Senator Joe Lieberman (who is Jewish and is currently angling to be picked as Republican Senator John McCain’s vice-presidential running mate) is seen in this 2000 appearance on NBC’s 'Meet the Press' defending his willingness to have a dialogue with the "anti-Semitic" Nation of Islam leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan (while Lieberman was then campaigning as the vice-presidential running mate for the Democrat Al Gore), on the grounds that “one should be willing to engage those with whom one disagrees”. This comes on the heels of the revelation that Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania (who is also Jewish and is the leading Hillary Clinton supporter and possible vice-presidential running mate), had invited the same Minister Farrakhan to Philadelphia in 1997 (when Rendell was serving as mayor of the city) and had shared a speaking platform with the NOI leader during which Rendell heaped fulsome praise on Farrakhan’s organisation for its communal works.
All of this was set in motion when the host of the aforementioned 'Meet the Press' news show ~ during a 26 February televised debate between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton over which he presided ~ harangued Obama for the unsolicited praise which Minister Farrakhan had just recently heaped upon the Illinois senator for his inspiring presidential bid. The irony in this whole affair is that in 1998, Tim Russert had himself been sharply rebuked by the Jewish Anti-defamation League (ADL) for his having invited Minister Farrakhan to appear on 'Meet the Press' on no less than four separate occasions and for his having accorded Minister Farrakhan what the ADL deemed to be needlessly congenial, respectful and uncritical treatment during those interviews.
Is the American media now going to demand that both Hillary Clinton supporter, Ed Rendell, and John McCain backer, Joe Lieberman, immediately and unequivocally disavow their past associations with or outreach towards Minister Louis Farrakhan? Or does the “Farrakhan Litmus Test” only apply to Barack Obama?