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Another poor Rolling Stone cover choice

Another poor Rolling Stone cover choice

Socialists and Islamists, don’t they ever learn?

Remember the outcry over Rolling Stone magazine’s appalling July 2013 cover feature on Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?

Apparently it didn’t faze them, because they’re out with another cover and feature story series that glamorizes two freshmen Congresswomen whose actions and/or associations with powerful anti-Semitic figures should be concerning to everyone.

The Hill reports:

Rolling Stone magazine graced the cover of its March issue with four Democratic “women shaping the future.”

From left to right, the magazine’s latest cover features Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

“Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Jahana Hayes share their advice for young women, what they would say to Trump and their go-to theme song,” the magazine said in a tweet revealing behind-the-scenes footage of its cover shoot on Wednesday.

The magazine is heavily promoting the March issue on all of their social media platforms.

Watch a video sneak peak of the pre-photo shoot primping below:

Even more troubling than the cover itself was the feature interview they did with Rep. Omar. Here’s how it was framed:

Refugee. Immigrant. Muslim. She’s everything Trump is trying to ban. Now she’s in Congress

Got that? She could have been a political “victim” of Trump’s crackdown on refugees and illegal immigration (which is not a “ban” of anything, actually), but she defied the odds and won a seat in Congress. Ok.

The next thing they did, which was even worse, was to gloss over Omar’s disturbing history of anti-Semitism. They included an editor’s note at the beginning of the article:

This interview was conducted in January, several weeks before Rep. Ilhan Omar wrote, in a since-deleted tweet, that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s threat to punish herself and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib for their criticism of Israel was “all about the Benjamins baby.” Omar publicly apologized for the tweet, which was widely condemned — including by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with whom she appears on Rolling Stone‘s March cover — for employing an anti-Semitic trope. She declined a request for a follow-up interview, and responded to only one of a series of emailed questions from Rolling Stone. We have included that response at the end of this piece.

Here was that response:

Rolling Stone: In a tweeted apology, you wrote you were grateful to ‘Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating [you] on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.’ What do you think you still have to learn about the Jewish faith or Jewish culture to avoid repeating such mistakes?

Rep. Omar: I know what intolerance looks like and one thing that has been painful about this whole process is knowing that I used language that caused hurt to others. My hope is that as much as I hold others accountable and help them learn, that people will also hold me accountable. I work every day to make sure we are living in a more tolerant world. And I hope people understand how deeply I care about creating that world. That’s why one of the first things I did as a member-elect was to speak about the rise of anti-Semitism — and one of the first bills I cosponsored as a new member was legislation to elevate the position of a Special Envoy to combat anti-Semitism. I’m an organizer at heart. I’ve given an earful to others who traffic in bigotry, so I need to listen and learn. Listening and working with communities directly impacted is what will make me a better public servant. Speaker Pelosi has been a mentor throughout this whole process and I look forward to working with her in furthering the people’s agenda.

Except she doesn’t listen and she doesn’t learn. Her apologies, when caught openly displaying her anti-Semitism, are meaningless and insincere. Not only that, but Rolling Stone seems to be under the mistaken impression that January 2019 was the first time Omar has ever expressed an anti-Semitical view.

It wasn’t.

And she did it again just this week at a gathering of supporters at a bookstore cafe in DC:

The two freshman members reflected on their few short months on the Hill in which they’ve both found themselves embroiled in controversy surrounding criticism of Israel, their support for the BDS movement, and for comments seen by many, including dozens of fellow Democrats, as anti-Semitic.

To begin the discussion among a boisterous and friendly audience, the moderator asked what “we as a community here can do to support you criticizing Israel for some of the war crimes that it has done so that it’s not seen as ‘you’re anti-Semitic’? Because you’re not criticizing the religion, you’re not criticizing Jewish people, you’re criticizing the government policies.”

Rep. Omar elaborated that when she hears her Jewish constituents offer criticisms of Palestinians, she doesn’t automatically equate them as Islamophobic but is “fearful” that people are painting her as anti-Semitic because she is a Muslim. Omar continued, “What I’m fearful of — because Rashida and I are Muslim — that a lot of our Jewish colleagues, a lot of our constituents, a lot of our allies, go to thinking that everything we say about Israel to be anti-Semitic because we are Muslim,” she explained.


“So for me, I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” Rep. Omar exclaimed, seeming to suggest, as Tlaib had in a tweet of her own, dual loyalty among a particular group of Americans. Loud rounds of applause and shouts of affirmation punctuated the event’s heavy focus on Israel.

