Arizona 12 News retweeted a tweet written by one of its producers yesterday attributing the slogan “America First,” popularized by President Donald Trump and his nationalist platform, to Nazi sympathizers and antisemites.
The tweet was posted by Hunter Bassler, producer and digital reporter for the local NBC-affiliate outlet.
“The Republican Party of Arizona again shares the ‘America First’ slogan, which was first popularized by antisemitic and Nazi sympathizer Americans in the 1930s,” Bassler tweeted Saturday morning.
After the Arizona Republican Party responded to his comments, Bassler took the tweet down with a half-apology.
“I made an intemperate tweet earlier and I was wrong to do it,” he tweeted early Sunday morning. “This is not the time or place in history to say things that inflame passions. I have deleted the offending tweets.”
The more concerning aspect, however, is that 12 News retweeted his inflammatory tweet.
There has been no post made by the news organization commenting on their decision to share the producer’s remarks.
Apparently to some in the Arizona news business, desiring higher wages, secure borders, better roads, safer neighborhoods, fairer trade deals, and less war means one sympathizes with Nazis. Sounds like they need a history class.
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Boston Celtics Player Legally Changing Name to ‘Enes Kanter Freedom’ to Celebrate U.S. Citizenship
Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter is celebrating becoming a U.S. citizen in an incredible way. The 29-year-old athlete from Turkey is having his citizenship oath ceremony Monday, and will legally change his name to Enes Kanter Freedom.
Kanter is an outspoken human rights advocate who had his Turkish passport revoked in 2017 after he criticized Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mediaite reports “he has also criticized NBA stars Michael Jordan and LeBron James for not doing enough to help the Black community and not speaking out against exploitative labor practices in China respectively.”
Celtics head coach Ime Udoka told the Boston Globe the team is “all for” the player’s name change. Kanter’s manager says the player will complete his legal name change to have Kanter become his middle name and Freedom be his new last name at Monday’s ceremony.
“We congratulated him as a group for getting his American citizenship last week,” Udoka said. “That’s who Enes is, we’re proud of him. Enes is who he is. He’s passionate about his stances and the name change; you look at [Ron] Artest [who changed his name to Metta Sandiford-Artest in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak] and guys that have done it in the past. It’s something he wants to express and we’re all for it.”
Kanter has already changed his official Twitter account to Enes Kanter FREEDOM with his new last name in all caps. Freedom made waves when he tweeted the following on November 18: Money over Morals for the ‘King’. Sad & disgusting how these athletes pretend they care about social justice. They really do ‘shut up & dribble’ when Big Boss [inserted Chinese flag] says so. Did you educate yourself about the slave labor that made your shoes or is that not part of your research?”
The tweet included photos of basketball shoes he wore painted with human rights depictions and phrases such as “hey still researching and getting educated?” as well as “I am informed and educated on the situation.”
The statement is with regard to his criticism of LeBron James’ partnership with Nike. “Nike remains one of the NBA’s biggest sponsors as both organizations feed off their partnerships with China” reports Mediaite. Kanter Freedom also made an offer to take Michael Jordan and Nike co-founder Phil Knight to China in order for the men to “visit these slave labor camps and you can see it with your own eyes.”
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