Accuracy in Media

This week, people gathered to observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which commemorated the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day observed the tragedy of the Holocaust during World War II, in which 6 million Jews and at least 11 million others died due to Nazi Germany’s actions.

NowThis News covered the memorial ceremony, but it did not acknowledge its most recent anti-Semitic controversy involving a video quoting pro-Palestinian student activists.

“Holocaust Survivors Warn of Rising Anti-Semitism on Remembrance Day,” NowThis News cited an Associated Press report that about 200 survivors gathered at the site of the concentration camp and where one speaker warned of growing anti-Semitism across the world.

World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder said, “[T]he world finally saw pictures of gas chambers, nobody in their right mind wanted to be associated with the Nazis.” He added, “But now I see something I never thought I would see in my lifetime, the open and brazen spread of anti-Jewish hatred.”

The website provided context about the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and also noted an uptick in anti-Semitic violence in the last several years, ranging from the 2018 attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue and an increase in anti-Semitic attacks in France.

But the article ignored the website’s recent controversy and the website’s non-apology to the Jewish community. As Accuracy in Media covered two weeks ago, NowThis News interviewed four pro-Palestinian college student activists at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

In the video, one of the activists said that Anne Frank, a Holocaust victim, “She didn’t die in a concentration camp. She died of typhus.” The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said, “Holocaust deniers generally claim that the Holocaust never happened, or that some much smaller number of Jews did die, but primarily to diseases like typhus.” In short, NowThis News published a video that featured anti-Semitic rhetoric which denied that the Holocaust occurred. NowThis News did not apologize for the video and instead, issued a correction on social media, which read:

“CORRECTION: We have removed a segment of this video in which the speaker misspoke regarding Anne Frank’s death. These Jewish and Palestinian students are speaking out against Trump for equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism in his Judaism executive order.”

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