MSM Shames Spicer’s Hitler Comparison, Forget They’ve Done the Same

The Left’s selective outrage strikes again.

The mainstream media is rejoicing over White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s Holocaust gaffe, acting as if no one has ever said anything similar. But predictably, many of them are just as guilty.

In his comments, Spicer was trying to say that Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, uses chemical weapons in ways other world leaders haven’t, including Adolf Hitler, but his comparison fell flat and the media has jumped to make him out as some kind of Nazi apologist.

But no one was calling MSNBC’s Chris Matthews a Holocaust denier when he said Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons back in 2013, as TruthRevolt reported on Thursday. This is selective outrage at its finest.

Now, CNN has jumped on the bandwagon, with editor-at-large Chris Cillizza foaming at the mouth with his headline, “Sean Spicer just forgot the 1st rule of politics: Never compare anything to Hitler.”

“Ughhhhh,” he whined in his piece. “Spicer is arguing a technicality -- that Hitler didn't specifically ‘drop’ chemical weapons on Germans -- in an attempt to put Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's action on the same level as what Hitler did. But, in over-generalizing he's eliding some facts and getting others totally wrong.”

Cillizza goes on to argue how Spicer broke Godwin’s Law by attempting to shut down any argument with a Hitler comparison. The editor doesn’t even know his own network's history of doing the same.

In 2005, CNN founder Ted Turner was busy comparing Fox News to Hitler’s popularity during the German elections prior to WWII. Didn't Turner also “violate” Godwin’s Law?

Then there is CBS, which hit Spicer even harder. Newsbusters has the details:

“Another blunder from the podium,” announced Anchor Scott Pelley during the CBS Evening News opening tease, “White House errors of historic proportions.”

After the tease, Pelley kicked the show off by gleefully mocking Spicer’s misfortune and touting the hassle he was creating for President Trump. “The job of the White House press secretary is to articulate the positions of the president and to clean up the occasional presidential mess,” he joked, “They are not supposed to create any messes for the president. But it happened again today…”

Pelley went on to scold Spicer, stating: “The Holocaust, apparently, was not on Spicer’s mind today, and to make matters worse, this is the Jewish holiday ‘Passover.’”

That chide was soon followed up by reporter Nancy Cordes who got in her own shot at Spicer with: “It isn't often that Hitler is compared favorably to anyone, but it happened today when the White House press secretary was condemning Syria's Bashar Assad for gassing his own people.”

She then seemed to question’s Spicer’s intelligence or maybe his education. “It was a startling comment from someone who surely learned in high school that Hitler sent millions to the gas chambers,” she remarked. She then gave credence to the salacious claims that the Press Secretary was a Holocaust denier. “The executive director of the Anne Frank Center accusing Spicer of ‘Holocaust denial’ and calling on President Trump to ‘fire him at once,’” she reported.

Is that the same Scott Pelley that compared global warming skeptics to Holocaust deniers? Why, yes it is!

For a special 10 years ago, Pelley refused to include any counterpoint to his global warming alarmists he interviewed and responded with this reason: “If I do an interview with Elie Wiesel [who survived the Holocaust], am I required as a journalist to find a Holocaust denier?”

Wait, isn’t the rule to never compare anything to Hitler when discussing politics? 

The leftist media follows that rule about as closely as they try not to be hypocrites. Which is never.

H/T Instapundit


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