Liberal Attempting to Smear Conservative Panel for Supposed ‘Ugly’ Islamophobia Undone by Video of Event
The video above has embarrassed and humiliated Dana Milbank for his malicious smearing of conservatives in a column meant to portray a genial interaction as “ugly” and Islamophobic. Unfortunately for him, the video showed an interaction that was much less “ugly” than he characterized.
He was roundly satirized and mocked for it on the Twitters:
If you're taking Dana Milbank seriously, you're doing it wrong.
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) June 17, 2014
I sat directly across from Milbank & Needham at this event. Needham did not look "angry" as @Milbank reported http://t.co/GTGEVC4Fcz
— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) June 18, 2014
The sad thing is that @milbank thinks this woman is so helpless that she needs him to make things up on her behalf. Such a powerful drug.
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) June 18, 2014
Milbank: “THIS WAS A RACIST ASSAULT ON A MUSLIM WOMAN!” Everyone Else: “No it wasn’t at all. Here’s the video.” @Milbank: ¯_(ツ)_/¯
— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) June 17, 2014
Even left-leaning Politico couldn’t ignore the outrageous bias:
Wow. Now that we have video http://t.co/q5vSyHmpYl I feel like @Milbank totally misrepresented the panel: http://t.co/uOc4NTCJXi
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) June 17, 2014
And they reported it as “Dana Milbank’s Heritage Disaster”:
Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank set off a flurry of outraged tweets on Monday night after posting a highly critical recap of a panel event at The Heritage Foundation that, he says, “deteriorated into the ugly taunting of a woman in the room who wore an Islamic head covering.”
Video of that panel has since surfaced and — in my view — Milbank grossly misrepresented the nature of that exchange.
The woman in question, Saba Ahmed, an American University law student, does not seem to have been “taunted.” Both panelists who responded to her accepted the premise of her question entirely. One of them — Brigitte Gabriel, the founder and CEO of ACT! for America — strongly rebutted Ahmed’s concerns, but never dismissed her right to ask the question.
As I noted on Twitter, one of the “wild accusations” that Milbank says those crazy islamophobe conservatives keep throwing around is actually from a well known report in the New York Times – but he’s much too slimy to be intellectually honest about that fact.
Nice try, Milbank. Next time make sure there aren’t cameras around when you mislead your sheep-like dim-witted readers. And there WILL be a next time, because he faces no professional consequences for his mendacity, just like the rest of the liberal media. Meanwhile, conservative George Will’s column was cancelled from one newspaper for “inaccuracies” that the editor later admitted didn’t exist. That’s your modern day unbiased media, folks.
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