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ei: No free pass for Rahm Emanuel

ei: No free pass for Rahm Emanuel: "James Zogby isn't just an Arab American with an opinion. He is the president of the Arab American Institute (AAI), a well-known writer, and an esteemed leader within the Arab American community. Many non-Arab Americans highly regard his analysis and look to his articles as a resource to understand the Middle East.

This is precisely why his latest article, 'Rahm Emanuel and Arab Perceptions,' published by The Huffington Post, is so disturbing. In the piece, Zogby tries to calm the fears of Arab Americans about United States President-elect Barack Obama's first appointment, Rahm Emanuel, to White House Chief of Staff. Zogby expressed shock and dismay that his constituency, once euphoric over the election of Obama, was now sending him angry and cynical letters. Zogby described the emails and calls to his office as 'troubled and troubling -- because much of the reaction was based on misinformation and because of what the entire episode reveals about the larger political dynamic.'

Zogby immediately followed up with what he calls 'the facts' (i.e., a long list of Rahm Emanuel's accomplishments), while conveniently leaving out any of his troubling positions related to the Middle East, namely that he was a staunch supporter of the war in Iraq and he has expressed hawkish pro-Israel views. The forcefulness of Zogby's tone is elucidated in phrases such as '"

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