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Cutting through the BDS BS

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 14, 2014 at 10:16am
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Previously we noted that the New York Times has a tendency to play up the successes of the BDS movement and to play down the true nature of the BDS movement.

The New York Times has since carried two more articles about BDS; one in...

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Waiting for Roger Cohen’s mea culpa on Muslim Brotherhood

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 10:05am

It’s time for the person most consistently wrong about the Muslim Brotherhood to admit that just about everything he said about the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s Arab Spring was wrong, including:

Already we hear the predictable warnings from Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu: This could be Iran 1979, a revolution for freedom that...

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As freedom in Egypt slips, Thomas Friedman clings to delusions about the Muslim Brotherhood

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 7:15pm

When I announced that The award for the person most consistently wrong about the Muslim Brotherhood goes to … Roger Cohen of The NY Times, it was suggested that...

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The award for the person most consistently wrong about the Muslim Brotherhood goes to … Roger Cohen of The NY Times

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 10, 2012 at 10:05am

I have written several times about the dangerous romanticizing of the Muslim Brotherhood by Roger Cohen of The NY Times.  He certainly was not alone at The Times in doing so, but this quote from February 3, 2011, surely puts him in a league of his own:

Already we hear the predictable warnings...

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Mohammed Morsi not backing down, despite warning from Roger Cohen of NY Times

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 7:30pm

Roger Cohen of The NY Times famously told us in February 2011 (emphasis mine):

Already we hear the predictable warnings from Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu: This could be Iran 1979, a revolution for freedom that installs the Islamists. But this is not 1979, and Egypt’s Facebook-adept youth are not lining up...

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Tunisia, cradle of the Arab Spring, devolves into Islamist nightmare

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 9:18am

In February 2011, Roger Cohen of The NY Times demanded that we abandon the phrase “the Arab Street” as a relic of the past which no longer applied, even as crowds in Tunisia surged around a Synagogue shouting “”Jews, remember Khyabar, the army of Mohammed is returning””:

Cohen further asserted that “the usual Muslim-hating naysayers” were...

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What do Intrade and Nate Silver show for who’s winning the Cairo Street?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 1:46pm

I’m going to do this the way I did the U.S. presidential election.  Going with my gut.

I’m “betting” on (but not rooting for) the Islamists.

Unlike the presidential election, I will be right.

‘Deadly’ clashes at Egypt presidential palace:

Supporters of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi attacked oppositi...

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Roger Cohen at NYT hasn’t figured out the “New Egypt” is Islamist

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 2:39pm

Roger Cohen was among the worst of the delusional dreamers about the nature of the Islamist uprising in Egypt.

I frequently have quoted this prediction by Cohen on February 3, 2011:

Already we hear the predictable warnings from Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu: This could be Iran 1979, a revolution for freedom that...

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Springtime for Islamist dictatorship in Cairo

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 8:35pm

The Muslim Brotherhood President of Egypt already had brought the military to heel.

Now he is discarding the judiciary:

With a constitutional assembly on the brink of collapse and protesters battling the police in the streets here over the slow pace of change, President Mohamed Morsi issued a sweeping decree on Thursday night, granting himself...

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“We” never believed them, only “you” did

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 11:10am

Joel Brinkley, currently a Professor at Stanford who spent most of his career as a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, has a column in the San Francisco Chronicle titled Islamists in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia not democratic.

The thesis of the column is that Westerners who took Islamists at their word that they...

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The delusion continues

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 5, 2011 at 1:17pm

I previously have highlighted the treatment of the “Arab Street” by NY Times columnist Roger Cohen in the midst of the Arab Spring protests, many of which revealed an open and ugly anti-Semitic side:

In the Middle East you expect the worst. But having watched Egypt’s extraordinary civic achievement in building the coalition that...

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Egyptian Imam The NY Times called “moderate” holds “kill all the Jews” mass rally

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 9:52am

The NY Times has whitewashed the anti-Semitic aspects of the Arab Spring in Egypt since the beginning of the protests last January.  NY Times’ columnists like Roger Cohen have sought to glamorize and glorify the so-called “Arab Street” and Nicholas Kristof has waxed poetic about Islamist forces in the Middle East.

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The “Google Guy” still doesn’t stand a chance in Egypt

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 10:45am

Roger Cohen of The NY Times and other journalists were smitten with the Egyptian revolution, and denounced warnings of what lurked below the surface:

(February 3, 2011)  Already we hear the predictable warnings from Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu: This could be Iran 1979, a revolution for freedom that installs the Islamists. But...

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What Don’t They Understand About Islamists?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, March 4, 2011 at 8:39am

In what will come as a shock to no one who lives in reality, the revolutions throughout the Middle East, while sparked in many instances by people who share western-style democratic values, are turning Islamist, and the Obama administration is dithering and accepting the outcome as a foregone conclusion:

Via The Washington Post:

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The Yuppie Revolution In Egypt Is Over, The Islamist Revolution Has Begun

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 10:11am

When it came to overthrowing Hosni Mubarek, the western media thrust itself into the situation and portrayed the uprising as a western-style demand for freedom.

The television screens were filled with stories of relatively western figures such as Google employee Wael Ghonim, who became the face of the new Egypt — educated,...

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Who’s Afraid Of The “Arab Street”?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 8:40am

In the wake of the overthrow of Hosni Mubarek, we have heard much praise for the “Arab Street,” including by Roger Cohen writing in The New York Times two days ago:

In the Middle East you expect the worst. But...
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