CNN has refused to inform its audience of a growing scandal tying prominent Democratic politicians and activists to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a notorious racist and anti-Semite.
At least eight Democrats are known to have met with Farrakhan, who routinely calls Jews “satanic” and has said that white people “deserve to die.”
Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, misled the public for years about his relationship with Farrakhan, new reporting has shown and The Washington Post has acknowledged.
Illinois Rep. Danny Davis, a Democrat, defended Farrakhan as an “outstanding human being” and admitted to having a personal relationship with him in a pair of interviews with this reporter. After a backlash, Davis reversed his position in a written statement, denouncing Farrakhan’s “views and remarks regarding the Jewish people and the Jewish religion.” (He previously said he wasn’t bothered by Farrakhan’s position on “the Jewish question.”)
Of the eight Democrats with ties to Farrakhan, four of them have repeatedly declined to denounce Farrakhan, despite outrage and pressure from Jewish groups.
Farrakhan’s prominence on the Left isn’t limited to his newly revealed closeness with Democratic politicians.
The leaders of Women’s March, a top progressive organization, have declared their support for Farrakhan and have refused to denounce him even as they alienate other progressives by supporting a rabid anti-Semite. The group’s co-president, Tamika Mallory, suggested that Farrakhan is right to call Jews his enemies and compared him to Jesus.
CNN has bizarrely ignored the growing scandal, even as other establishment media outlets, including The New York Times, ABC News, CBS and The Washington Post, have now begun to cover it.
CNN has published zero articles outlining the new evidence of relationships between Farrakhan and Democratic politicians, as of this article.
CNN’s on-air coverage of the Farrakhan scandal has been limited to a one-minute segment on Jake Tapper’s “State of the Union,” and one question that Wolf Blitzer posed to Ellison at the end of an interview in February. Aside from those two brief instances, the Farrakhan scandal has been entirely missing from CNN’s on-air coverage.
The Daily Caller News Foundation sent a list of questions on CNN’s absent coverage to a company spokesperson but has yet to receive a response.
CNN’s coverage of a speech former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon gave in France on Saturday makes for a sharp contrast with the network’s blackout on the Farrakhan scandal.
In his speech to France’s right-wing National Front Party, Bannon said, “Let them call you racists. Let them call you xenophobes. Let them call you nativists. Wear it as a badge of honor.” CNN made Bannon’s remarks its lead story.