When it comes to anti-Semitism and politics, the mainstream media reports on President Donald Trump’s alleged anti-Semitism, but glances over or ignores alleged anti-Semitism from the other side of the political spectrum. A recent example is the media coverage surrounding Democratic congresswoman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and her call to boycott an HBO show.
The show in question, HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” is under fire because its host, Bill Maher, criticized Tlaib’s history of supporting an anti-Israel boycott. Maher is a Jewish comedian and is an outstpoken critic of those boycotting Israel. Tlaib took issue with Maher’s stance when Maher said on his show that the anti-Israel boycott “is a bullsh** purity test by people who want to appear woke but actually slept through history class.”
Maher’s comment about boycotts referred to the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which is a movement that advocates for a boycott against companies, organizations, and individuals who have ties to the Israeli government. Tlaib is a BDS movement supporter and her BDS support was a primary reason of why she was banned from entering Israel last week by the Israeli government.
Tlaib tweeted, “Maybe folks should boycott his show” because she is “tired of folks discrediting a form of speech that is centered on equality and freedom.”
Maybe folks should boycott his show.
I am tired of folks discrediting a form of speech that is centered on equality and freedom. This is exactly how they tried to discredit & stop the boycott to stand up against the apartheid in S. Africa. It didn't work then and it won't now. https://t.co/Oa49ZVfrVN
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) August 17, 2019
Boycotting a show over the BDS movement is an alleged anti-Semitic tactic, but the mainstream media remained silent over this controversy. Conservative media outlets, such as the Washington Examiner, National Review, Fox News, and Townhall, covered the back-and-forth between Maher and Tlaib. Of the mainstream media outlets, only USA Today published an article on the issue, which means CNN, ABC News, and CBS News failed to publish an article. It begs the question of why the mainstream media is attempting to bury this story, when it is relevant news to the American viewer.