Thursday, September 19

As just about every study suggests, Jews are the most targeted group for religious hate crime.

NBC’s virtue signaling doesn’t help.

NBC’s David Ingram has written a piece that rips on popular right-wing social media accounts, some of which I follow myself. Let’s deconstruct:

Just taking a look at the headline and summary, you can tell it’s false.

Attacks on Jewish people rising on Instagram and Twitter, researchers say
Many but not all of the posts mention billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros, who was among the targets in a series of attempted bombings.

George Soros: liberal dude, unpopular among the Right, who just happens to be Jewish

Jewish people: over 5 million in America, most of whom – surprise – are not George Soros

NBC mistakes the far-right for the alt-right.

Researchers who study social media say that they are seeing an increase in anti-Semitic posts from far-right users of Instagram and Twitter and that the services aren’t doing enough about it.

Well, see, what’s wrong here is that far-right, in common terms, is Conservatism. American conservatives are not against Jews. It’s ridiculous to think so. And President Trump himself, who has been far more Conservative by principle than expected by many during his campaign, is unequivocally pro-Jewish and pro-Israel. I wrote a piece detailing this.

The alt-right, on the other hand, is notoriously anti-Jew, but it doesn’t take a political science major to know this. Despite common belief, Trump is not pro-alt-right. This is also discussed in full detail in the piece I wrote, linked above.

The exaggerations are unreal.

The recommended top posts for the hashtag “#soros” on Instagram on Thursday included a photo of Soros with the caption “I am the devil” and a cartoon suggesting that Soros and other targets of the explosive devices were themselves behind the bombs, a “false flag” conspiracy theory that gained traction online before the arrest of a Florida man on Friday.

You want to talk about false flags, NBC? How about implying that this means antisemitism? Not to mention, there were other targets of the mail bombs who were not Jewish.

No tangible evidence is actually provided.

Some captions for photos tagged #soros included explicit calls for violence against Jews, according to samples collected by Albright. “Life is about stabbing a Jew,” read a caption from Oct. 10 that was still online on Thursday.

Obviously, that sounds bad. Probably alt-right. And it’s highly doubtful it’s far-right. But most likely? It’s fake. No tangible evidence, not even an Instagram/Twitter embed, is listed within the entire article.

The biggest piece of evidence is a link to a series of tweets by Jonathan Albright, the “researcher” behind the piece. And even in those tweets, there is nothing that alludes to what Ingram wrote.

To save you the trouble:

Here’s another crazy thing:

Even the thumbnail, which is used in Albright’s tweets, and the thumbnail for this article, is simply an Instagram mention network graph of President Trump.

An Instagram mention network graph. (Jonathan Albright, @d1gi, Twitter)

Among two of my personal favorites, @the_typical_liberal and @too_savage_for_democrats, it contains accounts like @gop. What, is the entire Republican Party now antisemitic? Disappointing, NBC. Disappointing.


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