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Harry Belafonte on CNN, Moments Ago

Monday, January 23, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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Hundreds of thousands of Americans are marching in D.C. today to protest the toll of Roe v. Wade and its progeny. CNN can’t spare them much time –if any– but Harry Belafonte gets to go nutter without being thrown off the air. What’s it take, Wolf, to call a nutter a nutter and shut him down? Or is CNN now undecided on the nature of the Holocaust –has it been persuaded by Iran’s president that the Holocaust is a propaganda device?

Wolf Blitzer: The “new Gestapo.” You know, those are powerful words, calling an agency of the US government, the Department of Homeland Security, with what about 300,000 federal employees, the new Gestapo. Do you want to take that back?

HB: No not really. I stand by my remarks. I am very much aware of what this has provoked in our national community, and I welcome the opportunity for us to begin to have a dialouge, that goes other than where we have been having one up until now. People feel that I talk in extremes, but if you look at what’s happening to American citizens, a lot is going on in the extreme. We’ve taken citizens from this country, without the right to be charged, without being told what they are taken for, we have spoirited them out of this country, taken them to faraway places, and reports come back with some consistency that they are being tortured, they are not being told why, what they have done, and even some who have been released have come back and testified to this fact.

WB: But let me interrupt for a second. Are you familiar and I am sure you are because you are an intelligent man, what the Gestapo did to the Jews in World War II.

HB:: Absolutely.

WB: And you think that what the Department of Homeland Security is doing to some US citizens suspected of terrorism is similar to what the Nazis did to the Jews?

HB: Well, if you are taking people out of the country, and spiriting them someplace else, and they are being tortured, and they are being charged or not being charged so they will know what it is that they have done, it may not have been directly inside the, inside the Deaprtment of Homeland Security, but the pattern, the system, it is what the system does, it is what all thses different divisions have begun to reveal in their collective. I mean, my phones are tapped, my mail can be opened. They don’t even need a court warrant to come and do that as we once were required to do.

WB: But no one has taken you or anyone else as far as I can tell to an extermination camp and by the tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands, even millions decided to kill them which is what the Nazis did.

HB: Mr. Blitzer, let me say this to you. Perhaps, just perhaps, if the Jews of Germany and people spoken out much earlier and had resisted the tyranny that was on the horizon, perhaps we would never have had Adolph Hitler and the Gestapo.

Wolf, the number is 6 million, not “tens of thousands” or “hundreds of thousands,” or “even millions.” At least get that straight, even if you feel an obligation to indulge deranged anti-American lefties who make stuff up and blame the Jews of Europe for their slaughter.

The interview went on for another seven minutes of prime time television. Does CNN have no standards at all for what they allow to be spewed out on their screens in wartime?

UPDATE: AARP issues a statement. Shouldn’t AARP at least point out that they specifically disagree with the Gestapo quote?

PoliticalTeen has the video.

Radioblogger
will post an audio file of the most reprehensible portion of Belafonte’s remakrs. Don’t believe me. Listen for yourself.

UPDATE II: Ed Driscoll has much, more more on the antidote to Belafronterry, and on the foolishness of tonight’s appearance.

At some point –now passed– decent people say to apologists for real evil: “We understand your courage in the Civil Rights Movement, but that gives you no license to slander America and Americans, deny the evil of the Holocaust, or generally dance on the graves of the millions murdered by communist and fascist totalitarians. Be silent, fool.”

Wolf’s inability to summon the courage for the moment is foreshadowed in Ed Henry’s inability to make any value judgments on senatorial statements of falsehoods presented as truths. CNN is crippled when it comes to first facts, a legacy of Turner, perhaps, and Eason Jordan.

The irony is that the movie of the year among media types is Good Night, and Good Luck, which celebrates Edward Murrow’s willingness to call a bully a bully. But the McCarthy of that era is the Belafonte, Kennedy, Pelosi, and Reid of this time, willing to say anything and smear anyone in pursuit of political power. Americans as Nazis! That’s Dick Durbin and now Belafonte. That’s the left generally. But MSM has zero candidates in the Murrow-stand-in department these days, so deep in the tank to their ideology that they can’t even read a Zawahiri or OBL missive and take it seriously, can’t count the dead under Saddam in Iraq or pay attention to the ravings of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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