March 23, 2023

Ocasio-Cortez just went mega-viral by calling out the media’s selective outrage to help Republicans

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The increasingly stupid and absurd “controversy” over Ilhan Omar’s criticisms of the Israel lobby and the sway it holds over American politics reached a climax yesterday when the House held a performative vote to condemn all kinds of hatred, including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

But when faced with the prospect of having to take a stand against the primary animating force of their political party, House Republicans — who routinely traffic in Islamophobia, homophobia, anti-immigrant xenophobia and have literal white supremacists in their caucus — suddenly blanched and refused.

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Twenty-three Republicans, including caucus chair Liz Cheney (R-WY), voted against condemning bigotry. But curiously enough, the media did not immediately burst into howls of outrage and demands for contrition as they did for Ilhan Omar’s poorly phrased but accurate criticisms of the Israel lobby, illustrating the disgusting double standard that the mainstream media applies to open right-wing racists and to a Muslim-American leftist.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) leaped to her defense and fired off a scathing tweet calling out the hypocrisy of the mainstream media and all the pearl-clutching Defenders Of Judaism who suddenly had nothing to say when it was their own peers who were refusing to take a stand against anti-Semitism.

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Pretty telling that instead of spending any time at all discussing the fact that 23 U.S. Congressmen just declared themselves in favor of bigotry, the media has moved on and is obsessing over Meghan McCain having a meltdown and accusing Jewish cartoonists of anti-Semitism for making fun of her.

That should tell you all you need to know about the real motivation behind the week-long weeping and moaning over Omar’s fairly tame remarks.

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Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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