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Aaron Klein On The Air

What journalist’s new show means for conservatism

by
Marc Tracy
March 04, 2010
Aaron Klein.(The Real Barack Obama)

Aaron Klein.(The Real Barack Obama)

Aaron Klein, a Jerusalem-based reporter whose forthcoming book purports to uncover President Barack Obama’s “Ties to Communists, Socialists, and Other Anti-American Extremists,” is (according to a press release we got) getting his own show on prominent radio station WABC—already the home of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and other right-wing pundits.

What’s interesting about this is it represents the broader trend whereby the energetic right-wing—which, let’s recall, has actually not historically been a place overly welcoming to Jews and even Israel—has now made common cause with Jewish concerns and right-wing Zionism. We see it in the Michael Savage phenomenon—the ultra-Jewy right-wing shock jock whom Allison Hoffman wrote perceptively about. More recently, we saw it when Norman Podhoretz and other conservative Jews defended Rush Limbaugh’s remarks about bankers, which had come under the Anti-Defamation League’s fire.

Certainly makes that 37 percent gap between Republican and Democratic support for Israel look a little more meaningful, and, potentially, worrying for the Democrats.

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.

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