Tracking the outsized media coverage of Ilhan Omar’s remarks
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Tracking the outsized media coverage of Ilhan Omar’s remarks


For weeks, freshman Representative Ilhan Omar has dominated the news cycle. The Minnesota congresswoman made multiple comments about Israel that some interpreted as anti-Semitic. And ever since, her remarks and the ensuing backlash have been covered in basically every cable news show. Controversial comments made by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. She is accused of anti-semitic remarks Omar has faced bipartisan criticism and condemnation. But not all comments by congresspeople construed as anti-Semitic receive the same media attention. So we searched transcripts in the Nexis archive to see how differently American TV news was treating Omar. Congresswoman Omar, it seems there’s some confusion among your colleagues. Are you anti-semitic? Since Omar’s tweet first went viral on February 10, we counted 214 media segments about her. How were comments by other U.S. representatives covered? On March 3, Jim Jordan tweeted that Representative Jerry Nadler was influenced by billionaire Tom Steyer. The tweet prays on well-worn anti-Semitic tropes that Jewish financiers buy-off politicians Notice the dollar sign. Representative Nadler called the tweet “inane and anti-semitic.” Yet, online databases only uncovered one clip, which referenced how much more coverage Omar was receiving. The Republicans are going to criticize Speaker Pelosi for not doing enough and then when a member of their own party does something anti-Semitic clearly having caused hurt out there and adding to the, what you rightly cited as anti-Semitic rhetoric across the country You hear just about crickets. Or how about Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy? On October 22, a pipe bomb was found in the mailbox of billionaire philanthropist and regular right-wing target George Soros, who is jewish. The next day, McCarthy tweeted that Soros was trying to “buy the election,” capitalizing on the same anti-Semitic tropes as Jordan. McCarthy later deleted the tweet. According to our Nexis search, McCarthy was on Fox Business twice, peddling the same views. But the real challenge we have is three individuals who are trying to buy the Congress and flip it. One is Soros, one is Tom Steyer that has spent more than 120 million, and then Bloomberg. But there were no immediate segments on any news channel about the sentiment of Representative McCarthy’s tweet. Then, four days later, 11 people were killed in a mass shooting in a synagogue in Pittsburgh. The suspect in today’s mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh had an extensive anti-semitic anti-jewish digital footprint. CNN, NBC, and PBS used the shooting to resurface McCarthy’s tweet in just eight news segments. And then there’s Representative Steve King, he’s a bit of a different story. The Iowa representative has aligned himself with known Neo-Nazis and actively questions the concept of multiculturalism. Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization? Than white people? Than Western civilization itself. That’s rooted in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the United States of America. and every place where the footprint of Christianity settled the world. That’s all of Western civilization. For years, he’s made racist comments like these and the media barely commented. That is, until January 2019, when he told the New York Times: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” The media finally paid attention. And King was removed from his House committee seats. But then he again promoted a known white nationalist on twitter. The number of media segments the week this tweet came out? Zero. So, what’s the difference between King, Jordan, McCarthy and Omar? Her defenders believe it’s not about what she’s saying, but about who is saying it. This is a black, young woman, immigrant, muslim, in congress who is wearing a hijab and they are going after her for that very reason. When elected officials are accused of making bigoted statements how can the media justify covering these incidents so differently? When you look at the data, she is a clear outlier.

61 thoughts on “Tracking the outsized media coverage of Ilhan Omar’s remarks

  1. What is so especial about Jewish people and they are different from other people who are condemned every day ? Western calls Muslims so many names and no one keep repeating anti Muslim or balah balah blah!

  2. Omar get's covered because she is a radical head case and is doing it daily. The media they are creating with Lynda Sasour and their other crazy comrades play's well in Iran and Syria for sure. THEY ARE WINDING UP MUSLIM'S GLOBALLY. They do not care about the West or the people they endanger here at all. 🙁 The 2 muslim gal's and the Hispanic Socialist Queen only make it harder for other minorities to follow. 🙁 SELFISH LOSERS TO ME. YOU FORGOT TO TELL THEM SORO'S IS NOT ONLY A JEW, BUT WAS A NAZI YOUTH AND EVIL!

  3. Ilhan Omar supports the Muslim Brother hood a terrorist organization. She also is involved with CAIR a pro Islam organization with ties to the Muslim brotherhood. She married her brother and lied about it to get him into this country.

  4. has Steve King ever been to eastern Europe?
    there are more polish people in the UK than Poland.
    all the white havens are shitholes.

  5. Truth is truth. It doesn't matter who says it. Everyone could be accused of having a cynical personal racist agenda, if the same perimeters are applied that were applied to Omar. None of the statements she made can be interpreted as anti-Semitic. They just want to make an example of her, so others will think twice before they speak about Jews, Zionism or Israel in any way, shape or form, in a negative way.

  6. I Omar is an Islamo Fascist promoted by the official representation of the Muslim Brotherhood in the USA, CAIR. She comes from a country torn apart by her fellow islamists and seeks refuge in a Country founded on principles she hates. I wonder why she has not chosen some other places like Cuba or Venezuela. But I guess it is easier to use the freedoms you are given to try to destroy and deny them. I am not surprised that progressives are supporting a terrorist apologist and supporter. Some might be. How can so called progressives stand with a women whose ideology ( Sharia) is homophobic, misogynistic, racist and frankly fascist? What do they have in common? They do share many, many things in common: They hate the West, they hate America, they hate democracy, they hate diversity, all diversity but mainly diversity of thought. And frankly they are both authoritarians, intolerant and deeply antisemitic. You can try to fool you uneducated crowd, but you can't fool those who are aware and awoke. We know who you are, you are the fascists.

