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  • Anti-Semites Praise Trump For Berating Jewish Reporter And Refusing To Condemn Anti-Semitism In Press Conference

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Anti-Semitic writers are thrilled that President Donald Trump denounced a Jewish reporter at a press conference and told him to be quiet after he asked the president to condemn anti-Semitism. They said Trump’s performance was “amazing” and “one of the greatest things I’ve ever witnessed in my life” because he criticized “the Jews” and showed that the press is “totally part of the Jewish deep state.”

    During his February 16 press conference, Trump called on Jake Turx, a reporter for the Orthodox Jewish weekly Ami Magazine, because he was looking for a “friendly reporter.” As The New York Times noted, the “young correspondent received a tongue-lashing from the president” after he told Trump that he was concerned about “an uptick in anti-Semitism” and wondered what the government would do about it.

    Trump interrupted Turx by claiming he’s “the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life,” told the Jewish reporter to be “quiet,” and said Turx was a liar who asked a “repulsive” question. Turx later said that he thinks Trump “clearly misunderstood my question” and he’s “with” Trump “when it comes to being outraged about him being charged with this anti-Semitism.”

    As ThinkProgress noted, Trump declined to denounce anti-Semitism on three separate occasions this week, including at a prior joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Anti-Semitic writers praised Trump’s press conference and used his refusal to condemn anti-Semitism as an indication that “everyone is pretty damn sick of Jews.”

    Editor Andrew Anglin of the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer wrote that the press conference “was one of the greatest things I’ve ever witnessed in my life. From start to finish, it was simply beautiful. He blasted the media, the Jews, Mexicans, Obama -- all of his/our enemies.” The Daily Stormer worships Adolf Hitler, posts defenses of the Holocaust, and attacks Jewish people as “kikes.”

    Daily Stormer writer Eric Striker also praised Trump in an article headlined “Trump Dismisses ‘Anti-Semitism’ Wolf-Crier, Identifies Fake Hate Crimes as Fake.” He wrote:

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and make a Striker prediction: this lice infested ghetto Jew will be getting hardcore press coverage and made into a folk hero for a month straight or more. But on the bright side, Jews will gasp when they realize that A) nobody is listening to their fake news or celebrities anymore, and B) everyone is pretty damn sick of Jews.

    Striker also claimed that hate crimes against Jewish people are “fake” and that if “there’s even an iota of truth to it, let them wallow in their karma. They should shut up and be grateful that anti-Semitism isn’t what it should be.”

    David Duke, a former KKK leader who rails against Jewish people, repeatedly celebrated Trump’s answer on his Twitter account, writing, “Are we tired of winning yet, folks?” and claiming Trump’s “brain is working bigly.” He also praised the “great” press conference, writing that Trump “loves America”:

    Duke also began his radio program by praising Trump’s press conference, calling it “amazing” and saying, “I don’t think ever in my life I’ve thought that I’d see a president calling out the press, berating them, totally taking command of this press conference, basically telling them to shut up, telling them what fake news they are. As we all know, the United States media is an enemy of the great majority of the American people. It is totally part of the Jewish deep state.”

    Trump previously justified anti-Semitic harassment against reporter Julia Ioffe after she wrote a profile of Melania Trump that the subject deemed unfair. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer interviewed Trump on May 4 and asked if he would denounce anti-Semitic death threats that Ioffe had received. Trump refused to condemn the threats, saying he was unaware of them and adding, “I don’t have a message to the fans. A woman wrote a article that was inaccurate.”

    Trump’s May 2016 response thrilled neo-Nazis. The Daily Stormer headlined an article about the interview: “Glorious Leader Donald Trump Refuses to Denounce Stormer Troll Army.”

    Deaths threats and online harassment against Jewish reporters like Ioffe continued throughout the 2016 campaign.

    Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League, wrote in a Washington Post piece today: “It is shocking to us that in this day and age, the president will not acknowledge -- much less condemn -- the rise in anti-Semitic rhetoric and actions. The issue of anti-Semitism is not a political one. But it is potentially lethal. With the president’s leadership, it can get better. With his neglect or instigation, it can get worse.”

  • Kellyanne Conway’s Tweet Is Another Gift To The White Nationalist Media

    Conway Account To Anti-Semitic/White Nationalist Account: “Love You Back”

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Kellyanne Conway, who serves as one of President Donald Trump’s main media surrogates, tweeted -- and subsequently deleted -- a Valentine’s Day message to a white nationalist Twitter account that has posted anti-Semitic and racist messages. Conway’s message is yet another example of the Trump team sending a nod to its supporters in white nationalist media.

