DWS Attacks Washington Examiner for ‘deliberately’ misquoting her, Omits Her Misquoting of LA Times
posted at 7:33 am on September 5, 2012 by Matt Vespa
DNC chair Debbie Wassermann Schultz attacked the Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein during Fox News’ Tuesday night coverage of the Democratic Convention concerning Klein’s September 4 column – where he wrote that Schultz had allegedly quoted Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren saying he thought the GOP’s criticism of Obama’s record would be detrimental to Israel’s security.. According to Klein, she made these irresponsible remarks during a training session for Jewish Democrats – where she concluded by saying “We know, and I’ve heard no less than Ambassador Michael Oren say this, that what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel.”
Klein also wrote that:
Wasserman Schultz went on to elaborate that Republicans were ‘undermining Israel’s security by suggesting that the United States and Israel don’t have anything other than a unique and close and special relationship. It undermines Israel’s security to its neighbors in the Arab world and to its enemies. And we need to make sure that the fact that there has never been and will never be daylight between the two parties or the support for Israel that we have in the United States, that that is conveyed to Jewish Americans across this country. That’s our responsibility. It’s the responsibility we’re asking all of you to take on.”
The Israeli Embassy responded to the Examiner.
The Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. has released a statement ‘categorically’ denying Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s claim that he accused Republicans of being ‘dangerous for Israel’…Ambassador Michael Oren…[said] ‘I categorically deny that I ever characterized Republican policies as harmful to Israel,’ the statement reads. ‘Bipartisan support is a paramount national interest for Israel, and we have great friends on both sides of the aisle.’
However, during her interview with Fox’s Shephard Smith last night, she claimed she was misquoted.
‘I didn’t say he said that,’ Wasserman Schultz insisted. ‘And unfortunately, that comment was reported by a conservative newspaper. It’s not surprising they would deliberately misquote me. What I always say is that unfortunately the Republicans have made Israel a political football, which is dangerous for Israel. And Ambassador Oren has said that we can’t ever suggest that there is any daylight between the two parties on Israel because there isn’t. And that that’s harmful to Israel. That’s what I said, and that is accurate.’
Some should tell Wasserman Schultz that her original statement is on Youtube. Klein appropriately embeded the video in his response post later that evening.
This isn’t the first time DWS has lied about misquoting. To turn the tables, it was she that misquoted the LA Times in a fundraising email linking Republican nominee Mitt Romney to embattled Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin over his ignorant remarks about “legitimate rape” and pregnancy. When pressed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper to answer for the inaccuracy in that email, she said “it doesn’t matter.” So, DWS can misquote news publications because she’s a Democrat.
The story was reported on by Jason Howerton of The Blaze on August 24 who wrote:
Schultz also criticizes Romney and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in the email for ‘saying they don’t entirely agree with that plank.’ [Anderson] Cooper then addressed the LA Times quote that Schultz used to make her point, which he says she’ ‘misquoted’ From the email:
‘…but guess what? The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that the platform was, and I quote, ‘written at the direction of Romney’s campaign.’
Those exact words did actually appear in the LA Times, Cooper explained, but Schultz took them ‘completely out of context.’ Now, here is the entire paragraph that was printed in the Times earlier this week:
There is no doubt about who is in charge, of course. Delegates for presumptive nominee Mitt Romney are voting down substantive changes to the platform language that was written at the direction of Romney’s campaign. The biggest question is whether the tone remains polite, as it was at the outset of two days of deliberations, or whether dissenters spoil the image of harmony that the Romney campaign is working hard to produce.
I don’t see where Akin comes into picture.
The sad fact about both these incidents is that it exposes DWS as an abysmal artist in political hackery. During that tense interview, Cooper said to DWS “but just as you don’t like being misquoted, I don’t like being misquoted, I‘m sure the LA Times doesn’t like being misquoted to back up your political position.” It appears that Schultz is getting a taste of her own medicine.