By Thomas Lifson
A learned professor from Iran tells us how tricky Jews like Walt Disney (a Congregationalist) were to create Tom and Jerry to propagandize Europeans that Jews (Hitler broke the code and revealed that Jews were really mice) are not that bad. Nevermind that Disney had nothing to do with Tom and Jerry, who were the product of MGM's animation studio headed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.
You have to see this to believe it:
Note: the learned scholar could have gone much further if he had noticed that Hanna had been a business partner of the brilliant Jay Ward, responsible for many clever television animated series, starting with (gasp!) Crusader Rabbit, the first cartoon produced specifically for television in the history of mankind.
Jay Ward, for animation buffs, is a true icon, slyly witty and wildly creative. Tributes to his work pop up from the likes of Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons. Ward was, by the way, a native of Berkeley, California, a graduate of UC Berkeley, and in his later life owned a successful real estate firm in Berkeley. These were the days, by the way, when Berkeley was a Republican stronghold and boasted one of the finest school systems in America. On both points, Berkeley has turned 180 degrees.
If anyone deserves the honor of being attacked by the esteemed Iranian scholar, it is Jay Ward. But his scholarship too sloppy, ill-informed, and stupid. And those burka-clad women seen taking notes as he spews his garbage will never realize the the depth of the peril coming their way through cute animated figures.