Wingnut Freak of the Week Award

Mary Katharine Ham in The Weekly Standard, writing about the video (which LGF deemed, after much painstaking and exacting anaysis, to be fake), filmed by a freelance Palestinian journalist showing efforts to save the life of his 12-year-old brother, who died after being hit by shrapnel, which the boy’s family said happened as the result of an explosion from a rocket attack by an unmanned Israeli drone:

It was an irresistible story for Western media. A Gazan cameraman was working valiantly to bring the images of war’s brutality to the world from a war zone blocked to media access by the Israeli government. While he was performing his heroic task, violence hit home with a deadly blow. Ashraf Mashharawi got a call that his family’s home had been hit by a rocket, and he rushed to the hospital to find doctors trying to save his 12-year-old brother’s life.

The life-saving measures were in vain. Mahmoud and one of Mashharawi’s cousins, who had been playing on their roof after being holed up in their Gaza home for days, both died in what the family claims was an attack from an Israeli drone.

When I first read the story at CNN.com, it sounded odd that Palestinian parents had their children playing on a roof after a week-long air campaign, and that Mahmoud’s brother’s first instinct was to film the final suffering of his sibling.

It only sounds odd to you, Mary Katharine, because you are a cosseted, sheltered, spoiled brat who has never been within 10,000 miles of being a parent keeping your children inside day after day after day because stepping outdoors means you stand a good chance of being killed by the constant, continuous, daily air bombardments in a tiny, tiny, tiny strip of land that makes Rhode Island look as huge as Texas. And since you also have the sympathetic imagination of a bedbug, it does not occur to you that a 12-year-old who has been cooped up inside for a week with no end in sight might be so crazed from cabin fever that his mother might take the chance of letting him play on the roof for a few minutes. It happens. Human beings, when living with 24/7 violence and terror, sometimes weaken when they feel they can’t stand hiding for one minute longer, and sometimes worry for their children’s sanity if they can’t get a little fresh air and physical activity for oh, maybe 30 minutes or so.

Also, since you don’t know what it’s like to see decapitated children buried in rubble from a bombed building, or to help dig out the body parts of what used to be friends, family members, co-workers, mothers, sisters, sons, and fathers, of course the first thing that would come into your narrow little mind when you learn that a journalist filmed his little brother’s last dying moments is that he wanted to gloat over his pain and suffering. Not for one moment would it occur to you that what motivated the adult brother of that 12-year-old boy was the desire to record what happened to his little brother because there were no foreign journalists around to film it or write about it, and he wanted to make sure that he could prove it happened.

That really should be something you can grasp, Mary Katharine — since you are one of the people who think the Israeli military is correct to defy its own Supreme Court and bar foreign journalists from entering Gaza. It’s odd, though: Even though the IDF doesn’t want foreign journalists to enter Gaza precisely because they don’t want images being broadcast around the world of what they are doing there, it still passes your understanding that a Palestinian who lives in Gaza and happens to be a freelance journalist might want to have physical evidence that his brother was killed because of the IDF’s actions.

And that brings us to why Mary Katharine is the Wingnut Freak of the Week. Note the words I have emphasized:

The video legitimized by CNN has been uploaded to YouTube six times, and Reuters recounts the incident as evidence of the “humanising force” of relying on Gazan freelancers for coverage. They’re so close to the conflict, they’re able to “convey the horror” properly, you see.

The Reuters columnist revels in the tendency of this conflict, where Western journalists are banned, to bring “Palestinian voices, rather than western commentators, to the fore.” It reads like a wanted ad for more Mads Gilbert productions, and utterly dismisses the fact that the last time Israel let Reuters, CNN, et al. into a war zone where it was trying to do business, it got an overwhelming amount of funny business in return. Anyone remember a dearth of Arab-street pathos and Muslim-world opinion from the coverage of the Lebanon war? Yeah, me neither.

“Trying to do business.” That is wingnut freakspeak for “killing hundreds of innocent people and terrorizing the Palestinian population.”

“Trying to do business.” You’re a good Catholic, MKH. Tell me: Is that what Jesus would have called it?

