Yesterday we started acquainting ourselves with the work of Babyface Ben Norton, whose career as a pundit started three years ago but who’s already compiled a copious oeuvre. Much of it, as we’ve seen, consists of savage criticism of the U.S. and enthusiastic cheerleading for socialism.
Even more intense than Norton’s hatred for America is his animus toward Israel. In his articles for Salon and other outlets, young Ben has routinely repeated familiar anti-Israeli canards, echoed the propaganda of such vile groups as CODEPINK and Adalah and Jewish Voice for Peace, given ample and super-friendly coverage to the BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) movement, accused Israel of war crimes (while ignoring Palestinian atrocities), described Israeli teenagers as “violently racist,” promoted the idea that Israeli Muslims live under an apartheid system, and accused Israel of torturing and raping Palestinian children.
This past March, he gave Bernie Sanders a thumbs-up for heeding a call by Max Blumenthal and Roger Waters to skip the pro-Israel AIPAC conference. When Steven Van Zandt, the Springsteen guitarist and Sopranos actor, criticized supporters of the BDS movement as “politically ignorant obnoxious idiots,” noting that “Israel is one of our two friends in the Middle East,” Norton strung together the nastiest anti-Van Zandt tweets he could find into an article for Salon.
As much as he despises Israel, Norton loves Islam – and is quick to skewer any critic of it as a bigot and racist. He routinely cites the ridiculous “hate crime” statistics put out by the Council on American Islamic Relations, the Muslim Brotherhood front group that he invariably identifies as a “civil rights organization.” While “reporting” on allegedly far-right and neo-Nazi violence against Muslims in Europe, Norton has steadfastly ignored the far more prevalent problems of jihadist terrorism and other acts of Islamic brutality on that continent.
The only exceptions to this habit of silence about European jihad have been articles like “Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Have Tripled in the U.S. since the Paris Attacks,” which mention acts of jihad only to focus on the supposed anti-Muslim backlash, and (even worse) articles like “After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves,” in which he sought to shift attention from anti-Western jihad to the killing of fellow Muslims by ISIS, the Saudis, and others. (In the latter article, while neglecting to say a word in sympathy with the victims and their loved ones, Norton fretted that too much preoccupation with the Paris massacre would only benefit right-wingers like Marine Le Pen.)
Similarly, while keeping mum about the terrorist attacks in such U.S. locations as Boston, San Bernardino, and Orlando, Nelson managed, back in May, to find a case of a white American woman who had purportedly assaulted a hijab-clad woman outside a Washington, D.C., coffee shop. Norton got a whole Salon article out of this incident.
Still more tomorrow.
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Thank you for this. So tired of of the never ending circle jerk
Hope some day islamo-fashists will harm his family….KARMA
I presume a Muslim nation would grant Norton full citizenship, as he would make a great propaganda agent. However, people like young, little Norton enjoy too many of the freedoms that America gives him, such as lounging on his computer all day writing articles that fail to cite a single source. Of course, Salon is fine with that, why would it want legitimate reporting, as that requires more work than gossip and smear-the lowest of thinking. Yes, the Norton’s of the world thank America for his freedom by taking a big dump in our face each day.
Good point. I hadn’t thugoht about it quite that way. 🙂
A reacÃ§Ã£o do partido e apaniguados Ã© completamente compreensÃvel:Se este indivÃduo for de vela, perdem tachos e regalias e negÃ³cios.Isso justifica todas as indignidades para quem nÃ£o tem nenhuma.O caso de Freitas do Amaral que apareceu a caucionar o curso do indivÃduo Ã© a prova notÃ³ria.
Hejsan! kan du inte gÃ¶ra ett inlÃ¤gg om alla i din familj? skulle vara jÃ¤tte kul att veta, man vet ju om din syster men vad hÃ¥ller alla andra pÃ¥ med?
Eu nÃ£o duvido mesmo.O Serra volta pro governo Estadual e o Alckmin tenta a presidÃªncia. Vamos torcer para a Arena ter um candidato prÃ³prio jÃ¡ em 2014.Se isso nÃ£o acontecer, vou ir trabalhando para divulgar a Arena por aÃ.