Video: Sanchez and Goldfarb battle on Khalidi and other anti-Semites

posted at 7:40 pm on October 31, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Rick Sanchez tried pushing Michael Goldfarb into getting himself fired from Team McCain today on CNN, but Michael didn’t take the bait. In a discussion of Rashid Khalidi and the tape that the Los Angeles Times refuses to release of Barack Obama’s remarks at his going-away party in 2003, Michael says that Obama has a pattern of associating with people hostile to Israel. Rick demands that he names another name, but Michael refuses:

Well, we know the name that Michael didn’t want to utter: Jeremiah Wright. While anti-Semite might be too harsh a word to describe Wright, he’s certainly no friend of Israel. As one pro-Obama blogger notes, Wright went out of his way to demonstrate his hostility to Israel in his notorious appearance at the National Press Club in late April:

As I said on the Bill Moyers’ show, one of our news channels keeps playing a news clip from 20 years ago when Louis [Farakkhan] said 20 years ago that Zionism, not Judaism, was a gutter religion. … And he was talking about the same thing United Nations resolutions say, the same thing now that President Carter is being vilified for, and Bishop Tutu is being vilified for. And everybody wants to paint me as if I’m anti-Semitic because of what Louis Farrakhan said 20 years ago. …

My position on Israel is that Israel has a right to exist, that Israelis have a right to exist, as I said, reconciled one to another.

Have you read the Link? Do you read the Link, Americans for Middle Eastern Understanding, where Palestinians and Israelis need to sit down and talk to each other and work out a solution where their children can grow in a world together, and not be talking about killing each other, that that is not God’s will?

Rebecca notes that AMEU is not exactly a disinterested third party. It is virulently anti-Israel, and it regularly publishes the work of Holocaust-denier Daniel McGowan. It should come as no surprise that Wright recommends them as a source, considering that Wright regularly publishes pro-Hamas material in his Trinity United Church of Christ bulletin.

But Michael couldn’t talk about Wright because of the embargo John McCain placed on the topic, lest Michael lose his job. Why not mention Louis Farrakhan, then? Farrakhan is close friends with Wright, having been honored by TUCC and Wright on several occasions. No one in their right mind would deny Farrakhan is anti-Semitic, having called Judaism a “gutter religion”, although Farrakhan says the correct quote was “dirty religion” — as if that made it any better.  Obama also has a more direct connection to Farrakhan, having been one of the speakers for the Nation of Islam leader’s Million Man March in 1995.

Not enough yet for Rick Sanchez?  We should also include Robert Malley, an Obama adviser on foreign policy who held meetings with Hamas — despite the group’s listing on the State Department list of terrorist organizations.  Malley also tried to set up a group specifically tasked with fighting AIPAC and their lobbying on behalf of the American-Israeli alliance, which also included top Obama bundler Alan Solomont.  Malley’s foreign-policy credentials include his work in the Clinton administration’s efforts at resolving the standoff between Israel and the Palestinians.  Malley was the only one involved that blamed the Israelis when Yasser Arafat refused to accept the solution that gave him 95% of what he had demanded.  Again, not an anti-Semite, but certainly someone hostile to Israel.

If Rick Sanchez and the national media bothered to ask these questions themselves and do some research, they could find plenty of examples of Israel hostility in Obama’s past and present.  Rick may feel he won the exchange here, but in reality just revealed himself and his colleagues in the Tanning Bed Media as woefully uninformed.

Update: Allahpundit already embedded this earlier — missed it.  Consider this an alternate take ….

Update II: On reflection, I’m a little struck by Rick’s question.  If someone proved that John McCain allied himself with David Duke, would the mainstream media insist on hearing about a second white supremacist before they considered it a story?


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Its obvious he was thinking Wright…but couldn’t say so because the rules are the rules

ernesto on October 31, 2008 at 7:43 PM

Allah linked this in his 3:35PM post.

flipflop on October 31, 2008 at 7:43 PM

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jgapinoy on October 31, 2008 at 7:47 PM

Let me guess whom they’re dancing about…

Does the phrase “RICH WHITE PEOPLE” come to mind?

