The Pardu

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Huckabee Should ID Supporters Of His Remarks

Huckabee reaches to grab a piece of Trumpism. But, there is something sickening about his strategy and his choice of words were disgusting. His remarks were particularly appalling when one considers Huckabee is what some call an evangelical minister. Words for US History and a comment for the Republican Hall of Fame.

“This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven," Mike Huckabee.

Over the past few days, I haven't read nor heard a word of affirmative praise or supportive agreement for the minister's comments. I have seen total condemnations from media, progressive politicians, and a few words of abhorrence for one GOP presidential candidate.  

Early today Huckabee sat with Matt Lauer and handled himself as do many conservative politicians. They make outlandish claims that do not lend to substantiation.
“The response from Jewish people has been overwhelmingly positive,” Huckabee said on the Today show. “The response from Holocaust survivors, from children of Holocaust supporters. Last night I was in an event, I was probably one of four gentiles in the entire event, people were overwhelmingly supportive.”

Mike Huckabee Jews Support My Holocaust Comments

Huckabee's claim doesn't seem to stand with any degree of veracity.

In fact, the majority of media are broadcasting Jewish guest and other expert commentators who do not support Huckabee's backroom claims.  
MSNBC Jewish groups react to Mike Huckabee’s ‘oven’ remarks

Huffington Post  American Jewish Leaders Dismayed By Mike Huckabee’s Iran Deal Remarks

The Anti-defamation League press release, July 26, 2015.

ADL Sharply Criticizes Huckabee Comment Suggesting Obama is "Leading Israel to the Door of the Oven"

New York, NY, July 26, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today sharply criticized Mike Huckabee for suggesting that President Obama is “leading Israel to the door of the oven” in the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
Whatever one’s views of the nuclear agreement with Iran – and we have been critical of it, noting that there are seriousunanswered questions that need to be addressed – comments such as those by Mike Huckabee suggesting the president is leading Israel to another Holocaust are completely out of line and unacceptable.
Israeli military and security officials have repeatedly said the Obama Administration has been as strong as any other American administration in keeping Israel secure. Just a year ago, during the war in Gaza, the president signed off on an additional $223 million for Iron Dome anti-missile weaponry to protect the lives of Israeli civilians. 
To hear Mr. Huckabee invoke the Holocaust when America is Israel’s greatest ally and when Israel is a strong nation capable of defending itself is disheartening. The great tragedy of the Holocaust saw the Jews of Europe without allies and without power at the worst possible moment. 
There is a serious debate taking place over the next five weeks within Congress over the Iran deal. We have called on all sides, regardless of whether one is liberal or conservative, to conduct that debate responsibly and civilly. That plea should apply to presidential candidates as well.
As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, ADL takes no position on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for office.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

Huckabee's claim reminds of this groundless drivel from Donald Trump just before the 2008 General Elections. 
"I have a great relationship with the blacks," Trump told Albany's Talk Radio 1300 Thursday. "I've always had a great relationship with the blacks."
And, again from his current campaign opponent, Donald Trump.
Hillary was the worst secretary of state in the history of our country. I think that the person she doesn’t want to run against is me because I say it, and [Jeb] Bush doesn’t say it, nobody says it … I would beat Hillary and I’ll tell you what, a vote that I will win is the Hispanic vote … I’ll create jobs, and I’ll get the Hispanic vote … the Hispanics love me.

Conservatives make such claims and are more often than not given a pass by accommodating media. While we realize any on camera appearance is undertaken with strict time constraints, such constraints should not provide a platform for poor journalism. Why can't US media fulfill its basic tenet of information dissemination in a fair and balanced manner? Is there a code of television PC (host/guest) ethics that manifest when the host fails to simply ask in response to claims as those offered by Huckabee: "Name a few of those people?" Who are you speaking of when you say Jews support your comments about the Holocaust?" 

When the host fails to probe, the host effective serves as a conduit for misinformation and lies. What Jewish leaders or Jewish people can Huckabee produce or name who offers the support he claims? Why not straight forward ask the question and when the guest reacts with reticence probe further? Lauer pushed Huckabee fairly thoroughly, but he did not probe about Jewish leaders or Jewish people who support his remarks. When Huckabee stated, "The response from the Jewish people has been overwhelming positive," why to ask the name (s) those of whom you speak? Or, can you provide evidence of that claim?"

Maybe, the case of the Trump claims regarding "the blacks" and Huckabee's more recent claim, serious probes isn't good TV.

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