Camerota Defends Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory on Farrakhan Ties: They 'Sound Contrite'

NewsBusters | 11/23/2018 | Staff
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Say you're Linda Sarsour—a big BDS fan and fierce critic of Israel. Or you're Tamika Mallory—a big Farrakhan fan who has refused to renounce him after he recently compared Jews to "termites." We've got good news for you. You've got a friend at CNN: Alisyn Camerota.

On New Day this morning, Camerota interviewed Teresa Shook, founder of the Women's March. Shook has called for Sarsour, Mallory and other March co-chairs to step down over their anti-Semitism and homophobia. For some reason, Camerota started the segment by playing dumb and acting shocked. The Women's March, a force behind a "historic election for female candidates," was tragically fracturing, and she didn't seem to know why.

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Shook came across as anything but a polished public speaker. She vaguely mentioned actresses Alyssa Milano and Debra Messing -- who are refusing to speak at the Women's March this January because of Sarsour and Mallory -- and then said "the relationship with Farrakhan and Hamas were troubling to many of the community." Camerota acted like CNN wasn't a news network, and somehow they didn't have time over the last few weeks to check out what Sarsour and Mallory were saying.

Camerota acknowledged Farrakhan recently compared Jews to termites, but then suggested when Mallory called Farrakhan a "GOAT" -- the "greatest of all time" -- that was a year ago. As if we didn't know Farrakhan's anti-Semitism a year ago?

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Then Camerota assembled a series of statements from Sarsour justifying herself. Shook insisted "This has been said before. There's been apologies that have been made before, and they say they will make changes, and then the changes never really happen."

Camerota read (and put on screen) some eyewash that Sarsour and company put out for the press: "We are imperfect. We don’t know everything and we have caused harm. At...
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