    As Media Matters has documented, Trump and his advisers have engaged in a disturbing courtship with the racist white nationalist movement. They have repeatedly retweeted white supremacist messages and accounts, such as “WhiteGenocideTM”; surrogates have directly courted white nationalists by giving interviews to white nationalist media outlets; and Trump’s team gave press credentials to a “pro-white” radio host to cover a rally. Trump has also appointed officials who are popular among members of the movement, including senior adviser Stephen Bannon.

    The courtship has had its desired effect with white nationalist media: They have heavily defended Trump and his policies and harassed journalists who have questioned the president. White nationalist writers have also cited Trump and his team’s Twitter messages -- whether later deleted or not -- as a signal that the administration agrees with white nationalist policies.

    The account @TrumpTrainNoBrk tweeted at Conway on February 14: “Your strength & resiliency in face of vile hatred, bigotry, & sexism of the unhinged Left is a daily inspiration! Love you!” In a since-deleted tweet, Conway responded:

    In an interview with BuzzFeed, Conway implied she didn't send the tweet, claiming she didn’t “know who had access to my account. ... Let me see who sent this.” She added, “I denounce whoever it is. It will be immediately deleted. Everybody makes mistakes.”

    The account’s white nationalist orientation is clear from just a cursory glance. The account has a cartoon frog next to its name. The frog represents Pepe, which has become the mascot for white nationalists and anti-Semites. The account's bio also says "#WhiteIdentity." As the Southern Poverty Law Center noted, members of the racist “alt-right” movement have been claiming “that ‘white identity’ is under attack by multicultural forces using ‘political correctness’ and ‘social justice’ to undermine white people and ‘their’ civilization.”

    @TrumpTrainNoBrk responded to a BuzzFeed reporter noting that Conway had just retweeted “a white nationalist” by writing, “#WhiteIdentity is a right, not bigotry, despite how much Marxists like you hate it.”

    @TrumpTrainNoBrk has repeatedly tweeted or retweeted white nationalist themes about Jewish people, African-Americans, and “white genocide.” The account claimed: “By far the angriest, most aggressive tweets I get are from low-IQ black women... I wonder why?” and wrote that it posts “black on white violent crime stats” so African-Americans “will stop murder/raping us.”

    @TrumpTrainNoBrk tweeted or retweeted of Jewish people:

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    @TrumpTrainNoBrk tweeted or retweeted about “white genocide”:

  • Neo-Nazis Blame "The Jews" For Michael Flynn's Resignation

    Pro-Trump Anti-Semites Call Flynn “One Of Our Best Guys” Who Has Been "Quite Critical Of The Jews"​

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Neo-Nazi writers are upset that retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has resigned from his position as national security adviser. The anti-Semites are lionizing Flynn as “one of our best guys” and a “true patriot” who has “been quite critical of the Jews in the past.” They are also lamenting that his resignation is “definitely a loss … to the Jews” and are speculating that he was pushed out by “more subversive elements in the White House.”

    As CNN noted, Flynn resigned on the night of February 13 “after reports surfaced that the Justice Department warned the Trump administration last month that Flynn misled administration officials regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States and was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians.”

    The disgraced former national security adviser has repeatedly pushed toxic views. Last July, Flynn shared a tweet that read in part, "Not anymore, Jews. Not Anymore." (He later apologized.) He claimed on Twitter that “Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL.” Flynn also endorsed the work of racist author Mike Cernovich, who has frequently pushed white nationalist themes on his Twitter account (many of which he later deleted). Cernovich has claimed that “diversity is code for white genocide,” “Blacks use guns for murder. Whites use guns to kill themselves,” and “Diversity is bad for national security.”

    Members of the white nationalist movement unsurprisingly applauded Flynn’s appointment to national security adviser. They are now mourning the loss of “one of our best guys.”

    Daily Stormer: Flynn “Is One Of Our Best Guys. …  This Is Definitely A Loss.”

    The Daily Stormer is a neo-Nazi website that worships Adolf Hitler, posts defenses of the Holocaust, and attacks Jewish people as “kikes.” Editor Andrew Anglin wrote that Flynn’s resignation “is dumb. Team Trump shouldn’t give these people an inch. Flynn is one of our best guys. And he did nothing wrong.” He added:

    This is giving a victory to the kike media.

    I actually didn’t think the block on the travel ban was a loss. I think that was all part of the plan to get the public stirred up against activist judges, to get ready for the Supreme Court to rule on an even more hardcore version of the Moslem ban.

    But this.

    This is definitely a loss.

    To the Jews.

