MSNBC deletes tweet after ‘inaccurate’ Hitler comparison — Analysis
Former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul claimed on the network that Hitler ‘didn’t kill ethnic Germans’
MSNBC’s top-rated news program, The Rachel Maddow Show, had to delete a tweet and issue a correction after the Auschwitz Memorial pointed out that it contained a false claim about the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.
McFaul (a Stanford University professor of international studies, and US ambassador in Moscow from 2012 to 2014) was quoted in the tweet. It was later deleted.
While criticizing Moscow’s recent military attack on Ukraine, McFaul drew comparisons between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Adolf Hitler, with Hitler apparently coming off more favorably.
“One difference between Putin and Hitler is that Hitler didn’t kill ethnic Germans, German-speaking people. Putin slaughters the very people he said he has come to liberate,”McFaul stated.
There were no quote marks to accompany the statement posted on the ‘Maddow Blog’ Twitter account, but the tweet included a video clip of McFaul making the comment.
The tweet remained on The Rachel Maddow Show’s page for hours and drew harsh reactions from many in the replies.
The Auschwitz Memorial in Poland eventually took over the reins to correct the record.
“On a factual note: Hitler did kill ethnic Germans & German-speaking people: those who opposed the Nazi regime, those who resisted, those who did not fit into the ‘Weltanschauung’ (world-view). He ordered the murder of people with different disabilities & finally the murder of German Jewry,”It was written by the institution.
The show was moved by the comment and decided to correct the original tweet. It accepted sharing “an inaccurate statement”And expressed their regret at the error.
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McFaul said that McFaul was tweeting about it. “deeply regrets”His comment was acknowledged and accepted by that “German Jews were a vibrant part of the German population.”
He promised to “never make comparisons to Hitler again”And insisted that his focus would be on Putin “the present evil”All things are possible from now.
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