Last weekend, left-leaning BuzzFeed News published an outrageous piece that tried to connect conservative commentator Ben Shapiro to an Indiana male who allegedly vandalized a synagogue with Nazi symbols.
The smear campaign is ludicrous because Shapiro is an Orthodox Jew.
According to TheBlaze, the story outlined the radicalization of the accused criminal, 21-year-old Nolan Brewer.
Amazingly, BuzzFeed linked Shapiro to the purported criminal.
Last week, Brewer plead guilty to defacing a synagogue with Nazi symbols.
Ironically, a 2016 report from the Anti-Defamation League’s Task Force on Harassment and Journalism listed Shapiro as the overwhelmingly most targeted journalist for anti-Semitic hate online.
In the opening paragraph of the piece, BuzzFeed stated, “An Indiana man who plead guilty to defacing a synagogue with Nazi symbolism detailed to federal agents his road to radicalization, including meeting with members of the far-right group Identity Evropa and being inspired by the writings of a former Breitbart editor and the Nazi propaganda site Stormfront.”
Shapiro used to be an editor for Breitbart. Further in the piece, BuzzFeed highlighted the assumed connection to the right leaning commentator using quotes from Brewer’s sentencing memorandum.
BuzzFeed commented, “According to Nolan, [his wife] began with right-wing yet mainstream views such as those presented on Fox News.
She then moved on to writing by Ben Shapiro and articles on Breitbart News which bridged the gap to the notorious white supremacist and anti-Semitic propaganda site Stormfront.”
Preposterously, BuzzFeed attempted to add fuel to the fire by trying to score a comment from Shapiro “as if he actually played a role in radicalizing Brewer into a white supremacist who praised Adolf Hitler.”
The conservative commentator denied BuzzFeed’s numerous requests for remarks.
Posting the piece to Twitter, BuzzFeed said, “A man who vandalized a synagogue with Nazi symbols told federal agents his road to radicalization included meeting with the far-right group Identity Evropa and reading Ben Shapiro, Breitbart News, and the Nazi propaganda site Stormfront.”
Even though Shapiro didn’t give BuzzFeed a comment, he addressed the allegations on Twitter. The conservative media personality said, “Yes, if there’s one thing I’m known for — as one of the most prominent Orthodox Jews, targets of the alt-right, and critics of the alt-right in America — it’s directing Nazis to attack synagogues. What garbage.”
Unsurprisingly, Shapiro wasn’t the only one who sounded off about the BuzzFeed piece.
Conservative syndicated columnist, political analyst, author, and commentator Jonah Goldberg stated, “[In my honest opinion] if reading [Shapiro] turns you into a Nazi, I think you’re reading Ben Shapiro wrong” according to The Daily Caller. Imam Mohamad Tawhidi, an Iranian-born Australian referred to as the “Imam of Peace,” remarked, “Yes that sounds right, Jewish [Shapiro] influenced a random person to become a neo-Nazi and vandalize a Synagogue. We totally believe you. Totally.”
Tawhidi has been a vocal antagonist of the escalating anti-Semitism in the U.S. He’s been particularly bothered by the hateful rhetoric employed by some freshman Democrats in Congress.
A senior politics reporter at Vox, Jane Coaston commented, “A reminder that a white supremacist neo-Nazi trying to get a lesser sentence might lie about how he was radicalized, as white supremacist neo-Nazis are prone to do.”
According to The Daily Caller, the senior politics reporter writes about conservatism, the GOP, white nationalism, and the far-right.
Apparently, everyone wasn’t bothered by BuzzFeed’s over-the-top article. Emily Gorcenski, a leftist transgender advocate seemed to condone the piece while tweeting at Shapiro. Gorcenski said, “this is from the perpetrator’s own defense.” C
ontinuing, Gorcenski remarked, “In other words, it’s his own words that describe the role you played sending them down the path to hate criming. Those are facts. Find some counseling for your feelings.” The liberal transgender activist later tweeted, “Ben’s mad, and on that note I go to sleep peacefully.”
During his controversial career, Shapiro has been accused of many things.
But, attempting to link this orthodox Jew to a purported anti-Semitic criminal goes beyond the pale. Perhaps, Jason Rantz, author at MyNorthwest.com, said it best when he tweeted, “Pathetic hit piece. Nazi inspired by an Orthodox Jew? This is why Buzzfeed is barely hanging on to relevance and a functioning business model.”