Again, ‘NYT’ ties anti-Zionism to white supremacism (apropos of Ron Paul)

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One great thing about the Ron Paul campaign is that it might actually politicize Zionism. The press will have to quote anti-Zionists and non-Zionists, and Americans will get to decide who has the better case. Of course so far the attention has been negative: for instance, Paul got Shlomo Sand’s book The Invention of the Jewish People on to the front page of the New York Times a week back, but linked to white supremacist texts. 

Well, here they go again: The New York Times’s Frank Bruni, on the Iowa caucuses:

Last week, Paul remained at or near the top of polls of the state’s Republicans, despite his refusal to disavow support from white supremacist and anti-Zionist groups..

What’s the group? I missed this. What anti-Zionist group was Paul working with? Then Bruni turns to a rightwinger to try and discredit Paul:

He terrifies more pragmatic conservatives like the commentator Michael Medved, who has called him “Dr. Demento.” Medved wrote in The Daily Beast last week that a strong showing by Paul in the caucuses and beyond would be “disastrous to Republican prospects,” validating the impression that “today’s Republicans have become a wild and crazy bunch, harboring oddball, irresponsible notions that place them far outside the American mainstream and make them untrustworthy when it comes to the serious business of governance.”

What does more practical mean? Medved is a pro-Israel guy. That’s why he doesn’t like Paul. Medved writes columns about why God would favor Republicans. And in this speech at a Philadelphia-area synagogue I went to, he urged American Jews to visit the country to which his brother emigrated and to promote Israel in the U.S. And he blamed the Oslo massacre last summer on Muslim extremists. The voice of moderation!

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  1. Les
    January 2, 2012, 2:29 pm

    When prominent Jews start to criticize our media’s old fashioned racist anti-Semitic imagry of swarthy complected Palestinians and Arabs, we might give more credibility to their attempts to link white racists and anti-Zionists. The more obvious link is white racist Christian Zionists and Jewish Zionists — both white-minded extroardinare.

  2. dumvitaestspesest
    January 2, 2012, 2:50 pm

    “Last week, Paul remained at or near the top of polls of the state’s Republicans, despite his refusal to disavow support from white supremacist and anti-Zionist groups..”

    So those guys, want to equate term : Republican, with being obligatory pro-Zionist, 100% pro-Israel.
    They are working hard to instill this new label: ” Republican = pro-Israel/pro-Zionist ” in the public’s mind.
    Propaganda is all about inventing new, catchy labels ,and then working tirelessly, 24/7 ,using MainStremMedia into spreading it into public’s conscience.
    Once the label/etiquette is well grounded, then all ,who are going against it, are called enemies/anti-…../demented/crazy/oddballs and …………………

  3. pabelmont
    January 2, 2012, 4:03 pm

    “despite his refusal to disavow support from white supremacist and anti-Zionist groups..” ?? does all of this “go without saying”? Is this a mere (but deplorable) SMEAR? Or are details given?

    God, I hate pure SMEARs.

    Of course, I don’t agree that the two categories should be given equal billing, since a white-supremacist is a racist and an anti-Zionist is an anti-racist.

  4. stopaipac
    January 2, 2012, 4:03 pm

    “What anti-Zionist group was Paul working with?”
    One example is the John Birch Society. Rep Paul and his offspring were there at their latest conference getting support. I would certainly call it anti-zionist, as well as racist. (their main legislative goal this year is supporting voting laws that will effectively disenfranchise millions of people, especially people of color). they are also extremely anti-immigrant rights. Opposed to any and all environmental protections. Like Newt, they think that child labor laws and such are inventions of communists.

    So why the F### has Mondoweiss become the other Daily Paul??? Why is it so important to link a man so stupid and so much of a right-wing extremist to the Palestinian cause? I think nothing can hurt the cause more.

    Our only hope is that aipac, et. al. continue to do things that are even more politically stupid (linking with Hagee is a good one, and locally when they tried to ban children’s art from Gaza was great for the cause, as they even inspired backlash in the mainstream media).

    But why some pro-Palestinian activists see fit to defend the Pauls and worse is beyond me. We should let the other side have the racists and the fools, and we can organize with everyone else.