    He posted another piece stating that Flynn was under “vile Jew attacks” and commenting that accepting Flynn’s resignation “sends the wrong message to Russia, and more importantly, it sends the wrong message to the people -- that we are going to respond to bullying. I trust Trump, however, and I do have faith that there must have been very good reason for this decision.”

    Infostormer: Flynn Is “A True Patriot” Who Has “Been Quite Critical Of The Jews In The Past.”

    Infostormer is a neo-Nazi website that praises Hitler and states that it is “destroying Jewish tyranny.” Writer “Marcus Cicero” responded to Flynn’s resignation by calling him “a true patriot who loves his country, has over thirty years of service to back the first point up, and has offered nothing but loyalty to Trump since day one. He has also been quite critical of the Jews in the past.” The writer concluded:

    My personal guess is that this attack on Flynn was pushed internally by more subversive elements in the White House that may or may not include Jared Kushner and Rence (sic) Priebus, who have seemingly attempted to railroad President Trump at times on his more hardcore measures.

    But this is just total speculation at the moment, and I don’t want to get too hasty in making assumptions.

    All I know is that the Jews are loving this whole spectacle, and are acting like sharks in blood-tinged water.

    Be careful, Mr. President.

    Be very careful.

    Cicero posted another piece headlined “Russia Rises To General Flynn’s Defense, Brush Off Sneaky Jewish Attacks.” It concluded:

    We’re going to be keeping a much closer eye on the White House factional struggles in the coming days and weeks, because if my senses are correct, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will likely be the next man attacked for his ties to Russia and Vladimir Putin.

    The lead-up to the demise of General Flynn was somewhat ignored by us due to the sheer level of nonsense that has been pushed forth by the Lugenpresse lately, but we won’t make that mistake again.

    The Jews are not going to get away with another bullying attack on our regime – they will be called out, and they will be defeated if and when they try again.

    Richard Spencer: Flynn “Did Nothing Wrong” And Is A Victim Of “The Deep State.”

    Richard Spencer is a neo-Nazi who, as the Southern Poverty Law Center notes, “advocates for an Aryan homeland for the supposedly dispossessed white race and calls for ‘peaceful ethnic cleansing’ to halt the ‘deconstruction’ of European culture.” He wrote on his AltRight.com website that Flynn “did nothing illegal; in my estimation, he did nothing wrong.” He concluded that “this scandal reveals that Trump lacks the allegiance, not just of the mass media, but of the Deep State, that is, the unelected bureaucratic and legal apparatus of the government. People within the Deep State leaked the information on Flynn’s phone call, and they will attempt to undermine Trump at every turn.”

    UPDATE: White supremacist radio host and former KKK head David Duke is also blaming Jewish people for Flynn’s downfall. He tweeted: “Trump can’t let these Jews lynch General Flynn,” which linked to an unbylined piece on his website claiming that a Jewish conspiracy brought down Trump's former national security adviser. He also tweeted: “(((They))) weren't going to stop - Jewish Supremacy is out in the open like never before...” 

  • Google AdSense Terminates Relationship With Anti-Semitic And Holocaust-Denying Websites After Media Matters Criticism

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Google AdSense has apparently terminated its relationship with at least two websites that promote anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.

    Media Matters previously reported that four websites trafficking in anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial -- Counter-Currents Publishing, American Free Press, The Right Stuff, and Veterans Today -- were using Google’s online advertising program to generate revenue. Their use of the advertising program appeared to be in direct violation of Google’s policies, which state:

    Google ads may not be placed on pages that contain harassing or bullying content, or on content that incites hatred or promotes violence against individuals or groups based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, or sexual orientation/gender identity. Additionally, Google ads may not appear on content that incites or advocates for harm against an individual or group.

    However, pages containing educational, documentary, historical, scientific, or artistic content related to such subjects are permitted to participate in AdSense.

    After Media Matters’ January 30 article was published, American Free Press and Counter-Currents Publishing both announced that Google had dropped them due to objectionable content.

    American Free Press is an anti-Semitic print and online publication that has repeatedly claimed the Holocaust is a “hoax.”

    The publication wrote a February 8 post stating that “AFP’s web staff received a notice that Google had arbitrarily disabled our ad account for AFP’s website due to several pages that reportedly contained content that violated Google’s terms of service.”

    AFP posted a conversation in which a Google representative said that the ads were “removed for being against our policy on content that advocates against an individual, group, or organization” and that the decision is final. AFP responded to the ban by commenting: “Thankfully, AFP has built multiple revenue streams. However, any lost revenue makes it difficult to pay the bills.”

    Counter-Currents Publishing is a virulently anti-Semitic website and publisher that distributes material praising Hitler and advocating for Jewish people to be kicked out of America.

