In the ongoing war between WaPo and Bernie Sanders, the latest salvo is truly bizarre; in a story about Sanders raising $34.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, the paper chose a very strange picture to accompany the digital version:
Here's the contrast with the image used in the Pete Buttigieg fourth quarter story:
The choice of image, as many on Twitter were quick to point out, reflected a classic anti-Semitic trope that the Anti-Defamation League calls “The Happy Merchant.” The reactions were instantaneous:
On Thursday afternoon, after more backlash, WaPo changed the article image:
As of now, no statement has been released and there’s no explanation of how the picture came to be used in the first place.