CBS, NBC Ignore Antisemitic Mob Threatening Jews on the NYC Subway

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Good-hearted Americans were horrified on Wednesday after new video surfaced of an antisemitic mob threatening Jews on a New York City subway, the same mob that had just held a rally where they flew a banner glorifying the October 7 terrorist attack on Israel. The story went untold during the Wednesday evening and Thursday morning newscasts of CBS and NBC. Only ABC called out the hate being directed at Jews in the liberal media’s backyard.

Instead of pointing out the far-left liberals behaving badly, CBS Evening News hyped President Biden signing a 10-year commitment to Ukraine and CBS Mornings questioned: “Aliens living among us?” Meanwhile, NBC Nightly News liked that the liberal ACLU was suing the Biden administration over his asylum executive order while NBC’s Today went to China to gush about Pandas.

Contrast that with ABC’s World News Tonight anchor David Muir who led into the segment by announcing: “Here in New York City, authorities are describing that chilling anti-Semitic scene on the subway. Protesters asking, ‘Zionists to raise their hands and get off the train.’ Authorities say others defacing the home of a museum director who is Jewish.”

Senior investigative correspondent Aaron Katersky highlighted “this video shows a frightening moment on a New York City subway car, when protesters demanded riders raise their hands if they’re Zionists.” And it was clear the mob was looking to hurt people:

ANTISEMITE 1: Raise your hand if you’re a Zionist!

ANTISEMITIC MOB: Raise your hand if you’re a Zionist!

ANTISEMITE 1: This is your chance to get out!

ANTISEMITIC MOB: This is your chance to get out!

ANTISEMITE 1: Okay. No Zionists. We’re good.

CBS and NBC were once aghast at flags being flown when they were innocuous and uncontroversial symbols being hoisted outside the homes of a U.S. Supreme Court justice. But they had no interest in covering what Katersky did. “[The mob] had just come from a rally where the flags of terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah were waved. Another saying, ‘Long live October 7th,’” he reported.

Come Thursday morning, those networks were still uninterested in the story even after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) condemned the antisemitism on the floor of the Senate:

KATERSKY: Majority Leader Chuck Schumer showed pictures on the Senate floor.

SCHUMER: This is not even close to free speech. It is intimidation, invasive attacks loaded with the threat of looming violence.

Katersky also noted that the anti-Semites were also responsible for “Red paint and a threatening sign defaced the home of the director of the Brooklyn museum, who is Jewish. On the door they painted an inverted red triangle, a symbol used by Hamas.”

“[W]hat you heard on that subway car is no longer a matter of free speech, asking Zionists to identify themselves; the NYPD is now considering an implicit threat. They’re looking to charge the leader of the call-and-response with attempted coercion,” he concluded.

The transcripts are below. Click “expand” to read:

ABC’s World News Tonight
June 12, 2024
06:42:14 PM EST

[NEWS HEADLINE: NYC Protests Trigger Backlash]

DAVID MUIR: Meantime as I mentioned, back in the U.S. tonight, here in New York City, authorities are describing that chilling anti-Semitic scene on the subway. Protesters asking, “Zionists to raise their hands and get off the train.” Authorities say others defacing the home of a museum director who is Jewish. And tonight, the New York City mayor’s warning about this hate. Here’s Aaron Katersky.

[Cuts to video]

AARON KATERSKY: Tonight, this video shows a frightening moment on a New York City subway car, when protesters demanded riders raise their hands if they’re Zionists.

ANTISEMITE 1: Raise your hand if you’re a Zionist!

ANTISEMITIC MOB: Raise your hand if you’re a Zionist!

ANTISEMITE 1: This is your chance to get out!

ANTISEMITIC MOB: This is your chance to get out!

ANTISEMITE 1: Okay. No Zionists. We’re good.

KATERSKY: The train held at Union Square for a police inspection. Officers in riot gear seen on the crowded platform. Protesters clashing with police.

They had just come from a rally where the flags of terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah were waved. Another saying, “Long live October 7th.” Protesters breaking through barriers, setting off smoke bombs and flares outside an exhibit remembering the victims of the October 7th Hamas attack on Israel.

The Monday incident part of an escalating series of provocations that go beyond protest and into what Mayor Eric Adams has called “Overt, unacceptable anti-Semitism.”

MAYOR ERIC ADMAS (D): I thought it was despicable. It was disgusting what we saw. And you cannot call for peace while you’re celebrating what happened on October 7th.

KATERSKY: And this morning, vandals threw red paint and posted a threatening sign at the home of the director of the Brooklyn Museum, who is Jewish. On the door, they painted an inverted red triangle, a symbol used by Hamas.

[Cuts back to Live]

KATERSKY: David, this vandalism police say may be the work of the same people who splashed red paint on the ground outside a Palestinian office here in Manhattan, and scattered leaflets that called for more violence against Israel. David?

MUIR: Aaron Katersky, here in New York. Thank you, Aaron.

ABC’s Good Morning America
June 13, 2024
7:08:45 a.m. Eastern

WHIT JOHNSON: Now a series of anti-Israel incidents around New York City, raising concerns and condemnation from top officials, including a disturbing scene caught on camera on the subway. Senior investigative correspondent Aaron Katersky joins us with more. Aaron, good morning.

AARON KATERSKY: And good morning to you, Whit. This escalating series of provocations in the city has moved beyond protest and toward what the mayor here has called overt, unacceptable anti-Semitism.

[Cuts to video]

Mass protests took over this New York City subway car and demanded riders identify themselves if they’re Zionist.

ANTISEMITE 1: Raise your hand if you’re a Zionist!

ANTISEMITIC MOB: Raise your hand if you’re a Zionist!

ANTISEMITE 1: This is your chance to get out!

ANTISEMITIC MOB: This is your chance to get out!

ANTISEMITE 1: Okay. No Zionists. We’re good.

KATERSKY: The train was held in the station. Officers in riot gear descend onto the platform as some protesters clashed with police. They were part of a rally that included a large banner “Long Live October 7th” and the flags of terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah.

Protesters chanted “long live the intifada,” a reference to Palestinian uprisings and set off flares outside an exhibit remembering the victims of the October Hamas attack on Israel. Mayor Eric Adams called it reprehensible and vile.

MAYOR ERIC ADAMS (D): I thought the actions we saw in front of the exhibit was just despicable.

KATERSKY: This surveillance video shows people getting out of a truck spilling red paint on the street outside the Manhattan office of the Palestinian Authority and scattering leaflets that called for more violence against Israel. Red paint and a threatening sign defaced the home of the director of the Brooklyn museum, who is Jewish. On the door they painted an inverted red triangle, a symbol used by Hamas.

 [Cuts back to live]

KATERSKY: Police are now investigating whether this hateful vandalism is the work of the same people.

And Michael, what you heard on that subway car is no longer a matter of free speech, asking Zionists to identify themselves; the NYPD is now considering an implicit threat. They’re looking to charge the leader of the call-and-response with attempted coercion. Michael.

MICHAEL STRAHAN: All right, Aaron. Thank you so much for that.

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