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Yglesias and I discuss the terrifying prospects of a Giuliani presidency, the unexciting prospect of a Hilary candidacy, and the weird absence of Jews in shows about rich people. It occurred to me as I was watching this that the anasemitic character of Gossip Girl has its echo in Beverly Hills 90210, where IIRC only one character, who started out minor, is Jewish . . . not exactly an accurate representation of an area dominated by the entertainment industry.

It also occurred to me that there is a relatively benign explanation: media executives are leery of portraying rich New York day schools, or the entertainment industry, as being chock full of Jewish people for fear of encouraging the stereotype that Jews control all the media and the money in this country. Though I'm not sure the opposite pretense is actually any less disturbing.