by Yudi Sherman
In an address to thousands of people who had gathered to protest COVID-19 regulations on Sunday, popular conservative figure Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. made a reference to the Holocaust.
“Even in Hitler’s Germany, you could cross the Alps to Switzerland. You could hide in an attic like Anne Frank did...Today the mechanisms are being put in place that will make it so none of us can run, none of us can hide,” said Kennedy at the Defeat the Mandates rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
The mainstream media were quick to show indignation at Kennedy’s remark and slammed him for making a comparison to the Holocaust. They also villainized him and discredited him as a “conspiracy theorist”, among other condemnations.
“Robert F. Kennedy Jr. slammed for saying the unvaccinated have less freedom than Anne Frank did,” screamed a Washington Post headline.
“Sanitizing history leads to moments like this,” CNN gasped.
“'Even in Hitler's Germany You Could Hide': Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Says Vaccine Mandates Harder to Escape Than Nazi Persecution”, shouted Haaretz.
“Robert F Kennedy Jr ‘exploited tragedy’ of Nazism in anti-vax speech, says Auschwitz memorial,” read a headline by The Guardian.
“Robert Kennedy Jr: COVID-19 vaccine mandates worse than Holocaust,” said the Jerusalem Post.
However one may feel about Kennedy’s remarks, it is worth remembering that these very same outlets are not only unopposed to Holocaust references, but are quite fond of their usage.
On September 13, 2016, the Washington Post ran an article titled, “Don’t compare Trump to Hitler. It belittles Hitler.” Another piece on July 16, 2018 had the headline, “It’s not wrong to compare Trump’s America to Hitler. Here’s why.” Yet another article on January 15, 2021 read, “Trump's last days and the echo of one specific Hitler analogy.”
CNN, as one might expect, was also not above making Holocaust references. In November 2020, CNN’s own Christiane Amanpour equated Trump’s tenure with Kristallnacht on her show.
Haaretz, not to be outmatched, published an analysis on July 17, 2019 titled, “Trump’s 'Go Home' Invective Echoes Nazi Incitement Against Jews,” and posted another article on January 21, 2021 with the headline, “Trump Is a Warning That Fascism Didn’t Die With Hitler and Mussolini.”
The Guardian, on July 22, 2019, ran an article titled, “Q&A: Alastair Campbell compares Donald Trump to Hitler.” On January 25, 2021, The Guardian also ran an article with the headline, “Spike Lee compares Donald Trump to Hitler”. Not only did The Guardian not blast Lee like it did Kennedy, but the outlet spoke of Lee in glowing terms.
On September 25, 2020, the Jerusalem Post said in a headline, “MSNBC pundit: What is the difference between Hitler and Trump?”. At no point was said pundit criticized or discredited by the Post.
While media hypocrisy may be a zeitgeist of the information age, it's time to start phasing it out.