Blood Libel: Sarah Palin Said It But What Does It Mean?

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Sarah Palin uses the term "blood libel." What does it mean?

Blood libel. We can tell it’s not something good. But, when Sarah Palin used the term, accusing journalists of it after the shootings in Arizona, where did she get the term?

It’s not a well-known term, but its meaning is one that has history to it.

Blood libel is  “a direct reference to a time when many European Christians blamed Jews for kidnapping and murdering Christian children to obtain their blood.”

Yikes. Yet, this was the term that Palin used in a video on her facebook page this morning. She said, “But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.”

Whether her use of the term was appropriate or not, she was not the first to use it in reference to what happened in Tuscon last weekend: John Howard used it on a conservative website and Glenn Harlan Reynolds used it in a Wall Street Journal piece.

But, when you are as high-profile as Sarah Palin, more people will listen to the words you choose to use.

What do you think of her use of the term?

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