Thursday, Facebook announced several right-wing provocateurs had been kicked off their platform. Louis Farrakhan, raging anti-semite and hate monger was lumped in with the rest of the crowd in several headlines.
Like this one from The Independent:
Hold up, are they pretending Farrakhan is right-wing? pic.twitter.com/irOH81udDn
— Kemberlee Kaye (@KemberleeKaye) May 2, 2019
And this one from the WaPo:
What in the actual hell? Louis Farrakhan has never once been considered on “the right” – far or otherwise. @washingtonpost what are you doing?? You don’t even have to dig much to get a list of all the appearances he’s made w/lefties over the years. pic.twitter.com/mIPHHAewMp
— Kira (@RealKiraDavis) May 2, 2019
Because it needs mentioning, apparently, Farrakhan is not a far-right figure. Not by any stretch.
So Louis Farrakhan is now part of the, um, far right?
This @washingtonpost headline reveals a deep intellectual blindspot:
1) An inability to recognize left-wing authoritarianism.
2) Once its authoritarian element becomes impossible to ignore: the denial that it is left-wing. pic.twitter.com/y5S2TaVliM
— Yascha Mounk (@Yascha_Mounk) May 2, 2019
After pressure from social media, the WaPo changed their headline, substituting “far-right” for “extremist”:
After much criticism, the WaPo changed "far-right" to "extremist", but the initial designation of "far-right" to include Louis Farrakhan is interesting — particularly given his fan-base @womensmarch… https://t.co/ZaBMZzF09u
— Dr. Petra Marquardt-Bigman (@WarpedMirrorPMB) May 2, 2019
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