Fake News Again? CNN's Camerota Classifies Nation of Islam's Louis Farrakhan 'Far-RIght'

Nick Kangadis | May 3, 2019
Font Size

At this point it might be easier to count the days where CNN doesn’t deliver fake news.

Host Alisyn Camerota actually included the anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI) Louis Farrakhan as a “far-right” extremist following the his banishment from both Facebook.

I can’t make this up. Here’s what Camerota said on Friday’s edition of CNN’s “New Day”:


Here's what Camerota said verbatim:

Facebook is banning several far-right extremists from its services because it considers them dangerous. This includes the Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Also banned, Paul Nehlen, an anti-Semite who ran unsuccessfully for Congress, along with fringe personalities Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer and Paul Joseph Watson.

As Camerota mentioned above, Farrakhan was banned from the social media platform on Thursday, along with InfoWars founder Alex Jones, right-leaning YouTuber Paul Joseph Watson, political activest Laura Loomer, failed “pro-white” congressional candidate from Wisconsin Paul Nehlen and right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.

Camerota and CNN weren't the only ones who stretched the truth in order to distance themselves from Farrakhan. When news of the Facebook purge surfaced on Thursday, multiple outlets, including the Washington Post and The Atlantic, also referred to Farrakhan as "far-right."

CNN can refer to Farrakhan as “far-right” to the end of their "fake news" desires, but a 2018 Daily Caller report noted the Left’s ties to the controversial NOI leader.

According to the Daily Caller:

At least seven House Democrats are known to have direct ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a notorious anti-Semite and racist who has called Jews “satanic” and said white people “deserve to die.”

California Reps. Maxine Waters and Barbara Lee, Illinois Rep. Danny Davis, Indiana Rep. Andre Carson, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, New York Rep. Gregory Meeks and Texas Rep. Al Green have all attended meetings with Farrakhan while in Congress, according to photos, videos and witness accounts of the meetings reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

In January, it was also reported that one of the leaders of the leftist Women’s March organization Tamika Mallory refused to condemn Farrakhan while on ABC’s “The View.”

“I didn’t call him [Farrakhan] the greatest of all time because of his rhetoric,” Mallory said. “I called him the greatest of all time because of what he’s done in Black communities.”

Classifying Farrakhan as “far-right” is a disingenuous stance at best and straight misinformation at worst, not that people who are actually far-right extremists deserve any defense either. But, to call the man “far-right” is yet another ploy by the media, in this case CNN, to make anyone with any negative connotation to them as a right-wing loon. There are definitely far-right extremists, but Farrakhan isn't one of them.

Maybe CNN should face a possible future banning from social media sites considering the sheer amount of “fake news” they’ve trotted out in 2019 alone? Cohen? Covington? Smollett?

H/T: Daily Caller