  7. Maybe we should ask Hillary and Trump how the media picks what they cover!! If this was the first or only time Omar had been accused..she still has a seat on a committe ..Mr. King was removed. And she is on a committe for foriegn affairs seems like a conflict of interest plus should all of this be inside that committe not in the news!! It's like if you stir enough you get the water muddy and nobody can see clearly. I thought AIPAC was a PAC just like Justice Democrats..the pot and the kettle. Why are we only focused on one PAC and not all??

  8. The only reason Ilhan Omar is accused of anti-semitic is because the members of Congress and senate are covering their asses on being charged with treason. AMERICA, PLEASE LOOK UP THE U.S.A. CONSTITUTION DEFINITION OF TREASON

  9. ASHMED HERE DOESNT KNOW WHY THE WORLD HATES MOSLUMS )))))))
    ASK ANY EUROPIEN OR GO TRY TO ENTER MOSLUM BURMIHEM ALABAMA AND OTHER MUSLUM ZONES )))))))))
    ASHMED HAS NO IDEA )))))))
    ASHMED WILL SHOW YOU !!!!!!

  10. We as the people, should pool our money and outbid all lobbies. Sad it has to be this way but this is what we need to do. Go broke buying back our sell-out government.

  11. More Americans stand with this congresswoman then what you can really expect in fact there are more Jews now that are standing for this congresswoman

  12. It’s almost as if,every single time we say something, regardless of what it is we say, that is supposed to be about foreign policy or engagement or advocacy about ending oppression or the freeing of every human life and wanting dignity, we get labeled something, and that ends the discussion. Because we end up defending that,and nobody ever gets to have the broader debate of what is happening with Palestine. So I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country.-
    Rep. Ilhan Omar🧕🏽

  13. “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country. I want to ask why is it OK for me to talk about the influence of the NRA (National Rifle Association), or fossil fuel industries or Big Pharma, and not talk about a powerful lobbying group that is influencing policies?”

    REP. ILHAN OMAR🧕🏽
    FEBRUARY 27

  14. Not all Jewish people support AIPAC and their voices are being ignored because the Nationalist Jewish Supremacists (AIPAC) has a huge megaphone and bundles campaign contributions.
    The right wing Jewish Nationalist organisation, AIPAC, is worried about loosing their grip on the younger generation. Like so many old people who fear that the younger people will go a different direction, they choose to overplay their hand. This will backfire on them. Hopefully this will ONLY backfire on AIPAC and NOT the rest of the Jewish community who runs the risk of being equivocated with the Nationalist Jewish Supremacists.

  15. Great piece !. This was a factual and measured illustration of white privilege at work. I stand with Ilhan Omar!

  16. Ilhan Omar will be president United states

    Coming soon

    Don't worry she standing every American and Jews people will be out there

  17. Interesting.. did you actually look at the Quran? What about the Haddiths? Have you actually done a search on how many moderate Muslims hold the destruction of Israel view? Do you really think you are fooling the American people with your BS propaganda?? We see right through it

  18. Omar does not believe that the state of Israel should exist. Mcarthy was not on Soros and the other guy because they were jewish, Mcarthy is critical of Soros and the other guy because they are SOCIALIST – GLOBALISTS. IT IS ILLOGICAL to CONCLUDE WHAT YOU HAVE in this video. And, clearly, Omar IS totally anti-Semitic without a doubt. Most importantly, she is a member of CAIR, a group that is tied to HAMAS, and, CAIR does not respect Israel as a sovereign nation.

  19. 2 Thess…before that day comes there must first be a falling away first such that the man of sin son of perdition be revealed

  20. Islam teaches Muslims to hate Jews and Christians.

    Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are Muslims, which means that Islam is their religion and the Quran is their bible and where they get their orders from. The Quran teaches Muslims to hate Jews and Christians.

    Below are just two verses from the Quran that talk about Jews and Christians.

    The Quran chapter 9 verse 30 says:
    'The Jews say, "Ezra is the son of Allah "; and the Christians say, "The Messiah is the son of Allah ." That is their statement from their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved [before them]. May Allah destroy them; how are they deluded?'

    The Quran chapter 5 verse 51 says:
    "O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people."

    What is the difference between a peaceful Muslim who does not kill and a Muslim that kills in the name of Allah (the name of their God) if all Muslims read and get their orders from the same book?

  21. Omar is speaking and fundraising for a satellite group of HAMAS next week. Proof!!! I knew Dems would eventually start to support terrorists and terrorist sympathizers

  22. Not to mention… SHE SAID NOTHING ABOUT THE JEWISH PEOPLE!!!! She was talking about the influence of the far right ISRAELI GOVERNMENT.

  23. If Ilan Omar didn't make any anti-semitic remarks then why is that all of the posters commenting on this video who support her are all spouting anti-semitic remarks themselves ?

  24. Israeli = A citizen of Israel. Jewish = a believer of the judish religion. What is that people don't get. If you criticize Israel by you are not anti semitic. There is no connection between state and personal philosophy.

  25. that xenophobic and stochastic bigotry against Ilhan Omar..for that reason why so many Islamophobic is raising, due to a stochastic media, fanatic hatered double standard is what is going on, here we go land of free….

  26. You guys are so Ridiculous. You guys are the same group that will take groups like the proud boys and try to smear them as white nationalists, yet when someone tries to smear one of your people, you make videos like this, with this whataboutism BS. Its pretty sad.

  27. Chilling how radical Muslims who took down the twin towers in America are now in power in American government, and openly Anti-Israel Anti-American. Foolish Democrats you will reap what you sow.

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