After news broke that President-elect Donald Trump appointed Stephen K. Bannon as his chief White House strategist, the media unleashed a torrent of attacks calling Bannon an extremist, a “white nationalist,” and a “racist” in order to force Trump to rescind his offer to add Bannon to his White House staff.
But after Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison was floated as the possible new head of the Democrat National Committee, the same media completely ignored his repeated anti-Semitic and radical Islamic statements.
According to a new study by the Media Research Center, the big three networks have spent almost no time at all revealing the radical Islamic leanings of Minnesota Democrat Kieth Ellison while repeatedly attacking Bannon with rumor, innuendo, and hearsay.
Since November 13, ABC, CBS, and NBC went on a feeding frenzy against Bannon, spending 41 minutes and 46 seconds covering Trump’s announcement of Bannon’s inclusion on the White House staff. Unsurprisingly, fully 74 percent of that coverage was negative. Indeed, the only positive comments about the new chief strategist were the reports of comments uttered by other Trump officials.
Bannon has been called every manner of name based solely on innuendo. No actual proof has been forthcoming, but the big three nets have been vicious.
On the other hand, coverage of Representative Keith Ellison has been practically non-existent despite that his name has been offered as the replacement of now disgraced interim Democrat National Committee Chair Donna Brazile.
The networks, though, have only given Ellison a scant two minutes and nine seconds of coverage, according to the MRC study. Unsurprisingly, absolutely zero of that time has been negative coverage.
This sparse, yet fawning coverage of Ellison was had despite the rising voice of concern by Jewish groups worried over his past radical Muslim statements.
The networks also ignored Ellison’s praise and support of anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakahn, his support of reparations for slavery, and his demands that the U.S. government set aside land inside the country for a new black “homeland.”
Ellison also has a “history of Muslim Brotherhood connections,” according to terrorism expert Steve Emerson.
Yet, the media has ignored all Ellison’s controversial ties, all the while going mad over Stephen Bannon.
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