17 Responses to “Wingnut Freak of the Week Award”

  1. tas says:

    I think the wingnutfreakosphere comes out with ‘stories” like this when they think they just haven’t reached their stupidity quota for the week and they need onnnnnne little thing to inch them over the top.

    These people and know-nothing, numbnut fucking morons. I try not to waste anytime on scoops they call “fake” anymore, because it’s just them starting and spreading conspiracy because they can’t take the fact that, ultimately, they’re wrong. They’re in denial, and really need to see a psychologist to help them out with their obvious mental problems.

  2. Plumb Bob says:

    I think Jesus might have had a few things to say about liars who create fake tragedies in order to sway world opinion. The words “lake of fire” come to mind.

    I’d be interested in hearing one of you review the evaluations of the film that are posted on Little Green Footballs, ConfederateYankee, or HotAir and give us your reasons why their objections have no merit. Going on about the horrors of war is easy enough for any writer, even one who’s never actually seen a war (I have no idea whether you’ve seen one or not,) but there are excellent reasons to think this particular video is a hoax, and even better reasons — a long history of documentary evidence, in fact — to know that Hamas has expertise at producing hoaxes.

  3. gcotharn says:

    Kathy,
    You should clearly say you recognize the video was faked. Unless you make that unmistakably clear, everything else you say is tainted by suspicion you are writing from emotion instead of reason.

    You can maintain your outrage at Israel while still recognizing the plain fact that Palestinians are 1) making fake claims of war atrocities, and 2) committing atrocities against fellow Palestinians as well as Jews, i.e.

    – Hamas is torturing and murdering Fatah
    – a father received a call from Israelis informing that his house was hiding weapons, his house was about to be attacked, and he and his family should vacate. Instead, he gathered his 4 wives and children (11 persons in all) around him to be martyred by the coming Israeli missile. His daughter in law left the house shortly before the attack, and told the story.

  4. tas says:

    I think Jesus might have had a few things to say about liars who create fake tragedies in order to sway world opinion.

    Displayed here, class, we see two cruxes of the matter concerning the thought process of wingnut psychopaths.

    A) Wingnut Bob here thinks that the tragedies happening in Gaza are fake. Somehow, 700 dead and over 3000 injured — many children — are all fake inside the mind of Wingnut Bob. Apparently, either Wingnut Bob can’t watch anything besides Fox News or read anything beyond LFG and Michelle Malkin. If he used his fucking mind for once in his miserable fucking life, he’d realize there’s a whole world of information out there that he should be reading if he wanted to know anything at all about the Palestinians.

    B) Wingnut Bob justifies his convictions with Jesus. Like Jesus would agree to bomb the shit out of people. I would ask Wingnut Bob if he’s eve read a word of the fucking Bible, but I’m not in the habit of asking rhetorical questions.

    Wingnut Bob should seek help immediately, because he’s obviously fucked in the head.

    Oh, and tharnbag: Fuck you.

  5. Kathy says:

    You should clearly say you recognize the video was faked. Unless you make that unmistakably clear, everything else you say is tainted by suspicion you are writing from emotion instead of reason.

    You should clearly say you recognize that a more than usually vile far right blogger invented a controversy over the authenticity of the CNN video based on the most uncharitable interpretation possible of medical personnel trying to revive a 12-year-old boy who apparently was dead before they got him on the table. There is no way for anyone but those directly involved to know what went on before and after the few seconds of CPR shown, or what the context was. There is simply no way to make any sensible judgments about what those few seconds meant. Just because it appears to you in those brief moments you saw that a doctor was “faking” CPR efforts does not make it true.What seems much more plausible to me is that this fevered campaign to discredit this video is motivated far more by contempt and hatred for Palestinians and the unreasoning conviction that anything Palestinians say is a lie and everything Israelis say is the truth.

    The point to discrediting this video is to discredit the very idea that innocent Palestinians are being killed and injured by the hundreds and thousands by a military force that doesn’t even regard Palestinians as human beings and that bombs and shells and blows up schools, mosques, homes, and hospitals with no concern for the lives of noncombatants.

