What Happened: After Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureishi said Israel has ‘deep pockets,’ and that ‘they control the media,’ during a CNN interview that aired yesterday, the anchor Bianna Golodrya accused him of being anti-Semitic. Many Pakistanis, including the Minister of Human Rights Shireen Mazari, took to Twitter to call out the hypocrisy of Western media outlets, and #CNNexposes was trending on Twitter. In response, British journalist Mehdi Hasan, host of The Mehdi Hasan Show which airs on MB NBC, addressed all those defending the FM’s remarks and tweeted that he did indeed ‘invoke some pretty anti-Semitic slurs.’ However, Hasan himself ended up invoking the wrath of Pakistani Twitterati.
The Response: Mehdi’s statements outraged Pakistanis as many took it to Twitter to not only highlight his hypocrisy but also to remind him that FM Qureishi had not once used the word ‘Jews’ when making those remarks, hence the accusation that he had given in to an anti-Semitic trope was baseless.
How Did Mehdi Hasan Respond: Hasan replied to some of the tweets of disgruntled Pakistanis. Far from apologizing or amending his previous statements, he was even more ruthlessly critical.
Conclusion: Mehdi concluded this war of words with Pakistanis with a final comment.