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  1. Reality check.

    Rep. Marco Rubio was Paul Singer’s choice for the Republican nomination, and Free Beacon used Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on ALL OTHER Republican presidential candidates.

    The salacious information in the ‘Steele Dossier’ was not accumulated for Free Beacon or Singer.

    “The Free Beacon said its research ended before Fusion GPS hired a former British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele, to produce a series of reports alleging links between Russia and those close to Trump. That occurred after the firm was retained by a lawyer for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee”

    “None of the work product that the Free Beacon received appears in the Steele dossier,’’ said the statement from Free Beacon”–from the Washington Post.

    Richard. You are painting in broad strokes only in order to smear Israel.

    1. @ Zio-nauts:

      Free Beacon used Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on ALL OTHER Republican presidential candidates.

      No, Singer was an Anyone-but-Trumper. He knew Trump was the leading nominee and hired Fusion to dig up dirt on Trump. Singer didn’t care whether the other GOP candidates won since they were mainstream Republicans…what Singer is. He could’ve lived with any one of them. It was only Trump who threatened Singer and that’s who Fusion dug up dirt on. Further, I have heard of no other information, reports or dirt dug up on any other GOP candidate in the race. Because Fusion didn’t do it.

      The salacious information in the ‘Steele Dossier’ was not accumulated for Free Beacon or Singer.

      The claim is being made by the Free Bacon, whose credibility is non-existent. I have no way of verifying that as true. Until it is verified no claims like this should be credited. But even if true, what do you think Fusion was doing when it was compiling dirt on Trump while Singer was its client? Do you think they were compiling records of his attendance at Boy Scout den meetings? Of course they were seeking the dirtiest dirt they could find. And find it I’m sure they did.

      And everything in your comment has nothing to do with Israel. Nor is my post a criticism of “Israel.” It’s a criticism of U.S. billionaire fatcats who are buying up Jewish/Israeli media here & in Israel in order to “purify” American Jews and Israel ideologically.

        1. @ Zionauts: As always with you hasbaperators who think you’re going to pull a fast one over on the rest of us, you have to review your sources to see what you left out. And of course you left out of your quote of your own source all the material that rebuts your claim:

          But The Free Beacon told the firm to stop doing research on Mr. Trump in May 2016…

          …Mr. Singer was among the leading Republican critics of Mr. Trump during the Republican presidential primary race. Even after Mr. Singer’s first choice, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, dropped out of the race, Mr. Singer continued to fund efforts to block Mr. Trump from the party’s nomination.

          In other words, Fusion WAS doing oppo research against Trump until May 2016, just before he won the nomination. And Singer’s goal even after his own candidate dropped out of the race was to find dirt to use against Trump. He could care less about the other candidates, as I wrote, because he knew they were unlikely to win & because they were more acceptable to him. Therefore, the notion that Singer wasn’t directing his attacks and Fusion’s against Trump directly & specifically is nonsense. Singer knew well before Trump won the nomination that Trump was the man to beat. And Singer was, as I already said, an Anyone-But-Trump Republican. In order to buy his way into Trump’s good graces the price was a $1-million gift for Trump’s inauguration party.

          You are done in this thread.

  2. Whilst ostensibly one can construe and/or conflate such conclusions from the evidence cited, this article runs dangerously close to the conspiratorial antisemitic psychoses of the “Jews are running the media’ slurs.

    Regarding MEMRI, they exist (as far as I am aware) to translate the more provocative and inflammatory materials existing on the media in Arabic (and not to review and summarize the multitude of views in Arabic-language media).

    In the same way, I understand the focus of your blog to criticise some of the heinous excesses and lesser-reported policies of Israel.

    One simply needs rudimentary Arabic to attest to the accuracy of some of the incendiary statements [translated]— and again we can’t “throw the baby out with the bathwater” simply because some of their policy and translations are following a certain policy guideline and/or do not fit with our weltanschauung.

    Just as it would be incorrect to call you (although I am sure you have been) a self-hating Jew, the argument of MEMRI being “islamophobic” is stretching it a little too much.

    1. @ gefilte:

      this article runs dangerously close to the conspiratorial antisemitic psychoses of the “Jews are running the media’ slurs.

      You just broke a cardinal comment rule. NO ONE accuses me ever of being anti-Semitic. NEVER. That includes calling what I write anti-Semitic or even insinuating that they are or may be. That’s a red line you cross at your peril. And if you do you’re moderated or banned. Don’t ever write anything else remotely close to this again or I will ban you in a heartbeat. If you ever violate the comment rules again in any way you are in jeopardy. I don’t give second chances.

      There is nothing remotely close to your claim about “Jews running the media” in this post. In fact, I argue that billionaire pro-Israel Wall Street hedge fund managers and one gambling mogul have monopolized the JEWISH media, not the general interest media. Further, every major Israeli media outlet not owned by Adelson has already complained of his monopoly. So the notion that my complaint about Adelson owning the Israel media is anti-Semitic is beyond preposterous. How does the claim that a Jew has a monopoly over the Israel Jewish press, become anti-Semitic? Not to mention my quarrel isn’t with their religious affiliation, it’s with their ideology. So once again, if you want to conflate their Zionist politics with their religion, I won’t let you do it since they have NOTHING to do with each other.

      they exist (as far as I am aware) to translate the more provocative and inflammatory materials existing on the media in Arabic

      No, that’s not their mission. Their mission is to find media material about which they can lie and which they can mistranslate because they’re either liars and don’t care what the original source actually wrote in Arabic, or because they’re inept Arabic translators (take your pick).

      One simply needs rudimentary Arabic to attest to the accuracy of some of the incendiary statements

      And that is precisely the problem: if you have rudimentary mastery of Arabic you will publish translations that are inept or simply wrong. Which is what MEMRI consistently does. You cannot translate a language unless you know it well. MEMRI’s translators do not know it well. I’ve posted a link here in the past to Brian Whitaker’s brilliant critique of MEMRI published in the Guardian. You should read it.

      THis issue is a sore point for me because I have taken years to study many languages including French, German, Yiddish and Hebrew (the one I know best). And even Hebrew, which I know relatively well, I take great pains to translate carefully. I often consult with native speakers on phrases which I’m not sure about. Even at that, I make minor errors in translation. And I know Hebrew far better than those jackasses know Arabic. So you can’t fool around when it comes to translation. YOu have to take it very seriously. And they don’t.

      Further, MEMRI just destroyed the career of a Canadian imam by mistranslating a sermon he delivered. A reporter convened a panel of five expert translators who documented the multiple errors and deliberate distortions in the MEMRI translation of his sermon. Not to mention that they discovered that MEMRI deliberately re-edited the footage so that the comments he made at two different points in the sermon are merged to negative effect (in terms of creating a false image of an incendiary sermon).

      That is MEMRI. And you, for defending their fraud are as much a fraud yourself.

      their policy and translations are following a certain policy guideline and/or do not fit with our weltanschauung.

      Mistranslation cannot be a policy guideline for a non profit whose mission is to translate media materials. And as for my weltanschauung, it has nothing to do with it. You either translate accurately or you don’t. That’s not a matter of ideology.

      You are done in this thread.

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