The group’s leaders remain anonymous, too chicken to show themselves as out and open anti-Semites.
But they seemingly have at least one public figure, a radio personality, who agrees with and promotes their hate. Her name is Lisa Anderson, and she is the host of the show Around Ocean County on 100.1 WJRZ. As a resident of Freehold, it is doubtful that she frequents Lakewood very much. Even so, she has chosen to publicly agree with and promote Rise Up Ocean County.
Commenting on a Facebook post from Rise Up Ocean County, Anderson commented, in clear reference to Jews, “There’s nothing honest in anything they’re associated with. Nothing. Everything and anything they can get away with they can and they do. They will find every loophole and apply it to fit their agenda. It’s their world and we’re supposed to live in it”.
Typecasting an entire group with one hateful brush is the essence of bias. Every town, including Lakewood, has its struggles and its handful of folks who commit crimes. But for Lisa Anderson to paint the entire Jewish community in Lakewood and surrounding areas with a broad stroke, alleging that there is “nothing honest” with how Jews go about their lives is textbook and pure hate speech and follows ancient anti-Semitic Nazi-like tropes about all Jews being dishonest.
As the host of a radio show, Anderson has a bully pulpit – a forum where she can theoretically spew her hatred of Jews to the masses over the airwaves, with nobody to question or refute her claims. As a public figure supporting Rise Up Ocean County, she has made herself, by default, an unofficial spokesperson for the hate group.
Lisa Anderson should not be the host of any public show. She, her hateful opinions, and the bigoted opinions of those that she aligns herself with should not be given a platform on a radio station listened to by thousands each day. If WJRZ truly cares about protecting minorities from bigotry they would fully disassociate themselves from this vile person. We’ve heard what Lisa Anderson has said about Jews, the question now is, is WJRZ listening?