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NPR Repeats False Claim Bernie Sanders is Israeli Citizen, Got it From Facebook

Sanders' far left base tends to be anti-Israel whereas Sanders does not.

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NPR's Diane Rehm got a list from her researchers, which misidentified Sen. Bernie Sanders (I/D-Vt.) as holding Israeli citizenship, and made the assertion in an interview with Sanders before being corrected by him.

Via The Jewish Journal:

Diane Rehm: Senator, you have dual citizenship with Israel.

Bernie Sanders: Well, no I do not have dual citizenship with Israel. I'm an American. I don't know where that question came from. I am an American citizen, and I have visited Israel on a couple of occasions. No, I'm an American citizen, period.

Rehm: I understand from a list we have gotten that you were on that list.

Sanders: No.

Rehm: Forgive me if that is—

Sanders: That's some of the nonsense that goes on in the internet. But that is absolutely not true.

Rehm: Interesting. Are there members of Congress who do have dual citizenship or is that part of the fable?

Sanders: I honestly don't know but I have read that on the internet. 

The Jewish Journal found one list claiming to be of dual U.S.-Israeli citizens in Congress laden with anti-Semitic phrases and graphics. Rehm says she got the claim from a Facebook comment—a stunning lack of reporting effort from any broadcaster, let alone at an outlet that holds itself in as such high regard as NPR. The typical list purporting to be of U.S.-Israeli citizens in Congress usually just lists Jewish members of Congress. Writing in Counterpunch, L. Michael Hager reports his efforts to find data on dual citizens in Congress was fruitless, and that the Congressional Research Service didn't collect such information. Editorializing against the concept of dual citizenship—permitted in the U.S. only since 1967—the Los Angeles Times reports that there is no definitive tally on the number of dual citizens in the U.S., but that such people can be denied sensitive jobs in government.

The accusation that Sanders is a dual citizen stems from the anti-Semitic view that Jews in Congress must be loyal to Israel too, and that this—and not the U.S.'s decades-long relationship with Israel based on that country's long-held status as the only Western-style democracy in the region—was the reason for the apparent disconnect between the pro-Israeli stance of politicians in Washington and the general public. Despite being the darling of a sometimes anti-Semitic and almost always anti-Israeli or "anti-Zionist" far left, Bernie Sanders has been a fairly stalwart supporter of the U.S.-Israeli relationship.

It led to a Q&A on Gaza at one town hall that included a woman yelling "fuck Israel" and Sanders telling constituents to "shut up." Sanders' decision to skip Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress reflects more on how Netanyahu's polarized himself in American politics than a shift in Sanders—or any boycotting politician's—general stance. American socialist groups like Socialist Worker have been rejecting Sanders as a socialist, in part for his stance on Israel, for years.

So far, Sanders has focused on economic populism almost exclusively. His campaign launch speech last month had little to say about foreign policy, and even ignored the issue of police violence completely. This despite Sanders having little new to say about economics he hasn't been saying for forty years, when it was the Rockefellers threatening to "take over" America, and that hasn't been disproved over and over since then. He probably has nothing new to say about foreign policy or civil liberties at home either.  

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  1. If you can’t trust social media, who can you trust?

    1. NPR of course. Oh, wait….

    2. Comments about woodchippers and firing squads?

      1. Bernie looks like a dude who has used a wood chipper before.

  2. What’s with the Garth Algar grin?

    1. When they told him to say cheese, all he could think of was how many kinds of cheese there were.

      1. He does represent Vermont.

  3. Sanders: I honestly don’t know but I have read that on the internet.

    You know what else was read on the internet?

      1. Pre-7:01 costs a buck ‘o five.

    1. The screenplay for “Fargo?”

        1. What’s with 5385 Peachtree Dunwoody road? Is that shriek’s address?

  4. So if NPR made a false report reflecting badly on Sanders, we can rule out ideological bias, and guess instead that they (NPR reporter) are simply morons.

