Without Proof, Media-Hater Cotton Says AP Knew Hamas Was A Neighbor

Even though U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken says he hasn’t seen any evidence to support Israel’s claim that Hamas was operating out of a building the Jewish state destroyed with an airstrike on Saturday, Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas isn’t being bashful about the prospect.

During a Senate floor speech on Monday, Cotton suggested that the Associated Press knew that the Palestinian organization had been housed in the Gaza tower where the independent, international news organizations has been housed for more than 15 years.

“Why is the Associated Press sharing a building with Hamas? Surely these intrepid reporters knew who their neighbors were,” Cotton said, his sarcasm clear. “Did they knowingly allow themselves to be used as human shields by a US-designated terrorist organization? Did the AP pull its punches and decline to report for years on Hamas’ misdeeds?” Cotton continued.

Cotton’s performance is yet another installment of the passive-aggressive GOP politicians’ currently favorite technique of political argument in which they’re “just asking the question” because they have no facts with which to make an assertion.

“I submit that the AP has some uncomfortable questions to answer, yet the AP and its fellow journalists are in high dudgeon about Israel’s wholly appropriate air strike. Leave it to whiny reporters to make themselves the story and the victim when terrorists are shooting missiles at innocent civilians,” Cotton added.

Israeli forces Saturday destroyed the Gaza tower that housed the Associated Press, Al Jazeera, and other media organizations. Israel has claimed that Hamas operated out of the building, making it a legitimate military target, and gave tenants and residents one hour to evacuate.

Sally Buzbee, the AP’s executive editor, has said that before the bureau received word to evacuate out, she was never informed, and never had any indication, that Hamas might be in the building.

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