B'nai B'rith Writes CNN After Commentator Uses Trump's Anti-Muslim Immigration Plan to Exhibit Anti-Israel Bias
The following was written by B'nai B'rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin to CNN's head of news standards and practices, asking for an apology or correction after commentator Ashleigh Banfield again showed her extreme anti-Israel bias, linking Donald Trump's anti-Muslim immigration plan and ISIS to a fringe, right- wing Jewish group.
CNN owes its viewers a correction and an apology in the wake of Ashleigh Banfield’s “interview” with Jeffrey Lord, a Donald Trump supporter, former Ronald Reagan staffer and current CNN commentator.
The conversation on “Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield" was billed as a discussion about Trump’s plan to bar Muslims from entering the United States (a plan which B’nai B’rith spoke out against).
Instead, Banfield used a marginal Jewish group to make an inappropriate comparison, revealing, again, her long-standing, well-documented bias against Israel. In trying to demonstrate the absurdity of the Trump plan, Banfield compared ISIS terrorists of today with the three-decades old actions of a fringe Jewish group, the Jewish Defense League (JDL). She created a preposterous link to the radical Islamic terrorists of today that is just not relevant.
In her farfetched analogy, she makes it seem like a small, fringe Jewish group that committed acts of violence in the 1980s is somehow equivalent to a mass movement like ISIS, which aims for an end to Western civilization.
This dangerous lack of context left viewers with the impression there are hordes of Jewish terrorists who have committed attacks in the United States.
Banfield was clearly not interested in Lord’s view, talking over him repeatedly as he tried to denounce her absurd claims. Even when he asked incredulously: “Are you really saying to me that there's an international Jewish conspiracy to take over the world?" Banfield didn’t budge.
Sticking to the biased script she has clung to for more than a decade, Banfield concluded the segment again talking about the threat Jews are to the United States.
Her incomplete and irresponsible line of thought was presented as fact. What a disservice to viewers.
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