From the Tacoma News Tribune:
KNKX boots weather guru Mass over his comparison of Seattle protests to Nazi Germany
BY CRAIG SAILOR
AUGUST 07, 2020 03:11 PM , UPDATED 1 HOUR 51 MINUTES AGO
Tacoma public radio station KNKX dropped weather commentator Cliff Mass Thursday after the University of Washington meteorology professor compared recent violent incidents during Seattle civil rights protests to Kristallnacht, or the “Night of Broken Glass,” during the Nazi Germany era.
Mass made the comparison on his immensely popular weather blog Wednesday. Since then, outrage has bellowed across the social media landscape.
KNKX announced Thursday evening it was ending its relationship with Mass immediately.
“ … if a commentator, even on his own independent platform, delivers rhetoric that is offensive and inaccurate, we cannot support it,” the station wrote on its website.
The Nazi-organized Kristallnacht destroyed over 250 synagogues and 7,000 Jewish businesses, cemeteries and homes in 1938. Mass likened the graffiti, smashed windows and threats to public officials of recent Seattle Black Lives Matter protests to Kristallnacht.
“We abhor the comparison and find it sensationalized and misleading — it does not reflect who we are and what we stand for at KNKX,” the station said.
Most of the blog post dealt with Mass’s impressions on a recent walking tour of downtown Seattle where some businesses remain boarded up and where he witnessed an alleged drug transaction. He had harsh criticism for Seattle leadership and Gov. Jay Inslee.
“Seattle citizens had every right to express strong views in public about their concerns for our nation’s Black citizens,” Mass said. “But many of the marches and gatherings turned violent and destructive, breaking windows, burning cars, looting stores, and deliberately harming police who tried to restore safety and order.”
Mass later removed the Kristallnacht comparison from the blog and said he was referring only to the violent aspects of the protests.
There was some support of Mass’s post but most comments were negative.
“I did not think that my UW colleague Cliff Mass could lower my opinion of my UW colleague Cliff Mass,” wrote UW biology professor Carl Bergstrom on Twitter. “I was wrong.”
Good job, Carl.
… Mass, who is Jewish, said his background informs his take on society.
“All these terrible things we’re done to my people … and German people stayed silent,” Mass said. “People were afraid to say anything. And no one would intervene.”
But Mass misses the crucial moral point: The glass-smashers in Germany in 1938 were the Bad Guys while the glass-smashers in America in 2020 are the Good Guys. So, Mass must be canceled.
As Kant explained in his famous Categorical Imperative:
Act only on that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law that the Good Guys always win and the Bad Guys always lose.
When Hume objected that he couldn’t quite follow Kant’s reasoning in this, Kant famously replied with his trademark crushing logic:
White Fragility, lol!