celebrity news commentator whoopi goldberg created a journalistic firestorm when, on an abcnews program “the view” denied that the nazis maintained a racial viewpoint as they embarked on the genocide of jews and others during the holocaust.
her comments were met with the usual and customary outrage. politifact fact checked her and she was handed a “pants on fire” score. “the holocaust isn’t about race. no, it’s not about race.” politifact reported that “the statement is not accurate and makes a ridiculous claim. that’s our definition for pants on fire.” the reported that “hitler himself expressed the belief that the jews were a lesser race, historians said.”
ms. goldberg went on an apology tour and visited the stephen colbert late night show to do so. she was prompted by mr. colbert as to the question as to whether they nazi’s felt that jews were a race for which she made comment that the nazi’s lied about race. she again took the view that it was white against white. she commented that it wasn’t about race, it was about white on white.
painfully, ms. goldberg makes this assertion without any reference sources. if the nazi’s believed that they were doing so on the basis of race, would it not be considered as a racist act?” this answer to this question, as well as the nazi’s assertions, i defer to experts and scholars in the field. for this article, it is not necessary.
for ms. goldberg, however, sitting on the couch and having a conversation without doing more homework on the issue was something that she could have ill afforded to do. she works for a news organization and is a news commentator. thus, she has the obligation to get the facts right and then express her opinion. likewise, she can make hypotheticals and express her opinion. she is entitled to hold whatever opinions she wishes to have. she, as part of a news organization, cannot skirt of the facts or maintain ignorance of them. it is a poor reflection on abcnews. reporters don’t just have conversations. they base their articles and pieces based upon facts.
both ms. goldberg and her producers made a huge mistake trotting her out on the colbert show. ms. goldberg already knew that she hit a hot button topic for which she needed more time to understand prior to making further statements. she has strong views on the issue and she should have looked into the resources available to see if they matched up with the data. had she done so, she may have offered viewers something fresh and based.
her problematic episode comes at a time when journalists are being accused of disseminating dangerous medical misinformation without any references to what the misinformation. ms. goldberg’s comments on her program and colbert serve as a sad moment for abcnews and the journalists that work there.
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Social media users are slamming the network over Whoopi’s suspension
Others argue the network’s actions weren’t severe enough and continue to call for her termination.
‘Whoopi Goldberg makes a horrible comment about the Jews and gets suspended for 2 weeks, No that’s not enough,’ tweeted @bryan112886 ‘Fire her decrepit a** and let her enjoy retirement.’
‘Roseanne Barr is a comedian and was fired for a joke. Whoopi is a comedian that wasn’t joking,’ argued @hardinkk2.
‘Imagine a white person or a Jew saying slavery wasn’t about race, it was just business,’ @ayDursi wrote.
‘Then they proceed to downplay one of if not the most horrific American tragedies Unforgivable right? Then ask yourself why is Whoopi still on tv after saying identical comments.’
Twitter user @VisitorPaul added: ‘Was Sharon Osborne “suspended for 2 weeks”? Nope, Whoopi needs to get fired!!’ +14View gallery
Others argue the network’s actions weren’t severe enough and continue to call for her termination
Whoopi posted an apology on Twitter Monday night saying the Holocaust was about ‘both’ race and inhumanity.
‘On today’s show, I said the Holocaust “is not about race, but about man’s inhumanity to man.” I should have said it is about both. As Jonathan Greenblatt from the Anti-Defamation League shared, “The Holocaust was about the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people – who they deemed to be an inferior race.” I stand corrected,’ Goldberg said.
‘The Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never waiver. I’m sorry for the hurt I have caused. Written with my sincerest apologies, Whoopi Goldberg,’ she said.
On Tuesday, she made an on-air apology, then interviewed the CEO of The Anti-Defamation League, before moving on to other topics with her co-hosts.
Ahead of The View’s show on Tuesday, a senior ABC News source told DailyMail.com that staff are stunned by the network’s soft touch on her remarks, especially when it was so quick to fire Roseanne Barr over racist comments towards Valerie Jarrett.
