What is a “right-wing smear”? According to those on the Left, it’s any time right-leaning media focuses on one of them, but increasingly, it actually refers to legitimate criticism of a left-leaning person that is ignored by left-wing media.
Let’s walk through one recent example, with help from the Twitter account @AG_Conservative.
First, the underlying reason for this article. On Tuesday, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) tweeted, “Right wing media targeting me again rather than focusing on the President's reckless government shutdown.”
She added, “Yes, I am Muslim and Palestinian. Get over it.”
The reason Tlaib gets away with calling criticism of her “right-wing media targeting” is because so many in left-wing media are ignoring legitimate concerns about her acceptance and ties to anti-Semites.
In a thread on Twitter, @AG_Conservative goes through what we know about Tlaib.
“During the campaign, Tlaib claimed to support a 2-state solution, only to then turn around and admit to only supporting 1 state after she won the primary. That led to even far-left JStreet withdrawing their support,” AG tweeted.
After Tlaib changed her position, J Street, a left-wing Jewish lobbying group, asked for clarification from the then-candidate about her position switch, and ultimately withdrew its support for her.
After Tlaib was elected, AG noted, she posted a photo where she had adhered a post-it note to a map of the world with the word “Palestine” on it and an arrow pointing toward Israel.
“Problem with one-state is that Jews wouldn’t have a place in such a state. Even now, Palestinians are being sentenced to jail and death just for selling land to Jews,” AG said.
Tlaib also defended former CNN Contributor Marc Lamont Hill after he used anti-Semitic language in what he claimed was merely criticism of Israel. She has also endorsed the boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to ostracize and economically harm Israel and no other country for doing similar or worse things.
Most recently, Tlaib posed with anti-Semite and co-founder of the Women’s March Linda Sarsour. Shortly after that, Tlaib used an anti-Semitic slur suggesting dual loyalty, which my former colleague at the Washington Examiner, Philip Klein, described as “[t]he idea of Jews as having divided loyalty, and of using their influence to convince others to act against the interests and principles of their own country, is an age-old anti-Semitic trope.”
In a tweet supporting the BDS movement, Tlaib suggested supporters of a bill that would combat the boycott against Israel “forgot what country they represent.”
Finally, just last Saturday, Tlaib hosted a celebratory dinner with an anti-Israel activist who has previously praized Hezbollah and Palestinian terrorists, Abbas Hamideh.
As AG points out, the issues of anti-Semitism laid out above have received little to no left-wing media coverage, and only right-leaning and Jewish media outlets covered Tlaib’s dinner with Hamideh.
“Most damning: This extensive record has received almost no coverage from the mainstream media and no comment from Dem leadership in Congress. If you search for the last story I mentioned, almost all the links are either from conservative or Jewish news sources,” AG wrote.
This is how something becomes a “right-wing smear.” Left-wing media outlets largely (or sometimes, completely) ignore what would be a major story if it were a Republican, allowing the subject of the story to claim they are simply the victim of a right-wing smear.
For other examples just look up any major scandal during the Obama administration, which President Barack Obama and his media lapdogs claim was “scandal free.”