Accuracy in Media

NowThis News blasted President Donald Trump when he praised the founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford, for having “good bloodlines.”

The website headlined its critique of the president, “Trump Praises Famous Anti-Semite Henry Ford For “Good Bloodlines.”

NowThis News claimed, along with other left-leaning Democratic Jewish groups, that Trump’s quote was an example of modern anti-Semitism and was reminiscent of Nazi German leader Adolf Hitler. The website noted Henry Ford’s history of anti-Semitism and pointed to Trump’s remarks as validating Ford’s beliefs. Several of the quoted sources claimed that Trump’s comment was a “dog whistle” for anti-Semites and white nationalists.

NowThis News cited Vanity Fair, which is a partisan source, to back up its claim that Trump “has a history of making anti-Semitic remarks himself.” The website cited his “very fine people quote” as evidence of his anti-Semitism, but it ignored how Trump has protected Jewish causes during his presidency. For example, last year, he signed an executive order that marked Judaism as a nationality. NowThis News criticized his executive order because it would target pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli efforts on college campuses. Neither did NowThis News mention Trump’s pro-Israel policy stances, which contradicts his alleged anti-Semitism.

NowThis News ignored their own past promotion of anti-Semitic rhetoric in the article. Earlier this year, the website promoted a video where a student activist claimed that Holocaust victim Anne Frank died of typhus in a concentration camp. Accuracy in Media pointed out that the activist repeated an oft-used anti-Semitic claim about Jews dying of typhus, which led to the video being taken down on the website.

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