As Twitchy told you earlier, the Washington Post shamed themselves yesterday by turning Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s horrendous remarks about the Holocaust and Israel into another “Republicans seize” story. Logic would dictate that after the throttling they received, they wouldn’t dare try to defend Tlaib’s remarks again.
But logically is clearly not how WaPo does things, because they’re doubling down on defending Tlaib — with another swipe at those “seizing” Republicans, of course:
Analysis: Republicans are ignoring reality to twist Rep. Tlaib’s Holocaust remarks https://t.co/vQpK8QA9mn
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 13, 2019
Amber Phillips writes:
Her sentiment that Palestinians were martyrs for persecuted Jews is not a popular one among supporters of Israel. And Tlaib did frame her comments awkwardly. “Calming” is not a word normally ascribed to any aspect of the Holocaust. She was overtly critical of what happened to Palestinians but prefaces it by saying she has a positive take on it. That’s dissonant.
Her sentiment is not a popular one among supporters of Israel because it’s straight-up dishonest.
Republicans also have taken Omar’s comments out of context to cast her as some kind of monster. Several weeks ago, Republicans grabbed her remarks that “some people did something” about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to accuse her of being glib about the attacks. If you read her remarks in context, though, it appears Omar was using that language to make a point that Muslims have suffered in America because the attackers were Muslim.
Politicians twisting other politicians’ words is as old as politics. But accusing a member of Congress of feeling good about the Holocaust is a particularly fact-free, baseless attack. Before you accuse someone of saying something as egregious as that, wouldn’t you at least double check that’s indeed what that person said? The No. 2 and No. 3 House Republicans, and the president of the United States, didn’t bother.
We’re living in a time where someone can falsely accuse their political opponents of saying something, even when there’s a clear record otherwise. It’s as close as it gets to just making up stuff.
It’s fine to argue that Tlaib was not saying that the Holocaust itself brings her “a calming feeling.” But for Phillips to dismiss the very legitimate criticism of Tlaib’s historical revisionism isn’t just journalistic malpractice; it’s intellectual malpractice.
This is gonna get ratioed. https://t.co/hD1dMZPZtc
— Varad Mehta (@varadmehta) May 13, 2019
And it deserves to be.
— Druw (@chidiscourse23) May 13, 2019
Come on WP….why do you try to defend this???
— The Town Crier (@TheTownCrier5) May 13, 2019
"Analysis", meaning "garbage hot take"
— Plàya Manhattan (@PlayaManhattan) May 13, 2019
Analysis: Progressive journos sure creative trying to make excuses for Thalib and Omar's antisemitism.
— #MeThree?☠️ (@_Me_Three) May 13, 2019
The media circling the wagons to protect Tlaib when they should just let her die on the sword.
— Jack Battier (@OneEyeBlackJack) May 13, 2019
Washington Post twisting reality to defend a liar who lied and whitewashed the historical crimes of the Palestinian leadership and their active attempts to deny ANY Jews any refuge.
— Can't change the world. (@curiouslyso) May 13, 2019
I dare you to actually see why what she said is horrible. She finds calmness in what Palestinians NEVER did.
— Ginny (@ginkates) May 13, 2019
This is nonsense and deflection. Conservatives object to her lying about the Nazi affiliation of the Palestinians and the pogroms the instituted before WW2
— streiff (@streiffredstate) May 13, 2019
You’re the ones ignoring reality and context, and you should be ashamed of yourselves: https://t.co/6hZziHimpW
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) May 13, 2019