Anti-Semitism at the 'Jewish' Forward

The most outrageous tissue of lies I have seen in my forty-five years as a journalist appeared yesterday on the website of The Forward, a once-great Jewish publication long since absorbed into the echo chamber of liberal propaganda.

The Forward trumpeted an exclusive: It claimed to have found a 2007 Hungarian television interview with Dr. Sebastian Gorka, now a national security adviser to President Trump, in which Gorka endorsed a militia then proposed by anti-Semitic political parties. Embedded in the "exclusive" story is a clip of Dr. Gorka speaking on Hungarian television full of jarring cuts and jumps, and ending strangely in mid-sentence. The Forward may style itself Jewish, but it learned its journalism from classic anti-Semitism.

In fact, as David Reaboi shows at RedState, the Forward's clip edits out Gorka's denunciation of the anti-Semitic parties for exploiting popular fears in order to advance their own agenda. Gorka explicitly says that it is the ultra-right parties that are behind the proposal, and that his party, the New Democratic Coalition, is not behind it.

How does black turn into white, day into night, democracy into tyranny, friendship with the Jewish people into anti-Semitism?

There is a name for this sort of propaganda, and it is The Big Lie: as Hitler's mouthpiece Joseph Goebbels liked to say, if you tell a lie often enough, people will believe it. I denounced the Forward's campaign of defamation against Dr. Gorka last month in this space. Yesterday's lie denotes a new low point.

The events in question followed Hungary's political crisis of 2006, when a feckless and corrupt Socialist government collapsed after its prime minister was caught on tape bragging about lying to the country. Ferenc Gyurcsány told his party this at a closed-door meeting:

No European country has done something as boneheaded as we have. Evidently, we lied throughout the last year-and-a-half, two years. It was totally clear that what we are saying is not true. You cannot quote any significant government measure we can be proud of, other than at the end we managed to bring the government back from the brink.

The revelation led to street protests.

On Sept. 18, 2006, protesters gathered in front of the headquarters of Hungary's national television. Extremists from the old Communist regime joined by football rowdies battled with riot police -- 141 policemen were injured. In the aftermath, the idea of a volunteer militia gained currency. That is when Dr. Gorka gave his interview to a Hungarian news station.

He states clearly that he does not oppose the concept of a militia as such, noting that many free countries including the United States have employed the concept. But he explicitly warns that the right-wing party FIDESZ (the party of the current prime minister Viktor Orban) and the extreme right, anti-Semitic Jobbik Party are exploiting popular fears in order to push the proposal through. His party has nothing to do with it, he emphasizes.