by Stephen Dietrich, Managing Editor
The left is foaming at the mouth over unfounded accusations against Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon. Since the announcement of his appointment, the media has whipped into a frenzy of shocking and – at first glance, alarming — anti-Semitic accusations against Bannon.
But while reporting on these incidents, there’s something the left is intentionally ignoring -– Turns out the liberal mainstream media frenzy of attacks against Bannon was independent of one key demographic: Jewish Americans.
In large part, Bannon’s appointment was met without condemnation from the Jewish community.
What the mainstream media also fails to mention is that, throughout his two-term presidency, President Barack Obama’s administration has been routinely criticized by Jewish leaders for what many critics called pro-Iran and pro-Palestinian moves.
“I’m just not feeling the outrage,” one Jewish conservative Israel activist in Washington, D.C. told POLITICO. “The Obama administration has spent eight years empowering Iran, promoting the Palestinians, and condemning Israel. If Bannon does something bad, I’ll be happy to criticize him. Until then, I’d rather worry about real threats to Jews.”
To his credit, Bannon has shrugged off the mainstream media feeding frenzy, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “It only helps us when they (liberals and the media) get it wrong. When they’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing.”
And he’s right.
To any objective observer, the ferocious attack on Bannon and the unfounded accusations of antisemitism by the mainstream media only undercuts their crumbling credibility.
Much of the condemnation from the media came after disgusting video surfaced of a small so-called “alt-right” group, The National Policy Institute, saying “Hail Trump” and giving Nazi salutes and reports that Bannon’s ex-wife claims he hesitated sending his children to a majority Jewish school.
You can understand the media’s alarm — but to condemn Trump’s administration as anti-Semitic is simply wrong, and proof of the media’s willfully biased reporting.
Both Trump and Bannon have condemned NPI, and the accussations from Bannon’s wife are only hearsay.
Here are the facts: Bannon has the support of numerous Jewish organizations and individuals (including the senior editor of his Breitbart team and the Republican Jewish Coalition), and has been an outspoken support for the state of Israel, where half the world’s Jewish population lives, for decades.
Meanwhile, during much of that same time President Barack Obama was surrounded by outspoken anti-Semites and racists — a fact largely ignored by the mainstream press.
No, we’re not just talking about Rev. Jeremiah Wright. We’re talking about eight years of anti-Israeli advisors, confidants, and endorsers that is totally overlooked by the liberal media.
For example, take Obama’s U.N. Ambassador Samantha Powers and her history of “anti-Israel” remarks, as reported by Fox News. In 2002, Powers called for the U.S. to halt all aid to the Israeli military, and instead invest billions of dollars in a new Palestinian state – and the United States should establish a “military presence”– what she called a “mammoth protection force” — on the ground in Israel to protect Palestine.
There’s more. Obama’s former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, who served in the president’s administration from 2009-2013, also “has a long history of anti-Semitic activities, including telling the ‘Jews to pay’ for the USO’s Haifa retreat, refusing to back action against Russia’s rising anti-Semitism in 1999, refusing to condemn Yasser Arafat’s 2000 Intifada, and stating in 2007, ‘The State Department has become adjunct to the Israeli foreign minister’s office.’,” according to Breitbart.
In 2009, Obama himself famously said he intended to put “daylight” between the United States and Israel, a country where half the world’s Jewish population live, and the president’s controversial 2015 nuclear deal with Iran was met with near universal condemnation by Jewish leaders around the world.
Still not convinced? It gets worse.
The New Black Panther Party, an anti-American government and outspokenly anti-Semitic hate group, was prominently featured on Obama’s “MyObama” campaign website in 2008.
The NBPP chairman, Malik Zulu Shabazz, first emerged to prominence when he gave a warm-up speech for Nation of Islam’s Khallid Abdul Muhammad at Howard University in 1994 where, according to The Village Voice, “In a series of Goebbels-like shouts aimed at evoking the correct responses from the crowd, Shabazz asked, among other things: ‘Who is it that controls the Federal Reserve? The Jews! Who is it that has our entertainers… and our athletes in a vise grip? The Jews!’ Then, with Khallid Abdul Muhammad in the wings, Shabazz said: ‘We want to bring on a man who makes the Jews pee in their pants at night . . . my big brother, Dr. Khallid Muhammad!’”
In the two-terms since taking office, the accusations of the Obama administration’s antisemitism have been routine. For example, The Jewish Press wrote an opinion piece of Obama’s 2016 State of the Union address titled, “The Invisible Anti-Semitism in Obama’s 2016 State of the Union.”
But don’t take our word for it.
Morton A. Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, recently told The New York Post, “Bannon is the opposite of an anti-Semite. Every article about Israel and the Palestinian Arabs he has published are all supportive of Israel. He’s had articles complaining about campus anti-Semitism at CUNY, and required his Breitbart reporters to call CUNY officials and Gov. Cuomo aides urging them to do something about it.”
And what does Trump himself say to so-called “alt-right” anti-Semites?
“I condemn them. I disavow, and I condemn,” he told The New York Times on Tuesday. “”It’s not a group I want to energize, and if they are energized, I want to look into it and find out why.”
— Stephen Dietrich is the Managing Editor of The Horn News. He is an outspoken and unapologetic supporter of Israel.