Why is it “news” that Hamas’s spokesman is pushing blood libels against Jews?

posted at 11:21 am on August 5, 2014 by Allahpundit

I thought about that last night after watching Wolf Blitzer interview Osama Hamdan. Blitzer, to his credit, pressed Hamdan on the blood libel he uttered recently in Arab media and supporters of Israel, to their credit, made sure that the clip was widely available on social media. (I featured Hamdan’s quote myself in last night’s QOTD.) Still, the frisson of shock on Twitter didn’t sit right with me. Why does it feel “newsy” that this guy would be drooling anti-semitic smears on camera? What did people expect? He works for farking Hamas. If you asked him “Who did 9/11?” or “Did the Holocaust happen?”, I’ve got a good idea of how he’d answer and we’d all be “shocked” by those answers too. But why? Who do we think we’re dealing with here?

Some people treating it as “newsy” are doing so for the benefit of others, of course. You know this is S.O.P. for Hamas and I know this is S.O.P. for Hamas but there are lots of ignorant, casual news consumers floating out there on the Internet. (If there weren’t, Vox wouldn’t exist.) Their opinions of Israel and Hamas may not be fully formed. By treating Hamdan’s blood libel as shocking, you’re nudging those people that they should find it shocking. Everyone with a strong opinion on either side is a conscript in the media war — and, per Gallup, Israel is winning, even on social media:

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Keep talking, Hamdan. The other reason there’s shock value to the comments, though, has less to do with Hamas than with the conventions of American cable news. When you turn on “The Situation Room,” you expect to see James Carville and Newt Gingrich bickering over tax rates or whatever; you don’t expect to see this guy, dressed in proper western business attire and seeming for all the world like any other talking head, babbling about whether Jews put Christian blood in their matzohs or not. It’s a bizarre simulacrum of a standard cable-news interview: The guest runs through his talking points, the host tries to score a point or two with a tough question, and, oh, by the way, do you believe that Jews eat babies? All I could think of while watching it was that old Onion cable-news spoof featuring a debate between a 9/11 Truther and a member of Al Qaeda. Blitzer’s not trying to mainstream this guy — I think — but by treating him, in the interest of “equal time,” as a spokesman/spin doctor like any other, that’s the effect. That’s why the blood libel feels extra shocking; mainstream commentators don’t believe such wretched things. And like it or not, this turd is mainstream now. Does that mean blood libels are too?



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Why this guy isn’t room temperature already amazes me.

VegasRick on August 5, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Face to face with such evil is too much, even for some Democrats.

rob verdi on August 5, 2014 at 11:25 AM

I disagree. This doesn’t mainstream libel it shows how looney these Nazis are. The answer to real hate speech is to let people hear it from the horse’s mouth and judge for themselves.

jerryofva on August 5, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Forced march of interlopers. Into the Sinai. Across the River Jordan.

Problem solved…

JohnGalt23 on August 5, 2014 at 11:32 AM

I wonder if Geraldos tattoo began to glow during the interview, like a dark mark.

MTF on August 5, 2014 at 11:32 AM

To hell with Hamas, period.

SC.Charlie on August 5, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Islam is nothing but a death cult. It doesn’t qualify for First Amendment protections and should be completely banned in America.

Meople on August 5, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Blood Libels are only wrong when racist teabaggerz like Sarah Palin use them. You wignutz need to learn your history!1! /sarc

fortcoins on August 5, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Why does it feel “newsy” that this guy would be drooling anti-semitic smears on camera? What did people expect? He works for farking Hamas.

What’s Geraldo’s excuse. He came out as an Anti-Semite yesterday. The must fun part was when he claimed he wasn’t and referenced his Star of David tattoo as a result. The irony being that tats are not cool as far as Judiasm is concerned.

Happy Nomad on August 5, 2014 at 11:35 AM

The Palisitinians are gypsy squatters that nobody wants, especially all the other Arab country’s.

newportmike on August 5, 2014 at 11:37 AM

It’s ridiculous. What normal human being would ingest Muslim filth?

