Is Melanie Phillips a racist?

June 12, 2008 at 12:23 pm | Posted in Barack Obama, Idiot Hall of Fame | 8 Comments
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Or an ally of racists? Or merely a discredited hack who’s spent so long slurping at the septic tank of the far right that everything she says, everything she writes and everything she thinks is a slush of gangrenous bile?

Enquiring minds have a right to know!

Under the banner of Truth! Justice! and The Endless Pursuit of Fear-mongering Smears!, Ms Phillips reheats the old lie that a certain candidate for President of the United States of America is/was a Muslim. Uncritically citing one source that’s been debunked and dumped, and another by a blogger whose greatest hits include – get this – advocating bombing the US State Department, Ms Phillips suggests that Obama has been less than truthful about his filthy Muslim past and that his ‘conversion’ to Christianity over two decades ago might have been nothing but a ploy to help get himself elected:

We are entitled therefore to ask whether the Muslim world supports him because it believes he is still a Muslim. We are entitled to ask precisely when he stopped being a Muslim, and why. Did Obama embrace Christianity as a tactical manoeuvre to get himself elected?

Yep, she’s asking you to believe that Obama was planning a run for President 20 years ago!

Now, I’m not going to waste my time debunking that which has already been discredited over and over again, but if anyone’s still anxious about it, the truth is no more than eight clicks away. What I will say, however, is that it’s astonishing that a mainstream British commentator is uncritically parroting a smear that’s only being made by people on the outermost fringes of American politics.

Let’s return to our questions.

Is Melanie Phillips a racist? No. She may sensationalise the scale of the threat from radical Islam, and her work may be quoted by people who are racist, but that doesn’t mean she shares their views.

Is she an ally of racists? Not intentionally, but by spreading such smears under the guise of ‘I’m just asking in the public interest’, she inevitably helps reinforce a narrative being framed by bigots.

Is she “a discredited hack who’s spent so long slurping at the septic tank of the far right that everything she says, everything she writes and everything she thinks is a slush of gangrenous bile?”

Well, I’ll let you make up your own minds.



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  1. Oh, come on. She is a racist. If we had a writer, whose newspaper columns were almost entirely devoted to poorly argued rants about the danger posed by Jews, and who had published a book titled ‘Jew York’, and was describing politicians that he disapproved of secrect Jews, then we would call that writer a racist.

    Such a writer would never be published in a national newspaper.

    Of course, Melanie Phillips writes newspaper columns that are almost entirely devoted to poorly argued rants about the danger posed by Muslims, and who has written a book titled ‘Londonistan’, and has described politicians that she disapproves of as secrect Muslims.

    But, she is published in a mainstream national paper, is invited onto Question Time and regularly appears on the Moral Maze. Therefore, it follows, that she cannot be racist.

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  7. We know about the “so called” threat of Islam melanie phillips, please u dont need to remind us these issues we are constantly bombarded with messages with islam dis islam dat…. let me tll you something straight dont use your zionist propaganda to accuse other religions. your not jewish, you init for the money. you a greddy old witch, who the hell are you to diss christianity and the churches of corrption. you want to stop immigration you forget the fact your an immigrant yourself. your a slpit headed dual personality transexual!

  8. hello , i gotta say that melanie philips is a old racist zionist fool who get paid by ……. JEWS ! its clear that its the european ashkeNAZI jews who helped racist melanie to sell there racist books including londonistan.
    what can she do? will she have 20 babies to save the AGING WHITE RACE ? nope. immigration is karma! NEVER FORGET WHITES OPPRESSED COLOURED PEOPLE WORLD WIDE for hundreds of years and now the whites are dying because of not have enough babies! what goes around comes around europe is no more

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