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Bernard Goldberg Complains About The Liberal Bias In O'Reilly's Dictionary

Reported by Ellen - March 18, 2009 -

FOX News' "media critic" Bernard Goldberg (we're still waiting to hear him criticize Greta Van Susteren's undisclosed relationship with Sarah Palin) was so intent on defending comedian Jackie Mason's controversial use of the word "schvartze" to describe Barack Obama, that when confronted with a dictionary definition indicating the word is derogatory, Goldberg dismissed it by saying, "The dictionary is written by some liberal person." With video.

The interview, on the March 17, 2009 O'Reilly Factor, started off pleasantly enough, with both O'Reilly and Goldberg agreeing that President Obama's upcoming appearance on The Tonight Show will be a big plus for him.

Then the discussion turned to Jackie Mason. When questioned about his description of Obama as a "schvartze" during a recent appearance that angered several in the crowd, Mason “defended” using the word by attacking blacks for using anti-white language.

“Let me speak with some expertise here,” Goldberg said. “The word 'schvartze' is not a bad word, absolutely not a bad word.”

Maybe not to him, but in my Jewish family, the word always had a derogatory connotation. I remember my mother's discomfort and dismay when an aunt used it. And Alan Colmes, also a Jew, had a similar understanding.

Nevertheless, Goldberg, the self-appointed authority, insisted, “it simply means a black person.” Then, like Mason, he used it to attack blacks whom he euphemistically referred to as a group who “sees itself as victims and derives its power from victims. If you're in that group, this is a good thing.” Next, Goldberg took a swipe at those Jews who might disagree with him. “White liberals hear that word and they go nuts, including Jewish white liberals.”

Goldberg acknowledged that there “may be a negative connotation” because in the old days, Jewish immigrants who spoke Yiddish used the word. “In those days, America was a racist country and any reference to black people... the reference was likely to be negative. It isn't the word that's likely to be negative.”

Well, not in my household. My mother was the second generation in her family to be born in this country, nobody spoke Yiddish, and my mother, admittedly a white Jewish liberal, was offended each time her aunt used the word around our English-speaking dinner table. My grandmother on my father's side (first generation American) grew up speaking Yiddish and would often sprinkle words and phrases into her English. She never used the term.

O'Reilly, playing the voice of balance, pointed out that his dictionary referred to it as, “often disparaging and offensive.”

Goldberg's answer? “Forgive my arrogance. The dictionary is written by some liberal person.”

But then O'Reilly said, “We're living in a society where anything is uttered about any minority group, Media Matters or somebody else will say you're a racist. That's what they do.”

“Exactly,” Goldberg agreed. “That's an important point.”

By the way, the online dictionaries I found also indicated the word is an insult.

But Goldberg, who was demanding that other people put aside their sensitivities, is usually quick to howl when it's his sensibilities on the line.

The video below does not work on my computer so here's a link, in case it's not just some security block on mine.