Right-wing media selectively edited comments made by Hillary Clinton to falsely accuse her of endorsing Hamas’ extremist tactics. But Clinton made clear that Israel has a right to defend itself and credited its measures to decrease civilian casualties.
In an interview with Fusion TV’s Jorge Ramos, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton renewed her support for a cease-fire to end the current Israeli/Hamas conflict.
Right-wing media outlets co-opted Clinton’s interview to dishonestly claim that Clinton was justifying Hamas’ tactics and endorsing the extremist group.
On July 29, the Washington Free Beacon distorted Clinton’s comments, portraying them as justification of Hamas’ tactics in an article headlined “Hillary: Hamas Uses Human Shields Because ‘Gaza is Pretty Small.’”
On Fox News’ The Five, co-host Andrea Tantaros accused Clinton of “trying to make an excuse for Hamas” and defending Hamas “for hiding rockets in places like schools.”
But the full context of the interview shows that Clinton credited Israel’s attempts to prevent civilian casualties by sending warnings before airstrikes and said that “obviously Israel has a right to self-defense.” Clinton noted that “any kind of conflict” has civilian casualties, but Gaza’s small size and Hamas’ tactics make them more acute (emphasis added):
CLINTON: I’m not a military planner, but Hamas puts its missiles — its rockets in civilian areas. Part of it is that Gaza’s pretty small and it’s very densely populated. They put their command and control of Hamas military leaders in those civilian areas. Israel, I know, has sent warnings and tried to get people to move, but in any kind of conflict there are going to be civilian casualties, and we need to try to get to a cease-fire as soon as possible.
On Friday’s edition of The Young Turks, host Cenk Uygur let fly with a scathing critique of Fox News host Sean Hannity, who made waves this week by coming unglued and shouting down a Palestinian guest on his show.
Uygur noted after playing some of the Hannity segment that “if you support Palestinians or are worried about civilian deaths in Gaza” on Fox News, you are “sympathizing with the terrorists.”
He went on to charge that Hannity intentionally cut off, interrupted and contradicted guest Yousef Munayyer, so that when he got a rise out of Munayyer, he could point to him and say, “See? Angry Muslims. That’s how they are, they’re full of rage.”
Uygur said that Hannity is “a big blockhead. I mean, it’s, he has no logic, he has no rationality, it’s super-easy to dismiss him.”
When asked if he would ever appear on Hannity’s show, Uygur said, “I’m not gonna ask to be on his show. If he wants to have me on, great, I’ll kick his ass all day long.”
“If he doesn’t have the power to cut your mic,” he went on, “you think that pussy could ever dare to get in a real debate where he doesn’t control the mic?”
From the 07.25.2014 edition of TYT Network’s The Young Turks:
Magnay wrote the tweet shortly after she filmed a live shot from a hill near the Israel-Gaza border. During Magnay’s report, cheers could be heard off-camera as a missile descended upon the Gaza Strip.
"And it is an astonishing, macabre and awful thing really to watch this display of fire in the air," she said on-air.
Not long after, Magnay sent the tweet before deleting it a short time later. A screenshot of the tweet can be viewed at Mediaite.
"Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong’. Scum," she wrote.
A spokesperson for CNN said in a statement to the Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone that Magnay has been removed from covering the conflict. She has been re-assigned to Moscow.
The spokeswoman said that although the reporter regrets the language, she said Magnay felt threatened by the group that had gathered to watch the Israeli bombardment.
"After being threatened and harassed before and during a liveshot, Diana reacted angrily on Twitter,” the spokeswoman said.
The CNN spokeswoman continued: “She deeply regrets the language used, which was aimed directly at those who had been targeting our crew. She certainly meant no offense to anyone beyond that group, and she and CNN apologize for any offense that may have been taken.”
Neither Magnay nor CNN responded to TPM’s request for comment.
h/t: Tom Kludt at TPM
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Israeli soldiers invaded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, a military spokesman said, escalating a 10-day military operation to try to destroy Hamas’ weapons arsenal, rocket firing abilities and tunnels under the Palestinian territory’s border with Israel.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Israeli soldiers invaded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, amilitary spokesman said, escalating a 10-day military operation to try to destroy Hamas' weapons arsenal, rocket firing abilities and tunnels under the Palestinian territory's border with Israel.
It was the first major Israeli ground offensive in Gaza in just over five years and came after Egyptian-led efforts to broker a cease-fire failed. Earlier Thursday, 13 Hamas militants tried to infiltrate Israel through a tunnel under the Gaza-Israel border, but were stopped by an Israeli strike at the mouth of the tunnel.
The military said the operation was open-ended and would be carried out on several fronts in the coastal strip.
"Our forces, large ground forces accompanied by massive air force support, naval forces and intelligence, are taking over targets in Gaza, operating against tunnels and terror activists and infrastructure," Israel’s chief military spokesman Brig. Gen. Motti Almoz said.
