KSHB Kansas City became the unwitting purveyor of real news turned fake by running a CNN article with the seemingly benign headline, “White House denounces threats to Jewish centers.”
The headline is the only honest part of the article. The second paragraph is a doozy, a case study in turning real news fake: “The reaction is notable coming after weeks of criticism that the Trump administration has not been forceful enough to denounce acts of anti-Semitism that have occurred nationwide since his election.”
To clarify, these “acts of anti-Semitism” consist exclusively of bomb threats of unknown origin. The “since his election” phrase insinuates that Trump supporters have made these threats. The “weeks of criticism” suggests that Trump either endorses these acts or doesn’t care.
in fact, a quick Google search shows almost no articles on such bomb threats from Inauguration Day until the last twenty-four hours, let alone any criticism of President Trump for his silence.
A New York Times article from January 9 of this year explored an outbreak of bomb threats in January. Without a shred of evidence, the Times reporters and the quoted Jewish leaders all directly or indirectly tied the calls to Trump supporters, suggesting the threats were “reflective of sort of the political discourse that we’ve had in this country.” The article, like the CNN article, is silent on Islam. The word is not mentioned in either.
In neither article is there any mention of actual terror attacks against Jewish facilities. In 1992 Hezbollah blew up the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires killing 29. Two years later, the group blew up the Jewish Community Center in the same city killing 85.
In 2008 Islamic jihadists attacked a Jewish Center in Mumbai killing eight. In January 2015 an Islamic terrorist killed four at a Jewish deli in Paris. The Islamic terrorist behind the November 2015 attacks in Paris had plans to strike Jewish targets had he not been apprehended.
“It was the fact that this time no one was spared. It wasn’t that a person was picked out because of their faith,” said Martin Savidge of CNN after the November 2015 attack. “It wasn’t because a person was picked out because of their jobs such as Charlie Hebdo. This was just people.” Savidge’s implication was that Jews were not “just people.”
Deep in the CNN article posted on KSHB, the writer concedes, “President Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law are both Orthodox Jews, as are his grandchildren.” Yes, that would seem to matter, but not to CNN.
The thrust of the article is not the very real bomb threats to the Jewish Community. It is Trump’s fully imagined insensitivity and his followers’ imagined anti-Semitism. No wonder Trump considers CNN fake news.