‘These comments are absolutely abhorrent and outrageous and it’s time Disney and ABC grew a pair and fired her,’ the source said.+14View gallery
Whoopi Goldberg on Tuesday apologized again for her claim that the Holocaust ‘wasn’t racist’ after a swell of people called for her to be fired Whoopi Goldberg tries to justify her claim about the HolocaustLoaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipMuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time1:23FullscreenNeed Text
‘Disney took swift action and fired Roseanne Barr when she posted the awful tweet about Valerie Jarrett, yet Whoopi made her vile comments on ABC’s air and they do nothing about it? Where is the leadership from within Disney?
‘[Disney content chairman] Peter Rice needs to step up and do his job and fire Whoopi. How is this appropriate at all? What message do we send as a company? Why is there one rule for Whoopi Goldberg – who gets a pass on everything and another rule for everyone else?’ said the source.
WHOOPI’S HOLOCAUST COMMENTS
The saga began when the panel discussed a Tennessee school removing the comic Maus from its curriculum because it contained nudity.
Critics are now demanding that Goldberg be fired from the show.
They pointed to other talk show hosts and TV personalities like Sharon Osborne and Roseanne Barr who were fired over making controversial remarks.
Goldberg started off by saying: ‘Personally I am shocked because given the story of Maus I am surprised that that’s what made you uncomfortable.
‘It’s about the Holocaust, the killing of 6million people, but that didn’t bother you. This is white people doing it to white people so y’all go fight amongst yourselves but…’
Later, she carried on: ‘Let’s be truthful about it. The Holocaust isn’t about race. It’s not about race. It’s not about race. It’s not about race. It’s about man’s inhumanity to man. That’s what it’s about.’
Co-hosts Ana Navarro, Joy Behar and Sarah Haines all argued back but she continued: ‘But these are two white groups of people? You are missing the point.
‘The minute you turn it into race, it goes down this alley.
‘Let’s talk about it for what it is, it’s how people treat each other.’ Advertisement
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‘There is a blind spot on The View when it comes to anti-Semitism. It is never a big enough hate crime for them.
They added that the comment on Monday was only the latest in a string of inflammatory claims made by Whoopi, who previously defended Bill Cosby on the show.
‘We were all outraged when Whoopi was defending Bill Cosby and ABC had to bring [legal analyst] Dan Abrams on the show to help her understand that her views surrounding Cosby were extremely problematic.
‘This was after fifty women, FIFTY, had come forward with serious allegations about him.’
‘People are livid within the news division as it completely undermines our credibility.’
The source also alleged that former host Meghan McCain previously pitched the victim of a Jewish hate crime as a guest on the show but that she was told to conduct the interview for online only.
Among those who fumed over Goldberg being allowed to stay on the show was Piers Morgan.
‘Sharon Osbourne was fired from The Talk for defending me against a fake charge of racism. Whoopi Goldberg said on The View yesterday that the Holocaust ‘wasn’t about race’, which for Jewish people is about as racist a comment as anyone could make.
‘Bet she doesn’t lose her job,’ he said.
Osborne was fired from The Talk, a CBS show, for defending Morgan against allegations he was racist because he did not believe everything the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, said.
Others have compared Whoopi’s situation to that of Joe Rogan, the Spotify podcast host who was admonished by musicians because he hosted anti-vax opinions on his show.
Spotify is standing by him and adding a content advisory warning to his shows, ignoring the demands of musicians like Joni Mitchell and Neil Young who threatened to pull their music off the streaming site because they disagreed with Rogan.
Rogan has never disclosed his vaccination status. It’s unclear if he is pro or against it but the very fact he was giving a platform to the topic of anti-vaxxing was enough, they said, to constitute disinformation.
On Tuesday, Whoopi returned to The View and kicked off the show with an on-air apology.
‘Yesterday on our show I misspoke. I tweeted about it last night but I kind of want you to hear it from me directly. I feel a responsibility.
‘My words upset so many people which was never my intention. I understand why. The information I got was really helpful. +14View gallery
Whoopi posted an apology on Twitter Monday night saying the Holocaust was about ‘both’ race and inhumanity
‘I said the Holocaust wasn’t about race and was instead about man’s inhumanity to man.
‘It is indeed about race because Hitler and the Nazis considered Jews to be the inferior race.
‘Words matter and mine are no exception. I regret my comments and I stand corrected,’ she said.
She then went on to interview Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, who spoke generally about anti-Semitism and why it is still a threat, before cutting to a commercial.
Then, after the break, they resumed the ‘hot topics’ of the day including Rihanna’s pregnancy.