Did ABC miss a learning opportunity by suspending Whoopi?
ABC’s decision to suspend Whoopi Goldberg from “The View” for two weeks for her remarks about the Holocaust has opened the network up to criticism that its response derailed a teachable moment for the nation about a sensitive topic often misunderstood and seldom discussed on air. Goldberg set off a cancel-culture media circus Monday when she said on the show that the Nazis’ genocide of 6 million Jews during World War II wasn’t about race, but rather, “man’s inhumanity to man” and that the conflict was between “two white groups of people.” The Nazis were white supremacists who wanted to eradicate what they considered an inferior race.news.yahoo.com
‘The View’ Co-Hosts ‘Furious’ at ABC for Suspending Whoopi
Cindy Ord/Getty for ColorCommWhoopi Goldberg has been suspended from The View for two weeks over her Monday remarks about the Holocaust, and most of her co-hosts are furious with the network, sources told The Daily Beast.“Effective immediately, I am suspending Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for her wrong and hurtful comments. ABC News president Kimberly Godwin said in a note to staff on Tuesday evening. “While Whoopi has apologized, I’ve asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impacnews.yahoo.com
Whoopi Goldberg Offers Her ‘Sincerest Apologies’ for Saying the Holocaust Isn’t About Race
Dia DipasupilWhoopi Goldberg offered her “sincerest apologies” on Monday “for the hurt I have caused” by saying on The View earlier in the day that there was nothing racial about the Holocaust.Discussing a Tennessee school board’s ban of the award-winning Holocaust graphic novel Maus, Goldberg had said Adolf Hitler’s “Final Solution” was “not about race”—even though the Holocaust was set in motion over Nazism’s belief in an Aryan “master race.” This clip of Whoopi Goldberg saying that the Holocanews.yahoo.com
White supremacist propaganda surged in 2020, report says
White supremacist propaganda reached alarming levels across the U.S. in 2020, according to a new report that the Anti-Defamation League shared with The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)NEW YORK – White supremacist propaganda reached alarming levels across the U.S. in 2020, according to a new report that the Anti-Defamation League provided to The Associated Press. The ADL, which was founded more than a century ago, said that last year marked the highest level of white supremacist propaganda seen in at least a decade. A neo-Nazi group known as Folks Front distributed stickers that include the words “White Lives Matter.”According to the report, at least 30 known white supremacist groups were behind hate propaganda. Despite the overall increase, the ADL reported a steep decline in distribution of white supremacist propaganda at colleges and universities, due in large part to the coronavirus pandemic and the lack of students living and studying on campus.
U.S. "moving into a dangerous phase" as anti-Semitic incidents surge, group says
A number of pro-Trump rioters who stormed the Capitol wore clothing with anti-Semitic messages—the latest sign of a growing problem in America. From 2015 to 2019, anti-Semitic incidents jumped to nearly a record high, according to the Anti-Defamation League. The most recent numbers show the highest number of anti-Semitic incidents in its recorded history. I think we're now moving into a dangerous new phase and it's going to require government and business and civil society to work hand in hand. That history is front and center for Annie Polland, president of the Tenement Museum in New York.cbsnews.com
Security challenges as a new president is sworn in
Martin asked Maj. Gen. Walker, "When are they allowed to use lethal force?" "No, sir," said Maj. Gen. Walker. Martin asked, "Are you worried at all about the reliability of your National Guard troops?" Greenblatt said, "As the National Guard has rolled in, now we're seeing the extremists focus on targets outside of Washington D.C. Maj. Gen. Walker said, "This is what we all signed up for, to help protect America from all enemies, foreign and domestic."cbsnews.com
Rioters used anti-Semitic imagery during Capitol assault
Rioters used anti-Semitic imagery during Capitol assault During the assault on the U.S. Capitol, rioters displayed anti-Semitic symbols on flags and clothing. Anne-Marie Green and Vladimir Duthiers spoke with Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt about extremism in the U.S.cbsnews.com
Facebook blocks Trump from posting through Inauguration: Risks are ‘simply too great’
Social media platforms have been breached by the president repeatedly. “They’re creeping along towards firmer action,” Grygiel said, calling Trump “Exhibit A” for the need for greater regulation of social media. “Social media is complicit in this because he has repeatedly used social media to incite violence. So far, YouTube has not taken similar action to muzzle Trump, although it said it also removed Trump's video. Trump has harnessed social media — especially Twitter — as a potent tool for spreading misinformation about the election.
