The liberal mainstream media attacked President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Stephen Bannon, former Breitbart executive chairman, as his chief strategist, basing their attack on extremely flimsy allegations of antisemitism.
Now, the Anti-Defamation League has released a statement about Bannon — days after its president, Jonathan Greenblatt, a former aide to President Obama, slandered him — which knocked down these allegations, and the mainstream media are going to be furious. The League admitted: “We are not aware of any anti-Semitic statements from Bannon.”
The ADL’s statement came at the end of a piece titled “Stephen Bannon: Five Things to Know.” In it, the five things were as follows:
# 1 Bannon has embraced the alt-right, a loose network of white nationalists and anti-Semites.
# 2 Under Bannon, Breitbart published inflammatory pieces about women, Muslims and other groups.
# 3 Bannon is a critic of the Republican establishment and the left.
# 4 Bannon has held a number of positions in his career.
# 5 We are not aware of any anti-Semitic statements from Bannon.
The establishment has been horrified by the fact that Trump has broken through their conventional wisdom like a bull in a china shop. They have attacked conservative new media with unfounded identity-politics-based allegations because they are threatened.
As Breitbart noted, “The first two claims are false. The next two claims are true, and innocuous. The final claim is exculpatory.”
As for number four, yes, Bannon has had a number of jobs. Most people have.
It’s also important to note that #3 is a big part of the reasoning for the slander to begin with. The establishment is threatened by Bannon and conservative new media because they haven’t been able to control either.
From the ADL’s statement: “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.”
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