July 23, 2019

ADL CEO Criticizes Fox News Host for Including Anti-Semite on List of ‘Prominent Voices’ Banned from Social Media

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt criticized Fox News host Laura Ingraham for including an avowed anti-Semite on a list of “prominent voices” that have been censored on social media.

In a May 30 segment, Ingraham accused Facebook of censoring conservatives.

“Facebook now, what do they monitor now, ‘hate?’” Ingraham said. “That sounds good until you realize… it’s people who believe in border enforcement, people who believe in national sovereignty.”

A graphic of “prominent voices” who have been banned from Facebook and Twitter was shown during the aforementioned quote, one of which was Paul Nehlen, who twice launched failed bids to primary former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

Greenblatt tweeted, “Paul Nehlen is not being censored because he’s a conservative. He was kicked off social media for repeatedly spewing anti-Semitism & racism, and for targeting Jewish journalists. Do better, @FoxNews.”

Journalist Yashar Ali tweeted that Nehlen compiled a list of Jewish journalists that have “attacked” him and that Nehlen has said he doesn’t “have a position” on the Holocaust.

Nehlen also said in an April appearance on the Goy Talk podcast, “I’m not opposed to someone leading a million Robert Bowers to the promised land.” Bowers allegedly shot and killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in October.

A Fox News spokesperson said in a statement, “It is obscene to suggest that Laura Ingraham was defending Paul Nehlen’s despicable actions, especially when some of the names in our graphic were pulled from an Associated Press report on best known political extremists banned from Facebook. Anyone who watches Laura’s show knows that she is a fierce protector of freedom of speech and the intent of the segment was to highlight the growing trend of unilateral censorship in America.”