    Editor-in-Chief Greg Johnson, who has hailed Hitler for fighting and dying “for our race as a whole,” wrote in a recent newsletter, “In February of 2017, Google stopped advertising at Counter-Currents, again for politically correct reasons.”

    Media Matters on February 14 reviewed The Right Stuff and could not find any Google ads on the site. (The Right Stuff has not publicly commented on whether Google AdSense has ended its participation in the program.) Media Matters found a Google ad on Veterans Today on February 13. 

    Media Matters has also criticized Google AdSense for allowing hyperpartisan websites that post fake news to use its services. Outlets including The Washington Post and BuzzFeed have documented the financial incentive AdSense has created for those websites to publish sensationalist fake news stories to generate clicks and ad revenue.

  • Trump Ally Alex Jones Warns About Reince Priebus: “Sabotage,” “Worst Of The Worst,” Connected To George Soros

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Radio host Alex Jones, who has served as an information pipeline to President Donald Trump, is pushing for the president to replace White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. Jones has claimed that Priebus is attempting to “sabotage” Trump’s agenda, said that he is “the worst of the worst,” and implied that he is connected to liberal financier George Soros.

    Politico reported that Trump “is complaining to friends and allies about some of his most senior aides” and that people who have “talked with the president have begun to wonder about the future of Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Several Trump campaign aides have begun to draft lists of possible Priebus replacements.”

    Alex Jones is a toxic conspiracy theorist who has claimed that the United States government perpetrated the 9/11 attacks, Sandy Hook school shooting, and other catastrophes. He is a leading media ally for Trump, who has appeared on Jones’ program and repeatedly echoed his conspiracy theories. Jones has used his platform to warn Trump about perceived threats against him, such as supposed voter fraud. He is now warning Trump about Republicans like Priebus who are purportedly trying to “sabotage” his agenda.  

    During Jones’ February 9 program, Infowars Washington, D.C., bureau chief (and discredited birther) Jerome Corsi said that he is “very suspect” of Priebus working in the White House because he is “totally GOP establishment.” Jones replied that Priebus “represents the GOP establishment that is bought and paid for by George Soros. It’s a fact.”

    Jones later said that his “sources” have told him Priebus is blocking Trump’s people from playing roles in his administration. He also said Priebus “looks like a weasel out of central casting” and that he is “the worst of the worst that tried to steal the nomination from Trump and said our votes didn’t count as citizens.”

    JEROME CORSI: There are a lot of Trump people around willing to play a role in the administration and in the media. Now Donald Trump realizes that the mainstream media is shutting out those of us who would help Trump when he realizes that the departments are still packed with John Kerry and Barack Obama supporters. There’s going to be a massive firing out of the bureaucracy and we need a bigger press room in the White House, we need more access for the internet reporters and bloggers who truly support Donald Trump. Donald Trump wants to turn the press narrative around. He is going to get these mainstream --  

    ALEX JONES: That’s right. And that’s all being blocked by Spicer under orders of Priebus. And I know for a fact, from multiple sources, Priebus is going in with anybody Trump wanted and brought in that he’s known and saying, “The president’s fired you.” And the person’s, “I want to hear from the president.” And then a day later, Spicer goes, “Let’s be friends. Let’s be friends.” Classic tactics that Reince Priebus is engaged in. I mean, just look at the guy. He looks like a weasel out of central casting. But then look at his pedigree. He is the worst of the worst that tried to steal the nomination from Trump and said our votes didn’t count as citizens. I mean, this is crazy. So Trump is delivering on his promises so far, day 18 or day 19 -- I love him, it’s amazing. The problem is you can see him being opposed in real time by his own people.

    Jones added that he can tell his audience that Priebus is “on about half-an-inch-thick ice, and the sun just came out.” He added that Trump can see “right through” Priebus’ “sabotage games” and “knows what’s going on.”

    Jones also issued a February 11 “EMERGENCY” YouTube video in which he claimed that he knows for “a fact” that Trump is “aware that it’s Reince Priebus that’s leaking most of the stuff in meetings. … He believes that Trump is going to go or something is going to happen. And he’s currying favor with the big banks, with the power structure, with those that financed the Republican Party, who've been against Trump.”

    Jones continued attacking Priebus on his February 12 show, stating: “Who is the problem? Reince Priebus. And who is holding everything up? Reince Priebus. Isn’t that just special?” Infowars posted video of Jones’ remarks on YouTube under the headline “Paul Ryan Minion, Reince Priebus, Working Against Trump.”

