Are you stupid enough to be a blogger for the Washington Post? Take the Norway test

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Amazing. Neoconservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin blames the Norwegian horror on jihadists, and Jim Fallows nails her. Rubin:

We don’t know if al Qaeda was directly responsible for today’s events, but in all likelihood the attack was launched by part of the jihadist hydra.

She says we need to keep funding the war on terror and drags Gary Schmitt of American Enterprise Institute into it. He says: “But as the attack in Oslo reminds us, there are plenty of al-Qaeda allies still operating. No doubt cutting the head off a snake is important; the problem is, we’re dealing with global nest of snakes.”


Seven Seventeen hours after the Post item went up, six sixteen hours after its claims were shown to be false and hysterical, it’s still there, with no correction or apology.

Steve Clemons also weighs in on Rubin’s “fearmongering.”

Perhaps you should link the extremist violence from right wing fanatics, Christian religious zealots within our countries — within the US, within Norway, and elsewhere — to your pet causes.  Would at least be more technically correct.

21 Responses

  1. Chaos4700
    July 23, 2011, 10:22 am

    Mainstream American media has become a clearinghouse for pro-Israel, anti-liberalism, anti-Muslim hatred and propaganda.

  2. American
    July 23, 2011, 10:44 am

    Lie,lie, lie……it never ends.
    Since Norway is not among the most Israel friendly countries you could just well lay it off on a Israeli false flag attack to gin up AQ terror again.

  3. WeAreAllMadeOfStars
    July 23, 2011, 12:04 pm

    Well … one the leading newspaper ( in Switzerland also ran a story where the main suspect was some sort of a mollah and an obscure jihad organisation. Of course most of the story was written using conditional tense. Not one single source was mentioned.
    I am looking forward to seeing how they will treat the news next Monday … I have the feeling that I could almost paraphrase Chaos by changing only one word …

    • seafoid
      July 23, 2011, 6:55 pm

      Tele Suisse Romande is worse !
      Oh la la.

      I met a crowd of Christian Zionists in Lausanne last year. Odious.

  4. Charon
    July 23, 2011, 2:54 pm

    Of course Jennifer Rubin would say that. I don’t know why they even publish her nonsense. She remind me of Caroline Glick

    Will McCants, a blogger who claims to be a “Senior Adviser for Countering Violent Extremism at the U.S. Department of State” was the ‘official’ to pin the blame on Islam. His blog is very Israel-centric btw. He claimed that a group called “Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami” or the “Helpers of the Global Jihad” an Al Qaeda proxy took responsibility. This made it into the MSM. A previously unknown group that today they are saying was made up. Obviously this wasn’t the CIA claiming this, but I would hope they don’t jump on garbage intelligence. Oh wait they do, that’s why we went to war with Iraq.

    Another person saying this yesterday was another ‘terrorist expert’ in France, Claude Moniquet. He actually does have ties to Israel:
    link to

    There is almost no corrections today to these stories. Today some are saying Jihad hasn’t been ruled out even. The horrible comments haven’t been deleted. Look at this “American Thinker” story:
    link to

    It was updated with only a message saying ‘See also: The blond, blue-eyed terror suspect in Oslo’ and the comments say it’s still relevant.

    CNN had comments calling for the killing of Muslims and Arabs, outlawing Islam, probably some of the worst hate I have ever seen. It was even worse over at ynet and Jpost. In addition to the anti-Islam rhetoric they were saying how Norway deserved it. CNN even had an op-ed saying that this will teach Norway a lesson for being soft on Islamic terror.


    Here are some facts that people do not know of. Nearly 25% of the world’s population practices Islam. Only 20% of these Muslims are Arabs. 10-20% of Arabs are not Muslim. 10% of Palestinians are Christian. The majority of the Christian Palestinian population in Israel was expelled in 1948. Turbans and burqas originate in the ME and are not just an Islamic thing. Look at old photos of Yemen Jews. Many non-Muslims wear this. It is a product of that culture incorporated into the religion (depending on who you ask). China has a Muslim areas with Chinese mosques that resemble traditional Chinese architecture. Extremists exist in all religions.

    • Ellen
      July 23, 2011, 6:16 pm

      China, Africa, Much of Asia has a Muslim population. I am now in a European Country where over 70 percent of the population is Muslim. The men do not sport beards and very few women would cover their heads. And this is not an Arab country and does not have an Arab population.

  5. Les
    July 23, 2011, 3:55 pm

    Maybe Rubin read this in the New York Times’ first article posted after the bombing:

    “A terror group, Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami, or the Helpers of the Global Jihad, issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, according to Will McCants, a terrorism analyst at C.N.A., a research institute that studies terrorism. The message said the attack was a response to Norwegian forces’ presence in Afghanistan and to unspecified insults to the Prophet Muhammad. “

    • Koshiro
      July 23, 2011, 5:00 pm

      That turned out to have been something McCants had heard in an internet forum. No, really. I am not kidding.

      • Les
        July 23, 2011, 6:59 pm

        “All the news that’s fit to print,” without credit to the internet chat page.

    • Oscar
      July 25, 2011, 8:32 am

      McCants’ source was yet another blog-post-for-drooling-Islamophobes from our friends at the SITE Intelligence Group, the thoroughly discredited operation that helpfully provided fake bin Laden tapes and videos all these years to keep the fear alive. Google it.

      Jennifer Rubin is in the same vein as Caroline Glick and Melanie Phillips — high profile bloggers whose hateful neo-con spewage against Muslims is institutionalized bigotry. Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, Daniel Pipes, David Horowitz and even Marty Peretz (who just came out of bigotry retirement) all provided the type of shrill hatred that was the rocket fuel for the Breivik massacre.

