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One of the claims in the letter Washington Redskins general counsel David Donovan sent to Atalaya Capital Management, the hedge fund that controls the parent company of Washington City Paper, is that the cover story on Dan Snyder that we ran in November was anti-Semitic.
“How would you react if you were vilified by an anti-Semitic caricature of you?” Donovan asks. The letter calls the cover illustration “extremely insulting, offensive, and disturbing.”
Where, exactly, to begin with that? For the record: The story didn’t mention Snyder’s religion at all. And the illustration is meant to resemble the type of scribbling that teenagers everywhere have been using to deface photos for years. The image of Snyder doesn’t look like an “anti-Semitic caricature”—it looks like a devil.
But we at City Paper take accusations of anti-Semitism seriously—in part because many of us are Jewish, including staffers who edited the story and designed the cover. So let us know, Mr. Snyder, when you want to fight the real anti-Semites.