By Diana West
Instead of writing a column opposing the nomination of Samantha Power to become U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, I appeared on a panel in Washington, D.C., to state the case. My co-panelists were some illustrious Americans, including organizer Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy, retired Army Lt. Col. Allen West, former U.N. Ambassador Jose Sorzano, retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, and Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America.
C-SPAN covered the news conference. So did Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, who wrote: “Their technique was straightforward: They would impugn the patriotism of the Irish-born nominee. … I asked the speakers whether they really believed that she was an enemy of the United States or whether they merely disagreed with her politics.”
Milbank’s technique was clear, too. He would use push-button terms to fry the mental circuits of the reader: How hateful conservatives are for impugning the patriotism of anyone they disagree with!
When Milbank did venture into substance, he misrepresented it. For example, regarding a statement Samantha Power made in 2002 — a horrendous time of Palestinian intifada terrorism against civilians in Israel — Milbank forgot to mention that besides calling for “billions” in U.S, aid for “a new state of Palestine,” Power also called for “a mammoth (U.S.) protection force” to protect Palestinians from Israelis.
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