The left immediately vilifies the Guardian’s new conservative columnist
posted at 3:57 pm on August 16, 2012 by Rob Bluey
It seems not a day goes by without some new episode of liberal intolerance. Today’s target is Josh Treviño, who was just appointed to The Guardian’s editorial team. Treviño’s crime? He’s a passionate defender of Israel.
Treviño, whose hire comes a few weeks after The Guardian added Glenn Greenwald, will write a column for the liberal publication. It’s a brilliant move for the popular news site. Treviño is an intelligent and insightful conservative who comes from the public policy world, having recently worked at think tanks in Texas and California.
Unfortunately, this news triggered an angry reaction from some individuals. Former Media Matters employee M.J. Rosenberg and blogger Ali Abunimah, co-founder of The Electronic Intifada, have attempted to smear Treviño for his support of Israel. Rosenberg wants the Guardian to fire Treviño before he even writes his first column.
PROTEST Guardian hiring of White Supremacist Josh Trevino. Email woman who hired him. firstname.lastname@example.org
— MJ Rosenberg (@MJayRosenberg) August 16, 2012
Rosenberg later added: “Trevino is every Jew’s nightmare.Protest to Guardian. Creepy white racist.”
What is fueling Rosenberg’s hatred? Seth Mandel of Commentary explains:
Treviño was among the vast majority of Americans to stand up for Israel’s right of self-defense against the “flotilla” movement seeking to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza. Since the first such flotilla included a terrorist-funded boat full of armed extremists who tried to kill Israeli soldiers, Treviño was on fairly solid ground here—and most Americans felt the same way.
You can agree or disagree with Israel’s blockade—which even the United Nations declared was legal—but Treviño held a majority opinion (at least in the United States) and has nothing to apologize for. The totalitarian-minded mob that wants Treviño blacklisted for expressing conservative views on politics and broadly mainstream views on Israel has been gaining steam on Twitter and other social media platforms.
This isn’t the first time we’ve witnessed these tactics from the left. The same thing played out when gay-rights advocates tried to smear University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus for his study on same-sex parenting. They did it again to the Boy Scouts. Big-city mayor threatened block Chick-fil-A restaurants.
So I’ll ask again, Why are liberals so intolerant?
Conservatives need to rally to Treviño’s defense. Let’s make sure The Guardian stands up for free speech and intelligent debate rather than reckless remarks like those of Rosenberg and his ilk.
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