Interesting thread. To answer your final question, Israel, mossad, Chabad and black cube... you’re hitting the third rail of American journalism, Sarah.— Nina Burleigh (@ninaburleigh) January 14, 2019
Anti-Trump extremism on the Left is increasingly mainstreaming anti-Semitism.
Nina Burleigh, Newsweek's National Politics Correspondent is a case in point with this whispery conspiracy theory tweet. The context is an exchange with Sarah Kendzior, who worked for Al Jazeera, a Qatari anti-Semitic and pro-terrorist outlet.
Sarah specializes in Russian conspiracy theory stuff, despite having worked for a terror state propaganda outlet. On Twitter, Sarah drew up a list of Trump stories that "the press seems particularly reluctant to pursue".
The stories unsurprisingly had a Jewish focus. They included Israel and a bizarre Politico conspiracy theory claiming that Chabad, an Orthodox Jewish group, was the secret link between Trump and Putin.
Sarah was being subtle in her trolling, but Nina was less so. "Interesting thread. To answer your final question, Israel, mossad, Chabad and black cube... you’re hitting the third rail of American journalism, Sarah."
What do those things have in common that make them the third rail? Well they all involve Jews. Don't they.
Newsweek these days is badly broken. Its parent company is under investigation and its articles consist of all-caps clickbait that's dubious even by mainstream media standards.
So I assume Nina isn't going anywhere. She probably wouldn't be even if Newsweek were functional.
The battles over the Women's March have been racialized, but the simple reality is that anti-Semitism is quite mainstream on the Left. And plenty of white lefties, like Valerie Plame and Diane Rehm, have engaged in gutter anti-Semitism with no consequences.
(BTW if you're wondering where you know Nina's name from, she's already been immortalized for one quote in the Clinton era.
“I would be happy to give [Bill Clinton] a blowjob just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think American women should be lining up with their presidential kneepads on to show their gratitude for keeping the theocracy off our backs”?