Media Go Soft on Democrat's Israel Is ‘Evil’ Comment: ‘Put That in Context’

NewsBusters | 1/17/2019 | Staff
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The journalists at PBS and CNN are very forgiving when it comes to accusations of bigotry and hate. Well, as long as you’re a Democrat. A tweet of now-Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has resurfaced in which she calls Israel “evil” and says the nation has “hypnotized the world.” Yet, PBS journalist Christiane Amanpour asked the Democrat to simply “put that in context.” CNN wondered “what your message” is to explain away the statements. This is not the kind of media coverage Congressman Steve King received for his disturbing remarks.

On Tuesday’s Amanpour and Company, the host read this 2012 Omar tweet: “Israel has hypnotized the world. May Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” She wondered, “How do you put that into context now and what do you say to American Jews?”

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Amanpour’s sympathies were made clear when she began by lamenting the power of pro-Israel and pro-Jewish groups: “Can I just move on to something that's generally sort of a rite of passage for politicians in the United States, and that is to sort of profess sort of fealty — or pay homage to AIPAC, the pro-Israel PAC that is very, very prominent.”

Referencing another Democratic Congresswoman with ties to anti-Semitism, Amanpour finally got to the point: “Should Jewish Americans be worried about Congresswoman Ilhan Omar or Rashida Tlaib because of one of the tweets you made a long time ago?”

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Omar compared Israel, a functioning democracy in the Middle East, to Saudi Arabia: “I say the same things, if not worse, when it comes to the Saudi government.” Amanpour did not follow up or question this comparison.

Instead, she sounded like a press agent defending against charges of anti-Jewish bigotry: “Just to have you on the record and to get you to say...
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