Three weeks ago, Media Matters responded to a post by Big Government's Jim Hoft in which he wrongly accused Barbara Boxer, Raul Grijalva, Henry Waxman and Dennis Kucinich of helping Code Pink deliver $600,000 to extremists in Fallujah. At the time, Media Matters pointed out that none of the “evidence” Hoft marshalled supports his assertion that these Democratic lawmakers facilitated a trip “to donate $600,000 worth of humanitarian aid to the people who had just killed 51 Americans and wounded 560 more earlier that month.”
As we wrote at the time, an Islam Online article that Hoft cites says the money was humanitarian aid to the refugees of the war-torn city of Fallujah," and Hoft did not provide any evidence to the contrary. We also pointed out that there was no evidence that the delegation in question “traveled to Fallujah” as Hoft had claimed. Code Pink says the delegation travelled to “Amman, Jordan and the Iraqi border.”
It took a while for the Breitbart crew to respond, but today they finally did. Over at Big Peace, Kristinn Taylor and Andrea Shea King have now accused Media Matters of producing “backstabbing propaganda on behalf of those who are getting our troops killed.” The post provides a strange sort of non-rebuttal: a long list of more tangentially related quotes and citations, none of which does anything to bolster Hoft's original claim.
Taylor and Shea King seem to think it's really important that, in an Agence France Press article, Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin was quoted as saying that the money was “for the families of the 'other side.' ” However, they continue to provide any evidence that by the “other side,” Benjamin actually meant that she was handing money to the very people who had killed Americans.
And they certainly don't show any evidence that the lawmakers intended to help Code Pink deliver aid to people taking up arms against the United States.
Besides, as Taylor and Shea King themselves point out, the Supreme Court found that providing financial aid to terrorist organizations counts as providing “material support,” and is therefore illegal. Yet they would have us believe that not only did Code Pink provide a large sum to insurgents, but successfully recruited four members of Congress to ease the way. Then, they tell us, the founder of Code Pink bragged about it in the press. Yet somehow the Bush administration did not charge Code Pink with providing material support to terrorist organizations. (Maybe the Bush administration was in on the conspiracy.)