This Is Getting A Little Ridiculous

It seems that the Washington Times editorial staff reads Powerline. An editorial in today’s edition follows John Hinderaker’s lead and rips John Dingell over his out of context comments about Hezbollah.

One of those Democrats, Rep. John Dingell of Michigan, is in line to become chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce should Democrats retake the House in November. Here’s what Mr. Dingell had to say to a reporter in Detroit the other day during a television program: “I don’t take sides for or against Hezbollah; I don’t take sides for or against Israel.” When asked if he really wasn’t “against Hezbollah,” Mr. Dingell replied, “No.”

Part of what’s behind Mr. Dingell’s appalling refusal to condemn Hezbollah are the tens of thousands of Muslims, mostly Shi’ites, living in his Michigan district. The city of Dearborn especially is one of the largest Arab communities outside the Middle East. One neighborhood of Dearborn, which is just to the west of Detroit, has a population that is over 90 percent Muslim. As the New York Times reported, “it seems nearly everyone [in Dearborn] has relatives trapped in Lebanon by the attacks or knows someone who does.”

But again as Think Progress points out, first Hinderaker and now the Washington Times presumably using Hinderaker’s clipped audio, uses only a partial quote to condemn Dingell. Here’s the full quote one more time.

Q: You’re not against Hezbollah?

DINGELL: No, I happen to be — I happen to be against violence, I think the United States has to bring resolution to this matter. Now, I condemn Hezbollah as does everybody else, for the violence.

Think Progress goes on to provide more information on Dingell and his feelings regarding Hezbollah.

Dingell also signed a letter on July 28, two days before the interview aired, calling on the EU to add Hezbollah to their terrorist list. He also voted for a House Resolution in March 2005 which made the same request. (In a subsequent post responding to “the loons at Think Progress,” Powerline nevertheless maintains that Dingell “does not quite deem [Hezbollah] a terrorist group.”)

Now I can understand Hinderaker’s motives, his blog is dedicated to forwarding his agenda but you would think that a mainstream news organization would be a bit more careful before they perpetuate a blatantly false and misleading report, especially one that had already been exposed.

That damn liberal media!

UPDATE: The Washington Times has issued an apology for not including the full quote in their editorial and say they were “unaware of and thus did not include Mr. Dingell’s complete answer”. Of course they were unaware considering they used Hinderaker’s hatchet job of the quote to write their editorial instead of checking it themselves.

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