    I have no problem agreeing that I write from emotion. Of course, you and every other right-wing proponent of Israel’s right to do whatever it wants to whoever it wants whenever it wants and for any reason or no reason argue from emotion, too. And there is very little if any reason in the arguments and claims I am hearing and reading from those quarters.

  6. Kathy says:

    You can maintain your outrage at Israel while still recognizing the plain fact that Palestinians are 1) making fake claims of war atrocities, and 2) committing atrocities against fellow Palestinians as well as Jews, i.e.

    The plain fact? According to whom? The Israeli military, which never ever lies?

  7. gcotharn says:

    I am caught by surprise that you defend the chest compressions video, that you dispute that Palestinians are making fake claims, that you dispute that Hamas is torturing and murdering fellow Palestinians. I did not expect that you hold these opinions.

    Innocent Palestinians have been killed by Israeli ordnance. Yet, given the volatility in the region, it is important to expose lies and exaggerations about same.

    Would you grant that Palestinians have made fake claims in the past – such as the supposed shooting of 12 year old Muhammad al-Durah? Would you grant it is important to counter such blood libel? The faked Al Durah shooting became a second intifada rallying point, sold stamps and T shirts, inspired violence and riots, and even inspired Osama Bin Laden and his Al Qaeda terrorists.

    Would you grant that these Pallywood scenes – which were reported as real on CBS 60 Minutes – were in fact faked? Would you grant that it is important to counter such lies?

  8. tas says:

    that Hamas is torturing and murdering fellow Palestinians…

    With U.S. support and instigation. Read up, fuckwad. And make sure to fucking educate yourself on the issues for once before commenting about them like you think you fucking know something, because you fucking don’t.

    As for the video, I’m surprised you say it’s fake. LGF has an incredibly weak case. Do you simply parrot everything your wingnut masters tell you without giving pause to pursue a single critical thought to the matter, asshole? Regardless of what you think of the video, tragedies like what it displayed are happening everyday in Gaza right now. If you can’t get that through your thick fucking skull, then you are in no way qualified to comment on these matters.

  9. Kathy says:

    And make sure to fucking educate yourself on the issues for once before commenting about them like you think you fucking know something, because you fucking don’t.

    Dead straight on, tas.

    And now Israel has announced it’s going to escalate the war. Over 800 Palestinians have already been killed in the two weeks since the war began. In that same time about 13 Israelis have been killed.

    Glenn Greenwald wrote about this in the same post with the Bill Moyers video. I’d like to repeat a question he asks at the end of the post:

    For supporters of the Israeli war in Gaza: is there some number of Palestinian civilian deaths that, once exceeded, renders this war unjustifiable? 1,000? 10,000? 25,000? Or is the idea that because Israel is justified in the mission itself, then the number of Palestinian civilian deaths is irrelevant — i.e., Israel should do what it thinks it needs to do and, provided it exercises some form of “restraint,” then it is justified regardless of how many innocent human beings (Palestinians) die as a result?

  10. gcotharn says:

    You guys carom around like nothing I’ve ever seen. Just … be wary of losing credibility by positioning yourself in favor of lies and against truth. No sober person can deny Muhammad Al Dura faked his own death. No sober person can deny Palestinians have staged fake atrocities in the past. If Israel’s backers want to use this: so what? The facts are the facts, and you are not afraid of the facts. Acknowledging truth will only add to your credibility, and will not detract from any reasoned argument you are making.

  11. tas says:

    Tharnbag, fuckoff. “No sober person can deny Palestinians have staged fake atrocities in the past.” Seriously, fuck you. You haven’t the faintest fucking idea what’s going on there, and you refuse to educate yourself about the matters — opting to demean Palestinians instead. You’re fucking pathetic.

  12. Kathy says:

    be wary of losing credibility by positioning yourself in favor of lies and against truth. No sober person can deny Muhammad Al Dura faked his own death. No sober person can deny Palestinians have staged fake atrocities in the past.

    Losing credibility is one problem you will never have to worry about, gcotharn, because you don’t have any.