    • IranContraClanDidNineEleven
      January 2, 2012, 4:14 pm

      “But why some pro-Palestinian activists see fit to defend the Pauls and worse is beyond me. We should let the other side have the racists and the fools, and we can organize with everyone else.”

      Ralph Nader would like a word in edgewise: link to youtube.com

      • IranContraClanDidNineEleven
        January 2, 2012, 4:54 pm

        This clip of Nader on Paul is better:

      • kalithea
        January 2, 2012, 5:36 pm

        I know it’s a lot to ask of Nader because of some polarizing issues, but for the sake of rescuing America from the three-headed hydra: The Zionist Lobby/MIC/WallStreet (Fed) and the world from war and depression; a Paul/Nader ticket would shatter glass from Congress all the way to Tel Aviv.

      • anonymouscomments
        January 3, 2012, 2:26 am

        I’ve suggested a Kucinich VP, but Nader also works.

        As a third party run they could exist, but won’t win. The debates would be AWESOME though, so I hope Ron Paul runs. Considering the passion of his supporters, the influence he will have through debates, and his intention to not seek reelection for congress…. I consider it likely he will run…. Cannot see why he wouldn’t run, especially as he’ll hate the republican nominee as much as Obama, so no big deal if he’s a spoiler.

        But what surprises me is how people like stopaipac get so UPSET. Chill out, we are not linking Ron Paul to the cause (and seriously, guilt by association? and what association?), he isn’t as bad as you all act (relative to the others), and he is not gonna get the presidency.

        Also, there are two reasons we should ALL be pushing for Ron Paul to run 3rd party, after republicans coalesce around their insider nominee (Romney I think).

        1) Ron Paul will get massive exposure for his good ideas. Some stuff will be odd (like his domestic take), but that does not mean people cannot hear truth and ideological positions, and walk away with the truth (disagreeing with his libertarian ideology). His presidential debates would put a spotlight on our endless wars, blunt the run at Iran, and show the US that there are different ways to deal with Israel and foreign policy in general.
        2) He might split votes somewhat evenly, but it is likely he would hurt the Republican candidate, if he had a net spoiler effect. So we will still get the lesser of two evils, and he might even HELP us to those ends. Those who are screaming the most about Paul and trying to bury him with their hyperbolic claims, tend to be those who want Obama in 2012. They should realize that he might be a very usefull entity when it comes to securing Obama’s reelection, in a tough race. And in the process he might shift Obama to the left on FP. Win-win-win.

    • dumvitaestspesest
      January 2, 2012, 4:29 pm

      Stopaipac,
      Are you an anti-Zionism Zionist?? A wolf in a wooly sweater??

      • kalithea
        January 2, 2012, 5:38 pm

        Lol! You guessed it! He’s got a serious identity crisis, oh and a monumental credibility issue!

    • American
      January 2, 2012, 4:41 pm

      Paul is getting the attention because of his anti war position.
      So unless you have a org that can get as much attention as Paul is drawing right now—then let him continue with his anti war message despite whatever else is in the mix.
      If he is a complete racist, which I doubt, and even if he attracts racist… I don’t have any objection to a racist voting against war.

    • kalithea
      January 2, 2012, 5:00 pm

      STOPAIPAC MY EYE!

    • Shingo
      January 3, 2012, 3:00 am

      But why some pro-Palestinian activists see fit to defend the Pauls and worse is beyond me.

      It”s funny how someknd who sells himself StopAIPAC, is reading from the same script as AIPAC.

    • MarkF
      January 3, 2012, 9:03 am

      Dude, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Sometimes you have to get in bed with characters that have unsavory “issues” when you’re dealing with politics.

      I’d rather sleep with Paul than climb into bed for a threesome with the Kagen brothers…..

      An antiwar leftist candidate will get slammed as a pussy American-hating leftist. I think we need to knee-cap the neocons from the right.

  5. American
    January 2, 2012, 4:29 pm

    Linking white racist to anti zionist is a desperate strategy on the part of the zios.
    That will be totally meaningless to Paul supporters and totally meaningless to any Repubs he may steal from the Repub establisment. Not saying repubs are racist, but am saying they don’t give a crap about the issue of race, except that some them now feel they are the discriminated against race…the white man being at the bottom. What your typical repubs are…..anti big gov, anti tax, pro state rights and most of all think they are the ones who are carrying all the US weight and feel very put upon.
    Who is a racist and who isn’t isn’t going to mean jack to them.

