lies, lies and more lies…..

Think Progress: Reports that an Obama adviser told top Jewish leaders that the administration is applying pressure to Israel to negotiate with the Palestinians is coming under new scrutiny after the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent talked to two individuals who were on the conference call.

….Both tell me that there was no discussion whatsoever of pressuring Israel to come to the table absent a recognition by Hamas of the Quartet Principles – which demand recognition of Israel, renouncing terrorism, and abiding by past agreements. They both asserted that on the call, [Steven Simon,White House National Security Council senior director for the Middle East and North Africa] merely restated Obama’s public position on these issues.

Sargent questioned Eizenstat about if the White House had made any shift in policy and found a very clear answer. He writes:

“I don’t know how anyone in their wildest imagination got the idea that there was any implication of any additional pressure on Israel,” Eizenstat told me. “Quite the contrary – the call was meant as reassurance of the President’s position on not negotiating with Hamas” if they don’t accept the Quartet principles.

While this seems like an easy enough story to have fact checked – as Sargent’s good journalism shows – right wing critics of the White House have gotten plenty of traction out of misreporting the White House’s message to Jewish leaders.

…the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin …. bizarrely lashed out at Sargent for having the nerve to fact check her … Rubin’s role in hyping the nonexistent controversy about the White House call should drive home the point that she is deeply invested in creating a rift between Jewish Democrats and the White House, even when the facts don’t bear her out.

Full post here

See Greg Sargent’s article here

Thank you Fred

9 Responses to “lies, lies and more lies…..”

  1. 1 Fred
    June 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    anything for the President Chip 😉

  2. 2 dotster
    June 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I emailed Jennifer Rubin after her misleading and purposely divisive, false story. I got a real snippy response, which is typical, but she could not refute my allegations that she had “misinformed” (lied to) her readers. This kind of false information has led to many in the media striking out against Obama, and like similar efforts to attempt to strip African Americans from loyalty to Obama, this is intended to do the same with our Jewish friends. There are a lot of forces at work here. We need all hands on deck to combat these false campaigns. All Democrats need to be on board and not trying to grab some creepy personal limelight for themselves as they waste time and effort condemning the President instead.

  3. 7 Claire
    June 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Rubin is a fool. She is a partisan hack. The Post should have dumped her long ago. Her columns are nothing but tripe. She has a serious crush on Paul Ryan. Truly pathetic.

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