Scanning through all of the mainstream media news coverage as we tend to do here at Daily Surge, it’s becoming harder and harder to find voices willing to defend Israel. And when we hear those rare declarations of support, there tends to be conditions placed on them. That’s why it was rather disappointing to see Jake Tapper of CNN fall right in line with most of the other news stooges.
Look, I generally like Tapper. He seems like an upstanding, fun dude. And for the most part, he’s been pretty fair, even back in his ABC News days. But unfortunately, there is no “fair” to both sides when you’re talking about Israel and Hamas. You either support what Israel is doing to defend itself, or you don’t. In this case, Jake Tapper has it all wrong.
The CNN host interviewed Benjamin Netanyahu spokesman Mark Regev on Tuesday’s The Lead With Jake Tapper, and you could tell right away from the nature of the questions that the tone was off. Tapper grilled the spokesman about a supposed “unilateral cease-fire” that Obama has called on Bibi to institute. When Regev couldn’t confirm or deny that report, Tapper proceeded to badger him for not answering his questions. He then went on to draw attention to 200 children who sadly died as collateral damage, and asked Regev when the Israeli government will finally say “enough, we’re killing too many innocent children.”
Then came the real kicker. Tapper said to the spokesman, “I think the question is, is what Israel’s doing, A, is it commensurate with the attacks coming at Israel, and B, is it actually going to be good for Israel in the long run?”
If you’ve been watching a lot of cable news lately, the latter part of that question will be nothing new to you. “Is it actually going to be good for Israel in the long run?” has become a more socially acceptable form of anti-Israel sentiment, in which the critic asking the question attempts to absolve him or herself of journalistic bias by disguising it as genuine concern for Israel’s image in the world. News flash to Jake Tapper and everyone else utilizing this tactic: Prime Minister Netanyahu doesn’t give one lick about your international PR advice.
Luckily, Regev answered Tapper’s faux concern in the best way possible. If Israel were to “give the terrorists immunity” when they fire rockets into their country, “they have found the winning way to win the war against the democracies,” he explained. “Is that good for America? Is that good for Canada? Is that good for any democracy if terrorists finally found that winning combination?”
“We’re about to lose the satellite,” responded Tapper as he wrapped the segment. Saved by the bell. An apt analogy, being that he just got completely schooled.
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