BL@KBIRD on August 5, 2014 at 11:41 AM

The Southern Poverty Law Center just named Islam as a hate group./s

SC.Charlie on August 5, 2014 at 11:43 AM

but there are lots of ignorant, casual news consumers floating out there on the Internet. (If there weren’t, Vox wouldn’t exist.)

Zing!

Legitimizing this guy and his message is par for the course for mainstream media. They pick and choose “winners” and “losers” based on their bias. That they choose this guy to add to their trophy case is telling.

conservative pilgrim on August 5, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Well now we know what foolrepublica looks like.

HumpBot Salvation on August 5, 2014 at 11:43 AM

mainstream commentators don’t believe such wretched things. And like it or not, this turd is mainstream now. Does that mean blood libels are too?

I point you to a subsequent HA link to an FP article by the eminently estimable James Earl Carter calling on the US and Israel to recognize Hamas as a “legitimate political player”.
Timing is everything, baby…

jbspry on August 5, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Just a local story….

Bertram Cabot Jr. on August 5, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Hamas is evil.
Hamas is the Gaza-based branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Obama ♥ the Muslim Brotherhood.

albill on August 5, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Still, the frisson of shock on Twitter didn’t sit right with me. Why does it feel “newsy” that this guy would be drooling anti-semitic smears on camera?

I get the point, but here’s my question: Wouldn’t we conservatives get all exercised if this quote had been buried by the MSM. Isn’t this the very reason for the existence of sites like newsbusters, mediaite and others? Doesn’t the fact that these things are finally being reported out mean that we’re having an impact?

Sometimes it just seems you’re damned if you do and…well, you know the rest.

rogaineguy on August 5, 2014 at 11:54 AM

I point you to a subsequent HA link to an FP article by the eminently estimable James Earl Carter calling on the US and Israel to recognize Hamas as a “legitimate political player”.
Timing is everything, baby…

jbspry on August 5, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Yeah, Carter has SO much credibility in this area. He’s the guy who, when the 1979 Iranian revolution began, called the ayatollah and his thugs “freedom fighters.”

TarheelBen on August 5, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Why does it feel “newsy” that this guy would be drooling anti-semitic smears on camera?

CNN regularly has tools on camera, including many of their hosts, so no surprise here that they put this freak on.

TXUS on August 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Why does it feel “newsy” that this guy would be drooling anti-semitic smears on camera? What did people expect? He works for farking Hamas.

It is newsy simply because the MSM is reporting facts for a change.

F X Muldoon on August 5, 2014 at 12:03 PM

I think it’s “newsy” only because to this day most Americans still have no frickin clue what Islam is, which is literally a murder cult, and they’ve got every major politician in the US, and every journalist in the US, and every academic in the US constantly blatantly lying and assuring them that Islam is a religion of peace. So when they get a glimpse of what it really is, they’re surprised.

These news people are such freaking dopes. Has Wolf Blitzer ever bothered to read the Koran? Have any of these morons? Has George W Bush? Has anyone who keeps telling us this ‘religion of peace’ lie? Have you Ed? Yet they shoot their mouths off about it anyway. I know of no other subject on earth that people are this ready to comment on when they know full well they don’t know the first thing about it. ‘Religion of peace’ is taken as a given without any sort of research or basis in fact whatsoever.

WhatSlushfund on August 5, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Hey Tlaloc, swing on by so we can discuss my deepening disdain for arab life, m’kay?

Midas on August 5, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Now I wonder why they think this way…?

Palestinian Children Taught to Hate Jews

Seven Percent Solution on August 5, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Still, the frisson of shock on Twitter didn’t sit right with me. Why does it feel “newsy” that this guy would be drooling anti-semitic smears on camera? What did people expect? He works for farking Hamas. If you asked him “Who did 9/11?” or “Did the Holocaust happen?”, I’ve got a good idea of how he’d answer and we’d all be “shocked” by those answers too. But why? Who do we think we’re dealing with here?

What some people will find even more shocking than terrorist (really should be called Jihadists) who believe crazy stuff about Jews (and infidels in general), is that a majority of Muslims also hold these views. Notice I did not say ALL muslims, but yes a MAJORITY.

Hopefully one day even Republicans (forget Democrats they are hopeless) will be able to digest that fact and stop the Islamic democracy project nonsense.

