The Corner

Easterbrook

I think what he said was foolish. Reasonable people can differ about how offensive it was. But the Anti-Defamation League is not being reasonable. It is saying that Easterbrook’s apology is “insufficient.” Abraham Foxman is suggesting that Easterbrook was saying that Jewish executives are especially greedy. That’s not a fair reading of his initial comments, and it is a meaning that Easterbrook specifically disavows in his apology. Easterbrook deserves better. So do foes of anti-Semitism, and of defamation.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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