He called on Gaza residents to evacuate areas where the military is operating, warning the “military is operating there with very great force.”
Thousands of soldiers backed by tanks and huge DC9 bulldozers entered the Hamas-ruled territory after 10 p.m. Thursday, Israeli spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said.
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said Israel “will pay dearly” for the assault. “Hamas is ready for a confrontation,” he said.
An official in the Gaza security operations room reported heavy Israeli tank shelling along Gaza’s border areas with Israel since 8 p.m. Thursday.
"All border areas are under fire. There is a tank shell every minute," said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with briefing regulations. "There is also fire from the sea toward police checkpoints."
Thousands of Israeli soldiers had massed on the border with Gaza in recent days, waiting for the order to go in.
Israel had called up 48,000 reserve soldiers, and later Thursday the Cabinet authorized the military to call up 18,000 more, the military said.
The ground operation followed a brief truce earlier Thursday in which Israel held fire to allow Gazans to stock up on food and other necessities after being largely holed up at home since the conflict began last month.
Since July 8, Israeli strikes have hit more than 2,000 targets in Gaza and Hamas launched nearly 1,500 rockets at Israel, the Israeli military has said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said he instructed the army to go ahead after Hamas rejected an Egyptian cease-fire plan earlier in the week and after Hamas militants tried to infiltrate into Israel through a tunnel from Gaza.
"In light of the despicable and relentless aggression by Hamas and the dangerous infiltration into Israel, Israel is obliged to protect its citizens," the statement said.
Israel last carried out a major ground offensive in Gaza in January 2009. The ground operation came toward the end of a three-week military campaign.
Sandy Rios Fears Food Stamps Will Aid Islamists and Palestinian Refugees Obama Didn't Resettle Here | Right Wing Watch
American Family Association talk show host Sandy Rios, like her colleague Bryan Fischer, enjoys repeating right-wing material — often based on email chains — as absolute fact without any evidence. Rios, who has previously repeated the widely debunked rumor (which probably originated from this chain email) that Obamacare has a specific exemption for Muslim-Americans, on her radio program today asserted that President Obama kicked off his first term as President by resettling thousands of Palestinian refugees in the U.S.
She made the false claim while criticizing the Michigan Department of Human Services for having an Arabic-language food assistance application and help-line. Rios also warned that Michigan is “brimming with Islamists”:Of course, her assertion about Obama resettling thousands of Palestinians was based on a discredited chain email.
You may remember that President Obama ordered the resettling of thousands of Palestinians right after he became president, he brought them over at our expense and I don’t know if they all went to Michigan but tons of them did. Of course before that Michigan, certainly the Detroit area is just brimming with Islamists; it’s pretty frightening actually. I think it is frightening because they are Islamists and they are in the heart of our country, and now they are qualified for food stamps as well. We know that in Michigan, Muslim men have multiple wives even though we don’t allow that in this country. They do still practice it so they go in and sign up for food assistance…. Is Arabic going to be the new language—how many languages are we going to have that are going to be officially acknowledged in America?
The majority of Arab-Americans are Christian, but of course the facts wouldn’t stop Rios from using the first myth about mass-resettlement of Palestinians to create a second conspiracy theory: that Obama is now giving food stamps to radical, polygamous Islamists.
From the 08.14.2013 edition of AFR’s Sandy Rios In The Morning:
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt announced on Wednesday that a ceasefire had been reached to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, starting later in the day.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr made the announcement in a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The ceasefire would come into effect at 15:00 EDT, said Amr, whose country has been at the heart of efforts to broker an end to the conflict.
"Egypt has made great efforts … since the start of the latest escalation in the Gaza Strip," Amr said.
h/t: Yahoo! News
News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch criticized the “Jewish owned press” for its coverage of the conflict in Gaza in a November 17 tweet:
The Anti-Defamation League writes of the “anti-Semitic lie” that “Jews control the banks, the media, and the government”:
This myth originates with The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, a proven forgery. The forgery continues to promote the stereotype that Jews own the banks and control the media. The reality is, in societies, like the United States, individuals who identify as Jews have succeeded. But in almost every other country where Jews have lived, they have been a small minority and experienced centuries of persecution.
The Daily Beast’s Peter Beinert writes that Murdoch’s comment is offensive to journalists as well as to Jewish people and suggests that Murdoch believes reporters for his publications should conform their reporting to his political views:
It’s offensive to journalists because it implies that institutions of the “press” should reflect the ideological biases of their owners. Reading Murdoch’s tweet, it would be logical to conclude that he believes that any newspaper he owns should reflect his right-wing views, even in its news coverage. The FCC might want to consider that when evaluating Murdoch’s reported bid to buy the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times.
I told my Russian friend yesterday about war in Gaza and said it was a war of aggression, and he agreed that was the case. This is different from the mass media, as Electronic Intifada reports: “international academics who recently participated in a conference on linguistics…