Town Hall: Fake Anti-Semitism Flat Finds Trump Foes in New Low


Political blog has published a defense of Breitbart, and Breitbart contributor Matthew Tyrmand who was falsely accused of anti-Semitism in the Washington Post.

NEW YORK — How low will Donald J. Trump’s foes go to tear him down? Why not concoct a fake anti-Semitism flap?

Donald Trump is normalizing bigotry,” a Washington Post headline screamed Friday night. “His campaign manager’s website publishes an anti-Semitic screed.”

The unsigned editorial slams “a personal attack on the website Breitbart, whose executive chairman is Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman.” The editorial explained that “the piece was written by an obscure Polish American writer” and that it criticized Post columnist Anne Applebaum who is “as the item repeatedly and gratuitously pointed out — a woman of Jewish origin.”

Yes. “Repeatedly.” As in precisely twice.

The deeply offensive passages in this September 27 article about Polish politics and the result of a corruption scandal read as follows:

“This turn of events ended Applebaum’s dream of being Poland’s first Jewish-American first lady.”

“And hell hath no fury like a Polish, Jewish, American elitist scorned.”

That’s it: The full extent of the Semitism in this article – anti-, pro-, or otherwise. Nonetheless, the Post ominously warns:

“Expect more openly anti-Semitic rants at his [Bannon’s] website — and, if Mr. Trump is elected, in the United States at large.”

(Bannon is on a leave of absence while serving Trump.)

The Post’s vitriolic explosion follows Thursday’s burst of outrage fromMedia Matters:

“Breitbart Slammed for ‘Anti-Semitic Attack on Washington PostColumnist Anne Applebaum” read the headline on its piece about this controversy.”

Despite its needlessly heavy breathing, Media Matters’ coverage resembled the venerated Associated Press compared to the Washington Post’s “journalism.”

First, Media Matters identified the author of this Breitbart piece. (Post staffers, if you are taking notes, this is called “a byline.”) This “obscure Polish American writer” is named Matthew Tyrmand.

Second, Media Matters reported something rather important in this matter: Matthew Tyrmand “is Jewish.”

This seems to be a relevant fact in a story about alleged anti-Semitism. Perhaps the Postjust ran out of space and couldn’t squeeze that in.

More likely, the Post’s character assassins realized that including this indispensable datum would have turned their bullets into blanks.