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Post by phildidge on Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:03 am

Since Feb. 12th, the Guardian has published five pieces either entirely or largely sympathetic to Ilhan Omar, after the congresswoman was forced to apologise for tweets widely viewed as antisemitic.


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The tweet, suggesting the only reason the US supports Israel is because AIPAC money buys politicians’ support, came on top of a 2012 tweet the freshman lawmaker was also forced to apologise for which accused Israel of “hypnotizing” the world to hide their “evil” ways.


If you include a pro-Omar op-ed (published before the latest row), that makes six sympathetic pieces, with nothing published to date largely critical.


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The latest article, by US-based Guardian reporter Sabrina Siddiqui, featured comments by NY Times contributor Wajahat Ali, who, though mildly uncomfortable with the words Omar used in her tweet, claimed there’s a “target on her because she’s Muslim and black woman”.  This narrative, that Omar was being criticised in large part because of her gender, colour and faith, was similarly highlighted in a Feb 4th Guardian op-ed by Mesrine Malik which opined, on the row over the 2012 “hypnotized” tweet, that “because she is a Muslim, and a Muslim’s place in western public life must always be subject to scrutiny, [Omar’s] opinions are distorted into a sinister shape”.


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The suggestion that Omar is held to a higher degree of critical scrutiny because she’s a Muslim women of colour is pretty much the opposite of the truth, as the reason she and fellow Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib received such positive media coverage when they were elected was due to their gender and faith.  International press coverage after their November victories hailedthe election of “the first Muslim women elected to Congress” – in the context of a record-setting number of women and minorities elected to Congress – as a “milestone” for America, with many outlets taking particular interest in Omar being the first congresswoman to wear a hijab.


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In fact, until the recent row over Omar’s tweets, the fact that both Tlaib and Omar are both pro-BDS, and that Tlaib is even more radical in rejecting the continued existence of a Jewish state within any borders, were downplayed or ignored.  Further, Omar’s Feb. 1st tweet, which absurdly compared Israel to segregation under the Jim Crow South of mid-20th century America, received little MSM coverage.


The glowing press coverage of Omar and Tlaib, and obfuscation – until the recent controversy – of their radical views is consistent with a media that often accepts the intersectionality and identity politics which imputes value to individuals based solely on desired racial, ethnic or gender characteristics.  This ideology implicitly rejects the classic liberal view that people should be judged by the content of their character, not the colour of their skin.  We say “desired” characteristics, because the intersectionality calculus prioritises (perceived) race, gender and sexual orientation, yet doesn’t give much ‘minority’ value to Jews, who are often seen, regardless of their skin colour, as “white” exploiters of black and brown people. 

             
For Guardian editors, being a Muslim woman of colour and anti-Israel almost guarantees you sympathetic coverage.  But, even for serious media outlets, the likes of Ilhan Omar, at the very least, are all but guaranteed to receive a fair hearing – which is a good thing given America’s racial history.                                     
                                                        
However, many of Omar’s defenders aren’t merely asking that she be treated fairly. Rather, they often seem to demand that such preferred minorities be granted a priori victimhood status, regardless of their personal histories, and the presumption of moral virtue, regardless of their behavior.  Whilst Omar’s story, as a Somali immigrant elected to Congress, is inspiring, the excusing, obfuscating or erasing of her use of antisemitic tropes, based on an illiberal reflex in which her immutable traits trump reasoned discussion and universal moral standards, represents the very worst of the modern left.            




https://ukmediawatch.org/2019/02/18/guardian-promotes-view-that-ilhan-omar-is-held-to-higher-standards-because-of-her-faith/

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Post by Andy on Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:34 am

Curiously, not a peep from you after the Fail on Sunday launched a whole paper smearing Corbyn. At one point they had 14 lead articles on the online copy.
They dropped it like a hot potato the same evening having realised they had overcooked it, and most of the readers, who are anti Corbyn Conservatives, denigrated the paper.

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Post by nicko on Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:35 am

Andy, why is Corbyn not suing if the stories are not true ? How are you getting on with your tests ?
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Post by phildidge on Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:59 am

Andy wrote:Curiously, not a peep from you after the Fail on Sunday launched a whole paper smearing Corbyn. At one point they had 14 lead articles on the online copy.
They dropped it like a hot potato the same evening having realised they had overcooked it, and most of the readers, who are anti Corbyn Conservatives, denigrated the paper.


The man is clearly antisemitic

Why should not the media point out how hateful it is to have such a leader?

Did you object when the media went after Nick Griffin?

Of course not, so Andy, why are you now at odds over this antisemite and class hater?

His party has just let back in Derek Hatton, who was kicked out by Neil kinnock. Neil was as left as they come and yet he kicked out this extremist.

That shows that Labour now under Corbyn and Momementum, are a distinct threat to the stability of this country

If you cannot see that, then you need to open your eyes. Corbyn and co are anti-western, pro Putin, pro islamic extremists, pro Communists.

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Post by Andy on Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:01 pm

I don't like Corbyn.
I do like, and expect , balance.

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Post by phildidge on Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:06 pm

Andy wrote:I don't like Corbyn.
I do like, and expect , balance.


You get that all the time from the Guardian, BBC, Independent, New Statesman, etc

How much balance do you want, when there is already left wing media sources Andy?

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Post by eddie on Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:32 pm

She is a cunt. I don’t think we should allow her to come back.
Simple.

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Post by phildidge on Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:41 pm

eddie wrote:She is a cunt. I don’t think we should allow her to come back.
Simple.


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Nice sentiments Eddie and i agree, but she is an American Politician
Not sure we can send her back to Somalia

lol!

Fuck me, that made me laugh 

It took me 5 minutes to get up off the floor to anwser this

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Post by eddie on Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:44 pm

Thor wrote:
eddie wrote:She is a cunt. I don’t think we should allow her to come back.
Simple.


Razz

Nice sentiments Eddie and i agree, but she is an American Politician
Not sure we can send her back to Somalia

lol!

Fuck me, that made me laugh 

It took me 5 minutes to get up off the floor to anwser this


Hahahahahaaa I think I got her mixed up with that Begum woman

Don’t tell anyone didge. They may not notice. Suspect

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Post by phildidge on Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:52 pm

eddie wrote:
Thor wrote:


Razz

Nice sentiments Eddie and i agree, but she is an American Politician
Not sure we can send her back to Somalia

lol!

Fuck me, that made me laugh 

It took me 5 minutes to get up off the floor to anwser this


Hahahahahaaa I think I got her mixed up with that Begum woman

Don’t tell anyone didge. They may not notice. Suspect


Fucking hell Eddie   Razz

This is why i never can stay mad at you

You are priceless Eddie

Stay golden    Laughing

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Post by eddie on Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:55 pm

Thank you for appreciating my stupidity. Razz

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