    • Shingo
      January 3, 2012, 3:02 am

      Linking white racist to anti zionist is a desperate strategy on the part of the zios.

      Especially seeing as so many white racists are Zionists. In fact, they’ve becomer one and the same.

    • jayn0t
      January 3, 2012, 9:51 am

      Unfortunately, I think ‘American’ is underestimating the power of anti-racism. Many Republicans are afraid of it, and that’s why the Lobby is trying to use it against Paul.

  6. kalithea
    January 2, 2012, 4:52 pm

    Thank you for putting an article regarding Ron Paul front and centre on this blog on the eve of the Iowa primary, because there’s something happening among Democrats that is despicable and delusional. First I wanna say that Ron Paul’s mentor, Murray Rothbard was a Jew, and Bruni is a lying sack of shit to accuse anyone who is Anti-Zionist of being a supremacist when ZIONISM ITSELF is a SUPREMACIST, RACIST IDEOLOGY founded on the murder and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in 1948. Okay, now that I’ve made this clear on to the urgent matter at hand.

    Forgive my inability to express myself because, I AM RAGING WITH CONTEMPT AGAINST DEMOCRATS right now, and as someone coming from the Left that should say a lot, but I’ll explain. Democrats have been spearheading a feeding frenzy and out-and-out war and bashing marathon on the Huffington Post against Ron Paul, and I haven’t checked Kos lately but I imagine same is happening there. Meanwhile, the other lying sack of shit, because “dishonest” is just too kind an expression given the circumstances, Obama, just signed in legislation giving him and future presidents the authority to arrest and detain indefinitely without due process. May I say how much America’s democracy is resembling the warped “democracy” or rather Zionist fascist ethnocracy which no doubt comes from the influence of their American Zionist comrades.

    What’s happening here is that the Democrats which include many who dare to call themselves Progressives are sabotaging the Ron Paul campaign in order to also sabotage the essential discussion that would hold Obama’s feet to the fire on many issues, because we can’t have THE TRUTH ABOUT OBAMA, tainting a Democratic campaign. So in other words, the true progressive agenda, has become the sacrificial lamb of Democrats for sake of political ambition! This opportunity to air all of Obama’s vices will be killed and buried with Ron Paul’s demise! Because once Ron Paul is out of the picture the discussion will pit the lesser evil, Obama, to the greater evil Republican counterpart instead of what Grenwald describes as follows:

    ” Paul’s candidacy forces progressives to face the hideous positions and actions of their candidate, of the person they want to empower for another four years. If Paul were not in the race or were not receiving attention, none of these issues would receive any attention because all the other major GOP candidates either agree with Obama on these matters or hold even worse views.

    Paul scrambles the comfortable ideological and partisan categories and forces progressives to confront and account for the policies they are working to protect. His nomination would mean that it is the Republican candidate — not the Democrat — who would be the anti-war, pro-due-process, pro-transparency, anti-Fed, anti-Wall-Street-bailout, anti-Drug-War advocate (which is why some neocons are expressly arguing they’d vote for Obama over Paul). Is it really hard to see why Democrats hate his candidacy and anyone who touts its benefits?”

    We should trigger a VIRAL discussion that revolves around the brilliant articles produced by Glenn Grenwald (God bless him for risking the Democratic firing squad) and the more partisan-biased albeit enlightening article written by Matt Stoller.

    link to salon.com

    link to nakedcapitalism.com

    So here’s the mission impossible folks: Read the articles and then go to every site you can think of and defend Ron Paul tooth and nail and expose the hypocrites (and their hypocritical narrative) on the Democratic side who are trying to bury the discussion that we should all be having: Obama’s treason against progressive values! Let’s do our small part to push Ron Paul through Iowa and as far as he’ll go to keep this discussion FRONT AND CENTRE.

    Second, attack, attack Obama from all sides virulently and let him know that his Presidency is threatened by his own DISHONESTY AND BETRAYAL not only of progressive values but betrayal of American values as well.

