has refused to inform their audience of a growing scandal tying
prominent Democrats to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan
is a notorious anti-Semite and racist
least eight Democrats are known to have met with Farrakhan and four
have refused to denounce him
has refused to inform its audience of a growing scandal tying prominent
Democratic politicians and activists to Nation of Islam leader Louis
Farrakhan, a notorious racist and anti-Semite.
Democrats are known
to have met with Farrakhan, who routinely calls Jews
“satanic” and has said that white people “deserve to die.”
Rep. Keith Ellison, the deputy chair of the Democratic National
Committee, misled the public for years about his relationship with
reporting has shown and The Washington Post has
Rep. Danny Davis, a Democrat, defended Farrakhan as an “outstanding
human being” and admitted to having a personal relationship with him in
a pair of interviews with
this reporter. After a backlash, Davis reversed his position in a
written statement, denouncing Farrakhan’s “views and remarks regarding
the Jewish people and the Jewish religion.” (He previously said he wasn’t
bothered by Farrakhan’s position on “the Jewish question.”)
the eight Democrats with ties to Farrakhan, four
of them have repeatedly declined to denounce Farrakhan, despite
outrage and pressure from Jewish groups.
prominence on the Left isn’t limited to his newly revealed closeness
with Democratic politicians.
leaders of Women’s March, a top progressive organization, have declared
their support for Farrakhan and have refused to denounce him even as
they alienate other progressives by supporting a rabid anti-Semite. The
group’s co-president, Tamika Mallory, suggested that Farrakhan is right
to call Jews his enemies and compared him to Jesus.
has largely ignored the growing scandal, even as other establishment
media outlets, including The New York Times, ABC News, CBS and The
Washington Post, have now begun to cover it.
published one article noting Farrakhan’s
anti-Semitic speech but it did not include the new evidence of ties
between Farrakhan and Democratic politicians. CNN has yet to publish a
single article outlining the new evidence of relationships between
Farrakhan and Democratic politicians, as of this article.
on-air coverage of the Farrakhan scandal has been limited to a
one-minute segment on Jake Tapper’s “State of the Union,” and one
question that Wolf Blitzer posed to Ellison at
the end of an interview in February. Aside from those two brief
instances, the Farrakhan scandal has been entirely missing from CNN’s
Daily Caller News Foundation sent a list of questions on CNN’s absent
coverage to a company spokesperson but has yet to receive a response.
coverage of a speech former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon
gave in France on Saturday makes for a sharp contrast with the network’s
blackout on the Farrakhan scandal.
his speech to France’s right-wing National Front Party, Bannon
said, “Let them call you racists. Let them call you xenophobes. Let them
call you nativists. Wear it as a badge of honor.” CNN made Bannon’s
remarks its lead story.
front page of CNN’s website at 6:15 p.m. Saturday evening. No
Farrakhan coverage in sight. (Screenshot/CNN)
unlike his CNN colleagues, has repeatedly called out Democratic
politicians and the Women’s March leaders for not condemning Farrakhan.
really not difficult at all to condemn this anti-Semitic, nonsensical
bilge. Unless of course you (a) agree with it or (b) don’t want to
alienate those who do,” Tapper wrote in one Twitter post, quoting a
video where Farrakhan claimed Jews are secretly turning America’s
intelligence agencies against black people.
asked Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders about Farrakhan on Friday during an
interview at the South by Southwest festival in Austin. Sanders, an
Independent, said he was willing to “take on” Farrakhan for his
anti-Semitism and compared the hate group leader to President Donald
that answer at the bottom of an article about Democratic
infighting. The article referenced only “the left’s hesitation in
condemning Farrakhan’s speech” and did not note the new evidence tying
Democratic politicians to Farrakhan. The article also did not note that
Davis defended Farrakhan as “an outstanding human being,” or that
Women’s March leaders have repeatedly and unapologetically defended
of this article, CNN has yet to publish an article informing their
readers of the new ties between Democratic politicians and one of
America’s most notorious racists and anti-Semites.