CNN host Christiane Amanpour is being urged to apologize after she made widely criticized remarks which many saw as “belittling” Holocaust victims. Amanpour had the audacity to attempt to compare the Trump administration to Kristallnacht. An event that many consider the starting point of the Holocaust. The horrific event occurred on November 9-10, 1938, when German Nazis and civilians lit synagogues on fire and vandalized Jewish homes, schools, and businesses, killing over 100 of their Jewish neighbors.
Omer Yankelevich, Israel’s Diaspora Affairs Minister, sent a letter to CNN’s president calling on him to urge Amanpour to issue an immediate public apology for her unacceptable comments.
According to The Daily Wire:
“It was the Nazis’ warning shot across the bow of our human civilization that led to genocide against a whole identity and in that tower of burning books, it led to an attack of fact, knowledge, history, and truth,” Amanpour said. “After four years of a modern-day assault on those same values by Donald Trump, the Biden-Harris team pledges a return to norms, including the truth.”
“We find hereby the false equivalence made between the actions of a sitting US president and the atrocities of the Kristallnacht pogroms which were carried out by the Nazis eighty-two years ago belittling of the immense tragedy of the Holocaust,” Yankelevich wrote. “Distortion and minimization of the Holocaust are deplorable lies that only encourage the evil voices of anti-Semitism. Employing the memory of the Holocaust for cheap shock value and to further a political agenda is a deeply troubling and offensive spin of historic and moral truths with dangerous implications.”
The Times of Israel also noted that Israel’s consul-general to Atlanta, Anat Sultan-Dadon, wrote a letter to Richard Davis, CNN’s executive vice president of News Standards and Practices, over the segment.
“The use of the 82nd anniversary of Kristallnacht by Amanpour for the purpose of this comparison is an affront to the memory of the Holocaust, those who perished and those who suffered through these unimaginable atrocities,” Sultan-Dadon wrote. The consulate said it was “sincerely disappointed” by the way Amanpour chose to express herself and urged the anchorwoman and her employer to publish an apology.
Criticism of Amanpour’s extremely tone-deaf and insulting comments quickly drew the attention from both sides of the aisle. Many called her out for the comments calling her attempt at politicizing the Holocaust “disgusting.”
Never before in the history of U.S. news networks did a journalist distort the Holocaust for political purposes as Amanpour just did on on CNN & PBS.
No, @camanpour, the Nazi genocide was not “an attack on fact, knowledge, history & truth.“
They murdered 6 million Jews. Say it. pic.twitter.com/Cwkzj1lUBK
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) November 14, 2020
Amanpour using the death of 6 million Jews as a political weapon.
Utterly disgusting. https://t.co/wvguSPX4xq
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) November 13, 2020
Going to try to avoid as much politics today as possible on here but yes I will start by saying I saw the Christiane Amanpour clip about the Holocaust and all I can say is: She is precisely as horrid as we all have always told y'all she was, and now you know.
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) November 13, 2020
Amanpour needs to apologize for this. This is unacceptable. https://t.co/ovkfqfiYlR
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) November 13, 2020