The Zionist Group of America (ZOA) — America’s oldest pro-Israel group — referred to as on CNN to fireside host Christiane Amanpour after she in contrast the Trump administration to Nazi Germany purging Jews throughout Kristallnacht.
“This was a brand new capstone to Amanpour’s lengthy historical past of bias in opposition to Jews, Israel, and pro-Israel officers,” ZOA Chairman Mark Levenson and President Morton A. Klein mentioned in an announcement launched Wednesday. “Amanpour has simply made issues worse with an insulting ‘non-apology.’ CNN and its father or mother AT&T Inc. have to act already.”
ZOA additionally referred to as on CNN’s father or mother firm, AT&T, to launch an investigation into the matter and to fireside everybody that was concerned with producing the extremely controversial phase.
“Along with firing Amanpour, CNN and AT&T want to analyze everybody concerned in Amanpour’s slander and begin letting responsible heads roll (figuratively). And we want actual change within the insurance policies which have resulted in CNN’s and Amanpour’s persistent distortions and defamation of supporters of the Jewish state,” the assertion continued. “Anchors don’t function in a vacuum. There are producers, writers, and an entire cooperate hierarchy concerned in an anchor’s statements. Simply this week, CNN information anchor Anderson Cooper acknowledged, on the entrance web page of CNN’s web site, that along with himself, ‘there are a selection of writers on a program that write content material’ which Cooper then could edit or learn verbatim.”
Amanpour ignited worldwide outrage after she mentioned the next final week:
This week, 82 years in the past, Kristallnacht occurred. It was the Nazis’ warning shot throughout the bow of our human civilization that led to genocide in opposition to an entire id and in that tower of burning books, it led to an assault of truth, data, historical past, and fact. After 4 years of a modern-day assault on those self same values by Donald Trump, the Biden-Harris crew pledges a return to norms, together with the reality.
Political analysts mentioned that her feedback bordered on “Holocaust denial” and the nation of Israel demanded that she apologize for her offensive feedback.
After dealing with almost every week of backlash, Amanpour issued an alleged apology, saying:
And at last tonight, a touch upon my program on the finish of final week. I noticed the 82nd anniversary of Kristallnacht, as I typically do – it’s the occasion that started the horrors of the Holocaust. I additionally famous President Trump’s assaults on historical past, information, data, and fact. I mustn’t have juxtaposed the 2 ideas. Hitler and his evils stand alone, in fact, in historical past. I remorse any ache my assertion could have prompted. My level was to say how democracy can doubtlessly slip away, and the way we should at all times zealously guard our democratic values.
ZOA slammed Amanpour for what they mentioned was a “non-apology” framed in a deceptive approach.
“She by no means even acknowledged that she slanderously equated and analogized Kristallnacht’s horrors to pro-Jewish, pro-Israel, pro-American President Donald Trump,” ZOA mentioned. “As an alternative, Amanpour tried to rationalize her clearly deliberate defamatory remarks by claiming that she merely in some way, out of the blue, unintentionally ‘juxtaposed two ideas.’”
ZOA’s assertion continued by highlighting different examples of Amanpour’s “anti-Jewish, anti-Israel (and anti-Christian) bias and falsehoods”:
Amanpour’s assertion that she regretted “any ache [her] assertion could have prompted” furthermore basically blamed the listener. Amanpour’s phrasing was principally one other approach of claiming, “perhaps sure listeners had been oversensitive.”
Additionally, like her preliminary shameful assertion, Amanpour’s “non-apology” once more failed to say that Kristallnacht was a pogrom aimed toward harmless Jews. Jews had been slaughtered and brought to focus camps. Nazi mobs smashed and looted hundreds of Jewish companies and synagogues.
Satirically, as some commentators have identified, Amanpour made her false analogies whereas Antifa and BLM radicals had been busy bodily attacking peaceable pro-Trump marchers in Washington. Amanpour’s remarks can solely inflame the violence.
Amanpour’s “non-apology” furthermore as soon as once more vilely defamed President Trump by once more falsely accusing him of “assaults on historical past, information, data, and fact.”
Amanpour ought to level her accusations at herself. She regularly assaults “historical past, information, data and fact” by spreading anti-Jewish propaganda lies. ZOA documented over 24 extreme anti-Israel, anti-Jewish distortions, slanders, and falsehoods in Amanpour’s infamous propaganda movie “G-d’s Jewish Warriors.”
For example, Amanpour repeatedly falsely asserted that the Jewish presence and houses on historic Jewish lands in Judea and Samaria are “unlawful.” In her movie, Amanpour additionally absurdly blamed Israel’s restoration of the prayer plaza in entrance of the Western Wall for creating the disputes over Jerusalem. Amanpour thereby ignored the pogroms through which Arabs murdered a whole bunch of Jews in Jerusalem within the Nineteen Thirties, and the Arabs’ seizure of Jerusalem’s Jewish quarter in 1948, dynamiting of 58 synagogues, and murdering or expulsion of all of the Jews who had lived in Jerusalem’s outdated metropolis for hundreds of years and millennia.
This previous January, throughout Amanpour’s interview of Jared Kushner after President Trump’s Imaginative and prescient for Peace within the Center East was introduced, Kushner needed to appropriately clarify that Amanpour’s questions had been laced with false premises. In the course of the interview, Amanpour additionally promoted the views of hostile Palestinian leaders and (retired) far left-winger Yossi Beilin. (Beilin was the pinnacle of the far-left Meretz get together and one of many architects of the disastrous Oslo Accords – through which Israel gave up a lot of her management of enormous components of Judea and Samaria to the blood-soaked PLO – and in return, the PLO incited and paid Arab terrorists to perpetrate suicide bombings and homicide and maim hundreds of harmless Israelis.)
And through Amanpour’s interview with George Mitchell following former President Obama’s notorious “1967 traces” speech, Amanpour repeatedly falsely referred to as the 1949 Armistice traces (the traces the place the preventing stopped after six Arab nations invaded Israel; all events agreed that the traces haven’t any authorized impact) as “1967 borders” and belittled Israeli considerations about Obama’s harmful speech.
And there’s rather more. The Committee for Accuracy in Center East Reporting and Evaluation (CAMERA) printed 33 articles, dated from 1996 via to the current, documenting occasion after occasion of Amanpour’s anti-Jewish, anti-Israel (and anti-Christian) bias and falsehoods.
It’s time for AT&T and its CEO John Stankey and CNN president Jeff Zucker to get entangled and undertake an actual reckoning and house-cleaning at CNN, beginning with Christiane Amanpour and firm.
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