Anti-Semitic Caricature In Campaign Flyers?
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Senate candidate James H. Webb, President Reagan's former Navy secretary, was criticized by his Jewish opponent Friday over a campaign flier that depicted the opponent with a hooked nose and cash spilling from his pockets.
The flier was intended for distribution among labor groups. It was titled "Miller the Job Killer," referring to Webb's opponent for the Democratic nomination in Tuesday's primary, businessman Harris Miller.
The flier, drawn in comic-book cartoon style, depicts Miller with a grotesquely hooked nose and cash overflowing from his suit pockets as he orders an underling to find ways to export U.S. jobs overseas. The flier refers to Miller as the "anti-Christ of outsourcing."
Webb claims that there was no anti-Semitic intent in the caricature. At left is the flyer, along with a photograph of Miller. I'm not sure what to think. I do know it's in bad taste, and the money-stuffed pockets and term "anti-Christ" are worrisome...but the drawing does look a heck of a lot like the photo. Then again, the nose is definitely exaggerated, and along with the image of his money-stuffed pockets, the cartoon seems a bit too close for comfort to the way Jews have historically been caricatured in anti-Semitic propaganda. What about you guys? Was there anti-Semitic intent here or just the usual election mudslinging?