On the July 18th episode of the National Public Radio program ‘Fresh Air’, host Teri Gross made several false statements about the Breitbart news organization as well as former Executive Chair of Breitbart, Stephen Bannon.
Ms. Gross has been hosting ‘Fresh Air’ since 1975, with the show going national in 1985 and distributed by NPR in its current weekly format.
In the interview she conducted with author Joshua Green, Ms. Gross discussed his recently released book ‘Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and the Storming of the Presidency’. During the discussion she made the statement:
“Steve Bannon has said with pride that he created the alt-right. And during the Trump campaign, there was a lot of anti-Semitism and racism being unleashed on the Internet, particularly on Twitter. And as you point out in the book, a lot of journalists were getting a lot of anti-Semitic imagery and language directed at them, particularly Jewish journalists. Do you think Steve Bannon is implicated in that at all?”
The ongoing liberal progressive social justice narrative that both Breitbart and Stephen Bannon created the “alt-right” and that by extension Mr. Bannon is anti-Semitic and Breitbart is a platform for anti-Semitism and racism isn’t just false, it’s a downright lie that takes all of five minutes to debunk.
It is absolutely stunning that Ms. Gross chose to deliberately spread this Fake news. While neither Breitbart or Stephen Bannon need any defending, as they are both extremely capable at defending themselves, calling out Fake News in any format is important in this new era of disappearing journalistic integrity. Furthermore, the amount of investigation needed to flesh out Ms. Gross’ claim is ridiculously tiny.
For example, Breitbart was founded by Andrew Breitbart, a man of Jewish faith that stated unequivocally that, “I’m glad that I’ve become a journalist because I’d like to fight on behalf of the Israeli people … And the Israeli people, I adore and I love.” Furthermore, Breitbart is staffed by Joel Pollak (Senior Editor-At-Large) and Aaron Klein (Breitbart’s Jerusalem bureau chief and senior investigative reporter) who are both Jewish among many other staff members that are male, female, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Jewish, Christian among many other types that matter only to progressive liberals and their continuation of sidestepping the truth in favor of lies.
During Mr. Bannon’s tenure at Breitbart, the Jerusalem bureau of the news organization was founded. In fact, Mr. Bannon and Breitbart have both been instrumental in calling out and very publicly pushing back on the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement that is organized by the Palestinian National BDS Committee. The BDS movement, popping up on college campuses all across the nation, has been instrumental in increasing the instances of antisemitic activity in centers of ‘higher learning’. In mid-2016 the Washington Post published an article directly linking a surge in antisemitic sentiments and instances with the BDS movement on college and university campuses.
This begs some questions be answered by Ms. Gross: Who belongs to these BDS movements springing up and spreading antisemitism throughout colleges in the United States? Are BDS groups made up of mainly young conservatives? Are Breitbart readers clamoring to join a movement that punishes Israel in its efforts to secure its’ borders and rewards the fractured Palestinian government that openly supports terrorism to the point of paying families of terrorists millions of dollars a year? Or perhaps maybe this growing antisemitism in America is rooted in a liberal voice and in liberal causes. While there have been no reports of Trump supporters telling Zionists (a Zionist is defined as “a person who believes in the development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel”) that they cannot participate in conservative functions, the same cannot be said of the ‘resistance’ protests that are organized by liberals. Several women were asked to leave ‘The Dyke March’ after suffering harassment for displaying a rainbow flag that had featured a Star of David. ‘The Dyke March’ billed itself as more inclusive, more social justice oriented” event than the city’s Pride parade.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Earlier this year it was discovered that a journalist fired for making up quotes was responsible for making many threats to Jewish community centers as well as the American Defense League. The disgraced journalist that was arrested was Juan Thompson, arguably a very liberal activist that railed against Trump’s presidency.
After Mr. Thompson’s arrest, the mainstream media was very careful to constantly point out that the former journalist was not responsible for the hundreds of other antisemitic threats against Jewish centers and organizations that at the time, remained unsolved. Perhaps waiting for the discovery of a cabal of white supremacist Trump supporters being discovered as the source of these threats, that discovery would never come. Instead, it was discovered that the threats came from an American-Israeli dual citizen.