      Rubin is not even intellectually honest enough to apologize. The weasel words in her non-apology were appalling. In yet another outrage, Rubes suggests that the blond-haired, blued-eyed assassin actually proves her contention that the national security budget should remain intact to protect aganist the “threat” of jihad. link to

      By contrast, Melanie “Mad Mel” Phillips was finally fired from The Spectator in June after a particularly egregious, high pitched screed against Muslims. Doesn’t seem likely that Fred Hiatt will expunge this hateblog from the TrashPo any time soon. It’s yet another reason why no one trusts the paper in any way, shape or form.

  6. Djinn
    July 23, 2011, 4:21 pm

    A particularly loathsome Australian pundit immediately posted his informed view that it was the work of ‘Jihadists’ of course when it became clear that was not true he still managed to blame ‘immigration’ (his dog whistle for Muslims) in Norway.

    • Shingo
      July 23, 2011, 6:52 pm

      Which Australian pundit are you referring to?

    • Shingo
      July 23, 2011, 6:54 pm

      Would that pundit be Tim Blair by any chance?

      • weaver
        July 24, 2011, 4:53 am

        Not this time; it would be the egregious Andrew Bolt. Unless Blair said the same thing.


      • Shingo
        July 24, 2011, 6:41 am

        Bolt is a one man freak show who serves little purpose other than to play the vilage idiot on Q&A.

      • Djinn
        July 24, 2011, 7:19 pm

        Yep Andrew Bolt. Didn’t expect him to eat crow exactly but to continue to insist Muslims still shouldered blame was (I think though admittedly I try to avoid his bile) a new low. Thankfully I’m not in Australia right now, I suspect no-one in the media there is particularly covering themselves in glory over this one.

        JPost seemed to like his spin though, they regurgitate it in this hideous piece.

  7. DICKERSON3870
    July 23, 2011, 7:09 pm

    RE: “No doubt cutting the head off a snake is important; the problem is, we’re dealing with global nest of snakes.” ~ Gary Schmitt of the “American” Enterprise Institute

    MY COMMENT: The “American” Enterprise Institute (AEI) is a corporate/business-funded “nest of snakes”.

    Definition of SNAKE (noun)
    : any of numerous limbless scaled reptiles (suborder Serpentes syn. Ophidia) with a long tapering body and with salivary glands often modified to produce venom which is injected through grooved or tubular fangs
    : a worthless or treacherous fellow
    : something (as a plumber’s snake) resembling a snake

    AEI Scholars and Fellows:
    • Lynne V. Cheney – Senior Fellow
    • Thomas Donnelly – Resident Fellow and Director, Center for Defense Studies (Former Deputy Director of Project for the New American Century)
    • Jonah Goldberg – Visiting Fellow
    • Frederick W. Kagan – Resident Scholar and Director, AEI Critical Threats Project
    • Irving Kristol (1920-2009) – Senior Fellow Emeritus
    • Richard Perle – Resident Fellow
    • Danielle Pletka – Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies
    • Michael Rubin – Resident Scholar
    • Gary J. Schmitt – Resident Scholar and Director of Advanced Strategic Studies
    • Marc A. Thiessen – Visiting Fellow
    • Paul Wolfowitz – Visiting Scholar
    • John Yoo – Visiting Scholar
    SOURCE – link to

  8. DICKERSON3870
    July 23, 2011, 8:06 pm

    RE: “Neoconservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin blames the Norwegian horror on jihadists” ~ Weiss

    FROM THE INTERNET, 07/23/11:

    Geert Wilders was brought over to the U.S. to speak at a rally against Cordoba House (the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque”). Here’s a link to the odious Frank Gaffney’s radio show from last year, where he defends Wilders and then goes on to discuss his case with Jennifer Rubin and Andy McCarthy. I don’t really have the stomach to listen — Prilosec can only do so much — but the takeaway is that Rubin runs with folks like Gaffney and McCarthy whose careers feed off Islamaphobia, and who have a sympathetic ear — if not active, vocal support — for a European anti-Islamic activist whose rhetoric may have, in turn, influenced the shooter.
    LINK – link to

    MAD AS HELL IN AMERICA (archived podcasts) – link to

  9. DICKERSON3870
    July 23, 2011, 8:51 pm

    RE: “Are you stupid enough to be a blogger for the Washington Post?” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: It’s not so much stupidity as it is mental illness!

    A MIDSUMMER EVE’S MUSICAL INTERLUDE (courtesy or the folks at Ziocaine™):

    We are building a religion,
    We are building it bigger
    We are widening the corridors and adding more lanes
    We are building a religion.
    A limited edition
    We are now accepting callers for these pendant keychains
    To resist it is useless,
    It is useless to resist it…
    …Now today is tomorrow and tomorrow’s today
    And yesterday is weaving in and out
    And the fluffy white lines that the airplane leaves behind
    Are drifting right in front of the waning of the moon…
    ~ Cake

    Cake: We are Building a Religion (VIDEO, 03:46) – link to

  10. Shingo
    July 24, 2011, 5:46 am

    Rubin is a shameless liar and propagandist, who has turned her blog into a Israeli PR aparatus as well as a GOP campaign platform.

    As we have become painfully aware, being a neocon means never having to admit you are wrong.

  11. sajepress
    July 24, 2011, 8:20 am

    A lot of the damage was done by Will McCants of C.N.A. on his Jihadica blog. His tweeting of an unproven post quickly translated and widely disseminated simply because it pointed to “Islamists” was utterly irresponsible. By the time he retracted most MSM was not interested in picking up the correction. Jihadica Jumps the Gun on Islamist links

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