On Friday, just days after 11 people were murdered in a Pittsburgh synagogue, New York City police arrested James Polite, a Democrat, for vandalizing a New York synagogue with anti-Semitic messages.
“Die Jew rats we are here,” read one message, along with “Jews better be ready,” and “Hitler.”
The next day, CNN failed to report that Polite, 26, was a Democrat activist who had worked on the Obama campaign in 2008. CNN described him as a “Brooklyn man” arrested and charged with a hate crime for the anti-Semitic messages and “criminal mischief and making graffiti.” Other reports found more background on the Democrat, who had been identified through surveillance footage.
The Daily Caller found that the New York Times had profiled Polite last year, noting that he had been the “adopted child” of Manhattan Democrat Christine Quinn, then speaker of the New York city council, and the entire city council staff. Polite worked on Quinn’s reelection campaign in 2009 and pitched in with Quinn’s mayoral bid in 2013. Polite’s Facebook profile was more revealing.
On November 1, a day before the synagogue vandalism, he posted a photo of a burning American flag captioned “Sometimes things take a lil heat to grow.” CBS reported that police believed Polite had “set fires outside seven shuls and yeshivas in Williamsburg overnight,” and also captured on security cameras. In other Facebook posts, the Daily Caller reported,
“Polite rails against Israel and posts about Palestinian causes.”
Those details escaped notice in CNN’s Saturday, November 3, story. Only after 377 words did CNN note that “Polite had been a volunteer for Barack Obama’s first presidential bid, registering voters and canvassing neighborhoods in New York City, and met Quinn at a gay pride rally for Obama in 2008.” It was not the first time CNN had ignored or downplayed a story on anti-Semitism, particularly when it involved Democrats and those anti-Semites of whom Democrats are uncritical.
“To the members of the Jewish community that don’t like me — thank you very much for putting my name all over the planet…I’m not mad at you, ‘cuz you’re so stupid.” That was Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan speaking in Detroit on October 14, 23rd anniversary of the Million Man March. “Call me an anti-Semite? Stop it! I’m anti-termite,” Farrakhan told the crowd. He also tweeted, “I’m not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite.” An internet search brings up no CNN story on the Farrakhan speech.
“What began with images of Jews as rats in Germany, ended with them being gassed in concentration camps in Poland,” wrote Howard Feldman in the Times of Israel. “When Farrakhan says that he is not an anti-Semite, he is an anti-termite, his words might be childish and stupid. But that doesn’t mean that someone is not going to get hurt.”
As Feldman noted, “Louis Farrakhan has ingratiated himself with the liberal elite in the United States. Both Obama and the Clintons have been photographed alongside him. And whereas they publicly denounce his attitude towards Jews, the fact that they continue to be seen with him is that which empowers him. Without his social circle, all Farrakhan would be just another racist preacher selling hate on the corner of Nowhere and Irrelevant.”
Empowered by Democrats, Farrakhan gets a place of honor at events such as the funeral of Aretha Franklin, in the company of high-profile Democrats such as Bill Clinton and Jesse Jackson. He also gets special treatment on social media.
Farrakhan’s tweet, Rick Moran explained, appeared to violate Twitter policy of “language that treats others as less than human” such as “comparing groups to animals and viruses (animalistic), or reducing groups to a tool for some other purpose.” According to a Twitter mouthpiece, the new rules had yet to take effect and no word whether Farrakhan’s “termite” tweet would violate the policy.
“So Farrakhan’s hate on Twitter has essentially been grandfathered in,” Moran wrote, and “apparently, even blatant hate speech was allowed under the ‘old’ rules.” An internet search turned up no CNN stories on Farrakhan’s termite tweet. Last January it was Fox News, not CNN, that broke the story of a smiling Senator Barack Obama posing with Farrakhan in 2005.
In late February, 2018, Democrat Trayon White, a member of the council of the District of Columbia, was captured on video saying “Man, it just started snowing out of nowhere this morning, man. Y’all better pay attention to this climate control, man, this climate manipulation,” which was “a model based off the Rothschilds controlling the climate to create natural disasters they can pay for to own the cities, man. Be careful.”
Two days later, the Democrat told colleagues the Rothschilds, a European Jewish banking family descended from Mayer Amschel Rothschild, “really pretty much control the federal government, and now they have this concept called resilient cities in which they are using their money and influence into local cities.”
As the Washington Times reported, “No one in the room, including Democratic Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, challenged Mr. White’s comments,” but Bowser later told the Washington Post the comments were not acceptable.
USA Today, The Hill and other publications ran stories on White’s comments. An internet search revealed nothing from CNN, which bills itself “the most trusted name in news.”