As Twitchy reported earlier, the Department of Labor accepted the resignation of Leif Olson after Bloomberg’s Ben Penn hit him with a scoop/smear: He took a Facebook post of Olson’s mocking notorious anti-Semite Paul Nehlen, cropped out the context that showed it was clearly sarcastic and called it “anti-Semitic.” Why? Well, in a follow-up tweet Penn made it pretty clear that his motivation was political.

Even the Anti-Defamation League decided to pile on; Will Chamberlin reports at Human Events:

Also of note is the Anti-Defamation League’s decision to pile on Benjamin Penn’s smear of Olson. Jake Hyman, a spokesman for the ADL in New York, stated that “[t]he post in question is clearly anti-Semitic,” and that Olson must “apologize and affirm that he no longer harbors such virulently hateful views.” It is unclear if the ADL’s Jake Hyman read the entire post or the comments that indicated that Olson was clearly being sarcastic. It is also unclear on what basis the ADL’s Jake Hyman is suggesting that Olson has ever “harbored anti-Semitic views.”

Journalist Yair Rosenberg wrote about the whole debacle for Tablet Magazine.

In his reporting, Rosenberg apparently reached out to the Anti-Defamation League for comment, and though they didn’t have anything to say about Penn, they did accept Olson’s explanation that he intended to be sarcastic.

Well, that must be a relief.

Yep.


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