Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post has several reporters dedicated to covering politics in Northern Virginia, where a son of Palestinian refugees and virulent anti-Semite is running for a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates.
First reported by Big League Politics, House of Delegates candidate for Virginia’s 86th District Ibraheem Samirah said giving money to Israel is worse than donating to the Ku Klux Klan, and hoped that former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon would “burn” upon his death.
The paper, and those reporters referenced above, seem disinterested in covering this anti-Jewish hatred before Tuesday’s special election.
One might think the paper would be interested, considering that WaPo prattled on about former gubernatorial U.S. Senate candidate Corey Stewart’s ties to “white supremacists” in pieces here, here, here, here, and here, among many others, despite the fact that Stewart did far less to earn that criticism than Samirah.
Samirah even publicly apologized for his remarks, though he characterized our verbatim reporting on his own words as a “slander campaign.”
None of this, apparently, has grabbed the attention of WaPo’s political reporters in Northern Virginia.
The one piece that mentioned Samirah, mentioned him only in passing.
In a report regarding Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, embattled in a sexual assault scandal, The Post’s Jenna Portnoy, Greg Schneider, and Laura Vozzella said that Samirah “would rather talk about health care, education and traffic than the chaos engulfing the party.”
Surely, he would.
BLP reached out to Portnoy to ask why the standard seems to be different for alleged anti-Semitism depending on party affiliation. That was our intention at least, until Portnoy brashly referred us to WaPo’s public relations team and hung up the phone.
We also reached out to Vozzella and two other reporters who have previously covered Northern Virginia politics, Antonio Olivo and Meagan Flynn, but received no response.
Samirah’s Republican opponent, Air Force Veteran Gregg Nelson, has roundly condemned Samirah’s anti-Semitism.
“The Anti-Semitic statements made by Dr. Samirah have no place in society. The constituents of District 86 deserve better. I’m pleased to hear that officials have seemingly taken notice of the hatred that Dr. Samirah has spread,” he said.
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Media Lied: President Trump Did Not Claim Operation Desert Storm Occurred During the Vietnam War
The corporate media has been peddling an edited clip.
The mainstream media falsely reported that President Donald Trump confused the setting of ‘Operation Desert Storm,’ a military name for the 1990 Gulf War, during a July 4th speech on the White House lawn on Sunday. The media accused President Trump of falsely stating that Desert Storm was a military operation that took place during the Vietnam War.
Liberals associated with political organizations such as the Lincoln Project and media groups such as PoliticusUSA displayed edited video clips and made dishonest claims that the President had conflated Operation Desert Storm and the Vietnam war, hoping to score a partisan political point.
Trump just said we fought Operation Desert Storm in the jungles of Vietnam, but please tell us again which Presidential candidate lacks cognitive functions.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) July 5, 2020
In contrast to the claims of partisan liberals, President Trump clearly drew a distinction between combat operations in Vietnam and in Kuwait in 1990, having referred to the events in successive fashion.
Try posting the full clip instead of clipping it out of context. pic.twitter.com/tnBRP0E5dj
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 5, 2020
Other mainstream media pundits and journalists shared claims that Trump had made the mistake, going on to delete their false claims after the erroneous nature of the claim became apparent on social media. Twitter ultimately ended up labeling the claims that the President conflated the two as “manipulated media,” possibly hoping to score credibility with conservatives by executing the bare minimum of content moderation as the platform rampantly censors the free speech of President Trump, conservatives, and right-wingers.
A reporter from MSNBC is yet to delete her tweet falsely accusing the President of confusing Desert Storm and Vietnam, even after the clip she originally retweeted has been delete in acknowledgment of its dishonesty.
Operation Desert Storm…in the jungles of…Vietnam. https://t.co/QEr698vhJ4
— Katie Phang (@KatiePhang) July 4, 2020
These are some very dishonest people, folks.
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