Democrat presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard used her limited limelight at Tuesday’s Democrat presidential debate to expose the media for the blatant smears they routinely run on anybody with a dissenting voice, including her.
Unlike most Democrats and their media allies, Gabbard opposes the United States’ ongoing “regime change” intervention in Syria. And according to some in the media, this opposition to the status quo makes her a “Russian puppet” and potential “Nazi.”
“[T]he New York Times and CNN have … smeared veterans like myself for calling for an end to this regime-change war,” she noted during Tuesday’s debate.
“Just two days ago, the New York Times put out an article saying that I’m a Russian asset and an Assad apologist and all these different smears. This morning, a CNN commentator said on national television that I’m an asset of Russia. Completely despicable.”
What she said was 100 percent accurate.
Over the weekend, The New York Times published a widely condemned piece in which it wondered aloud “if Tulsi Gabbard’s [Trumpian] anti-war, anti-establishment message makes her a stooge for Nazis and Russian bots,” as reported by Reason, a libertarian magazine.
“To make the case that something sinister is afoot, the Times relies on a mix of thin evidence, guilt by association, and conspiratorial framing of actions that any single-issue-focused dark horse candidate is liable to do,” the magazine noted in a report Monday.
The Times, a far-left paper obsessed with opposing any policy position pursued by President Donald Trump, basically gave Gabbard, a practicing Hindu of Samoan descent, the Kavanaugh treatment for refusing to bow to the establishment and support the Democrat Party’s newfound neo-con tendencies.
Just now seeing this. What a mind-blowing, vile piece of utter journalistic trash. No candidate gets this kind of insane treatment other than Tulsi https://t.co/CwfbSgY2gj
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) October 15, 2019
Thank you NY Times for validating Tulsi’s point that the debates and primary are rigged.
3 days before a New York Times Editor will be asking questions at the debates, the paper publishes a complete Hit Piece on Minority Veteran Congresswoman Gabbard.https://t.co/3DggzZyXKO
— jim clark (@jmc22000) October 13, 2019
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) October 12, 2019
CNN’s Bakari Sellers, who last year said that rapper Kanye West’s support for the president is an example of “what happens when Negroes don’t read,” followed suit with his own smear a couple of days later.
“[T]here is a chance that Tulsi is not just working for the United States of America. … I firmly believe that Tulsi Gabbard stands on that stage and is the antithesis to what the other 11 individuals stand for, especially when it comes to issues such as foreign policy,” he said during a discussion Tuesday morning with Alisyn Camerota and April Ryan.
“There is no question, there is no question that Tulsi Gabbard, of all the 12, is a puppet for the Russian government,” he added.
Listen to the stunning smear below:
These sorts of hyperbolic, fact-free smears are what count as “journalism” these days, apparently. Just to be clear, Gabbard is a combat veteran who earned over a dozen decorations and badges while deployed overseas. Sellers is not.
Gabbard’s reply during the debate was part of a longer answer she’d provided when asked about the Turkish-led assault and murder of the Kurds in northern Syria that began after the president abruptly withdrew U.S. troops from the region last week,
The Hawaii congresswoman replied by saying that though she opposes the sudden, unplanned way in which the president performed the pullout, the blame for the crisis extends way beyond him and includes the mainstream media as well.
“Well, first of all, we’ve got to understand the reality of the situation there, which is that the slaughter of the Kurds being done by Turkey is yet another negative consequence of the regime change war that we’ve been waging in Syria,” she said.
“Donald Trump has the blood of the Kurds on his hand, but so do many of the politicians in our country from both parties who have supported this ongoing regime-change war in Syria that started in 2011, along with many in the mainstream media, who have been championing and cheerleading this regime-change war.”
Listen to her full answer below:
In response to Gabbard’s candid assessment of the media’s “cheerleading,” members of the media chose to double, triple and quadruple down on their smears, starting with Sellers.
The CNN commentator retweeted a post from CNBC’s John Harwood that again accused her of being a puppet of Russia.
“Gabbard, affirming Putin’s objective, emphasizing opposition to ‘regime-change war’ to rid Syria of Assad,” the original tweet reads.
See these and other critical tweets from the decidedly left-wing media below:
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) October 16, 2019
This is the line where Tulsi Gabbard goes from “skeptical of foreign interventions” to something darker and stranger. Sanders is skeptical of intervention too, but he gets the difference between launching a war and senselessly permitting a slaughter.
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) October 16, 2019
Tulsi Gabbard had a senior member of the far-right RSS speak at her wedding. How’s that for an *interesting* friendship from a *Democratic* presidential candidate.#DemDebate
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) October 16, 2019
Tulsi Gabbard blamed everyone except Assad for the loss of life in Syria.
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) October 16, 2019
Tulsi Gabbard denies that she is an Assad apologist, in the course of an answer in which she outlines policies that sound like those of an Assad apologist.
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) October 16, 2019
I think the most important lesson to take from this debate is that Tulsi should STFU.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) October 16, 2019
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