August 22, 2016: Today’s Top Three Right-Wing Lies

These were the three lies at the top of the Yahoo News page today.

Let’s start with this juicy half truth as a headline:

Huma Abedin
Clinton Aid listed as the Former Assistant Editor of an Anti-Feminist Muslim Journal

Who is Huma Abedin?

According to Vanity Fair 40-year-old Huma Abedin began working for Hillary in 1996, when she was a 19-year-old intern fresh from George Washington University assigned to the First Lady’s office.

Over the years Huma has served in several positions, with increasingly important-sounding titles. She has been Hillary’s “body woman,” her traveling chief of staff, a senior adviser, and a deputy chief of staff when Hillary was secretary of state. Now, based in Brooklyn, she is the vice-chair of Hillary’s 2016 presidential campaign. But whatever the title, the job she performs for Hillary has always been essentially the same: confessor, confidante, and constant companion. It’s safe to say that over the years Abedin and Hillary have spent more time together than either has with her husband.

A former adviser to Bill Clinton describes her as “a mini Hillary.” Wherever Hillary goes, Abedin goes. In November 2008, when Hillary flew to Chicago to meet with President-Elect Barack Obama to discuss becoming secretary of state, she took Huma along. During Hillary’s grueling, nearly 11-hour congressional testimony in October about Benghazi, Abedin was there. She has been referred to as a “second daughter” to the Clintons. Others have described Hillary and Huma as like sisters.

Huma Abedin was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, is Pakistani; her late father, Syed Zainul Abedin, was Indian. Both were intellectuals. When Abedin was two years old, the family moved to Jidda, Saudi Arabia, where, with the backing of Abdullah Omar Nasseef, then the president of King Abdulaziz University, her father founded the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, a think tank, and became the first editor of its Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, which stated its mission as “shedding light” on minority Muslim communities around the world in the hope of “securing the legitimate rights of these communities.”

The Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs is an Abedin family business. Huma was an assistant editor there between 1996 and 2008. Her brother, Hassan, 45, is a book-review editor at the Journal and was a fellow at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, where Nasseef is chairman of the board of trustees. Huma’s sister, Heba, 26, is an assistant editor at the Journal. Vanity Fair News

What is the Journal of Muslim Minority affairs?

Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs is the only scholarly journal studying Muslim communities in non-Muslim societies. It provides a wealth of information about these communities that cannot be found anywhere else in documented form. It has opened up a new area of specialization in minority studies with original articles addressing the minority condition from the historical, demographic, social and economic perspective. Our research interests extend to include non-Muslim minorities living in Muslim societies, interfaith dialogue with the objective of promoting understanding, and the study of Muslim minority women who face particular and complex challenges to their minority existence while maintaining their Islamic identity. The Journal has indeed pioneered the way in examining theoretical and conceptual issues that define and explain the minority experience.

Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs

In 2012 the anti-feminist Michele Bachmann promulgated a rumor that Huma Abedin was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and a mole in the State Department.

Art by Rob Goldstein
Letter from Michelle Bachmann

According to Snopes.com,  Bachmann’s accusations were so outrageous that:

Republican John McCain condemned them on the floor of the U.S. Senate as having
“no logic, no basis and no merit” Snopes.com

Also on snopes.com is this:

Abedin was assistant editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs working under her mother, who remains editor-in-chief.

Headlined “Women’s Rights Are Islāmic Rights,” a 1996 article argues that single moms, working moms and gay couples with children should not be recognized as families. It also states that more revealing dress ushered in by women’s liberation “directly translates into unwanted results of sexual promiscuity and irresponsibility and indirectly promote violence against women.”

In a separate January 1996 article, Abedin’s mother — who was the Muslim World League’s delegate to the UN conference — wrote that Clinton and other speakers were advancing a “very aggressive and radically feminist” agenda that was un-Islamic and wrong because it focused on empowering women.

Snopes.com

That makes Abedin no more anti-feminist than Michelle Bachmann

Next up:

Art by Rob Goldstein
Hillary Clinton’s Abortion Stand Contradicts her religion

The Federalist, another right-wing propaganda outlet, claims that a Catholic Magazine says that Hillary Clinton’s religion, she’s a Methodist, contradicts her abortion stance.

Not quite:

Ary by Rob Goldstein
Policy Statement on abortion from the United Methodist Church

“It’s important to note that the Church’s statements on social issues, such as abortion, represent the effort of the General Conference to speak to human issues in the contemporary world from a sound biblical and theological foundation. They are intended to be instructive and persuasive, but they are not church law and are not binding on members. Members will hold differing views on abortion. There is no requirement for members to agree with the Church’s view.”

And last is this wonderful example of the Bandwagon Approach:

Art by Rob Goldstein
The Bandwagon Approach

I’m not surprised.

I’m sure that almost as many Republicans believe that Hillary Clinton is Lucifer.

Rg 2016

 

7 thoughts on “August 22, 2016: Today’s Top Three Right-Wing Lies

  1. Dear Rob,

    Huma Abedin has had to endure these slights and slander by the right wingers for years as a reward for working for Mrs. Clinton.
    These right wingers really know how to spread hate..

    Nothing is too low, Gronda (Many of them call themselves, Christians.)

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    1. The power of the blog is that each of us has the ability to become our own press. If every blogger who cares about the outcome of this election fact checked these half-truths and lies it might serve notice to the MSM that the people expect the Press to do its job. Mainstream news outlets spread these lies without offering context. 52 percent of republicans believe that election fraud is a serious problem: how many of them only listen to the right wing echo chamber.

      The real story is not that 52 percent of Republicans believe that our elections are rigged; the real story is that 52 percent of republicans are so brainwashed by the anti-government drivel on Fox News that they have no faith in their political system.

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      1. Love the blogger idea..circulating truth and proper fact rather than spin and misinformation.
        That would lead to the erosion of the popular press…some really thought provoking stuff, and I appreciate you explaining it to me x

        Like

      2. I feel as if it’s a civic duty–and I’m educating myself at the same time. It galls me that these wealthy and educated people abuse the idea of free speech to spread lies and fear. I honestly believe that if we don’t call out lies we agree that we’re too stupid to know a lie when we hear it.

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