Kini on October 31, 2008 at 7:47 PM

C’mon, Mac! We lost Vietnam by not letting the military use all of its weapons!

jgapinoy on October 31, 2008 at 7:48 PM

Rick Sanchez tried pushing Michael Goldfarb into getting himself fired from Team McCain today on CNN, but Michael didn’t take the bait.

Why would mentioning J-Wright get him fired from the McCain campaign? This is the losing mentality exhibited by McCain from the start.

Valiant on October 31, 2008 at 7:48 PM

Rick Sanchez is an amnesty loving, liberal, crap sandwich.

HornetSting on October 31, 2008 at 7:48 PM

Sanchez is an assclown, no he is just an ass….

d1carter on October 31, 2008 at 7:49 PM

sanchez seemed to speak for obama, ayers and khalidi in that clip. I wish there were republicans with balls that would raise hell about it and get cnn to make a public stand instead of letting them get away with it.

peacenprosperity on October 31, 2008 at 7:49 PM

Ugh. I’m so glad McCain still wants the media to like him so he won’t talk about Wright. I’m so f-ing happy about that.

D0WNT0WN on October 31, 2008 at 7:51 PM

C’mon, Mac! We lost Vietnam by not letting the military use all of its weapons!

jgapinoy on October 31, 2008 at 7:48 PM

The US did not loose, we just didn’t allow ourselves to win. In the end, the South Vietnamese lost because Congress betrayed them. And patted itself on the back for doing so.

Count to 10 on October 31, 2008 at 7:52 PM

I thought this looked familiar. Allah linked it here.

amerpundit on October 31, 2008 at 7:52 PM

Ugh. I’m so glad McCain still wants the media to like him so he won’t talk about Wright. I’m so f-ing happy about that.

D0WNT0WN on October 31, 2008 at 7:51 PM

Just ignore him. Think about Piper’s momma.

HornetSting on October 31, 2008 at 7:57 PM

It seems others, like us, have to carry the water for McCain and his reluctance to call Obama on it.

http://www.teamsarah.org

Kini on October 31, 2008 at 7:57 PM

C’mon, Mac! We lost Vietnam by not letting the military use all of its weapons!

jgapinoy on October 31, 2008 at 7:48 PM

We lost the war because just like now Democrats wanted to lose.
We won the battles, Democrats lost the war.

Speakup on October 31, 2008 at 7:58 PM

Ayers, Dohrn, Samantha Powers, Khladi, etc.

And for the life of me, I don’t understand why McCain wants that jew hating b*stard Wright off the table.

Blake on October 31, 2008 at 7:59 PM

How about that code pink bundler? Forgot her name but they always hate Jews.

Blake on October 31, 2008 at 8:01 PM

And for the life of me, I don’t understand why McCain wants that jew hating b*stard Wright off the table.

Blake on October 31, 2008 at 7:59 PM

The color of his skin, not the substance of the man…possibly?

HornetSting on October 31, 2008 at 8:01 PM

The name’s Mansour. Al-Mansour.

Among others, Ricky.

Teddy on October 31, 2008 at 8:02 PM

And for the life of me, I don’t understand why McCain wants that jew hating b*stard Wright off the table.

Blake on October 31, 2008 at 7:59 PM

Because McCain doesn’t know how to win. Palin has more nuts than he does.

TexasJew on October 31, 2008 at 8:09 PM

Wow Goldfarb is stupid dipsh*t.
McCain doesn’t need this kind of incompetence on the team.

Dave Rywall on October 31, 2008 at 8:12 PM

I wonder if the LA Times is making its claim because their source was from the HRC camp? This story came out during the heat of their battle.

WoosterOh on October 31, 2008 at 8:16 PM

Wow Goldfarb is stupid dipsh*t. McCain doesn’t need this kind of incompetence on the team. – Dave Rywall on October 31, 2008 at 8:12 PM

You have McCain’s best interests at heart, right Dave? Whatta guy.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 8:21 PM

You have McCain’s best interests at heart, right Dave? Whatta guy.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 8:21 PM

Hey Drywall, do they have trick or treating in Canada or do you just get your candy from the government?

HornetSting on October 31, 2008 at 8:22 PM

Hey Drywall, do they have trick or treating in Canada or do you just get your candy from the government?