    After Trump hired Priebus in November, Jones said, “I do not trust Priebus at all. He is a RINO neocon galactic-level weasel. And when I learned yesterday morning that that’s who they were probably going to appoint, I just obviously wasn’t happy about it,” but he noted that he trusted Trump’s judgment.

    A likely source of Jones’ animus toward Priebus is longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone, who frequently contributes to Jones’ program and Infowars network. Stone has regularly attacked Priebus, labeling him a “douchebag” and calling for him to be “prosecuted” for corruption.

  • Reporters Roast Sean Spicer’s Breitbart Interview: “Most Awkward Thing Ever,” “Insanely Cringey”

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s “exclusive interview” with Breitbart.com crashed and burned. Reporters mocked the two-and-a-half-minute sit-down as “the most awkward thing ever” and “a glorious two-minute comedy of errors” that suffered from terrible production values.

    Breitbart.com had announced on February 8 that Spicer would appear in an interview the following day with White House correspondent Charlie Spiering, who regularly produces fawning coverage of President Donald Trump. Breitbart is a leading defender of Trump, and several White House staffers are Breitbart alumni, including chief strategist Steve Bannon, who formerly chaired the website.

    Spicer gave a short interview to the pro-Trump outlet last evening following the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ unanimous decision to not reinstate Trump’s travel ban targeting seven majority-Muslim countries.

    The interview produced little of value; Breitbart.com was not even promoting the interview’s results on the top of its homepage as of posting time (the site is instead attacking comedian Rosie O'Donnell).  

    Reporters reacted to the interview by noting its “moments of awkward silence,” comparing Spiering to “a 10-year-old who snuck into 1600 Penn,” and calling it a “total disaster” from a “production standpoint”:

    The Washington Post’s Callum Borchers: “Sean Spicer’s Facebook Live interview with Breitbart News is the most awkward thing ever. … From a production standpoint, it was what Spicer's boss likes to call a ‘total disaster.’”

    The Huffington Post’s Rebecca Shapiro: “The interview suffered from moments of awkward silence, unpleasant background noises and some strange camera angles.”

    Esquire’s Sammy Nickalls: “This Breitbart interview was...not good.”

    Death and Taxes’ Candace Bryan: "The interview is rife with awkward silences, harsh changes in sound levels, abrupt push-ins, and a reporter that looks like a 10-year-old who snuck into 1600 Penn after hiding behind the colonnades until Secret Service went on break and is now terrified he’s about to have his cover blown. ... Spicer himself looks as though he’s isn’t certain he isn’t being trolled." 

    Fusion’s Katherine Krueger: The interview was “insanely cringey.”

    The A.V. Club’s Clayton Purdom: It was “a glorious two-minute comedy of errors, with production qualities rivaling the cringe-inducing crap cinema of Fateful Findings, A Talking Cat!?!, and even The Room.”

    The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern:

    ThinkProgress’ Ned Resnikoff:

    Gizmodo's Ashley Feinberg:

    BuzzFeed’s Ryan Broderick:

  • 104 Actual Headlines From Alex Jones’ Infowars

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI & BEN DIMIERO

    Alex Jones has claimed that his Infowars website will soon receive credentials to attend President Donald Trump’s White House press briefings. But Infowars has no credibility; it has repeatedly posted bizarre and dangerous conspiracy theories along with false claims and hoaxes.

    Jones and Infowars have claimed that the government perpetrated the 9/11 attacks and the tragedies at Columbine, Oklahoma City, Sandy Hook, and the Boston Marathon, among others. The site’s editor, Paul Joseph Watson, apparently has no editorial standards and has repeatedly posted fraudulent information.

    The incredible number of events Infowars can filter through a conspiracy lens would be hilarious if the site and its proprietor weren’t influential with the president and his closest allies. Headlines about Lady Gaga performing a “satanic ritual” during the Super Bowl halftime show share space with stories labeling most major terror attacks “false flags” and warnings about the New World Order “opening thousands of portals to ancient demons” or staging an “alien invasion” from space.  

    Jones recently announced that the purported news organization would be attending White House press briefings and that it has hired widely discredited reporter Jerome Corsi as its D.C. correspondent.

    Infowars appearing in the White House briefing room would mean press secretary Sean Spicer would be questioned by one of Trump’s most sycophantic outlets.

    Trump and his campaign have repeatedly elevated the once-fringe website. Trump appeared on Jones’ program during the presidential campaign and apparently called Jones after the election to thank his audience for its support. Trump adviser and regular contributor Roger Stone told The Washington Post that Trump “has watched Infowars.” Trump has also tweeted a link to Infowars. 

