Howard Dean calls Bannon a ‘Nazi,’ media yawns

Howard Dean
Howard Dean announcing his 2004 run for the White House. On Saturday, he painted James Comey as a puppet of Vladimir Putin. (Wikipedia)

While appearing on a Sunday morning interview with a Canadian outlet, former DNC boss Howard Dean violated Godwin’s law and smeared Trump adviser Steve Bannon as a “Nazi.”  Unfortunately, Newsbusters said Monday, a search at major U.S. media outlets returned no results of Dean’s smear.

Here’s a partial transcript posted by Newsbusters:

HOWARD DEAN (on Trump): He’s a complicated guy. He appoints a reasonable person, who’s much more conservative than I am, but somebody you can talk to as chief of staff, and then his senior advisor is a Nazi.I mean, what, you know, what do you do with that?

REPORTER: Slow down, this is interesting. You’re talking about Reince Priebus —

DEAN: Right.

REPORTER: — is the Chairman of the Republican National Party, right? He’s now his chief of staff.

DEAN: Right.

REPORTER: Steve Bannon, who ran something called Breitbart News —

DEAN: Which is a far-right, anti-Semitic publication.

REPORTER: You called him a Nazi?

DEAN: Well (counting with his fingers), he’s anti-Semitic, he’s anti-black, and he’s anti-women.

REPORTER: He’s openly said, “I’m part of the, quote-unquote, Alt-Right.”

DEAN: That’s right.

REPORTER: He’s Donald Trump’s chief strategist. What does that tell you?

But much of the major media ignored his false claim.  Newsbusters added:

As would be expected, a search at the Associated Press on “Howard Dean Nazi” (not in quotes) returns no results. Searches at the New York Times and the Washington Post returned no results referring to Sunday’s interview.

A Google News search on “Dean Trump Nazi” (not in quotes, past week, showing duplicates) just before noon Eastern Time on Monday returned only four relevant results, none of which are from establishment press outlets. As to the excuse that it’s barely been 24 hours, far less intemperate remarks by Republicans and conservatives typically hit the major establishment press sites and get spread far and wide within hours.

Since Newsbusters’ report, several more outlets mentioned Dean’s smear, and those reports do show in the Google search.

Tom Blumer noted:

The establishment press isn’t covering Dean’s and Ellison’s track records or their outrageous remarks because it is desperate to portray the Democratic Party and its officials as reasonable people, giving them free rein to go far-left in the background. Meanwhile, the press routinely paints Republicans and conservatives as extremists, bigots, and the worst dreck of humanity.

And yet, these are the same people who lament “fake” news…


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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