    Whenever one comes across an insistence that “No sober person can deny [ fill in the blank] is true,” without providing evidence that it is, it’s obvious you are dealing with a deeply seated prejudice. “Everyone knows that blacks are lazy criminals.” “Everyone knows that Jews are rich and vulgar.” Or the converse: “Everyone knows that the only thing blacks excel at is athletics.” “Everyone knows that Jews are smarter.” “Everyone knows that Jews will cheat you if you give them half a chance.” “Everyone knows that Palestinians lie and fake atrocities.”

    No proof or evidence necessary. Everyone knows it.

  13. Artur says:

    What is all the fuss about the dead people in Gaza. In South Africa more than 50 people are murdered every day by criminals and the world does not worry about it. WHY ?

  14. gcotharn says:

    Dropped Jenin corpse resurrects and climbs back onto bier – twice!

    Muhammad Al Dura: Columbia Journalism Review, State of Israel, Natan Sharansky, Philippe Karsenty wins case against France 2 in French court, WSJ Europe

    Pallywood fakery

    I wrongly assumed you were already familiar with this; that this was agreed upon fact which required no further proof. I did not expect you to argue that Palestinians have never faked victimhood for video cameras.

  15. Kathy says:

    You have got to be kidding, gcotharn. No, don’t respond; that’s a rhetorical comment. I know you’re not kidding.

    These videos were declared “fakes” using exactly the same absurd tactics as the CNN video. In videos of fast-moving events seen in fleeting moments and from a distance (a GREAT distance in the case of the Jenin video), and without any context outside the video itself, far right lunatics seize on tiny arbitrary details they claim are “suspicious” and insist these details “prove” what the video shows is a lie. This is an idiot’s game. I could pick out equally arbitrary details from these videos and tell you that the people on the stretcher or being shot or being given CPR are certainly actors hired by Israel to create anti-Palestinian propaganda.

    Re Muhammad Al Dura, I looked at the CJR link (because CJR is a reputable non-ideological highly regarded publication). That article in no way supported an argument that Al Dura’s death was not the fault of Israelis. Doubts were raised, that’s all — nothing definitive was ever established. State of Israel and Natan Sharansky are not reliable sources for a story like this. And the Middle East Quarterly is a publication of the Middle East Forum, which is extremely right-wing and pro-Israel. The MEF also hosts Daniel Pipes’ site, and he is a racist, Islamophobic nutcase.

    So what have we got? One Jenin video taken from an unmanned Israeli drone that is much too high up to interpret the meaning of details on the ground accurately; one video that starts with a 60 Minutes news segment and seamlessly morphs into a propaganda piece by an unseen narrator, who is clearly Israeli, and who uses selected details in a scene of violent conflict in which it is impossible to either positively identify any individuals, or independently confirm what the video appears to be showing; and one 12-year-old Palestinian boy whose shooting death by Israel was supposedly faked, for which the “support” given comes almost exclusively from virulently pro-Israeli sources, and for which there actually was no conclusive evidence of who actually killed the boy.

    So that’s three incidents the right is claiming are examples of “Palestinian fakery” in a conflict that has killed and injured literally tens of thousands of Palestinians since 1967, and that in the past two weeks alone has killed over 800 Palestinians and injured thousands. In the same two-week time period, 14 Israelis have died in war-related violence. And 10 of those were Israeli soldiers, not civilians.

    You did indeed assume incorrectly that the “evidence” you have provided above constitutes “agreed upon fact that required no further proof” of Palestinians faking their own victimization.

  16. gcotharn says:

    I see this a lot: right and left disagree about seemingly overt circumstances, i.e. Did the corpse twice fall off the bier and then arise and climb back on?, et al times a bunch. I didn’t expect to see such disagreement amongst you and I regarding these Palestinian examples.

    I appreciate your investigation of some of the links. There is no purpose in my furthering a discussion of specifics. Based on your and my life experiences, we perceive different likelihoods, and we will not find areas of agreement.

  17. tas says:

    Based on your and my life experiences

    No, it’s based on the fact that you’re a douchebag who doesn’t know what the fuck he’s talking about.

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