    Here are over 100 headlines demonstrating the type of coverage and credibility Infowars would bring to the White House press corps. The headlines are separated into the following sections: 9/11 conspiracy theories, “false flag” events, fringe/bizarre/incendiary conspiracy theories, Sandy Hook, women/sexism, Obama conspiracy theories, environment and science, LGBTQ, culture, and pro-Trump. (These are just a sampling of the many terrible headlines on Infowars.)   

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  • Alex Jones’ Former Editor Trashes Him As A Trump Sellout Who Plays “The Race & Religion Card” For Business

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Kurt Nimmo, a longtime former editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, has been publicly trashing his ex-boss as a “snake oil salesman” who sold out to support President Donald Trump.

    Alex Jones and his Infowars.com are known for pushing conspiracy theories, including claiming the government perpetrated the 9/11 attacks and the tragedies at Columbine, Oklahoma City, Sandy Hook, and the Boston Marathon, among others.

    The site’s editor, Paul Joseph Watson, apparently has no editorial standards and has repeatedly posted fraudulent information. Jones recently announced that the purported news organization would be attending White House press briefings and that it had hired widely discredited reporter Jerome Corsi as its D.C. correspondent.

    Infowars has become one of the leading sources of pro-Donald Trump boosterism. Trump’s presidential campaign repeatedly tweeted out links to Infowars content in 2016. Trump himself tweeted out a link to Infowars.com’s aggregation of a conservative blog post to claim that Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 attacks. (In fact, no evidence supports that.) Trump appeared on Jones’ program during the presidential campaign and apparently called Jones after the election to thank his audience for its support. Trump adviser and regular contributor Roger Stone told The Washington Post that Trump “has watched Infowars.”

    Nimmo states on his LinkedIn page that he worked for Infowars.com from October 2008 through July 2016 and “built [the] current website from the ground up in 2008.” He now operates his own website Another Day in the Empire and is a content producer for Newsbud.

    Nimmo has repeatedly trashed his former employer for turning into “infotrump.” He tweeted that the site has become “the Trump branch office in Austin” and that Jones "turned over his audience to the #Trump Borg hive." He’s also called Jones a “snake oil salesman” who is “playing the race & religion card.” Nimmo responded to the site’s hiring of Jerome Corsi by writing: “#Infowars hires neocon, joins Republican effort to rekindle Cold War. Imagine my surprise.” He has also suggested that Jones has purged personnel who have disagreed with his new direction.

    Here are some of his tweets trashing Infowars.com and Alex Jones:

    (Jones sells “male vitality” through his Infowars.com store) [Twitter]

  • Infowars And New DC Chief Jerome Corsi Are A Perfect Match To Cover Donald Trump

    Birther Joins Birther To Cover Administration Led By Birther

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    Alex Jones announced that WorldNetDaily reporter Jerome Corsi will be Infowars.com’s new Washington bureau chief. The appointment is fitting for the discredited pro-Trump website: Corsi was instrumental to the false claim that former President Barack Obama supposedly has a fake birth certificate, and he has a long history of producing shoddy reporting in service of bizarre conspiracy theories.

  • How Anti-Semitic And Holocaust-Denying Websites Are Using Google AdSense For Revenue

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Several websites that promote anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial are using the Google AdSense program to generate advertising revenue. These websites have celebrated Hitler for having “fought and died … for our race,” claimed that the Holocaust is “the world’s greatest hoax,” and started an online harassment campaign against Jewish people.

    Google AdSense bills itself as a “free, simple way to make money online by placing ads on your website.” Media Matters has criticized Google AdSense for allowing hyperpartisan websites that post fake news to use its services. Outlets including The Washington Post and BuzzFeed have documented the financial incentive AdSense has created for those websites to publish sensationalist fake news stories to generate clicks and ad revenue.

    AdSense’s program policy claims of prohibited content:

    Google ads may not be placed on pages that contain harassing or bullying content, or on content that incites hatred or promotes violence against individuals or groups based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, or sexual orientation/gender identity. Additionally, Google ads may not appear on content that incites or advocates for harm against an individual or group. However, pages containing educational, documentary, historical, scientific, or artistic content related to such subjects are permitted to participate in AdSense.

    Some of the worst purveyors of anti-Semitism on the internet are using Google AdSense to generate revenue and are seemingly in direct violation of this policy, according to a Media Matters review. As of January 30, the websites listed below all host Google AdSense advertisements, which are marked with a blue triangle icon that reveals the words “AdChoices” when scrolled over and redirect to a Google ads page when clicked.

