Wartime conservatives are often funny — and by that I mean crazy — people. Human Events publisher Will Chamberlain is no exception, in fact, he may be one of the greatest examples.
While “wartime conservatives,” “MAGA Chuds,” or whatever you want to call them tend to pretend to not just be standard Republicans, that’s them lying. They tend to just support whatever it is Trump does regardless of what mental gymnastics they must do.
Maybe some of them were smart enough to not blindly follow whatever Bush said back in the 2000s (although most of them were 5 at the time), many of them who followed politics just believed whatever Pat Buchanan told them, which I guess is slightly better.
Chamberlain’s latest article “Israel Bars Entry To Ilhan Omar And Rashida Tlaib. Rightfully So,” is a good example of just how bad of a journalist Chamberlain is.
The Part Where I Explain Why He’s A Hack
They say there are two kinds of lies, lies by omission and lies by commission. A lie by commission is the classic lie, the one where you say something you know it’s false. A lie by omission is a little bit harder to prove. Basically, it’s when you leave out information on purpose to better fit your narrative. This is the kind of lie Chamberlain tends to use.
Take this part in the article where he talks about Omar’s history:
While a state representative, Omar sought clemency for nine Somali-American men who had been convicted of trying to provide assistance to ISIS. Prior to being a state representative, she accused Israel of “hypnotizing” the world, playing on a classic anti-semitic trope. And most recently, she impugned the integrity of Republican members of Congress by leveraging another anti-semitic trope, suggesting that their support of Israel was “all about the Benjamins.”
There are three lies by omission in this statement. I’ll go through them all real quick.
Lie #1: The letter
This is a point made time and time again against Omar. However, none of them can actually tell you what the letter says outside of the vague “she defended some people from ISIS.”
The article Will links to says the following:
The defense has pushed Judge Davis for lighter sentences, saying the young, immigrant men were caught between two worlds — the United States and pride in their Somali heritage. The defense argued the young men were lured by propaganda on the internet that suggested that a “true Muslim” should be in Syria saving other Muslims who are being killed and trying to restore the Caliphate.
She condemned there actions however said they simply fell for propaganda — which is not illegal. You could even say they were hypnotized.
Of the nine men she defended, not a single one even joined ISIS. For that matter, none of them had done anything violent.
Will lied when he said they were convicted for “providing assistance,” as that phrase never appears once in the article. We can argue if what they did should still be illegal, however, I at least expect Will to know what they did.
Lie #2: That “Hypnotized The World” Tweet
I should open by stating that Will did not link to the tweet itself. I don’t blame him for this, because he couldn’t. Why not? Because it seems Ilhan Omar deleted the Tweet, maybe because she realized the phrasing was poor.
Here’s a screenshot of the Tweet in full:
Will leaves out the three hashtags, or what she is referring to. Omar later clarified this, by the way:
“So, I remember when that was happening watching tv and really feeling as if no other life was being impacted in this war. And that really — those unfortunate words were the only words I could think about expressing at that moment,” Omar responded. “And what is really important to me is that people recognize that there is a difference between criticizing a military action by a government that has exercised really oppressive policies and being offensive or attacking to particular people of faith.”
She was talking specially about the actions the Israel government was doing at that moment. And Will knows this. You know how I know this? Because he links to a Times of Israel article that says the following:
The tweet, which said that “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel,” came in reaction to Israel’s November 2012 operation against Hamas in Gaza.
Two days before she sent that Tweet, Israel had killed the military commander of Hamas — through a drone strike. Palestine is pretty small place, so it’s almost certain they killed innocents along with them. Especially considering earlier that year a drone strike in Egypt killed someone who was no threat to them.
Lie #3: That One Tweet About What It Is All About
For this, Will links an article from NPR, which says the following:
In February, Omar responded to a tweet from journalist Glenn Greenwald, who posted about House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatening to punish Omar and another congresswoman for being critical of Israel.
Omar wrote back, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” a line about $100 bills from a Puff Daddy song. Critics jumped on the tweet and said Omar was calling up a negative and harmful stereotype of Jewish Americans.
Sounds pretty damning? Well, Will leaves out the statement Omar made found slightly below this part of the article:
She was talking about the American-Israel lobbing group AIPAC. Which, as I’ve pointed out time and time again, had “America’s Pro-Israel Lobby,” as its twitter bio at that time:
Again, if she were to have said it was any other lobby in America, no one would have cared. But she went after the one lobby no one can dare speak up against. You know, maybe that’s why people believe extreme things like the Jews control the entire world.
The Part Where I Explain Why He’s A Hypocrite
Here’s a question: If Omar had said that Israel should be broken up with anti-trust legislation, would Will be against this?
If Will wants to concern troll about her using certain tropes or something, I guess that’s fine. However, I at least expect you to live up to what you say.
Will has a Twitter, which in fine most famous media figures do.Here is what Will has said about Twitter:
The most irritating habit of pro-big-tech-censorship commentators is their belief that a statement about the current state of the law is a slayer argument in a debate about what the law should be-6/19/2019
NR is supposed to be the flagship magazine for conservatives. It’s been wrong on everything for four years running. it’s been completely AWOL on social media censorship (when it hasn’t been cheering it on). Newsflash: de-platforming crushes livelihoods too!-6/5/2019
So Twitter should ban him, right? Well, he actually thinks such a thing should be illegal:
Conservatives should focus on passing legislation — at BOTH the state and federal levels — that protects all citizens’ access to large social media platforms on civil rights grounds. Access should be forfeitable only if one engages in unlawful speech on a platform.
Personally, I think Twitter should build a wall to keep him out — that sounded better in my head.
If Omar should not be allowed in Israel because she hates it, Will should not be on Twitter. It is that simple. Until Will deletes his own Twitter, I will take anything he says as simply apologetics for Trump and Israel.