Of late, Politico is showing the same reliability as The Onion… or maybe less.
Earlier in the week I wrote about the alleged pending boycott of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress, Democrats may boycott Netanyahu speech… or not. In it I referenced a Politico article that purports to cover a plan by Democrats to boycott the speech rather than to be seen not letting Obama have his way with them. The article doesn’t quote a single person, on or off the record, who says they will boycott. Not only was the article misleading in that area, it also misrepresented the facts about the current state of play in the upcoming Israeli elections.
Now there is a second edition: Israeli officials fail to quell Democratic revolt. More accurately, the story describes an attempt by the Israels to paper over a temper tantrum by a handful of far left Democrats. Though Politico continues to troll Congressional Democrats at the behest of Obama, there is no resistance to the speech.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday she plans to attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech next month before Congress, but left the door open to changing her mind as the date draws closer.
In fact, the “boycott” is three leftwing Democrats.
Three prominent House Democrats are vowing to skip Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress next month, saying they disapprove of House Speaker [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ]’s decision to invite the Israeli leader without consulting President Barack Obama.
Reps. John Lewis of Georgia, G. K. Butterfield of North Carolina and Earl Blumenauer of Oregon said they won’t attend Netanyahu’s March 3 speech.
Why anyone would call Butterfield or Blumenauer prominent now when they weren’t even prominent in the last Congress is a mystery.
The real issue here is that the White House desperately wants to sell Israel out to the savages that run the kleptocracy that pretends to govern the West Bank and Gaza. They want to do this because they are attempting to realign the US from an alliance with Israel to an alliance with Iran. If they can get House Democrats (and it is worthy of note that Senate Democrats aren’t mentioned in any of these stories other than to say that Chuck Schumer will be there) to boycott Netanyahu’s speech then they have succeeded in reframimg the speech from a critique of Obama’s feckless policies to a Netanyahu versus Obama political spat.
The whole issue of how Netanyahu was invited is bogus and is a total nothingburger. As our Salem colleague Noah Rothman writes at HotAir, Pope Francis was invited in the same way:
Pelosi and the White House continue to maintain that it is not the clear and demonstrable bad blood that exists between the Israeli government and the administration that led Democrats to protest Netanyahu’s speech before Congress, but the failure of the House Republicans to observe proper protocol. They insist that, had Republicans informed the White House of their desire to invite Netanyahu to address Congress before submitting it to the Israeli leader, Democrats would have had few objections to the speech.
Well, congressional Republicans decided to test that theory. On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) revealed that Pope Francis accepted a request from congressional leadership to address a joint session of Congress in September.
“Boehner’s office says it did not coordinate with the White House when the speaker invited the pope last year,” Politico reported. “It told the administration of the visit only this morning — which is also when Boehner told reporters.”
The fact that Politico continues the serialize a non-controversy in an effort to help the White House shows their total lack of integrity.