The New York Times Lies About Donald Trump's Anti-Semitism Executive Order and Digs In When Called Out On It

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I didn’t begin 2015 as a Trump fan or supporter or defender. I certainly had not made that leap by November 2016. But one of the things that nudged me in that direction was the bone-deep dishonesty and blinding stupidity of the people who opposed him. There was, and is, literally no lie these people will not tell about President Trump and his administration. And, to make matters worse, there is no penalty for doing what they do but there are rewards. For instance, in a sane society, Bill Kristol and Jim Swift would be sharing a refrigerator under a freeway overpass somewhere. Instead, because the lies they tell are valuable to the left, they are being bankrolled by a billionaire progressive for the sole purpose of electing a Democrat in 2020. But the hostility is not limited to the punditry.

Reporters who ostensibly write “real news” are just as much a part of the anti-Trump crowd as any slobbering leftist at the Bulwark. Yesterday I highlighted some of the notable names who deliberately lied to the public about the Carter Page FISA warrants (READ: Look at All the Media Figures Who Lied to Us About the Carter Page FISA Warrants and the Steele Dossier). But the reflexively anti-Trump bias is not limited to the Russia Hoax. It is pervasive.

There is no doubt that there has been an upward trend in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States. Most have been instances of vandalism, but there have been a troubling increase, beginning in 2013, of physical attacks on American Jews.

While the left tries to blame this 6 year steady increase in anti-Semitic violence upon both members of the “alt-right,” the geography of the attacks speaks for itself. The overwhelming majority of the assaults are either on college campuses (which are not conservative hotbeds) or in Democrat run large cities (which are not, as Jussie Smollett termed Chicago, “MAGA Country”). This is not to absolve anyone of responsibility but merely to point out that the American left and the Democrat party are baking in anti-Semitism in precisely the same way that Britain’s Labor Party and most of Europe’s left have.

Yesterday, President Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to consider prosecuting anti-Semitic violence under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, where appropriate. This is what the order says:

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), 42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq., prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance. While Title VI does not cover discrimination based on religion, individuals who face discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin do not lose protection under Title VI for also being a member of a group that shares common religious practices. Discrimination against Jews may give rise to a Title VI violation when the discrimination is based on an individual’s race, color, or national origin.

Read the whole Executive Order

This is how the New York Times tweeted out the story by two of their most hardcore TDS-suffering reporters, Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman:

From that story:

The order will effectively interpret Judaism as a race or nationality, not just a religion, to prompt a federal law penalizing colleges and universities deemed to be shirking their responsibility to foster an open climate for minority students. In recent years, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions — or B.D.S. — movement against Israel has roiled some campuses, leaving some Jewish students feeling unwelcome or attacked.

The order to be signed by Mr. Trump would empower the Education Department in such actions. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the department can withhold funding from any college or educational program that discriminates “on the ground of race, color, or national origin.” Religion was not included among the protected categories, so Mr. Trump’s order will have the effect of embracing an argument that Jews are a people or a race with a collective national origin in the Middle East, like Italian Americans or Polish Americans.

Predictably, Twitter became more batsh** crazy than usual

This is nothing but dumbf***ery by the New York Times driving even more and better dumbf***ery on social media.

First of all, the Executive Order does not affect the ability of the hirsute and patchouli-scented little anti-Semites who infest our more elite college campuses to support Palestinian terrorism, and it won’t stop Jimmy Carter from calling Israel and apartheid state, and rando anti-Semites can rant and rave about Jewish money and Jewish power to their hearts’s content, and you can even read publicly from your personal copy of Mein Kampf or the Protocols of the Elders of Zion without fear of arrest. From the Executive Order:

In considering the materials described in subsections (a)(i) and (a)(ii) of this section, agencies shall not diminish or infringe upon any right protected under Federal law or under the First Amendment.

The order does NOT declare Jews to be a separate nationality. It merely codifies existing federal policy. For instance, this is a “Dear Colleague” letter sent out by the Obama Department of Education:

While Title VI does not cover discrimination based solely on religion, groups that face discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived shared ancestry or ethnic characteristics may not be denied protection under Title VI on the ground that they also share a common faith. These principles apply not just to Jewish students, but also to students from any discrete religious group that shares, or is perceived to share, ancestry or ethnic characteristics (e.g., Muslims or Sikhs). Thus, harassment against students who are members of any religious group triggers a school’s Title VI responsibilities when the harassment is based on the group’s actual or perceived shared ancestry or ethnic characteristics, rather than solely on its members’ religious practices.

Evem Slate gets it: No, the Trump Administration Is Not Redefining Judaism as a Nationality

The New York Times published a bombshell report on Tuesday claiming that President Donald Trump planned to sign an executive order that interpreted Judaism “as a race or nationality” under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VI governs federally funded educational programs, so the Times warned that the order might be deployed to squelch anti-Israel speech on campus. “Mr. Trump’s order,” the Times further claimed, “will have the effect of embracing an argument that Jews are a people or a race with a collective national origin in the Middle East, like Italian Americans or Polish Americans.”

That turned out to be untrue. The text of the order, which leaked on Wednesday, does not redefine Judaism as a race or nationality. It does not claim that Jews are a nation or a different race. The order’s interpretation of Title VI—insofar as the law applies to Jews—is entirely in line with the Obama administration’s approach. It only deviates from past practice by suggesting that harsh criticism of Israel—specifically, the notion that it is “a racist endeavor”—may be used as evidence to prove anti-Semitic intent. There is good reason, however, to doubt that the order can actually be used to suppress non-bigoted disapproval of Israel on college campuses.

On Wednesday, I asked Perez’s former principal deputy, Sam Bagenstos—now a professor at University of Michigan Law School—whether he felt this reasoning equated any religious group of a nationality or race. “The key point we were making,” he told me, “is that sometimes discrimination against Jews, Muslims, and others is based on a perception of shared race, ethnicity, or national origin, and in those cases it’s appropriate to think of that discrimination as race or national origin discrimination as well as religious discrimination. It doesn’t mean that the government is saying that the group is a racial or national group. The government is saying that the discrimination is based on the discriminator’s perception of race or national origin. That’s a very different matter from saying that anti-Israel or pro-Palestinian speech constitutes discrimination.”

Trump’s EO does not deviate from this understanding of the overlap between discrimination on the basis of race or nationality and discrimination against religion. It only changes the law insofar as it expands the definition of anti-Semitism that may run afoul of Title VI. In assessing potential violations, the order directs executive agencies to look to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition—chiefly “hatred toward Jews” directed at individuals, their property, their “community institutions and religious facilities.”

So we have a situation where literally the only news organization in the nation saying that President Trump has declared Jews to be a separate nationality is the New York Times. Everyone else is pointing out that his is merely a codification of a lot of different policies that go back to the Bush administration and, in reality, does little more than raise the profile of anti-Semitism in order to make agencies and officials more readily aware of it.

One would expect a quick retraction or at least a clarifiation. But one would be wrong:

In an email to Yahoo News, New York Times editor Jonathan Weisman, who edited the original article on the executive order, defended the paper’s reporting.

“We were briefed on the content of the executive order but were not shown the actual language,” Weisman explained, writing, “The text now circulating comports with our understanding of the order and confirms the accuracy of our story.”

“The EO effectively does bring Judaism under the umbrella of race and national origin for the purpose of civil rights law enforcement,” Weisman wrote. “What would ‘national origin’ refer to if not to a collective geographical identity?”

Insane. Totally Stage-5 TDS insane. But our press is pampered and totally unaccountable and utterly corrupt. And there is no consequence for lying or for lying to defend a lie that was exposed. And there is no sign things will change.

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