NY Times Publishes Puff Piece on Islamic Terrorist Group

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The New York Times is taking a lot of deserved heat for their feature interview with author Alice Walker, who heartily endorsed anti-Semitic writer David Icke – an endorsement that was published uncritically by the Book Review section of the paper. But while the critics were raking the Gray Lady over the coals for that misstep, the paper went and published something at least as egregious in the meantime. On Monday, the New York Times wrote up what can only be called a puff piece on the Islamic terrorist group Hezbollah.

To promote the article, the Times tweeted: “Hezbollah, the Shiite political movement and militia that the United States has branded a terrorist organization, has helped ring in the season in previous years, importing a Santa to Beirut’s southern suburbs to distribute gifts.”

You see, these deadly terrorists aren’t that bad. They love Christmas, just like you and me!

It might be permissible to cover the Iran-sponsored event in Lebanon, which was indeed more Christmas-y than one might expect, but their attempt to make Hezbollah sound like misunderstood representatives of Santa Claus was a bridge too far.

“Even Hezbollah, the Shiite political movement and militia that the United States has branded a terrorist organization, has helped ring in the season,” they wrote. “In previous years, it imported a Santa to Beirut’s southern suburbs to distribute gifts. On Saturday, Hezbollah representatives were on hand for the Iranian Christmas concert, an event also featuring handicrafts by Iranian artists, but the organization skipped Santa this year because of financial constraints.”

What makes this kind of puffery so dangerous is that it plays right into the Hezbollah public relations strategy. Hezbollah is not ISIS, declaring open war on the non-Muslim world. They aspire constantly to political legitimacy, which is exactly what makes their brand of Islamism so toxic to anyone who wants to see the Middle East freed from this religious oppression. To accept this group as legitimate, though, one must forget their attack on the U.S. embassy in Beirut in 1983, which resulted in the deaths of 63 people. And one must also forget the attack on a U.S. Marine barracks later that year, which killed 241 Americans.

One must forget that it is the State Department’s official position that, prior to 9/11, Hezbollah was alone to blame for more terrorism-related killings of U.S. citizens than any other group. They may not be al Qaeda or ISIS, but their path to political legitimacy is absolutely terrifying to anyone who knows who these people really are.

The New York Times should be ashamed of themselves for helping them achieve it.