Jewish liberal Jon Chait tweeted in response:

Democratic socialist Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is not much better. Not only did she endorse Omar in August 2018 in spite of her well-documented anti-Semitical history, but earlier this year, Ocasio-Cortez bragged about an alarming new political alliance she’d formed with British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Not only is Corbyn an anti-Semite, but the party he leads is, too. When pressed on the issue at the time, Ocasio-Cortez feigned ignorance.

Was she asked anything about this in her interview with Rolling Stone? No. Perhaps because writer Alex Morris admittedly lives in her district and is obviously a big fan.

Both Omar and Ocasio-Cortez are indeed women who are “shaping the future,” but it’s a future that—if they don’t change course—would at best relegate Jewish voices to the back benches. Or, at worst in Omar’s case, do the unthinkable and wipe them off the map.

In conducting their pseudo-serious wide-ranging interviews with these two “difference makers” Omar and Ocasio-Cortez, Rolling Stone has solidified itself as willfully ignorant enablers of politicians whose agendas could ultimately prove harmful to millions of Jewish Americans.

They glossed over Omar’s past anti-Semitic comments that were made well before she was elected. They also didn’t press Ocasio-Cortez on her alliance with Corbyn—which is a pretty big deal at a time when the Democratic House leadership is trying to rein them both in.

Needless to say, it’s not a good look.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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The Rolling Stone is being subsidized for political purposes. During the last Presidential primary season, it started appearing in my mailbox, unrequested, with two or three political articles per issue. Odd, that, for a purported entertainment magazine. It stopped arriving after the 2016 election.

RS stopped being a magazine worth reading back in the late 70’s…

if it ever was.

    Another Voice in reply to redc1c4. | March 3, 2019 at 12:28 am

    If it hadn’t been for the British Invasion back in the 60’s moving on with our own rockers, they wouldn’t have had an audience. I haven’t bought a copy since 1976.

texansamurai | March 2, 2019 at 2:56 pm

RS and staff have been irrelevant for decades–the poster children for self-absorbed liberal morons

rather than ” shaping ” would have chosen a different verb for the tagline–” limiting ” maybe or ” poisoning ” or perhaps even ” sabotaging “

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to texansamurai. | March 2, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Took the Rollin’B.S.Tone’s Founder decades to be honest and come out of the closet….. Decades after he was rich and living in a walled, gated community…..

    Just sayin’ – it’s a fact.

“Ocasio-Cortez feigned ignorance.” Heh.

The Four Horsemen. Ye gads.

To see where the Democrats, captured by the progressive socialists, are taking the country is sad. Watching the manipulation of millenials is sad. Fortunately, these new extremists are not even waiting to overplay. Perhaps they are a blessing because, now in the open and growing more extreme and authoritarian, they allow a wider expose of who they really are. Not democrats by any stretch, but proponents of tyranny. It would not be as bad if at least their ideas about human nature and how to fix the world actually worked.

I’m no fan of Nancy Pelosi, but this is a horrible visual for her. On the bright side, as she escalates attacks on President Trump, it’s a win for his team. Who can support her seeing her like this . . . with these three anti-Semite horror shows? Shudder.

Nothing surprises me. Drudge is running a headline Trump Base Clings Tight Despite Rising Tide of Troubles.. which links to a Bloomberg article written by a guy named Sahil Kapur.

Ya gotta love the BS behind it all. “Base Clings” is another project of the liberals.

Not was a big fan of Rolling Stone and Bloomberg is right up there with it. Not sure if any newspaper is worth it anymore. My beloved WSJ have been totally destroyed. Except for a few opin. writers, it is fireplace starter.

I say, good for Rolling Stone for showing us what Nancy and company really are.

That is just nasty.

Let’s see, starting from the left:

Bigoted pig, Gidget-turned-psychopath, corrupt POS, and bigoted pig.

Great photo. Expect nothing less from that leftist rag.

Rolling Stone Magazine glamororizes Boston Bomber:

What Rolling Stone glamourized in the past:

Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner should be hanged.

    Why do you call Jahanna Hayes a bigoted pig? I know nothing at all about her; do you? I haven’t seen her accused of anything that would justify such a name.

Dr Hook and The Medicine Show is slowly turning over a hot spit. They still can’t get their picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone. Too many cheap third rate pols have taken over.

Is rolling stone sill thing. That I can give a s&&t about.

RS is lucky they’re still in business. Seems they keep trying to nail the lid on their own coffin.

I loved all the issues with Barack on the cover with some title like “Oh My God This Guy is Awesome!”

Good picture, really, it just needs the right caption. Something like, “Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting the Nineteenth Amendment. Sure, it took a century to metastasize, but just watch them make up for lost time.”

I was beaten to it: but lie down with bigoted dogs, and you wake up with fleas.

Insert Hitler next to her.