The titter-tape charade

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The Center for American Progress is obviously reeling from the disgraceful performance on its main stage yesterday, in which its president Neera Tanden kissed up to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a series of softball questions in an effort to assure the Israel lobby that the Democratic Party is still on its side.

The Center is now trying to cover its behind with a post on its news site, ThinkProgress, factchecking the Prime Minister’s claims: “10 Falsehoods That Netanyahu Told During His Appearance At CAP.” There are five names in the byline, and it’s a very strong post, showing that Netanyahu was lying about settlement growth on his watch, about the Palestinian willingness to negotiate, about his own alleged support for a two-state solution, about Palestinian violence, about Israeli punishment of settler violence.

Remember that Eli Clifton and Ali Gharib got censored for writing this kind of stuff four years ago. Clearly the progressive base has shifted since then, as James North and I pointed out earlier today; many Center for American Progress employees are obviously disturbed by Tanden’s performance.

And now there’s a remix tape of Tanden’s “conversation” from an anonymous site: “Netanyahu Faces Tough ‘Progressive’ Interviewer.” This is delicious, 70 seconds of Neera Tanden tittering as the Prime Minister holds forth.

Rania Khalek tweeted:

An angel made a remix of @neeratanden’s giggling deference to baby killer Netanyahu yesterday

Again, remember that even liberal Zionists have called Netanyahu’s government “fascistic.” That’s who Neera Tanden was laughing up.

She exhibited the opposite of gravitas. Another critic observes that Tanden was giggly and jumpy and squirming around in her seat in the presence of an alpha male, behavior that might be excused if it were a cub reporter interviewing a foreign leader; but Tanden is leading one of America’s most important progressive think tanks, with a $38-million dollar budget. She has an important position in an organization that has real impact on the policies of the world’s military super-power. And progressives need stronger figures to represent us.

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Her questions were weak, her persistent laughing was so annoying, no challenging of Netanyahu, allowing the BB hour or “commercial” for Israel to go on uninterrupted.

BB did not say anything we have not heard before. Really did seem like a fund raiser for CAP and Israel. Neera’s lip prints all over BB’s ass. Pathetic performance on her part

What an embarrassing performance.

“Another critic observes that Tanden was giggly and jumpy and squirming around in her seat in the presence of an alpha male”

Another misogynistic moment at Mondoweiss.

Compare, contrast and weep:

Tim Sebastian v Naftali Bennett

Most probably the zionists did not want a serious interviewer who would have asked the uncomfortable questions, and CAP decided to give it to this simpering, unprofessional woman, who obviously had no intentions of holding this man’s feet to the fire. Clinton obviously has chosen the perfect kisser upper, who will keep the zionists happy with no accountability for whatever happens in apartheid land. On the other hand, no one in the MSM asks the… Read more »