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Bias author says dictionary too liberal, okay to call Obama 'shvartze'
David Edwards and Rachel Oswald
Published: Wednesday March 18, 2009

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Convinced the media is too liberal, conservative commentator Bernie Goldberg took on another outlet on Fox New's The O'Reilly Factor Tuesday night. The dictionary.

Goldberg, a former CBS correspondent, defended stand-up comedian Jackie Mason’s use of the term 'shvartze' (also spelled 'schwartza') to refer to President Obama and told Bill O'Reilly, "The word 'shvartze' is not a bad word. Absolutely not a bad word. It simply means a black person."

The author of A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media, Goldberg complained that “white liberals” are unduly criticizing the word, though he did admit that there are negative connotations to it.

“In the old days when these [Jewish] immigrants came over from Eastern Europe…In those days America was a racist country. Any reference to black people whether you call them African American, black or shvartze, the reference was likely to be negative.”

When O’Reilly read from a dictionary the definition of ‘shvartze’ as being “often disparaging and offensive to a black person,” Goldberg shot back with, “Forgive my arrogance, the dictionary is written by some liberal person. It just means black people. Those who get crazy over the word ‘shvartze’ are entirely too sensitive.”

O’Reilly agreed, saying “We’re living in a society where if anything is uttered about any minority group, Media Matters or somebody else will say that you’re a racist.”

The celebrity news Web site, TMZ, captured Mason on tape defending his use of the word at a comedy show last week.

“I’m not trying to answer these stupid questions because you’re trying to multiply me into a racist,” Mason told TMZ, adding, “Why do you only ask white people? White people have no freedom of speech.”

This is not the first time Mason has gotten into hot water over his use of the word ‘shvartze’ or been accused of racism.

In a 2007 column for The Jerusalem Post, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, host of The Learning Channel’s Shalom in the Home, wrote of the need for religious Jews to stop using the term ‘shvartze.’

“I don't think there is anything as off-putting in a religious person as even a hint of racism,” Boteach wrote. “When a businessman wearing a kippa uses the word ‘shvartze,’ he undermines the spiritual integrity that kippa stands for.”

This video is from Fox's The O'Reilly Factor, broadcast Mar. 17, 2009.

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