(November 16, 2020, JNS Wire)
In addition to regularly exploiting the memory of murdered Jews, political propagandists likewise exploit the memory of the millions of African Americans who were slaves or faced oppressive discrimination and injustice. They do this by indiscriminately referring to all political opponents as racist, trivializing the significance of the word and the depth of discrimination and suffering that African Americans endured during slavery and beyond. The indiscriminate reference to political opponents as racist – maliciously and falsely invoked, without relevance or context to the person being targeted – has become the modus operandi in our political climate by those who cannot dispute their adversaries with facts and truth. In so doing, they falsely associate completely irrelevant and unrelated crimes against humanity to their political foes. This is how movements including fascism, communism, and Islamism amongst other ‘isms,’ have managed to assume power giving rise to repressive totalitarian regimes.
Says Chairman of the EMET Board of Directors, David Green, “Amanpour’s exploitation of the Holocaust at the expense of Jewish victims of genocide in order to libel the Trump administration is as irrational as it is contemptible. If she had rational or factual bases to support her contempt for President Trump, I suspect she would have readily presented such evidence rather than desperately resort to defamation. Guilt by association is a powerful force, however, when false and no association exists it is an expression of the evilest intent. Unfortunately, completely incongruous references to human tragedies to advance political agendas is a despicable modus operandi of political propagandists such as Amanpour. When the narrative is not supported by the truth – so the truth is consciously ignored or denied because it is an obstacle to the agenda – we are dealing with propaganda and not journalism. Many Americans harbor distrust and cynicism towards most media outlets. We have people like Amanpour – propagandist masquerading as journalist – to blame.”
Adds Sarah Stern, EMET Founder and President, “It is beyond the pale to use the analogy of the Nazis and Kristallnacht. Period. For those of us who have lost scores of members of our families to the Nazi’s systematic killing machine, this sort of trivialization of the Holocaust is simply outrageous. Why does Amanpour speak about a “genocide against a whole identity”? Why does she neglect to mention the word, “Jews”? The Holocaust was an attack on human civilization, but it was specifically an attack on the Jewish people and on Jewish civilization. She has politicized and trivialized the Holocaust, and has ironically led to an attack on – to use her own words – “fact, knowledge, history and truth.”