#FakeMedia with their heads up their collective arses…
And now, the progeny of Nazis, living in the precise two countries from which the Holocaust originated, dare to imply I am a neo-Nazi paying homage to Hitler. Their impudence is exceeded only by my disgust.
On a more practical level, this distortion confirms my wariness of European media: after this, how can I believe it?
German and Austrian Media Outrage Me
by Daniel Pipes
Europe’s mainstream media has reached a point of distorted frenzy about what it calls the “far-right” and “neo-Nazis.” I know. I have just experienced this first hand. Allow me, please, to tell my tale.
|Stylized map of the planned Rebel Media trip.
Ezra Levant of Canada is a brilliant conservative and an eloquent critic of the Left. He’s indefatigable and successful; Rebel Media, which he founded in February 2015, has over one million YouTube subscribers. Of his many concerns, such as “ethical oil,” Levant most worries about the threat of Islamism.
Our common outlook means we often cooperate, and he recently invited me to join a Rebel Media cruise on the Danube River in June 2019, which I accepted. It makes roughly equidistant daily trips, beginning with two towns in Germany (Regensburg, Passau), then four in Austria (Linz, Melk, Dürnstein, Vienna), one in Slovakia (Bratislava), and one in Hungary (Budapest).
Of course, the cruise has a political element as well. The talent includes British journalist Katie Hopkins and activist Tommy Robinson; and, as the brochure explains, “we’ll also meet with local political leaders of democratic political groups who are working to preserve western civilization and values” – the Alternative für Deutschland party, Sebastian Kurz’ government in Austria, and Viktor Orbán’s in Hungary.
|An ad for the Rebel Media trip.
Who could oppose this innocent mix of merriment and education?
The Establishment could. The assault started on Sep. 7 when the Oberösterreichische Nachrichtennewspaper in Linz excitedly informed its readers that “Right-Wing Extremists’ Cruise on the Danube to Land in Linz in June 2019.” It also collected statements from the governor, the mayor, and other politicians who unanimously told us we are unwelcome, one of them even demanding that the trip be halted.
It got worse. Major media in Austria and then Germany in herd-like fashion embellished the story, distorting it with nearly identical words. Here, some headlines from Germany, referring to the visit to Linz (which is also the town where Simon Wiesenthal began assembling evidence on Nazi atrocities):
- Die Welt: “Right-Wing Extremists Planning to Cruise with a Stop in Hitler’s ‘Hometown’.”
- Berliner Kurier: “Right-Wing Extremists Plan Cruise with a Stop in Hitler’s ‘Hometown’.”
- MSN (Germany): “Right-wing Extremists Planning a Cruise with a Stop in Hitler’s ‘Hometown’.”
|Headline from “Die Welt” of Sep. 10, 2018.
Thus did Austrian and German media transform a Canadian organization learning about immigration and Islamization problems in four countries into neo-Nazis clandestinely paying homage to Adolf Hitler.
I must now put this topic in more personal terms, terms I ordinarily do not raise:
Much of my family was murdered by the Nazis. My parents are Holocaust survivors. I was born four years after the end of World War II. Growing up, the fact that the world’s most horrific crime was perpetrated against my own family cast an indelible shadow.