Business Insider founder Henry Blodget was our guest at tonight’s PandoMonthly, and it wasn’t long before the topic of his “Why Do People Hate Jews?” post came up. Blodget asked the question in earnest, but many interpreted the bluntly-worded headline as a grab for pageviews, particularly when his question could have been easily answered by Googling, “history of anti-semitism.”
So what does he think of the post in retrospect?
“A colossal mistake. One of the biggest I have made as a writer.”
But as for his other controversial posts, like his epic slideshow about his experience on an American Airlines economy class flight, he has no regrets.
“The moment I saw actual normal people reading it and saying, ‘I love this, this is really funny’ –then all of the journalists in the snooty journalism club saying, ‘Oh this is an outrage against our profession!’ — I was like, ‘That’s fine. I’m not writing for journalists, I’m actually writing for readers.’”
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