The Facebook post directed to a publication that screamed, “Report: Chief Dem Staffer Says Office Doesn’t Care About Anti-Semitism.”
The poster had claimed that not one of the Democratic Party candidates for President had condemned anti-Semitism within the party.
That might be so — and here the modern propaganda challenge weighs in: how much TIME has one to check the assertion?
And how cogent is the issue, really?
And can anything be done about it?
Always check the dateline, sez I!
January 19, 2018 – and fairly balanced by journalist Aaron Bandler, who at least sought to verify the alleged quote by an “unidentified staffer” (to Sen Patty Murray, D-WA) that began this way: “We don’t care about anti-Semitism in this office. We care about transgenders, we care about blacks. We care about Hispanics, we care about lesbians . . . .” Bandler checked, and Murray’s office disputed the accusation, suggesting, at the least, that a responsible Democratic senator would not endorse such a claims if it had been made!
Before coffee, right?
“Not one Democratic Party candidate condemns anti-Semitism within the Party!”
And there’s the proof of an article right there — expect it dates back more than year, so it had to be dredge from that past, and then it doesn’t really pan out, but, hey, the damage, presumably, would have been done.
Who else (but yours truly) would take a second look?
Instead, heads will nod!
This answered the “What is to be done” part of the puzzle earlier this morning.
Editor here — and Indie Influencer, perhaps — chose to tweet Seema Nanda, CEO of the Democratic Party with this:
Another “Seema Nanda” is a mathematician, and I tweeted in a hurry.
A mistake was made, and I will apologize here for my confusion — and what might have been a stunning opener but may be still no less true for being a little less custom than supposed. So let it fly — the American Democratic Party will have to grapple with devious Republican agitprop — near disinformation and innuendo — as the opining season heats up many fold for the November contest.
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