The script to Sarah Palin's speech yesterday was to seize on her use of the term "blood libel." Every chattering squirrel in the Democrat propaganda system began decrying the use of the term as wrong, inappropriate, antisemitic or outrageous. The disingenuous and biased Washington Post claimed that "Sarah Palin's effort to defuse controversy backfires with 'blood libel' comment." Her speech, of course, didn't "backfire," but the liberal media want the public to believe that it did. The Washington Post, like most of the liberal media, are attempting to influence events rather than merely report on them.
True, the term "blood libel" like the word "pogrom" had its origins in antisemitism and the slander of Jews. That, however, does not restrict its broader use in situations that are highly analogous. In fact, I used the term "blood-libel" to describe the Left's smears before Sarah Palin did, here, in the second to the last paragraph.
As Legal Insurrection points out:
In fact, as Jim Geraghty of National Review Online documents, the use of the term "blood libel" in political discourse is common both on the left and the right to describe incendiary false accusations which tend to blame a person for inciting violence and making the person a target of violence.The Anti-Defamation League has stated that the term "blood-libel" is now used in common parlance to refer to those who are falsely accused.
Much like the use of the term "holocaust" (e.g., nuclear holocaust) is not used in the strict sense of The Holocaust, the use of the term "blood libel" does not offend the traditional meaning of the term.
The looser, more modern usage of the term certainly seems to fit here.
So why is the Left trying so hard to make an issue out of Palin's legitimate use of the term? Simple:
1. To redirect attention away from what Palin said by focusing on an irrelevancy;
2. To dilute the impact of Palin's charge that she was slandered by the Democrat Left;
3. To support the long standing leftist meme that Palin is stupid, insensitive and uninformed (and thus reduce her effectiveness in future political endeavors).
There you have it, folks: another Democrat propaganda effort in full swing. Be ye not fooled.