    1. Unless they’re already in the tank for Hillary.

      1. Unless they’re already in the tank for Hillary.

        Probably this.

    2. They’re more partisan than ideological. Ideology requires principles, after all.

      Nah, this is NPR carrying water for Hillary.

      I feel sure NPR raises a lot of money from Jews. You’d think they’d be more careful with their anti-Semitism.

      1. NPR has been very critical of Israel over the decades, and even got into a kerfuffle when one of their field-reporter’s husbands turned out (to the initial denials of NPR) to be a high-ranking official in… if I recall correctly, Fatah.

    3. Not the first time their crack staff of post-tween (Millennial?) researchers have fucked up.

      Honestly, if I were an NPR anchor, I would put a fucking edict out to my non-consonant-using jr research interns: Do not let me catch you pulling ‘facts’ off of social media sites or you’ll be the next group of young people to discover just how replaceable your jobs are.

      *turns around to leave room, then looks back*

      Oh, and that includes Wikipedia.

    4. The anti-Semitic troupe that is the far left has been screaming this rumor for a while. Of course NPR would run with it.

    5. Diane Rehm is definitely a moron. I actually have a generally favorable opinion of NPR. But I can’t stand her. She is totally incurious and way too deferential to her guests when they are important and illustrious (in her view).

  5. DOJ had a chilling effect on the PM links.

    1. First they came for the PM links…

    2. OK, Reason, if you comply with that subpoena, then this song is for you:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeO3Kgp4JTg

  6. So Barney isn’t a Jew and Rubio owns a boat!
    Well, that’s all I need to cast a ballot.

  7. Good News! Tequila Helps You Lose Weight!

    http://981thehawk.com/shots-fo…..are_mobile

    1. My extensive experiments have not confirmed this hypothesis.

      1. Then clearly you are not doing it right.

    2. So margaritas are calorie-neutral? Pounding seven in a night helps me stay svelte?

    3. It’s true! It seems everytime I drink tequila, by the end of the night I’ve lost weight exactly equal to the contents of my stomach.

    4. Drinking enough of any spirit will usually lead to weight loss.

  8. “I understand from a list we have gotten that you were on that list.”

    When asking someone about being Jewish and having citizenship in Israel, THIS is a sentence that an NPR reporter thinks is appropriate?

    1. “Senator Sanders, I understand that as a child you would often walk around the neighborhood wearing little yellow stars taped to your lapel…”

    2. At least she didn’t indicate it was a numerated list.

    3. “Ve haf a list. You are on zis list. Do you deny being Juden, or a citizen of ze Zionist Entity?”

      Too bad, really, that Bernie didn’t just tee off on her.

      “You know who else accused people of being Zionists based on anonymous accusations, Diane?”

      1. Too bad, really, that Bernie didn’t just tee off on her.

        Unfortunately, he needs NPR more than they need him.

      2. Hinh?

    4. Nice catch, Catafish. NPR, rooting out the Jews so you don’t have to.

  9. Why is this a thing? I don’t give a rat’s ass if Bernie holds dual citizenship. I don’t give a shit what he eats, where he shops or how he dresses. I don’t care if he likes girls or boys.

    He is a fuckin’ commie. A pinko that has less understanding of economics than my dog. His politics are driven 100% by envy.

    Also “let alone at an outlet that holds itself in as such high regard as NPR.”, I find that holding oneself in high regard is usually an indication that high regard is unwarranted.

    1. Which outlets hold themselves in low regard?

      1. This reminds me, whenever I watch, hear or read some show, travelogue or book about citizens or a tribe in an other country it is almost always stated that ‘XXX are a proud people.” I look forward to the day when some tribe or ethnic group is described as ‘XXX are ashamed of themselves and everyone of them suffers from low self-esteem.’

      2. Spike TV? TMZ??

  10. /puts up makeshift PM links tent.

