“A recently released transcript shows just how biased the New York Times really is and how little they want to do to fix it”

THE FEDERALIST
The New York Times Is Clueless About Conservatives
by David Marcus
August 16, 2019

This week, Slate released a transcript of a meeting held by New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet and his staff. The meeting was apparently called because of reaction to a headline about Donald Trump’s speech in the wake of the El Paso shooting. But much of the meeting was concerned with something else: when and how the paper of record should use the term “racist.” Before getting to that subject specifically, though, a few general thoughts about the meeting. As a conservative, what leaps off the page is the fact that the staffers actually seem to think the paper skews right, and they want it to skew more progressive. READ MORE

SLATE The New York Times Unites vs. Twitter In a transcript of the newspaper’s crisis town-hall meeting, executive editor Dean Baquet grapples with a restive staff and outside scrutiny…Dean Baquet: “It got trickier after [inaudible] … went from being a story about whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia and obstruction of justice to being a more head-on story about the president’s character. We built our newsroom to cover one story [Trump and Russian collusion], and we did it truly well. Now we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story [i.e. from Trump-Russia to Trump-is-a-racist]”

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Democrats Engel and Lowey “said to be taking part in effort to act against” Ambassadors Dermer and Friedman. AIPAC piles on with other mainstream Jewish orgs criticizing Israel’s actions

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
House Democrats will retaliate after Israel block of Tlaib and Omar: Report
by Ellie Bufkin
August 17, 2019

Reports on Saturday indicated that House Democrats could be interested in pursuing retaliation against Israel’s decision to block Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country. Senior congressional Democrats are said to be considering legislative action against Israel’s ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer and David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel. Sources told McClatchy that close to 12 Democratic lawmakers are considering action against Dermer and Friedman for their roles in blocking the congresswomen from traveling to Israel. READ MORE

JTA AIPAC and other Jewish groups join prominent lawmakers in criticizing Israel’s decision to ban Tlaib and Omar AIPAC’s statement, along with others from establishment Jewish groups, criticized Omar and Tlaib’s support for the movement to boycott Israel. But like others who have their differences with the two House reps, AIPAC said that Israel should nonetheless allow sitting members of the United States Congress to enter the country and see it for themselves…Here are reactions from other Jewish groups…

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Chicago’s Rabbi Vernon Kurtz recently toured an advanced catheterization lab at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem, unaware that weeks later he’d be their patient

TIMES OF ISRAEL
A Bump in the Road
by Rabbi Vernon Kurtz
August 25, 2019

A rather startling thing happened to me on my way to write a blog of our visit with our grandchildren to Mt. Herzl during Herzl week (I’ll write that another time.) I had a heart attack. Sunday morning, July 28, I came home after attending morning minyan and told my wife, Bryna, that I had some pains in my chest and right arm. We called our Kupat Holim provider, Maccabi, who told us to get right over there. Fortunately, the office was two minutes from my home in Jerusalem and I was there in no time. My doctor, a nurse and a room was immediately set aside for me. READ MORE

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Israel changed their position on admitting Omar and Tlaib once they saw their itinerary. And it had nothing to do with Trump

THE LID
The REAL Reasons Israel Barred Reps Omar And Tlaib (It Wasn’t Trump)
by Jeff Dunetz
August 15, 2019

The change in the Israeli position was caused by the Omar/Tlaib itinerary once they came into the country.  Per the Israeli press, it’s become clear in recent days that the entire visit schedule would be devoted only to the Palestinian Authority and only to East Jerusalem and was intended to provoke provocation and, among other things, to try to advance the BDS agenda of the two. Per Israel’s Labor Minister, the visitation plan they prepared was entirely aimed at provocation and incitement against the State of Israel, and not to study the State of Israel’s activities. READ MORE

NATIONAL REVIEW Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Partnered with Vicious Anti-Semites to Plan Their Trip to Israel Writing yesterday, the Washington Post said that “Omar and Tlaib’s trip to Jerusalem and the West Bank was planned by Miftah, a nonprofit organization headed by Palestinian lawmaker and longtime peace negotiator Hanan Ashrawi.”…This is a whitewash. Thanks to a Twitter thread from the Washington Examiner’s Seth Mandel — who pointed to multiple additional sources — I started looking at the articles and views published on the Miftah website, and it was like peeling an onion of evil. There was layer upon layer of vile anti-Semitism.

Brooke Goldstein: “Banning Tlaib & Omar from Israel is what I call a NO BRAINER”

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Bill Maher Rants Against Boycott Israel Campaign: ‘BDS Is a Bullsh*t Purity Test’ for Democrats

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Omar and Tlaib barred from Israel visit designed to promote BDS; “Not even we believe people are entitled to visit simply because they demand it”

THE FEDERALIST
Israel Has Every Right To Block Rashida Tlaib And Ilhan Omar
by David Harsanyi
August 15, 2019

Israeli officials have decided to block U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering their country, a reversal of policy that President Donald Trump seems to have prompted. Should Israel have taken the high road and given two enemies of Israel visas for this propaganda visit? Probably. It usually does. Allowing foes to enter the country reflects the strong liberal values that make Israel a special place in Middle East. However, the idea that impeding two anti-Semites and Hamas apologists from entering Israel is an attack on democracy, or the United States, or that such a move is accelerating the corrosion of the Democratic Party’s support for Israel, is absurd. READ MORE

TOWN HALL Don’t Be Fooled, Omar and Tlaib Maliciously Set Up Israel Ban On July 17, 2019, Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar introduced a pro-BDS movement resolution on Capitol Hill. Her colleague, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, co-sponsored the resolution and compared the Israeli treatment of Palestinians to how the Nazis treated European Jews during World War II. She made the horrific and false accusation during a speech on the House floor. One day later, Omar and Tlaib announced they were planning a trip to Israel. Coincidence? Hardly. The order and timing of events here is crucial and proves their goading of Israeli officials was a set up from the beginning.

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If last week’s mass shooter in Philadelphia was a white supremacist the media would focus on this; instead, Mr Hill attended an extremist mosque known for “anti-police bigotry.” Not so interesting.

CLARION PROJECT
Philadelphia Shooter Attended Radical Mosque
by Ryan Mauro
August 16, 2019

Maurice Hill, the criminal who wounded six police officers in a shootout in Philadelphia and was arrested after a seven-hour standoff, attended a radical mosque. The mosque, called Masjid Ahlil Hadith Wal Athar, is known for preaching the Islamist ideology promoted by Saudi Arabia referred to as “Wahhabism.” Clarion Intelligence Network has been aware through its sources that the area where the shootings took place is known for trafficking in guns, drugs and counterfeit items. This criminal market has a strong Islamist element that includes extremist gangs. READ MORE

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