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Washington Post Fumbles Again, Mislabeling Anti-Semite as Conservative

The Washington Post issued a correction for incorrectly identifying anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan [1] as a conservative figure, a labeling problem all too common within a mainstream media that refuses to acknowledge the anti-Jewish rhetoric from many leftist leaders.

Facebook bans far-right leaders including Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos for being ‘dangerous,’ [2]” the Post’s Elizabeth Dwoskin and Craig Timberg wrote in the original news alert (that original URL is here [3]) sent out at 2:10 p.m. EST yesterday. “Facebook on Thursday said it had removed the accounts, fan pages and groups affiliated with these individuals after it reevaluated the content that they had posted previously, or had reexamined their activities outside of Facebook. The removal also pertains to at least one of the organizations run by the far-right figures, Infowars, a sign that the social network is more aggressively enforcing its hate speech policies under pressure from civil rights groups.”

Then at 3:28 p.m. EST, the Post emailed out an additional news alert: “CORRECTION: Facebook bans extremist figures including Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos for being ‘dangerous’ [1] … An earlier version of the headline had incorrectly included Farrakhan, who has espoused anti-Semitic views, in a list of far-right leaders.”

The Post then illustrated its further anti-conservative bias by quoting the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“In other cases, the company reexamined long-held stances by some of the individuals. Farrakhan, Facebook said, referred to Jews as termites earlier this year, and called the religion “dirty” and its followers “liars, cheaters, and thieves.” He has long held anti-Semitic views and has referred to Jews by negative terms for years, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.”


By citing SPLC as a mainstream, credible source, the Post is tilting its hand toward an organization that has a track record of anti-Christian, anti-conservative bias in recent years (as well as an internal “Me Too” scandal).