    Here’s a brilliant excerpt from Grenwald:

    “Whatever else one wants to say, it is indisputably true that Ron Paul is the only political figure with any sort of a national platform — certainly the only major presidential candidate in either party — who advocates policy views on issues that liberals and progressives have long flamboyantly claimed are both compelling and crucial. The converse is equally true: the candidate supported by liberals and progressives and for whom most will vote — Barack Obama — advocates views on these issues (indeed, has taken action on these issues) that liberals and progressives have long claimed to find repellent, even evil.

    Ron Paul’s candidacy is a mirror held up in front of the face of America’s Democratic Party and its progressive wing, and the image that is reflected is an ugly one; more to the point, it’s one they do not want to see because it so violently conflicts with their desired self-perception.”

    Please, please read the ENTIRE article that is crucial to understanding the fleecing going on here of the Left and the American public in general. To think that Democrats will be the ones responsible for furthering the Neoziocon agenda makes me want to puke!

    STOP the Democrats from burying the discussion that might turn the American public against the destruction of America and the American Constitution by Neocons and their Zionist counterparts.

    Put aside, self-righteous blather regarding Ron Paul and partisanship and hold the battle for Palestinian emancipation FOR NOW because unless we succeed in this other battle against Democrats who are on a mission to sabotage Ron Paul (just go to HP and take a look at the number of comments on Ron Paul threads (up to 12,000 and more! in one day), then the fate of Palestinians will worsen and that discussion will be MOOT, WAR will be front and center in Obama’s agenda, and the emerging U.S. police state will continue morphing into a clone of the Zionist State!

    Is there a more important undertaking than this one at this crucial time??? Consider it your civic duty to rescue this discussion and Ron Paul, who is performing a feat I always imagined impossible, waking up the brainwashed Zionist-induced masses, given the monopoly of the mainstream media on their brain function.

    Stop the Democrats from derailing Ron Paul’s campaign, extinguishing the spotlight on Obama’s betrayal and driving Ron Paul and the crucial discussion he’s awakened to a PREMATURE DEFEAT.

    • kalithea
      January 2, 2012, 6:13 pm

      A thousand pardons for spelling Glenn Greenwald’s name wrong.

    • chet
      January 2, 2012, 7:14 pm

      Notwithstanding that Pres. Obama signed extremely anti-progressive legislation, what is the benefit of attacking him in this re-election year and increasing the chances of a Republican being elected? Bear in mind that this anti-progressive legislation originated in the most ideologically-driven Congress imaginable.

      How would the Republicans and their MSM megaphone have reacted if Pres. Obama refused to sign the legislation? Should he have done “the right thing” and died on his sword with respect to his re-election prospects?

      The only hope for progressive legislation in the future is if the Dems re-take the House and keep the Senate.

    • American
      January 2, 2012, 8:40 pm

      I think this is the money quote by Greenwald that sums up the progressives:

      “An honest line of reasoning in this regard would go as follows:
      Yes, I’m willing to continue to have Muslim children slaughtered by covert drones and cluster bombs, and America’s minorities imprisoned by the hundreds of thousands for no good reason, and the CIA able to run rampant with no checks or transparency, and privacy eroded further by the unchecked Surveillance State, and American citizens targeted by the President for assassination with no due process, and whistleblowers threatened with life imprisonment for “espionage,” and the Fed able to dole out trillions to bankers in secret, and a substantially higher risk of war with Iran (fought by the U.S. or by Israel with U.S. support) in exchange for less severe cuts to Social Security, Medicare and other entitlement programs, the preservation of the Education and Energy Departments, more stringent environmental regulations, broader health care coverage, defense of reproductive rights for women, stronger enforcement of civil rights for America’s minorities, a President with no associations with racist views in a newsletter, and a more progressive Supreme Court.”

      It’s the same thing I’ve been saying……they trade other people’s lives for their social programs……Ugh! as bad as the war monger rethugs.

  7. MRW
    January 2, 2012, 5:18 pm

    Paul’s real support in Iowa is among the college student age. If they caucus, it will make a difference. I’ve been following comments in the Des Moines Register (DMR) for weeks.

    Flip through a few of these. NPR is claiming that Romney and Santorum are in a statistical dead-heat for first and second. Paul coming in third.

