The White House has joined CNN in condemning Fox News Radio anchor Mark Levin after he attacked the Jewish heritage of two CNN anchors.
On his radio show this week, Levin – who is also Jewish – described CNN anchors Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper as “self-hating Jews” during a diatribe criticizing the network’s coverage of Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza.
“Not only is Fox News allied with those who fan the flames of hate, Fox pays their salaries,” Andrew Bates, White House deputy press secretary, said on Friday.
“Lying to insult the pain that families experienced in the Holocaust has absolutely no place in America. None,” Bates continued. “Sadly, this is not the first time in recent months that a Fox News anchor has made disgusting statements about the Holocaust.”
Levin also claimed that Blitzer’s parents “were not victims of the Holocaust one way or another,” which is not true. Blitzer’s parents were affected by Nazi concentration camps and his grandparents were killed in the Holocaust. According to CNN.
CNN condemned the comments on Thursday evening as “ill-informed, inappropriate and deeply disgraceful” and said Levin’s “anti-Semitic rhetoric is dangerous, offensive and should be universally condemned.”
Levin responded to CNN’s criticism on his radio show Thursday, claiming that the network is trying to “intimidate” and “silence” him. He said CNN is “one of the most pro-Hamas media outlets in the country.”
He also made similar pro-Hamas comments on MSNBC.
Levin hosts a weekday radio show and a weekend television talk show on Fox News Channel.
Hill has reached out to Fox News for comment.
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