The cascading outbreak of hoof and mouth disease continues apace; this time from a ham-fisted fool at The Washington Post.
Daniel W. Drezner and his “hard-working staff” do not like Attorney General Jeff Sessions. No sir, not one bit. Their reasons: he was the first senator to endorse Donald Trump, he dismissed divergent views as “soulless globalism” and he’s bringing back the war on drugs.
Clinging fervently to his reflexive outrage, Drezner merely glanced at a Tweet from Josh Dawsey, a Politico White House reporter, who truncated a line from Sessions’ speech to the US Border Patrol while visiting the US-Mexico border in Nogales, AZ.
Sessions to border agents: “It is here, on this sliver of land, where we first take our stand against this filth."https://t.co/lBHKcvaq0Q— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) April 11, 2017
The useful idiot jumped to conclusions assuming use of the word “filth” was intended to describe illegal immigrants so he intemperately fired off this Tweet:
Filth. He described illegal immigrants as "filth."— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) April 11, 2017
Whatever your views on immigration that's f**king embarrassing for a US official to say. https://t.co/sl5x5uLObK
Here’s the problem for Drezner. He skimmed The Wall Street Journal piece containing the Attorney General’s prepared remarks. Sessions deviated from those remarks saying instead:
“Along this border, transnational gangs like MS-13 and international cartels flood our country with drugs and leave death and violence in their wake. And it is here that criminal aliens and the coyotes and the document-forgers seek to overthrow our system of lawful immigration.”
“Let’s stop here for a moment. When we talk about MS-13 and the cartels, what do we mean? We mean international criminal organizations that turn cities and suburbs into war-zones, that rape and kill innocent citizens and who profit by smuggling poison and other human beings across our borders. Depravity and violence are their calling cards, including brutal machete attacks and beheadings.”
“It is here, on this sliver of land, on this border, where we first take our stand.”
Using the excuse he had to rush off to a meeting with students and colleagues, he did not carefully read the speech and jumped to his own conclusions. Something he regretted after the Tweet had already gone viral. He was astoundingly wrong and, to his credit, later apologized.
Whatever your views on Jeff Sessions, I need to point out that I got this tweet wrong. https://t.co/Z5s1CeHYsR https://t.co/mI8A9RDOtj— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) April 12, 2017
After TPM’s Josh Marshall tweeted, “Sessions’ speechwriter goes full Stormfront in border speech” and Daily Kos’ Gabe Ortiz tweeted, “’We take our stand against this filth.’ Sessions speech goes full-on white nationalist,” Geraldo Rivera AKA Jerry Rivers appeared on Fox News Outnumbered yesterday repeating the false charge:
"I don't mind the tough talk, because it's deterred people trying the Southern border, and that's a good thing because it's so dangerous for them. To stabilize the border is a good thing. But I'm absolutely deeply hurt and offended by the tone of this language. This attorney general by using words like 'filth' to describe the undocumented immigrants coming across the Southern border, it smacks of a racist tint to me that I find repulsive."
@GeraldoRivera You LIED on-air on #outnumbered. @jeffsessions NEVER referred to illegal immigrants as “filth”. https://t.co/Nhy1XtO6M0 … … https://t.co/AMGMIyDYG8— PoliticalClownParade (@PoliticalClownP) April 12, 2017
I said all that to say this: There are some people out there who believe a movie about a tornado full of sharks is true. Is it any wonder Americans distrust the media?