    Mary Stegmeir is a fresh-faced political reporter covering Ron Paul for the DMR. Check out a few of these links which are headlined TODAY on the homepage. Read the comments for a temp gauge.
    link to caucuses.desmoinesregister.com
    link to caucuses.desmoinesregister.com
    link to caucuses.desmoinesregister.com
    link to caucuses.desmoinesregister.com
    link to caucuses.desmoinesregister.com
    link to caucuses.desmoinesregister.com

    317 comments here
    link to caucuses.desmoinesregister.com

    • MRW
      January 2, 2012, 5:32 pm

      To be clear, Stegmeir covers Ron Paul for the DMR.

  8. dumvitaestspesest
    January 2, 2012, 5:49 pm

    I think the bigger problem of the whole picture is the fact that American politics has been hijacked by the Zionist fanatics.
    They want to force American politicians to pledge an unconditional alliance with Israel above all. No matter if they are Democrats or Republicans,or whatever else. Those, who oppose it are slandered, smeared , labeled with all possible negative epithets.
    Considering the fact that MSM are working in their favour, they are using all their outlets/channels to push their propaganda tricks. Some are even mixing God in their dirty politics.
    There is this old joke about a thief , who is running at the front of the crowd, that is trying to catch a thief. The thief is screamming the loudest :”catch a thief, catch a thief”, knowing that this way people are not suspicious of him.
    So…….when a thief screams very loudly” catch a thief “, he knows exactly what he is doing. He is buying time that is needed to cover up his unholy “deeds.

    • dumvitaestspesest
      January 2, 2012, 6:38 pm

      On the second thought ,the Israeli Zionists are using the same strategy of “Catch/stop a thief” with regards to Iran.
      They scream the loudest: “catch a thief ,( who supposedly ‘”stole” the nuclear weapons), in the meantime, they are carefully wrapping their nuclear possessions in the own back yard, and nobody really knows how many there are.
      But , that doesn’t stop them from howling: “catch/stop the thief”.

  9. stevelaudig
    January 2, 2012, 6:03 pm

    Don’t bother calling me naive, I’ll save you the trouble. I naively believe that as long as you give money and support to the Zionist Israeli Netanyahuists and Liebermanists. It/they/whatever you want to call this project will continue to do what it has always done and what has always resulted will always result. The moment the USG turns off the money tap [which is what I see Paul as president doing] then the Zionist Israelis, now running the government, will not longer have their [apartheidist, selected-by- God, mythological border] fantasies paid for by someone else. That very Moment they will begin to act differently. Their fanatics won’t be funded and the world becomes a better safer place because lunatics won’t be able to indulge their lunacies on someone else’s dime. Israel’s problems aren’t the U.S. problems. The US doesn’t need Israel any more than China needs North Korea. China has a better argument for supporting lunatics because the lunatic is next door. The US is supporting lunatics on the other side of the planet. Zionist Israel is a drag on US interests. Non-Zionist Israel might not be.

  10. mayangrl
    January 2, 2012, 6:22 pm

    Commenting has been disabled on the NYT site. Hmmmm….

    • kalithea
      January 2, 2012, 6:56 pm

      No doubt they want to shut down the pandora’s box that the Ron Paul discussion represents.

  11. MRW
    January 2, 2012, 7:02 pm

    Check out Andrew Sullivan’s post on Ron Paul today:
    link to andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com

    • MRW
      January 2, 2012, 7:25 pm

      Let me say this again: don’t miss Andrew Sullivan’s piece on Ron Paul.

  12. jayn0t
    January 2, 2012, 11:02 pm

    So what’s new? From the New York Times to Indymedia, stirring up hysteria against the non-existent menace of white racism is a diversion from understanding the only really significant form of racial oppression left in the Western world. The liberal left was an ally of the anti-apartheid movement, because it didn’t challenge the Jewish apartheid state. That challenge has to come from outside the left.

  13. hughsansom
    January 3, 2012, 2:15 pm

    So Frank Bruni — former restaurant critic for the Times — is now an expert on both electoral and ethnic politics. Gotta love the Times. Their attitude is that ANY Times reporter on ANY subject must be better than ALL other journalists on ALL subjects. The Times reporter on garbage collection on Staten Island must be better than any and all journalists — anywhere — on any topic of any kind. Why? Because they’re reporters at Man’s Greatest Newspaper.

    What’s more important here is recently flurry of widely-read figures identifying criticism of Israel with “anti-Zionism” and then, by implicit extension, with anti-Semitism.

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