First we saw it with Romney’s comments about the Olympics, now we’re seeing it with Romney’s comments comparing the state of Israel’s economy with that of the Palestinian-controlled territories: Speaking the truth is now politically incorrect and undiplomatic.
Romney’s quote via the Associated Press:
As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000 dollars, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality[.]
And yet, this is the AP’s headline: Romney outrages Palestinians by saying Jewish culture helps make Israel more successful
As if on cue and standing by, the Palestinians screamed RACISM:
The reaction of Palestinian leaders to Romney’s comments was swift and pointed.
“What is this man doing here?” said Saeb Erekat, a top Palestinian official. “Yesterday, he destroyed negotiations by saying Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and today he is saying Israeli culture is more advanced than Palestinian culture. Isn’t this racism?”
Let’s all pause now and thank Obama and his media minions for turning facts into racism.
Romney continued: “And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things,” Romney said, citing an innovative business climate, the Jewish history of thriving in difficult circumstances and the “hand of providence.”
And the AP continued [emphasis mine]:
Romney, in comparing the Israeli and Palestinian economies, made no mention of the fact that Israel has controlled the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem since capturing them in the 1967 war. Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, but continues to control access, and has enforced a crippling border blockade since the Islamic militant Hamas seized the territory in 2007.
And the AP made no mention of the fact that the Palestinians and the Arab countries who use them for PR purposes have targeted innocent Israeli citizens for a half-century now, making these controls necessary — which means the Palestinians are stewing in the juices of their own making and completely in control of their own fate.
The AP also made no mention of the fact that Israel controlling the borders did not destroy the Palestinian economy. It was Palestinian suicide bombers that made controlling the border necessary — proving once again that the Palestinians are sleeping in the bed they themselves made.
Knowing how desperate the media is to get Obama elected, what I sniff in the subtext of this AP piece is a jumping off point that will lead Democrats and Obama’s Media Palace Guards to start asking if Romney is some sort of closet anti-Semite.
Though everything Romney said was true and complimentary about Jewish and Israeli culture — that this is a remarkable people who have thrived economically and every other way under the most difficult of circumstances — it wouldn’t surprise me if the second part of this media narrative doesn’t attempt to twist what Romney said as promoting a Jewish stereotype that will go something like this…
Romney said Joooooz are good at making money!!!!
Obama’s in trouble, Romney’s trip to Israel was wildly successful, and this means the media must find something — anything! — with which to tear Romney down.
We all know that, when it comes to protecting Obama, the media is always eager and ready to scream bigot — eager and ready to turn facts and compliments and anything it can get its corrupt hands on into racism.
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