    Here is a look at Counter-Currents Publishing, American Free Press, The Right Stuff, and Veterans Today:

    Counter-Currents Publishing

    Counter-Currents Publishing is a virulently anti-Semitic website and publisher that distributes material praising Hitler and advocating for Jewish people to be kicked out of America.

    The Washington Post reported in March 2015 that Counter-Currents “exists to advance the books of noted neo-Nazis and the creation of an all-white nationalist state.” The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which tracks hate groups, wrote that Counter-Currents is a “pseudo-intellectual white nationalist website and publishing house that caters to ‘academic racists.’”

    Counter-Currents distributes the work of the late William Pierce, who, according to The New York Times, “built an organization of young supporters for George Wallace for president into the nation's largest neo-Nazi group.” It also distributes the work of Savitri Devi, who "devoted her life to Nazism" and Holocaust denialism.

    Counter-Currents Editor-in-Chief Greg Johnson is a neo-Nazi. In an essay headlined “The Burden of Hitler, 2014,” he wrote that “Adolf Hitler, whatever his faults, was a loyal white man who fought and died not just for Germany, but for our race as a whole.” He added that “Jews are promoting conditions that are leading to the genocide of the white race. They are not doing this out of ‘self-defense’ against Hitler’s aggression, since they were doing it when Hitler was just a common soldier in the Great War. Indeed, the truth is that Hitler did whatever he did in self-defense against Jewish aggression — the same Jewish aggression that we are suffering today in a much intensified form.”

    Counter-Currents managing editor and webmaster Michael Polignano is a neo-Nazi who wants to kick Jewish people out of America. He wrote an essay which was reposted on the Counter-Currents website that advocated for creating “a White People’s Party,” which “would have a single goal: to protect and advance the interests of Whites in today’s multicultural, anti-White America. … The White People’s Party would not accept the membership or support of Jews and non-Whites. We would not work for their interests, and we could not expect them to sincerely work for ours.” He added that “Jews have to leave America” because “they are a major cause” of America’s problems.

    The site posted a 2016 essay headlined “100+ Reasons to Cease & Desist from Any Further Holocaust Commemoration,” which included the following reasons:

    102. For falsifying the entire historical narrative of the 20th century, making ‘The Holocaust’ not only the centerpiece of World War II, but the pivot point around which all that came before or after must circle, surely the greatest feat of sheer propaganda ever foisted upon humanity.

    103. For the relentless ratcheting back upward toward the six million mark of the estimated Jewish-Holocaust death toll by Holocaust ‘historians’. Everyone seems to have forgotten that ‘four-to-five’ million was the downwardly-revised most-common estimate in the decades immediately following the war. And Raul Hilberg, the so-called dean of Jewish Holocaust-historians, never changed his 5.1 million estimate over the course of his four decades of publishing on the subject. Nonetheless: the tantalizing six-million figure lures the estimates higher, and even when still several hundred thousand bodies short, ‘rounding’ up to six million is seen as legitimate despite the fact that Jews thereby ‘kill off’ far more of their own than did all the pogromists in all of pre-World-War II history. One is tempted to agree, though, that the six million figure is required to constitute a bona fide Holocaust, meaning that the enthusiastically very-much Jewish-assisted Terror Famine of 1932-33 with a death toll of 6.3 million was The Holocaust, and the Jewish Tragedy of 1941-45 with a death toll of 5-5.1 million was not.

    American Free Press

    American Free Press is an anti-Semitic publication that has repeatedly claimed the Holocaust is a “hoax.”

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) wrote that the American Free Press is "an anti-Semitic conspiracy-oriented news­pa­per" that attracts "the most vit­ri­olic anti-Semites." William Carto, who “used lobbying and publishing to denigrate Jews and other minorities and galvanize the movement to deny the Holocaust,” helped found the American Free Press.

    The newspaper heavily promotes Holocaust denial. The site’s bookstore sells The Holocaust Never Happened & The CIA Killed JFK, which claims to destroy “the hoax of the 6 million Jewish victims of Nazi Germany.”

    The website has promoted the book The Holocaust Hoax Exposed: Debunking the 20th Century’s Biggest Lie, which was written by late American Free Press reporter Victor Thorn. An article promoting the book claims that it “rips apart, in lay language, the veil-thin arguments used to prove the Jewish ‘Holocaust,’ which is then used by global Zionists to justify the creation and continued existence of the state of Israel and as a tool to silence all critics.” Another article promoting the book claimed it “exceeded” expectations because it “demolishes once and for all the Zionist-Jewish Holocaust fable.”

