Jewish Journal


November 15, 2010

Goldberg: ‘Journalism a very Jewish job’


Speaking of Jeffrey Goldberg, my former colleague the Hollywood Jew had a nice profile of The Atlantic’s national correspondent last month. The article had quite a few layers, but the comment I found particularly relevant for mentioning here came at the conclusion of the story:

“I think journalism is a very Jewish job,” he said. “Judaism demands that its followers be dissatisfied with the state of the world as it is and work to make it better. And journalists are always digging up the rocks, and looking underneath, and seeing what’s wrong, and then writing about it with the idealistic hope that you can change something.”

Oddly Goldberg didn’t mention the part about controlling the media being crucial to the Jewish conspiracy for world domination.

In all seriousness, though, journalism has also long been a profession that Jews were attracted to because it required a professional skillset but no tools or overhead. For Jews living under the constant threat of municipal or national expulsion in the Old World, journalism, like medicine or law, was the kind of profession that a Jew could do wherever they ended up.

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