Opposing jihad terrorism and Sharia oppression is a big taboo these days. President Trump has chosen Heather Nauert to replace Nikki Haley as the United States ambassador to the United Nations, and CNN is in a fine froth. The Daily Caller reported Monday that “CNN launched an attack on President Donald Trump’s pick for United Nations ambassador, Heather Nauert, that inadvertently turned the microscope on itself.” CNN hit Nauert for a 2009 Fox News presentation called “Terror from Within,” featuring Frank Gaffney, Tarek Fatah, and me. Yes, that’s right: seventeen years after 9/11, the establishment media is trying to destroy someone by associating her with people who oppose jihad mass murder.
The Daily Caller notes CNN’s hypocrisy: “A review of interviews on CNN reveals that they have, in fact, interviewed Gaffney, Spencer and Fateh [sic] on multiple occasions. CNN’s most recent interview with Spencer occurred in 2015 — six years after Nauert interviewed him for the webcast.” So once again the fake news propagandists at CNN trip on their own feet.
But the real issue here is that CNN propagandist Andrew Kaczynski, the author of CNN’s hit piece, actually believes that he can ruin Nauert’s chances of becoming ambassador to the UN by associating her with opponents of jihad terror and Sharia oppression of women, gays, and others. State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino played into the hands of those who hold this warped perspective when he told CNN that when a journalist interviews people, that “does not mean the moderator agrees with the views expressed.”
What Palladino should have said is that the interviewees were opponents of jihad terror and Sharia oppression, and defenders of human rights for all people, and anyone who thought that was wrong was suffering from extreme moral confusion.
The fact that opposing jihad terror carries a stigma in the public square today is an illustration of the insidious power of propaganda, and an indication that some extremely insidious forces are operating at CNN and other establishment media outlets. I wish my memory were as good as Kaczynski’s smear files. I remember going to the Fox offices with Gaffney, Fatah, and the courageous ex-Muslim Nonie Darwish, and having a lengthy meeting with Roger Ailes and a long table full of Fox producers, and being annoyed with myself for having forgotten (as I nearly always do) to bring business cards. I don’t remember this hour-long show about stealth jihad at all. But CNN and Hamas-linked CAIR, their memories are elephantine; they would have you believe that this is practically the only show Heather Nauert ever hosted, and one of the few noteworthy things about her.
Gaffney and I, says Kaczynski, are “anti-Muslim activists,” which must mean that foes of the Nazis were “anti-German.” Seeing this, I wrote to Kaczynski on Twitter: “Hi @KFile! How did you come to believe that opposing jihad mass murder and Sharia oppression of women, gays and others was not only wrong and evil, but so wrong and evil that you decided to use it to try to destroy Heather Nauert?” And: “Hi @KFile! Can you demonstrate that anything in my book ‘Stealth Jihad’ is false? We know that you hate what’s in it, because you think opposing jihad mass murder is wrong, but can you prove anything in it to be untrue? I’ll send you a free copy, since I know you haven’t read it.” He did not respond, of course. Leftists know they would be destroyed in discussion or debate on the facts, and so they studiously avoid both.
Heather Nauert may or may not be confirmed as U.S. ambassador to the UN, but this tired CNN piece shows yet again that the Left is at war with reality, desperate to convince people that there is no actual jihad threat, and that the real problem is “Islamophobia.” Unfortunately, the jihadis keep forcing them to be all the more insistent with this propaganda to drown out the sound of terrorist bombings and cars running down pedestrians to screams of “Allahu akbar.”
President Trump is to be commended for keeping a grip on reality in the midst of this din of lies.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His new book is The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.
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