NBC News Hints Blame for ‘Hate Crimes’ on Trump, Bannon

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NBC News New York attempted to blame President-Elect Donald Trump and his incoming chief strategist and former Breitbart News CEO, Stephen Bannon, for alleged hate crimes across the country.

Titled “More Hate Crimes Reported Despite Trump’s Call to ‘Stop It,’” NBC News blamed Trump and Bannon for four alleged hate crimes and statistics from the liberal advocacy organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center:

Nearly a week after the election of Donald Trump, reports of hateful intimidation or harassment continue. The Southern Poverty Law Center said it had received 437 reports of such incidents between Wednesday, Nov. 9 and Monday, Nov. 14.

Most of the cases appear to involve graffiti or intimidation directed at racial or ethnic minorities and in some reports the perpetrators indicated support for Trump.

Ryan Lenz, a spokesman for the anti-intolerance watchdog said acts of hate and intimidation occurred in the U.S. during the campaign season with SPLC tracking the high-profile cases. But those incidents have increased sharply since Election Day on Nov. 8.

Buried in Lenz’s quote for NBC News, he notes “that the reports ‘are not completely confirmed.’”

NBC News goes on to mention how the hate crimes are allegedly continuing, despite Trump telling CBS News’ 60 Minutes that agitators should “stop it.”

What is not mentioned is how CBS News actually held Trump’s denouncing of the alleged hate crimes until two days after the interview was filmed.

NBC News then aimed a directly at Bannon amid a mainstream press-wide narrative calling him an “anti-Semite” and “white nationalist”, but giving no substantiated facts for those accusations:

Trump’s directive to his supporters came on the same day he named Steven [SIC] Bannon his White House chief strategist and senior counselor. Bannon, the Trump campaign CEO, came from Breitbart News, the site that under his leadership has pushed a nationalist, anti-establishment agenda and become one of the leading outlets of the so-called alt-right — a movement often associated with far-right efforts to preserve “white identity,” oppose multiculturalism and defend “Western values.”

NBC News and the Southern Poverty Law Center both attempted to tie alleged hate crimes against Muslims to Breitbart News by equating news coverage of illegal immigration issues and Islamic terrorism to hateful to “anti-immigrant” and “anti-Muslim” memes.

As Breitbart Texas reported, the Associated Press earlier this week attempted to drum up hysteria over anti-Muslim hate crimes, specifically pulling stats of crimes against Muslims without noting that Jewish-Americans are more than twice as likely to experience a similar attack.

In 2015, Jews saw 695 total offenses, while Muslims experienced less than half that amount with 301.

The AP also failed to note that Americans of Middle Eastern descent saw far fewer hate crimes in 2015 than other races/eternities with 47 offenses reported by law enforcement.

John Binder is a contributor for Breitbart Texas. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.