Media Once Again Falsely Conflates Neo-Nazis and Critics of Islam
After the New Zealand shootings, it was inevitable that the media would once again run false stories attempting to link Neo-Nazis and white supremacists to critics of Islam.
The latest such effort attempts to target Robert Mercer over his donations to Gatestone Institute while trying to link that to the New Zealand attack.
The obvious problem is that Gatestone includes plenty of Jewish and Muslim contributors. Attempting to libel it, and Robert Mercer by extension, is the equivalent of the Southern Poverty Law Center's very expensive failed smear of Maajid Nawaz as anti-Muslim because he's been critical of Islamists. The bizarre leap in the media hit piece here attempts to link a Neo-Nazi to Daniel Pipes.
It shouldn't even be necessary to point out how ridiculous that is. But the media necessitates it.
Here's what I wrote the last time the smear campaign came for Gatestone.
The front page article on Gatestone's site right now is Bassam Tawil's piece on anti-Semitism in the Palestinian Authority. Tawil's bio reads, "Bassam Tawil is a Muslim based in the Middle East."
Another of Gatestone's major authors is Khaled Abu Toameh, the most prominent Muslim journalist in Israel.
A brief look through the names of Gatestone's authors turns up,
Raif Badawi, the Saudi dissident,
Salim Mansur, a Gatestone distinguished senior fellow,
Najat Al Saied, a Gatestone Distinguished Senior Scholar,
Ahmed Charai, Chairman of Med Radio, Morocco,
Raheel Raza, The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow
M. Zuhdi Jasser, President, American Islamic Forum for Democracy.
not to mention Mohammad Amin, Shabnam Assadollahi, Uzay Bulut, Sara Al Nuaimi, Nuhu Othman, Shadi Paveh, Nima Gholam Ali Pour, Nima Gholam Ali Pour, Abdel Jabbar Rawashdeh, Sohail Raza, Saied Shoaaib, Maha Soliman, Mohshin Habib, Hakim Haider, Khadija Khan, some of whom are Muslims and others, I believe, are former Muslims.
There are more Muslims writing and working for this "anti-Muslim think tank" than there are for NBC News.
Gatestone can and should sue over these attempts to smear it.