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Jews control Hollywood quote by henry ford

It claims that Henry ford said,

"Jews have always controlled the business... The motion picture influence of the United States and Canada... is exclusively under the control, moral and financial, of the Jewish manipulators of the public mind"

Did Henry Ford say this?

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    Made neutral, and also please avoid mentioning sites that don't really deserve the mindshare unless necessary :-)
    – Sklivvz
    Mar 6, 2017 at 8:35
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    The claim is likely to be true, Ford's antisemitism is well documented - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_International_Jew
    – Ofir
    Mar 6, 2017 at 10:05
  • This is very disappointing. I thought the question was asking about Harrison Ford, so I was looking forward to more currently juicy gossip. Mar 6, 2017 at 17:23

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Ford was an antisemite, so such a quote is not out of character.

Many other sources attribute the quote to "The Dearborn Independent, 12-19 February 1921".

The quote is from two different articles. From The Jewish Aspect of the "Movie" Problem:

If this is true, it is chargeable to the Jews themselves, for Jews have always controlled the business. That it is true is probable, for the most zealous lampooners of the Jews have been Jewish comedians. Non-Jews fail abjectly in endeavoring to portray the character.

From Jewish Supremacy in Motion Picture World:

Who stands at the apex of this mountain of control? It is stated in the sentence: The motion picture influence of the United States—and Canada—is exclusively under the control, moral and financial, of the Jewish manipulators of the public mind.

It should be noted that Ford did not write all the articles himself. Wikipedia describes the process:

Ford did not write the articles. He expressed his opinions verbally to his executive secretary, Ernest Liebold, and to William J. Cameron [...]. Cameron had the main responsibility for expanding these opinions into article form[...].

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    It's not paraphrased, it's right here.
    – ff524
    Mar 6, 2017 at 10:19
  • Also, "The International Jew" is not a special edition of the Dearborn Independent, it is a reprint of selected articles that appeared in the Dearborn Independent.
    – ff524
    Mar 6, 2017 at 10:25
  • @ff524 thanks, I added it to the answer
    – tim
    Mar 6, 2017 at 10:28
  • it's still not accurate to say that it's paraphrased. It's just from a different article (in the same publication)
    – ff524
    Mar 6, 2017 at 10:32
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    Might also be worth noting that Ford retracted these anti-Semitic articles in response to a lawsuit.
    – ff524
    Mar 6, 2017 at 10:34

In addition to what tim answered, the quote "Jews have always controlled the business" separately appears in a 1922 authorized biography of Ford, which was partially written by Ford.

In The Amazing Story of Henry Ford, the quote "Jews have always controlled the business" appears on page 183. The page is titled "Jews Always Controlled Movie".

In fact, 7 chapters of Ford's biography are about Jews, with a whole chapter about the Jews and the movie business.

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