With the appointment of Steve Bannon to a senior position in the Trump administration, the media talons came out. The man is a white supremacist and an anti-Semite said the critics. Always looking for a good story I set out to do some research, but there was nothing, no anti-Semitic incidents, no racist or white supremacist incidents.
Apparently the claims of Antisemitism came from the mouth of his ex-wife during a very contentious divorce. According to that ex-wife they were looking for schools to send their daughters, when they checked out the Archer School for Girls:
The Archer School for Girls, the ex-wife claimed Bannon “went on to say the biggest problem he had with Archer is the number of Jews that attend. He said that he doesn’t like Jews and that he doesn’t like the way they raise their kids to be ‘whiney brats’ and that he didn’t want the girls going to school with Jews.”
Ultimately they decided to send their daughters to Archer — but only after a prickly email exchange between the couple, which was also included in the documents.
Bannon denies he made those statements and the ex-wife’s allegations of Antisemitism weren’t supported by a separate police claim or report.
Other protestations regarding the Bannon appointment claim that Breitbart under Bannon has become anti-Semitic. Keep in mind that Andrew Breitbart and his friend Larry Solov (a Jew who is now Breitbart CEO) conceived of the idea of founding Breitbart News Network, with “the aim of starting a site that would be unapologetically pro-freedom and pro-Israel.” It was certainly that way when I worked there and to be honest I haven’t seen any change from the Jewish/Israel point of view. Certainly, Solov who was Andrew’s closest friend would make very public protestations if the Breitbart sites became anti-Semitic
In fact, it was under Bannon’s tutelage that Breitbart expanded into Jerusalem, a project Andrew spoke to me about in 2011, but I assume was dropped when he passed away…