More Anti-Semitism At The Times, Trump Helps Our Troops, Cutting The Anchor

Thursday, August 22, 2019

More Anti-Semitism At The Times
Kudos to Breitbart for conducting an investigation of New York Times Senior Staff Editor Tom Wright-Piersanti
Breitbart discovered a long history of anti-Semitism, dating back at least nine years in Wright-Piersanti's social media posts.  They also discovered a bizarre hostility to Indian Americans, not Native Americans, but people from India.
The investigation is particularly significant because the New York Times has regularly accused the president of anti-Semitism.  And the paper itself also has a sad history of engaging in anti-Semitism.  Remember the paper's infamous "Jew tracker"?
As we reported earlier this year, the Times ran a number of anti-Semitic cartoons.  Eventually it decided to stop running all cartoons, presumably because the Times couldn't guarantee that it could identify and stop the anti-Semitic ones.
Articles in the New York Times about Israel frequently read as though they were written by a Jew-hating Palestinian propagandist.  As anti-Semitism has taken root on the progressive left, the Times has provided cover for it.
Tom Wright-Piersanti should be fired immediately.  But I will be shocked if he is.  Wright-Piersanti is only the latest in a long line of extremists (here and here) working at the New York Times
The Times should also conduct an immediate review of all articles he was responsible for to determine to what extent his anti-Semitism influenced those reports.  Of course, that assumes the Times is capable of doing so.
Trump Helps Our Troops
The president did something very important yesterday on an issue related to the cost of higher education.  He announced that he was ordering the Department of Education to forgive the student loan debt of permanently disabled veterans
Speaking to the 75th annual AMVETS national convention yesterday, President Trump said:
"Today, I am proud to announce that I am taking executive action to ensure that our wounded warriors are not saddled with mountains of student debt.  In a few moments, I will sign a memorandum directing the Department of Education to eliminate every penny of federal student loan debt owed by American veterans who are completely and permanently disabled. . .
"Altogether, this action will wipe out an average of $30,000 in debt owed by more than 25,000 eligible veterans who have made immense sacrifices . . . for our nation."
Cutting The Anchor
As we reported yesterday, the administration is attempting to end the Flores agreement, a legal loophole that forces the government to "catch and release" illegal immigrants crossing the border with children.
In addition, President Trump also said yesterday that he is looking "very seriously" at ways to end the problem of so-called "anchor babies," where illegal immigrants come into the country and have a baby on U.S. soil.  Under the concept of "birthright citizenship," that baby becomes a legal "anchor" allowing the rest of the family to stay in the U.S.
This is another situation where progressives who despise the Constitution as the work of evil racists will suddenly embrace the Constitution and insist that it requires birthright citizenship.  There are many constitutional scholars who disagree. 
At the end of the day, the issue will likely be decided by the courts.  But at least the administration is considering all its options for ending illegal immigration and securing the border.
Inslee's Out
Washington Governor Jay Inslee dropped out of the 2020 Democrat presidential primary last night.  Inslee made global warming the central theme of his campaign, but he just didn't catch fire.  (Pun intended!) 
New polling is breathing new life into the Sanders campaign.  After Elizabeth Warren's strong performance in the second Democrat debate, she surged into second place.  But according to the latest Economist/YouGov survey, Bernie's back.  Here are the results:
Biden 22%
Sanders 19%
Warren 17%
No other candidate received double digit support.
Meanwhile, today's Washington Post reports that several GOP candidates are considering primary challenges against the president, which one potential candidate concedes is a "daunting task."