    1. Is it time to get worried that no PM links are coming?

      1. It’s always time to be worried now.

        1. RIGHT NOW?!?!!

  11. Sen. Sanders, are you, or have you ever been, a communist?

    (wait…)

  12. How dare you misquote Diane Rehm like this? Allow me to correct if for you

    Diane Rehm: Seaaaanatoor, you have duuuaaal citizenshiiiip with Iiisraeeeeel.

    Bernie Sanders: Well, no I do not have dual citizenship with Israel. I’m an American. I don’t know where that question came from. I am an American citizen, and I have visited Israel on a couple of occasions. No, I’m an American citizen, period.

    Rehm: IIIIII understaaand frooom a list we have gotteeeen that youuu weeere on thaaaat list.

    Sanders: No.

    Rehm: Forgiiiive meeeee if thaaaaat is?

    Sanders: That’s some of the nonsense that goes on in the internet. But that is absolutely not true.

    Rehm: IIIInterestiiing. Aaaaareeee there meeeembers of Cooooongress who doooo have duuuual citizeeeeenship ooooor is that paaaart of theeee fable?

    Sanders: I honestly don’t know but I have read that on the internet.

    That’s better.

    1. We can add “mocking the disabled” to the H&R commenters’ rap sheet.

      1. Just proud to do my part.

      2. Would chip her.

      3. Nah.. She just likes to put powdered alcohol, in her activa

  13. We haven’t seen anything yet. The DC Media will pull out all of the stops to protect their false ideal of a middle of the road Democratic Party. A socialist nominee just can’t happen.

  14. “Sanders: That’s some of the nonsense that goes on in the internet. But that is absolutely not true.

    Rehm: Interesting”

    lol

    “I heard you raped bigfoot”
    “nope”
    “….hmmm…..Interesting”

    I bet that reporter went to Columbia Journalism School. Its famous, you know.

    1. G, your links to the German weapons guy and the one on perv comics were awesome.

    2. Clearly something happened to bigfoot. Only a denialist would say bigfoot made this up.

  15. Um…

    Did Reason forget something this afternoon?

    1. to laugh and smile, and dance, and sing?

  16. Fuck NPR for making me sympathize with Senator Dickweed.

    “Senator Sanders, what about the reports that you like to drink the blood of Gentile children?”

    1. “Is the bread you make from gentile babies, gluten free?”

    1. “That is an awfully punchable face.”

      Oh fuck.

      Note to any DOJ agents who may be watching: I meant this hyperbolically and in no sense am I planning to punch or in any other fashion harm this fine young gentleman. Thank you for your consideration.

    2. Looks like a rejected character concept sketch for Adventure Time.

  17. Diane Rehm had to prove how nonpartisan she is by finding something to pick at with a democrat in the race… however unlikely that democrat is to actually be in the race for any length of time.

    Also, she should retire. She’s horrible now- and her guest selection and letting obvious lies sit there without question is a shame.

    1. She’s fucking terrible. I can’t stand her and her voice has nothing to do with it.

  18. there is no definitive tally on the number of dual citizens in the U.S., but that such people can be denied sensitive jobs in government.

    I knew someone who was denied a clearance because he had dual British citizenship. Actually he was told he had to give up his British passport if he wanted to get cleared.

    It led to a Q&A on Gaza at one town hall that included a woman yelling “fuck Israel”

    That could be contrued as a True Threat…

    1. It’s only a threat if Israel isn’t attracted to the woman in question.

  19. I’m shocked, SHOCKED, i tell you, that a progressive outfit treads in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. SHOCKED!

  20. I’m guessing this came from Hilary’s people, like the Obama not being born in the US thing did

  21. Where do you even begin analyzing the abject idiocy that Rehm’s bone-headed comment represents? Unabashed and transparent political bias, yes, but, perhaps worse, the stupefying intellectual laziness (compounded by a breathless rush to dredge up “scandal”) that is so characteristic of today’s Leftists. I mean, NPR doesn’t have staffers who can research basic facts about interviewees? Of course they do — this was about a self-aggrandizing Leftist twit using her position to air her own personal political agenda and biases, in the most embarrassing fashion possible.

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