Yellow Star Journalism

Hey! My grandfather died in Auschwitz!

He fell out of a guard tower.

Aryan Skynet

What a tangled web we weave

O, what a tangled web we weave . . .

Viewers of last weekend’s edition of ABC’s This Week were treated to a fluff piece about a presidential tailor and (yet another) Auschwitz survivor in Maximilian Grunfeld, alias Martin Greenfield, author of a recent memoir titled Measure of a Man. Grunfeld worked as a tailor in Auschwitz before being transferred to Buchenwald, where he met mass-murdering exterminator-for-hire Dwight D. Eisenhower, for whom he would later craft presidential apparel. This, of course, is the sort of pabulum one expects when tuning into the mainstream media; but what occasions this writer’s attention is ABC “journalist” Jessica Puckett’s account of the story, posted the following day at Yahoo! “News”.

While Grunfeld does not claim to have met Eisenhower at Auschwitz – though the superficial This Week piece suggests this to uninformed audiences by emphasizing his time at Auschwitz, neglecting to mention…

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