Accuracy in Media

As we reported last week, NowThis News published a video of four pro-Palestinian student activists at George Washington University. The video intended to give a pro-Palestinian viewpoint on the recent executive order signed by President Donald Trump, which order meant to combat rising anti-Semitism on American college campuses.

However, within two days of the video being posted, it was taken down. Most likely, the video was taken down because of one of the student activists’ denial of the Holocaust.

The student activists represented the group, “Jewish Voice for Peace,” and one of the activists made a comment that apparently denied that the Holocaust happened because Anne Frank did not die in a concentration camp. She said, referring to Trump and the executive order, “We’re already seeing what’s happening. We’re seeing people die at the border from lack of medical care. That’s how Anne Frank died. She didn’t die in a concentration camp. She died of typhus.”

Her comment clearly stated that she believed Anne Frank died in a Nazi Germany concentration camp. Therefore, it was an example of Holocaust denial, and by extension, an example of anti-Semitic rhetoric. Interestingly enough, the video edited her comment’s subtitles to ignore this example of Holocaust revisionism. The edited subtitle had replaced the word “in” to “from” to downplay, if not change, what the activists said on-camera.

No matter the editing job, her comment stood as an example of the anti-Semitic belief that the Holocaust was a hoax.

The website’s Twitter account said that “the speaker misspoke regarding Anne Frank’s death,” after receiving criticism that the activist’s typhus line came from neo-Nazi rhetoric. The tweet indicated that they would keep the video up because they “removed a segment of this video,” but not the entire video. But now, the video was removed from the website entirely.

The NowThis News controversy was not an example of fake news, but the progressive media attempting to excuse or cover-up the political Left’s embrace of anti-Semitic rhetoric. It came as no surprise because another progressive activist group, Women’s March, was accused of anti-Semitism. Women’s March has since disavowed its two co-founders who espoused or were associated with individuals who espoused anti-Semitic views.

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