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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Left Turns on Bob Dylan for His Pro-Israel Views, Refusal to Acknowledge Nobel Prize

PJ Media

. . . "It's a tremendous honor for the legendary singer-songwriter, that's for sure. But it's also stirred up its share of controversy. I won't debate Dylan's award—I'll leave that to my esteemed colleagues Andrew Klavan and Ron Radosh—except to say two quick things. First, when the Nobel Peace Prize has gone to people like Yasser Arafat and Barack Obama, did it dim the luster of the prizes in other categories? And second, I like the idea of songs like "Gotta Serve Somebody" and
"Saved" (and, apologies to Andrew, even "It Ain't Me, Babe") joining the pantheon of Nobel Prize-winning literature.

"But now that the reliably left-leaning Nobel Prize Committee has given Dylan an award, a funny thing has happened. The left has begun to turn on Dylan for being less than the predictable leftist they have expected him to be." . . .

"The first example comes to us from that cherished source of unbiased news, Al Jazeera. In a recent editorial, French sociologist and "media critic" Ali Saad takes the media to task for reporting the news of Bob Dylan's award without mentioning that he—gasp—supports Israel. Saad gripes that:
...media outlets, both Arab and international, framed the story without taking issue with Dylan's pro-Israel stance and instead portrayed him exclusively through the prism of his constructed image as defender of the oppressed.
"Saad goes on to cite "Neighborhood Bully," an early '80s tune from Dylan that expresses support for the nation of Israel." . . .

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