With all of these facts known – facts about Mr. Bannon, about Breitbart as well as about the growing pervasiveness of antisemitic sentiment on college campuses across the country and the social justice activists behind it – Ms. Gross chose to make her statements anyway. Instead of asking if Steve Bannon was “implicated in that at all” what she perhaps should have been asking is, “Why do you think Steve Bannon is being smeared as an antisemite by social justice activists that engage in antisemitism?”
As far as the term “alt-right”, the alt-right is a movement that began out of disdain with the neoconservatives and Establishment Republicans that had taken the reins of the Republican party and worked hand-in-glove with neoliberals and Establishment Democrats to wreak havoc on the American working class – the very people that Mr. Bannon as well as Breitbart champion every day. This movement, an unofficial movement made up of an amalgamation of people with a wide variety of backgrounds was termed the “alt-right” as in an alternative to the Establishment right. Later, the term would be hijacked by the likes of Richard Spencer and other groups to use as a platform for hatred. This was well after the term had been used for years to identify those with a conservative viewpoint that didn’t fit into the Established Republican mold:
When Mr. Bannon stated that he was proud of creating the “alt-right” he was speaking of a movement that transcends party line and reaches deep into the population of the United States of America. He wasn’t speaking of a movement that would be hijacked and a term that would be used gleefully in a knowingly false narrative by the Establishment Media. He was speaking of the working-class, dazed and confused by bipartisan betrayals such as NAFTA. He was speaking of these people and their frustration, their anger – not towards religion and race but towards their government and its continuing policies of enriching the wealthy at the expense of the American citizen.
However, it isn’t this statement of racism and antisemitism couched in the form of a question to her guest that is the most egregious lie. During the program she also stated:
“And it’s interesting, like, although Steve Bannon had been the head of Breitbart News, which is famous for fake news, with the Government Accountability Institute, he wanted that Schweizer book, “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story Of How And Why Foreign Governments And Businesses Helped Make Bill And Hillary Rich,” Bannon wanted that book to be fact-based in the hopes that the mainstream press would pick up on it and would publish facts from there and that that would work against Hillary. And that’s in fact what happened.” (emphasis added)
While Ms. Gross may falsely accuse Breitbart of “fake news”, two minutes on the internet would clearly show otherwise.
So why all the fuss over yet another instance of the social justice narrative playing out in the Establishment Media? Unlike CNN, National Public Radio receives a portion of their funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that receives a portion of its funding from … federal tax dollars. The CPB receives around $450 million a year. When compared to the entirety of the $3.8 trillion Federal budget, it doesn’t seem like much and liberal news sites often state that the CPB’s budget is such a small amount that it is little more than a “rounding error”. In fact, some liberal commentators have even suggested that the CPB get off the dole of the American taxpayer because “PBS reporters should be daydreaming about an unfettered ability to report the real news, including calling out all of Trump’s “facts.”” Apparently, at least NPR has the unfettered ability to report whatever they want, even if it’s a lie.
Furthermore, while it may be true in fact that $450 million amounts to a “rounding error”, according to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association and their use of states cost models, this is a basic cost of roads and highways:
- Construct a new 2-lane undivided road – about $2 million to $3 million per mile in rural areas, about $3 million to $5 million in urban areas.
- Construct a new 4-lane highway — $4 million to $6 million per mile in rural and suburban areas, $8 million to $10 million per mile in urban areas.
- Construct a new 6-lane Interstate highway – about $7 million per mile in rural areas, $11 million or more per mile in urban areas.
- Mill and resurface a 4-lane road – about $1.25 million per mile.
- Expand an Interstate Highway from four lanes to six lanes – about $4 million per mile.
At $450 million dollars a year, over the next 10 years, America can build and resurface quite a bit of our infrastructure. Perhaps less time should be spent worrying about a government takeover of liberal news organizations that can report as many falsehoods as they want and more time worrying about the stifling of free speech when one attempts to protest this Establishment Media driven onslaught of fake news.
This isn’t the first time Ms. Gross has been in hot water. In October of 2003, NPR ombudsman Jeffrey Dvorkin rebuked Ms. Gross for her underhanded tactics in supporting Al Franken while interviewing Bill O’Reilly saying, “an interview that was, in the end, unfair to O’Reilly” and “it felt as though Terry Gross was indeed ‘carrying Al Franken’s water’.”
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