Social platforms flex their power, lock down Trump accounts
Facebook and Instagram said Thursday they will bar Trump from posting at least until the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Zuckerberg said Trump’s account will be locked “for at least the next two weeks” and possibly indefinitely. Trump has repeatedly harnessed the power of social media to spread falsehoods about election integrity and the results of the presidential race. Snapchat on Wednesday locked Trump’s account “indefinitely.”Twitch, the live-streaming site owned by Amazon and used by Trump's campaign to stream speeches, disabled Trump’s account until he leaves office, saying it didn't want to be used “to incite further violence." Trump more than a decade ago embraced the platform's immediacy and scale to rally loyalists, castigate enemies and spread false rumors.
Experts: Capitol riot product of years of hateful rhetoric
Supporters of President Donald Trump are confronted by Capitol Police officers outside the Senate Chamber at the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington. – The storming of the U.S. Capitol is a jarring but natural product of years of violence and hateful rhetoric stoked by disinformation and conspiracy theories, experts on far-right extremism said as they pored over images of Wednesday's riot. Online forums popular with Trump supporters lit up with gleeful posts about the chaotic scenes broadcast from the Capitol. But across both platforms, Trump supporters used the hashtag #StormTheCapitol to document the chaos with photos or video and praise the mob. The storming of the Capitol is the “logical conclusion to extremism and hate going unchecked” during Trump’s presidency, Segal said.
Nashville bombing raises fears of "lone wolf" terror threats
The Nashville bombing is prompting new concerns about "lone wolf" terror threats in the United States. Investigators believe the Nashville bomber acted alone in carrying out the explosion that rocked the city's downtown on Christmas. "Lone wolf" attackers have proven to be some of the most difficult for law enforcement to stop. While the Nashville bombing has not been characterized as an act of domestic terrorism, the number of domestic terror cases under FBI investigation has been rising in recent years. Which covers everything from anarchists violent extremists to militia types," FBI Director Christopher Wray has said.cbsnews.com
Hate crimes in US reach highest level in more than a decade
There were 7,314 hate crimes last year, up from 7,120 the year before — and approaching the 7,783 of 2008. The FBI’s annual report defines hate crimes as those motivated by bias based on a person’s race, religion or sexual orientation, among other categories. The FBI said the number of hate crimes against African Americans dropped slightly to 1,930, from 1,943. Anti-Hispanic hate crimes, however, rose to 527 in 2019, from 485 in 2018. And while the number of agencies reporting hate crimes increased, the number of agencies participating in the program actually dropped from the year before.
Civil rights groups denounce Facebook over hate speech
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg met with civil rights leaders, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, including the organizers of a widespread advertising boycott of the social network over hate speech on its platform. On Tuesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg met with a group of civil rights leaders, including the organizers of a growing advertising boycott over hate speech on Facebook. Those included hiring a civil rights executive; banning private groups that promote white supremacy, vaccine misinformation or violent conspiracy theories; and ending an exemption that allows politicians to post voting misinformation. President Donald Trump frequently skirts Facebook's posting rules, yet faces no consequences, dismaying both civil rights leaders and some of Facebook's own employees. On Wednesday, Facebook will release the final results of its own civil rights audit of its U.S. practices.
Watchdog reports record number of anti-Semitic incidents in U.S. last year
(Reuters) - Jews in the United States suffered the largest number of anti-Semitic incidents last year since the Anti-Defamation League began collecting records 40 years ago, the racism watchdog said on Tuesday. Previously, the highest number was recorded in 1994, when the ADL reported multiple unsolved arsons, cross burnings and a drive-by shooting. The groups audit of anti-Semitic incidents from 2019 counted 1,127 cases of harassment, 61 cases of physical assaults and 919 instances of vandalism. In recent weeks the ADL has issued warnings of a continuing surge in incidents, saying conspiracy theories connected to the coronavirus outbreak could worsen anti-Semitism in the United States. In late 2018, a gunman killed 11 worshipers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history.feeds.reuters.com
Nazi flag display at Sanders rally sparks broad condemnation
Images of a flag depicting the Nazi swastika symbol that was briefly displayed at Sanders' Thursday night rally in Phoenix began circulating online after the incident. The moment also elicited warnings about anti-Semitism directed at the Jewish Sanders, who has talked about members of his father's family being "wiped out" by the Holocaust. The American Jewish Committee tweeted in response to reports of the Sanders rally display that "Nazi flags are symbols of pure hate and have no place anywhere in America, much less in a rally for a Jewish presidential candidate." It is beyond disgusting that, in the United States of America, there are people who would" display Nazi symbolism, Sanders said. Among those castigating the Nazi display were groups that have previously criticized Sanders, for remarks by campaign surrogates and his shows of opposition to Israeli government policies.cnbc.com