HornetSting on October 31, 2008 at 8:22 PM

Yeah, what’s up with that freak? Is his life so empty and meaningless that he has to troll other countries political blogs?

Blake on October 31, 2008 at 8:26 PM

CALM DOWN GUYS. As a Pennsylvania resident, I have seen about 20 ads from goptrust specifically targeting Wright today alone. The 527s are running with Wright in the battlegrounds, just in time for the late deciders. I like this play.

battleoflepanto1571 on October 31, 2008 at 8:26 PM

Wow Goldfarb is stupid dipsh*t.
McCain doesn’t need this kind of incompetence on the team.

Dave Rywall on October 31, 2008 at 8:12 PM

Let’s get this down to your level, dipsh+t:

Your posts are lame, dishonest, ignorant, and juvenile

Janos Hunyadi on October 31, 2008 at 8:27 PM

Sanchez baits the hook, Goldfarb doesn’t take the bait.

However, a certain troll grabs hook, line, and sinker.

Kini on October 31, 2008 at 8:28 PM

Wow Goldfarb is stupid dipsh*t.
McCain doesn’t need this kind of incompetence on the team.

Dave Rywall on October 31, 2008 at 8:12 PM

And speaking of stupid dipsh*ts, will you still be popping in to brighten our day after your man Obama gets his ass handed to him on Nov. 4, Dave?

Patrick S on October 31, 2008 at 8:28 PM

Yeah, what’s up with that freak? Is his life so empty and meaningless that he has to troll other countries political blogs?

Blake on October 31, 2008 at 8:26 PM

He’s a real San Francisco treat.

HornetSting on October 31, 2008 at 8:29 PM

I watched this other day in horror and disgust – at OUR side. Can you imagine a world in which any Republican associated with an outspoken racist nutcase and the Dems self-imposed a gag order? The gag order suggests that when black people are involved a lower standard of character assessment and intellectual honesty applies.

I can understand why, in a no-win media environment we’d want to steer clear of the issue, but must we so completely surrender?

Infidoll on October 31, 2008 at 8:40 PM

Sanchez is a pretentious shit who always wears a silly grin. He is offended that anyone dare attack Obama…or any other Dem for that matter.

Jamson64 on October 31, 2008 at 10:19 PM

Sanche is humn debris. I work about 2 blocks from the CNN building and someday I hope to un into him. I will leave the rest to your imagination.

bill30097 on October 31, 2008 at 11:54 PM

CALM DOWN GUYS. As a Pennsylvania resident, I have seen about 20 ads from goptrust specifically targeting Wright today alone. The 527s are running with Wright in the battlegrounds, just in time for the late deciders. I like this play.

battleoflepanto1571 on October 31, 2008 at 8:26 PM

Far out! My additional $700 at work. Yee-hah!!

Sapwolf on November 1, 2008 at 12:42 AM

Every known terrorist group has endorsed Democratic Senator Barack Obama for President. Farrakhan himself said, it’s a ‘New Beginning’ for Nation of Islam. I believe Obama is more receptive to their viewpoint than he is willing to say. As a result, Israel will be in great danger under an Obama administration. America will be too. If I had time I could lay out all the facts. When you go against Israel, you go against GOD. See Genesis 12:3 to understand why.

apacalyps on November 1, 2008 at 1:40 AM

I’ll see your blogger-in-chief (Goldfarb) and raise you one….Sam Graham-Felsen

Given the cast of characters, why hasn’t this guy shown up on the radar screens? One guy is an annomoly, two is a coincidence, 5-6 is a pattern, 10-15 is a pattern and practice, 20+ a conspiracy.

You scratch the surface and everyone around Obama is a leftist, marxist, agit prop or general douche bag

moxie_neanderthal on November 1, 2008 at 10:08 AM

Rick Sanchez is playing the “let’s be a shill for Obama” game very well. His superiors (and there are many) will be pleased. Who needs self respect anyway?

RobCon on November 1, 2008 at 2:11 PM

I don’t know what the interviewer’s problem is. Goldfarb answered the question — Ayers is anti-Israel.

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.1566/pub_detail.asp

Hammer on November 2, 2008 at 2:49 AM