    The publication also attacked Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, claiming he is a “mythomaniac who, in the 1970s, transformed the word ‘holocaust’ and made it the brand name of the world’s greatest hoax: the unfounded claim by an extremist segment of World Jewry to the effect that the German government’s wartime policy of territorial transfer of Europe’s Jews out of the Reich was in actuality an ‘extermination program.’”

    The Right Stuff

    The Right Stuff is an anti-Semitic blog that has contributed to online harassment campaigns against Jewish people.

    The website started the anti-Semitic “parenthesis meme” in which Jewish names are surrounded by parentheses -- “(((name)))” -- often to target them for online abuse on social media. The ADL has said that The Right Stuff is “a virulently anti-Semitic site” and added the parenthesis meme to its online database of hate symbols, with CEO Jonathan Greenblatt stating: “The echo symbol is the online equivalent of tagging a building with anti-Semitic graffiti or taunting someone verbally.”

    According to The Right Stuff’s editors, they started the parenthesis meme because “all Jewish surnames echo throughout history.” They wrote in an email to Mic that they undertook their campaign because the meme represents “the Jews' subversion of the home [and] destruction of the family through mass-media degeneracy. The next [parenthesis] represents the destruction of the nation through mass immigration, and the outer [parenthesis] represents international Jewry and world Zionism."

    The website is filled with anti-Semitic posts. A 2016 post headlined “The Jews Are Getting Lazy” cast doubt on the number of people killed in the Holocaust:

    Who knows though? According to (((Bryan Singer))), the Jew who’s had more to do with these heaps than anyone else, the linear progression of time isn’t really important to the X-Men films.

    In an interview with Collider he said, “Time can always be fucked with, we’ve now learned that.” Sorta like how plaques at Auschwitz will read “4 million dead Jews here because of evil Nazis” then later say something like “1.5 million dead Chosen People killed in cold blood by heartless White Supremacists just cuz” then turn into a ballpoint-pen-written diary entry (before the ballpoint pen was invented, mind you) that says “6 billion Jews were hid under the floorboards here and beaten to death with complex hammer machines that were attached to the Nazi officers’ stationary workout bikes”. Sorta like that.

    A 2015 The Right Stuff post mocked Holocaust survivors and celebrated trolling a Holocaust remembrance comments section on the internet. A 2016 post headlined “How to Spot a Jew in a World without the Coincidence Detector” gave “clues” on how to spot “those shifty bastards.”

    Strife hit the white nationalist movement when information was published revealing site leader Mike Enoch’s real name is Mike Peinovich and he has a Jewish wife. Salon’s Matthew Sheffield reported that Peinovich vowed to continue the site’s work and “one of his partners, Jesse ‘Seventh Son’ Dunstan, claimed that Peinovich and his wife were ‘separating.’”

    Veterans Today

    The misleadingly named Veterans Today is an anti-Semitic website that has published pieces claiming the Holocaust is a “lie,” “racket,” and a “Jew-on-Jew False Flag Operation.”

    Veterans Today (VT) claims that it is dedicated to “providing news for members of the military and veteran community.” In reality, as the SPLC notes, while many of the contributors are veterans and the site “offers some information about veterans' benefits (lifted from the Veterans' Administration) and links to home and other loans for vets,” VT also claims “that there was a conspiracy behind 9/11 (Israel orchestrated it, in cahoots with the American government), that the American government is a puppet (of Israel), that the Holocaust never happened or was greatly exaggerated (Jews made it up to manipulate non-Jews), and, most recently, that Julian Assange, the man behind Wikileaks, is a pawn (of Israel).” The ADL states that Veterans Today (VT) is a “web­site that presents anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries as news.”

    The site has published numerous articles casting doubt on the Holocaust. The following is just a sampling of that material:

    • VT published a January 23 article claiming that “While the story of Anne Frank is tragedy, the basic facts of the Frank family history fly in the face of the belief that Auschwitz was an ‘extermination factory.’”
    • VT published a January 2015 article -- headlined “Holocaust: A Jew-on-Jew False Flag Operation?” -- in which the author claimed that “After literally months and months of investigation on the genesis and history of the Holocaust I have come to the reluctant conclusion that the Holocaust was in fact a (Big Zionist) Jew on (Little non-Zionist) Jew False Flag operation. The evidence is so overwhelming on this matter that no other conclusion is as tenable. The facts supporting this thesis are irrefutable.”
    • VT published a September 2016 article about the Holocaust headlined “The 'six-million killed' lie—the hoax of the twentieth century.”
    • VT published a September 2016 article calling the Holocaust a “lie” and claiming that “many people are beginning to realize that they have been scammed and lied to by the Holocaust establishment for decades.”
    • VT published an October 2015 article headlined “The Holocaust Is a Racket.”