Belling tried to explain himself this afternoon.
Belling tried to explain himself this afternoon.

Belling's "Jewish" comments

Last Thursday, WISN-AM (1130) talker Mark Belling knew he was wading in dangerous waters when he began by saying, "I'm going to choose my words carefully here," as he talked about opponents of the proposed Downtown Marriott Hotel, describing that they were a tight group, "they are part of the same country club."

Then he noted, without elaborating, "The fact that the majority of them are Jewish may be neither here nor there. It does mean, though, that they are friends and associates."

Here's a link to Belling's podcast from last week with the audio (starting at about 13:30)

His comments were picked up by Jim Rowen's liberal Political Environment blog, and floated around the blogosphere until Michael Horne elaborated on the story, which got a mention in Tom Daykin's JS Online blog.

Belling finally addressed the whole thing this afternoon.

"It is being suggested that my comments were anti-Semitic and bigoted," he said. "I'm going to address it head-on ... I stand by what I've said.

"I ain't gonna be pleading guilty to anything this time around."

"I would challenge anyone to name a person who in the last 22 years has been more outspoken in defense of Israel and outspoken in criticism of blatant anti-Semitism in Milwaukee."

He then went on with criticism of anti-Israel comments of Muslims in Milwaukee, and ripped the Islamic Society of Milwaukee and its leader.

"There is overwhelming sensitivity among Jews to the notion that there's a Jewish conspiracy," he said. "It's a charge that's been hurled forever ... I wandered into this area last week."

He ripped the Journal Sentinel's Daykin as "the weasel Daykin" for reporting what he'd said.

Belling repeated that it "may be neither here nor there," saying, "It's what I meant and what I believed.

"I don't care what it sounds like I'm saying," he said. "I don't give three rips what it might lead people to think."

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Natemarq | Jan. 20, 2011 at 11:56 a.m. (report)

I dont watch Cable News at all so your fox news comment is wrong.
(Although the women on fox news are smoking!!!)
Im talking about my personal experience where Israel is starting to lose it's US support because the New York times tries to make Israel out to be the bad guy

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sandstorm | Jan. 20, 2011 at 8:51 a.m. (report)

thanks!
it's something my dominatrix girlfriend is teaching me.

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ChateauDweller | Jan. 19, 2011 at 4:19 p.m. (report)

Good one sandstorm. I give you credit for not bringing up Bush and Fox News together. You are learning restraint.

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sandstorm | Jan. 19, 2011 at 3:07 p.m. (report)

"As someone who is Jewish I find no offense to his comments."

of course you don't.
someone that buys everything fox news sells them is not going to be offended by much.

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Natemarq | Jan. 19, 2011 at 12:55 p.m. (report)

As someone who is Jewish I find no offense to his comments. Plus unlike most liberals he is actually pro-Israel.

Their is a reason why the Jewish People are starting to leave the backstabbing Liberal Parties.

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