I’m disinclined to give Matt Seaton any attention as he’s a C list hack, working for the ‘greatest’ bastion of ‘liberal’ Zionism there is, the NYT.
However, I will say that I remember his time as editor of the Guardian’s Comment is Free pages several years ago. Let’s just say that when it comes to Israel, comment certainly is not free. The Guardian was known for deleting any comments which went beyond the appropriate ‘liberal’ critique of Israel. Same is certainly still true now – what with the awful Jonathan Freedland in a senior role how could it not be – but Seaton used to actually come below the line and offer pro Israel ‘analysis’, thereby making his personal bias very clear. He stopped this when several readers pointed it out, but clearly his pro Israel bias remained the same, and not terribly appropriate in a job which involved editing readers’ comments.
But it’s gratifying to see he has been slaughtered on his own Twitter feed for this latest nonsense. The comments criticising him outnumber the ones agreeing with him many times over. And his response to them is absolutely pathetic ‘dogwhistling’, ‘I know antisemitism when I see it’, and of course the favourite weasal word of all ‘tropes’. Pretty much anything critical of Israel can be a ‘trope’ these days. To me, using the phrase is basically holding up your hands and saying ‘Well, I can’t actually provide evidence that what you are saying is antisemitic, but hey I think it is and that’s all that matters’.