The group blog of The New Republic
August 21, 2007
I only saw the "Simpsons" shorts that first appeared on the "Tracey Ullman Show" intermittently, but I liked them enough that I was there in front of the TV for the first full-length episode of the soon-to-be-legendary show, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," on December 17, 1989. And I was there weekly for every new episode for the next several years, my Sunday and, later, Thursday nights spoken for. Like many viewers, I began missing occasional episodes by the fifth or sixth season and stopped watching the show altogether a few years later.
In a sudden reversal, the Anti-Defamation League has issued a new statement calling the mass killings of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks "tantamount to genocide." (Why the statement couldn't just say "was genocide" isn't clear, but in context the meaning seems the same.) The statement continues: