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Sunday, February 01, 2015

The NY Times corrects a big lie

The headline above was the Times' attempt to spin Prime Minister Netanyahu's 2011 trip to Washington. This time, the lies are starting before the Prime Minister leaves Israel.

The Times reported last week that President Obama had been 'blindsided' by House Speaker John Boehner's invitation to Netanyahui to speak. That was false. The correction - first noticed by Omri Ceren - proves it.
Ed Lasky adds:
In 2011, Boehner sent a notice to the WH stating his intention to invite Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress. The White House never responded (spite? incompetence?) and Boehner proceeded to extend the invitation to Netanyahu. Netanyahu accepted the invitation and spoke. The White House did not express any outrage in 2011. That was before the 2012 reelection, of course, so Obama did not want to run the risk of losing any support.
But that was then and this is now. And as Barack Obama has reminded us, he will never be on a ballot again so he can do whatever he wants now and go “full Bulworth,” as he told close aides he wanted to do in his second term.
Boehner clearly assumed the same series of events was occurring when the White House failed to respond this time to the notice given to the White House before he sent an invite to Netanyahu.  (Hat Tip: CJL and LR).
The White House deliberately created this “crisis” to impugn Netanyahu and undercut support for him and Israel. No less than Senator Harry Reid blamed this diplomatic faux paus entirely on Boehner and Netanyahu for undercutting support for Israel among Democrats . The media, or much of it, has been relentlessly attacking Israel over a lie promoted by people in the administration.
Most pro-Israel President evah? You gotta be kidding.

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