Washington, D.C. Honors Editor of Farrakhan’s Racist, Jew-Hating Newspaper


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Washington, D.C. Honors Editor of Farrakhan’s Newspaper

By Ashley Rae Goldenberg, Capital Research, July 11, 2019

The Washington, D.C. government and a member of Congress recently honored a photojournalist and radio show host who works as the senior editor for the Nation of Islam’s The Final Call and frequently features Louis Farrakhan on his radio show. Recently, he has shared tweets praising Farrakhan’s book, The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, which blames Jews for the slave trade, and content from a famous Holocaust denier.

On April 2, the D.C. government voted to honor Askia Muhammad for his 40 years in the radio industry. Days before, the U.S. congressional record shows Washington, D.C. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton shared remarks asking her colleagues to join her in “honoring” Muhammad.

By honoring Muhammad, the Washington, D.C. government and Norton praised the accomplishments of someone who built his entire career—and has gained most of his influence—from defending a notorious anti-Semite.

This is not the first time the D.C. government honored Muhammad; he was also honored in April 2009, to mark his 30 years in the radio industry.

A summary of Muhammad’s career posted by local DC public radio show WAMU highlights Muhammad’s work for The Final Call, his “more than 25 years” as a commentator for NPR, and his current radio show on WPFW, “Yardbird Sweets.” According to a recent article featured on the front page of The Final Call website, Muhammad still serves as senior editor of the publication. Muhammad is simultaneously also the news director for WPFW.

Neither the Washington D.C. government nor Norton mentioned Muhammad’s work for Farrakhan’s The Final Call when honoring him.

In his 40 years of journalism, Muhammad is perhaps best known for taking the now-infamous photo of former president Barack Obama and Farrakhan. Muhammad said he kept the photo a secret until after the election out of concern for Obama’s political ambitions.

Just days after being formally recognized and celebrated by the D.C. government again, Muhammad sent out a tweet mocking the idea of Jewish “allies” and defending Farrakhan against claims of anti-Semitism. In the tweet, which was a response to the Nation of Islam’s Research Group, Muhammad referred to Jews as “co-religionists in the Zionist entity” who are too afraid to be seen as supporting Farrakhan:

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