Context: The New Singling Out

James Fallows tried the other day to put debates over the clout of the "Israel lobby" into some context, noting the parallel power of the Cuban exile lobby and the recently demonstrated clout of Armenian emigres:

To observe these patterns, and warn against them (including the disastrous consequences of attacking Iran), is not to be anti-Armenian, anti-Orthodox, anti-Cuban, anti-Catholic, or anti-Semitic. Nor is it to deny that members of each lobby claim, and probably believe, that what they're recommending is best for America too. But in these cases they're wrong.

For his trouble, naturally, Commentary's Gabriel Schoenfeld responds by quoting Fallows in a way that elides all reference to Cubans and Armenians and then accuses Fallows of singling out the Jews: "But why is this game played only one way, with America’s Jews the primary target?"

Um....

Fallows says he's becoming "nostalgic for the comparative 'honesty' of the Chinese state media."

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Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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