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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