(This article is published in FAIR.)
Imagine a US presidential candidate publicly claiming Israelis never tell the truth. Imagine a governor saying African leaders are “animals.” Imagine a Secretary of Defense claiming Latinos are “liars.” In each of these cases, the media would rightfully explode, condemning the politicians for their overt racism.
A notable exception to this, however, exists in the US political system and media establishment: When politicians make ludicrous claims about Iranians, when Republicans deploy orientalist myths about purportedly bloodthirsty Persians in order to sabotage their own government’s attempts at diplomacy, the media largely sit on their hands.
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