite small. You would also be wrong, since a survey of conservative opinion leaders Townhall and National Review indicates that around 20 percent of the conservative commentariat identifies itself as Jewish, which is approximately 21 times more than an affirmative-action style analysis would tend to indicate.

Normally, when someone asserts that Jews have too much influence in the media they’re accused of rabid anti-semitism. It’s hard to accuse statistics of racial bias.

How to interpret these numbers? I think Vox has it right: It says something that this president is solidly supported by “a ‘conservative’ media drawn disproportionately from the least conservative group in America”.

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