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WashPost: 'Four Pinocchios' on Reports Tying Huma Abedin to Muslim Brotherhood

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By    |   Thursday, 25 Aug 2016 06:31 PM

The Washington Post on Thursday awarded "Four Pinocchios" to news reports that longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood because she edited an academic journal on minority Muslims for 12 years.

The New York Post reported over the weekend that "Huma Abedin worked at a radical Muslim journal for a dozen years" — a statement that The Washington Post's Fact Checker says "makes absolutely no sense."

Abedin was listed as an assistant editor for The Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs from 1996 to 2008. The academic journal is edited by her mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, who is a dean of a Saudi woman's college in Jiddah that Hillary Clinton visited when she was secretary of state.

The publication is a peer-reviewed journal founded by Abedin's father, Syed, who died in 1993, the Post reports, and it is found in "fewer than 600 libraries around the world."

Abedin's role with the journal "is not news, as that had previously been reported in 2012," the Post reports.

"The Clinton campaign says Abedin played no role in editing articles; her brother and sister are also listed as staff members."

Even though The New York Post described the publication as "a radical Muslim publication" — the Fact Checker report labeled that as "ridiculous, according to experts on Islam and members of the advisory board."

Noah Feldman, director of the Julius-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law at Harvard Law School, told The Washington Post that "I wouldn't consider it 'radical.' Quite the contrary.

"That doesn’t mean there aren't plenty of articles expressing conservative viewpoints, of course," he added. "But I've never seen anything in any way radical."

Regarding Abedin's alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Fact Checker report noted that the Saudi Arabian government "has banned the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

"Presumably, one cannot be both a Saudi propagandist and a Muslim Brotherhood operative at the same time," the Post said.

Further, "the connections are so tenuous as to be obscure," according to the report.

"Harvard's Asani said the alleged connections to the Muslim Brotherhood are 'crazy' when you consider the stated purpose of the journal.

"The Muslim Brotherhood was the last organization interested in this issue" of the rights of minority Muslims, which is the focus of the journal founded by Abedin's late father.

"Syed Abedin was far from the Muslim Brotherhood," the Post concludes. "It makes absolutely no sense."

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The Washington Post on Thursday awarded "Four Pinocchios" to news reports that longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood because she edited an academic journal on minority Muslims for 12 years.
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