When The “Context” Is Worse Than The “Smear”

What the heck – let’s make *everyone* angry.

Rep. Omar has been taking flak over a video in which she says:

“[the Council on American Islamic Relations] was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”

Now, the local media and the Associated Press leapt into action to tell the reader that the video is edited to show the remark out of context – which is great, and would be even better if they’d be as diligent on being honest about context on both sides of the aisle. And no, they are not. Only for Democrats.

But it’s true. Here’s the part that came before:

“For far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it”

The part the GOP oppo researchers clipped out basically makes the remark in the video just a little bit dishonest. Let’s be honest – Omar is not an articulate woman, and it’s easy to nitpick peoples’ statements after the fact. And for those of you who’ve never had to try to operate on a functional, much less professional, level in a language other than your native one, don’t get too cocky

And of course, the media *are* dishonest when they fail to give the same fact-checking diligence to similar smears against conservatives. They fact that they do not – nearly never – is itself proof of corrosive media bias.

But here’s the deal – Omar’s original, in-context statement is even worse than the part in the video.

Second class citizens? Please.

Name a country in the world in which Muslim immigrants have been treated *better*, and been able to more thoroughly integrate into society, than the US? Not “claiming asylum” and “getting benefits”, mind you – actually getting accepted in a society and prospering? In what country in the world, with or without a massive terrorist attack by their radical coreligionists, have they been *more* welcomed and, when they so choose, prospered and enjoyed the *real* benefits of our society *more* than in the US?

Because one can not “become” German or French or Swedish. You can immigrate. You can learn the language, send your kids to school, become a citizen, get a job maybe – but being a German or Dane or Pole or Italian is a matter of birth, language, shared history and ethnicity.

You CAN *become* American – and most Muslim immigrants to the US (Somali teething problems notwithstanding) have, and vastly more successfully than in Europe, which is why there are no “no go” Muslim neighborhoods in the US (and none can every be allowed to happen – for them or any other ethnic group).

What she *actually* said was more ungrateful, more disgusting, more un-American than what the video actually showed.

(This post is about Rep. Omar. Not Islam at large. The usual wave of taqqiyah-theory memes will be purged without comment. Don’t waste your energy. Stay on topic, or find someone else to yap at).

20 thoughts on “When The “Context” Is Worse Than The “Smear”

  1. The proof of values is in actions not words. There is a reason that every Jewish person in the Senate was elected by Democrats.

    There is a reason the last Jewish politician who was shot in the head, had previously been the target of Republican propaganda.

  2. So Emery, you obviously slipped the surly bond of rationality back when Sarah Palin was in the news!

  3. On the bright side Omar is starting to feel the pressure and doesn’t seem to be well equipped to handle it. This is all to the good. We want Omar and AOC to become the inescapable face of the Democrat party at least until Labor day of next year. Every Democrat contender for the nomination should have to continually answer for them and be forced to defend them. If they decide to throw them under the bus they lose their intersectionality cred and support from their base. If they chose to defend them they have to continue to run on the fringe left which loses them the crucial centrist/moderate votes.

  4. The difference between us and Europe is we ask, and frankly expect, you to assimilate. Look at all previous immigrant groups (going back to the 1800s) when were they most successful? When they dropped their culture and decided to become part of American society, they dont have anything close to that in Europe, and never will. Its literally in our DNA, a new land where you can get a fresh start and no one will judge you on what you did in your previous land. Only what you do its. Its why I love this country.

  5. From what I’ve read, this is also nothing new from Omar. What a pity that we don’t have an industry dedicated to “reporting” this kind of thing with printing presses, journalists, websites, and the like.

    Put more directly to Omar, she really isn’t entitled to have her neighbors appreciate everything she does just because she exists any more than I am. And if she hates the country that made sure she was fed, educated, protected from marauding gangs, and other things she wouldn’t have had back in her native Somalia….hey, don’t let the door hit ya where the Lord split ya, ma’am.

  6. Good morning kel: Omar and Trump are opposite sides of the same coin. They both make offensive and provocative statements and when they are called on it they both play the victim.

    Neither Omar or Trump will change their ways since they both love the media attention this draws and both play to their audience their base voters.

    Neither political party will do anything about these problem children for fear of loosing those who support them so the American public will continue to be subjected to their behavior.

  7. The GOP did everything it could to keep Trump from winning the nomination. Not so Ilhan Omar.
    I don’t think Omar is very smart. She says dumb, ignorant things (as does Trump). Trump managed to make money in real estate, and ran a reality-TV show. What has Omar done that would lead you to believe she was qualified to clerk a 7/11?

  8. The difference is Trump is from the old generation who genuinely like America, whereas Omar is from the new generation who actively despise it.

  9. Ilhan Omar comes from a country with an average IQ of 68 (that’s at the high end of the moron range) so you can’t expect much, besides if she wants to run a 7/11 she’ll have to develop a friendly attitude and an Indian accent.
    Hers was a very privileged family in Marxist Somalia and she carries that sense of entitlement with her, so naturally America has not lived up to her standards.

  10. It annoyed for a while that I couldn’t understand why I felt the point of the post is misdirected. I mean, I get/got the complaints about the what she said, w/ or w/o the context – and I agree with them. And I also understand the complaints about the media – totally agree. But it seems to me that Omar’s comments and especially the media’s reaction need to be seen in the context of political correctness. As propaganda. To shut you up.

    What she *actually* said was more ungrateful, more disgusting, more un-American than what the video actually showed.

    Well, yes, as Theo Dalrymple once wrote years ago:

    Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.

  11. jdm
    as I commented above “Hers was a very privileged family in Marxist Somalia…”
    So yes your Dalrymple quote is right on the money!
    Omar may not be terribly bright but she IS well trained in the family business.

  12. I noticed that Mac; it was very interesting. I think she’s quite articulate and I say that as someone who, in fact, had to try to operate on a functional, much less professional, level in a language other than your native one.

  13. A little off topic, but maybe not. We’ve all heard by now of the fire severely damaging Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Way too early to establish cause, of course. The ashes are still warm. I hope the Paris FD has excellent arson investigators. Still, it is nearly Easter. France hasn’t had an easy time with its immigrant population, many of whom enjoy torching cars for sport. Perhaps “some people” did something. Just saying.

  14. Golfdoc50 – I had the same thoughts as you. However, if that DID turn out to be true, between how scared of, and acquiescent to Islamists Western Europe is, and how against ANYTHING that disparages Muslims the US media is, we’ll likely not hear about it. If they can prove an accelerant was used and they have surveillance video of Muslims running from the scene shortly before the fire starts? That will be buried deeper than Davy Jones’ locker.

  15. If they managed to do this to a cathedral in Poland or Hungary? It would be headline news – at least in Polish or Hungarian newspapers. The US media would still ignore it.

  16. 9/11 was, in every way, as much a catastrophe as the 1942 Pearl Harbor attack. In fact, the Muzzies killed more Americans than the Japs did.

    Can you imagine a Japanese guy going on the radio on Dec 8th and saying “Well yeah, some people did some things yesterday, but let’s not fly off the handle.”

    Try listening to her remarks while watching this:

    9/11 means nothing to Omar, well, if anything it’s a source of pride. America’s best interests are clearly not hers.

    I’ve spoken about the arrogance and ungratefulness of Somali’s before. They really do believe we are lucky to have them here, and think we owe them. Personally, I will *always* hold a grudge for what they did to our servicemen who went to the miserable embodiment of 3rd world squalor they call home, to feed them.

    I can’t tell you how happy I am not to have to see a Somali these days.

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