Something unusual happened this week on a reliably left-wing cable news network: a female, Muslim lawmaker got a fact-checking history lesson by an anchor.
Possibly lost in the uproar over Rep. Rashida Tlaib's statement about a “calming feeling" when she thinks of the Holocaust is that the Palestinian lawmaker literally re-wrote history about her Middle East ancestors and their conflict with Jews who fought to reclaim Israel as their own.
Some people have rushed to Tlaib’s defense to point out she never claimed the Holocaust gave her a “calming feeling” but was telling an interviewer that feeling comes from her knowledge that Palestinians, who lost their lives and livelihoods, nonetheless created a “safe haven” for Jews.
“And I love the fact,” she continued, “that it was my ancestors that provided that --- right? --- in many ways.”
But that revisionist history didn’t get past CNN anchor John King.
“Yes, as she said, Palestinians lost land in the creation of Israel,” King told his audience. “But she ignored the fact that Palestinian leaders at the time allied themselves with Hitler, and that total war was how the Arab world reacted to the declaration of Israeli independence.”
“It was remarkable,” responds Don Irvin of Accuracy in Media. “The network itself goes into anti-Trump mode, and King is definitely no conservative, so kudos to him for correcting the record there.”
In his response, King’s first reference seems to recall that Tlaib’s Palestinian ancestors famously allied with Adolph Hitler --- and literally sat with him --- to pledge support to the Third Reich when they were living in what was then British-controlled territory.
The anchor’s “total war” comment recalled the 1948 Arab-Israel war, when the newly declared State of Israel fought against a military push from Egypt, Jordan, and Syria in a nine-month conflict.
During and after the war, hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Arabs were displaced by the conflict, which they still refer to as Nakba, “The Catastrophe."
May 15, in fact, is recognized as Nakba Day by the Palestinians.
Tlaib, meanwhile, has responded to the criticism by calling her critics “racist idiots” who took her words out of context.