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Published On: Wed, Nov 30th, 2016

Fake News: Anti-Defamation League retracts Stephen Bannon anti-Semite attack

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has backed away from its earlier accusations against Stephen Bannon, stating on its website: “We are not aware of any anti-Semitic statements from Bannon.” The correction comes after the attack piece “Stephen Bannon: Five Things to Know” made headlines.

 

The “five things” are:

  • Bannon has embraced the alt right, a loose network of white nationalists and anti-Semites.
  • Under Bannon, Breitbart published inflammatory pieces about women, Muslims, and other groups.
  • Bannon is a critic of the Republican establishment and the left.
  • Bannon has held a number of positions in his career.
  • We are not aware of any anti-Semitic statements from Bannon.

The first two claims are false. The next two claims are true, and innocuous. The final claim is exculpatory.

The ADL further explains:

While there is a long fact pattern of evidence that Breitbart served as a platform for a wide range of bigotry and there is some controversy related to statements from Mr. Bannon’s divorce proceedings in 2007, we are not aware of any anti-Semitic statements made by Bannon himself. In fact, Jewish employees of Breitbart have challenged the characterization of him and defended him from charges of anti-Semitism. Some have pointed out that Breitbart Jerusalem was launched during his tenure.

Nevertheless, Bannon essentially has established himself as the chief curator for the alt right. Under his stewardship, Breitbart has emerged as the leading source for the extreme views of a vocal minority who peddle bigotry and promote hate.

The statement that “Breitbart served as a platform for a wide range of bigotry” is completely false, and reflects the ADL’s left-wing ideological orientation rather than objective reality. The statement that Bannon is “the chief curator for the alt right” is also completely false, and defamatory.

The ADL, which touts itself as “the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency,” launched a defamatory campaign against Breitbart News and Bannon, the company’s Executive Chairman, when Bannon was named Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor by President-elect Donald Trump.

Bannon has been on leave from Breitbart since his appointment in August as CEO of the Trump presidential campaign.

 In a statement noting that the ADL “strongly opposes” Bannon’s new White House appointment, ADL president Jonathan Greenblatt — a former aide to President Barack Obama — called Bannon “a man who presided over the premier website of the Alt Right, a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists.”

photo/ Pete Linforth via pixabay

 

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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