University of Washington Professor of Atmospheric Science Cliff Mass, well known in the Pacific Northwest for his educational and entertaining weather broadcasts on KNKX, posted personal observations about protesters in Seattle on his popular weather blog
Mass, who is Jewish, made the observations as he did a walking tour of Seattle and saw the utter devastation which included boarded-up businesses and a drug transaction.
Mass had compared violent Seattle protests to 1938 Nazi Germany’s Kristallnacht, or the “Night of Broken Glass.” The News Tribune falsely called the so-called ‘protesters’ — civil rights demonstrators.
The Nazi-organized Kristallnacht destroyed over 250 synagogues and 7,000 Jewish businesses, cemeteries, and homes in 1938. The former weatherman likened the graffiti, smashed windows, and threats to public officials of recent Seattle Black Lives Matter protests to Kristallnacht.
Mass says he has the right to speak on whatever subject he wants to on his personal blog.
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.
The Twitter cancel culture mob attacked him and that is what took him down. KNKX issued this statement:
“We turn to our regular commentators for their expertise and points-of-view when it comes to sports, food and the weather. But if a commentator, even on his own independent platform, delivers rhetoric that is offensive and inaccurate, we cannot support it. This is the case today with Cliff Mass. His post on his personal blog compares recent events in Seattle to Kristallnacht, the 1938 pogrom carried out by Nazi Germany, and draws distorted, offensive parallels between protesters and Nazi Brownshirts. We abhor the comparison and find it sensationalized and misleading — it does not reflect who we are and what we stand for at KNKX.”
Mass said his Jewish background informs his take on society.
“There’s there’s two types of mobs that will undermine civil society,” Mass told The News Tribune Friday afternoon. “One of the mobs does physical violence. They destroy stores and hurt people. And that’s what my blog was about. And then there’s the other mob, a social media mob who cannot tolerate people with a different viewpoint.”
“If you see something that’s profoundly wrong, you should act,” he said. “I mean, it obviously would be easier for me to be Mr. Happy Weatherman.”
“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.”