Jan. 13th, 2011

Mike Barnicle said that the Swift Boaters' accusation against Kerry was a blood libel.

Tony Blankley said that a Time report on a possible massacre of Iraqi civilians by U.S. Marines was being used as a blood libel against the military, "a propoganda catastrophe" for the US.

Tucker Carlson said that an accusation against Ashcroft was a blood libel being resurrected by the Center for American Progress (accusing him of advance knowledge of the 9/11 attack).


Source: Salon's, oh dear, War Room....
http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/01/12/blood_libel_politics/index.html

Worth reading Salon for the context of these usages. The speakers all sound like they're using a familiar term in a familiar sense.

Since 1773, maybe.

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