William Eaton on August 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM

What about the lasagna guy? He said da joos scrap up the bits of blown up pali kids and make lasagna out of them.

Blake on August 5, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Boy, it’s been great having Obama as the most powerful person in the world, hasn’t it?

cynccook on August 5, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Those that choose not to understand the spiritual battle being waged will never understand what is truly going on. This does not surprise me at all.

dominigan on August 5, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Boy, it’s been great having Obama Valerie Jarrett as the most powerful person in the world, hasn’t it?

cynccook on August 5, 2014 at 12:14 PM

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Not much difference, I guess.

listens2glenn on August 5, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Glenn, Pat, and Stu had a barrel of laughs with this interview, during the first radio broadcast hour, this morning.

listens2glenn on August 5, 2014 at 12:33 PM

MEMRI:

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) explores the Middle East and South Asia through their media.

http://www.memri.org

This website uses media (lots of video) to show what the media in the ME is actually talking about, translating al-Anything television into rolling English subtitles. If you want to know what the Muslims in the ME are really saying, go here. Lord knows the LSM doesn’t use it much – but that’s how Wolfie got the translation he used.

DublOh7 on August 5, 2014 at 12:41 PM

It is shocking because we – in our wonderful atheist culture – refuse to believe that someone’s perverse view can still motivate. This man is a dark soul, full of evil.

tjmorrill on August 5, 2014 at 12:45 PM

For anyone else that didn’t know what the hell blood libel meant:

blood li·bel
noun
an accusation that Jewish people used the blood of Christians in religious rituals, especially in the preparation of Passover bread, that was perpetrated throughout the Middle Ages and (sporadically) until the early 20th century.

justltl on August 5, 2014 at 12:55 PM

(If there weren’t, Vox wouldn’t exist)

Yeah, baby. That’s zing of the month and it’s only the 5th!

locomotivebreath1901 on August 5, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Dang. Them Jews better not be puttin’ people blood in those Hebrew National hot dogs.
I love those things.

justltl on August 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM

It’s not news, Allah’, but it is GREAT comedy.

listens2glenn on August 5, 2014 at 1:10 PM

The Southern Poverty Law Center just named Islam as a hate group./s

SC.Charlie on August 5, 2014 at 11:43 AM

As a RIGHT-wing hate group. Right alongside Malik Zulu Shabazz of the New Black Panther Party.

Resist We Much on August 5, 2014 at 1:11 PM

CNN has been desperate for better ratings. They’ll show just about anybody to draw an audience no matter how bizzare and delusional they are.

Cherokee on August 5, 2014 at 1:29 PM

I find it strange that so many will stand around exhibiting rapt attention to a Village Idiot mumbling.

Missilengr on August 5, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Israel MK Moshe Feiglin is scheduled to be interviewed on CNN this evening at 7:30PM ET and will most likely respond to the Blitzer clip.

Shy Guy on August 5, 2014 at 2:26 PM

CNN has their top people on the job!

CNN Reporter Bit 2 EMTs While in Drunken Rage

slickwillie2001 on August 5, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Dang. Them Jews better not be puttin’ people blood in those Hebrew National hot dogs.
I love those things.

justltl on August 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Tastes like chicken. :)

Shy Guy on August 5, 2014 at 2:30 PM

I find it strange that so many will stand around exhibiting rapt attention to a Village Idiot mumbling.

Missilengr on August 5, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Well we kind of have to. He’s the President, after all.

SD on August 5, 2014 at 2:48 PM

For you (a specialist blogger) and for me (an Israeli) it’s all self-evident. But for Johnny Smith from Kansas or whatever it’s not self-evident at all. He recalls just headlines and buzzwords, and those include “apartheid”, “1800 dead, mostly women and children”, “occupation”, etc. etc.

Unless someone is an entrenched ideologue, the above can be the ONLY reason why any random person would not be 1000% behind Israel, at least on this latest Gaza war.

So yes, it *is* news-worthy to the wider audience. They’re used to people like this to exist only in caricature, but when they see them incriminate themselves with their own poison they start realizing what’s what.

AlexB on August 5, 2014 at 7:33 PM