Sheldon Adelson’s daughter rams ‘Democracy Now’ crew as it questions her dad

During the Republican National Convention in Tampa, the daughter of pro-Israel billionaire Sheldon Adelson rammed into a Democracy Now producer and a cameraman, grabbing the news team’s camera and dropping it before retreating into her family’s private corporate suite. The altercation began after Democracy Now‘s Senior Producer Mike Burke trailed Sheldon Adelson and Karl Rove asking “Mr. Adelson, your thoughts on the Romney/Ryan ticket?” and “Mr. Adelson how much money are you going to spend on this election?” Adelson, who was in a wheelchair, said “no comment.” Seconds after a women who was later identified as Adelson’s daughter lunged into Burke and then ripped the Democracy Now camera from cameraman Hani Masood.

“After Sheldon Adelson’s daughter took our camera and threw it on the ground,” said Burke today during Democracy Now’s August 30 broadcast, “he was kind of urging us just to leave. And he made a comment saying he [Adelson] is funding all of this, as if that is a reason why we should not be questioning him.”

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Sheldon Adelson. (Photo: AP)

Later, Adelson’s daughter came out and apologized to the Democracy Now crew. But the use of force from Adelson’s entourage did not end then. Afterward, when Burke starting filing on his Android phone, an Adelson aide tried to take his phone.

Democracy Now also caught up with other critical billionaire backers to Republican leaning SuperPACS. Burke spoke with David Koch, billionaire supporter of Mitt Romney and former presidential candidate and religious-right hawk, Newt Gingrich. The high-ranking GOP officials were asked about the effects of unlimited secret campaign donations via Citizen United v. the Federal Elections Commission in this election cycle. Gingrich, after responding to Burke, proceeded to enter the corporate suite belonging to Adelson, an early donor to the Gingrich campaign.

About Allison Deger

Allison Deger is the Assistant Editor of Mondoweiss.net. Follow her on twitter at @allissoncd.
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  1. Weiss - Wife says:

    Thanks for capturing all of the arrogance, power and anger in the family which now seems to own the Republicans. Who ever dreamed that a Vegas mobster would be calling the shots. Anybody read The Godfather lately?

    • Blake says:

      Lol. He probably thinks he is the G_dfather. A self chosen one. Like father , like daughter. That whole family is clearly disturbed.

      • I’ve asked this several times, never received a reply.

        Why do I see with such frequency this use of ‘G_d’ instead of ‘God’ among commenters and bloggers on this site and a great many other Jewish-centric sites?

        • exiled, i think in judaism it is not allowed to write the word god.

        • Mndwss says:

          I have been wondering about this for a very long time.

          Thank you for explaining.

          Is it like printing images of Muhammed?

          —————–

          On my Commodore 64 i used to write:

          10 PRINT “i am God”

          20 GOTO 10

          i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God i am God …………………..

          It made me feel almighty :-)

        • Blake says:

          I did think that originally Annie but someone told me there are no vowels in Hebrew so I would love to know how they say _sr__l.

        • German Lefty says:

          @ Exiled At Home
          See Urban Dictionary:
          link to urbandictionary.com

        • Egbert says:

          In reply to Blake 3:52 pm – possibly N_t_ny_h_?

        • Shegetz says:

          Oh, you’re allowed to write it (them? There are lots of divine names in Hebrew and Arabic….) but to do so trivially is the issue. The word is supposed to not just be something for communication but also be the ‘thing itself’ in a sense, so you treat the Names like you’d treat the Divine – with a lot of respect and in proper holy context.

          For example, if you were to make a mistake or misspell one of the Names you’re supposed to circle it then bury the page in sanctified ground. You don’t destroy it or ever let harm come to it.

          That’s why you don’t use the whole or real Name casually in writing. How you treat the medium you write it on is very particular in Islam and Judaism.

    • …Or an actor/director. Take a look at Clint Eastwood’s speech where he talks to an empty chair pretending it’s obama. During his stream-of consciousness rant, to roaring applauds he declares, “we own this country,”–meaning we [the GOP] paid for it, so they get to do whatever they want.

      link to democracynow.org

      • watching this clint eastwood speech now…weird weird weird.

        Afterward, when Burke starting filing on his Android phone, an Adelson aide tried to take his phone.

        jeez, there’s no limit. it’s as if they think they own the place, gee wonder why.

        • Mooser says:

          “Afterward, when Burke starting filing on his Android phone, an Adelson aide tried to take his phone.”

          Democracy Now doesn’t bring a back-up camera?

    • mudder says:

      Vintage video of Adelson’s family dealing with unwanted cameras: link to youtube.com

  2. marc b. says:

    a Vegas mobster

    alleged. an alleged vegas mobster. and sheldon, er… mr. adelson would never encourage prostitution in any of his casinos. gambling and prostitution are like oil and water. just as the abuse of alcohol and gambling are like oil and water. in fact, mr. adelson encourages anyone gambling at his casinos to ‘drink responsibly’, because he wouldn’t want alcohol to affect someone’s judgment when gambling. the whole enterprise is all very responsible, you see. nothing wrong with retirees dumping their pension and social security checks into the slots. their ingrate children would just go and spend any inheritance on their kids’ college or something silly like that.

    • piotr says:

      I am planning to write a self-improvement guide “How to binge-drink responsibly and other practical advise”. There will be a chapter of liberal Zionism.

      Years ago I was taking a bus to NYC, and a passenger asked my for a cigarette. He was taking the bus to NYC from Las Vegas. I did not ask if he had won.

    • pogomutt says:

      His wife is a psychiatrist who engages fulltime in gambling and alcohol addiction programs. I swear, you can’t make these things up. Adelson fancies himself a Holocaust expert as well. He isn’t. It’s amazing how much expertise an open wallet can buy a billionaire, though.

  3. seanmcbride says:

    Great first comment….

  4. Is Adelson related to Dr Strangelove? Any resemblance is entirely coincidental, I’m sure.

  5. seanmcbride says:

    Speaking of The Godfather series (in which Meyer Lansky played a key role):

    Has anyone tried to assemble and decode all the connections between Zionism and high-level international organized crime? I keep running into that topic on the periphery of my vision as I read about the history of Israel, and I am developing the impression that it could be a very important topic indeed — perhaps even the master key to understanding “the Israel lobby” (in the metaphoric sense).

    Topics: threats, intimidation, financial fraud, contract murders, assassinations, bribery, blackmail, insider trading, drug trafficking, gambling interests, protection rackets, terrorism, vandalism, arson attacks, massacres, blacklisting, etc.

    Shady billionaires seem to occupy the pinnacle of this pyramid — they pull all the strings. No one seems to have connected all the dots in this world. The facts are out there, scattered among many disparate sources.

    • marc b. says:

      smcbride, and see continuing connections between israeli business interests and cuba. just waiting for democracy to return to that lovely island.

    • American says:

      Mobster billionaires and millionaires.
      And who can’t see that ‘the Lobby’ operates like organized crime, their bribing of officials, arm twisting and washing of their influence and directed money flows to politicians thru fake fronts of separate organizations.
      Classic mafia.

    • i think we might need to also probe arms trafficking, leaking USG/private intel information to organized crime, conflict diamonds, the international sex trade, and even the murky and underreported organ trade.
      link to nytimes.com
      link to foxnews.com
      link to articles.cnn.com
      “The report said organs were at times also harvested from Palestinians and foreign workers.”
      ~it may all sound like the old blood libel, but it is actually a fact. i also think there were a number of cases where palestinians killed by the israelis were returned sans various organs. of course, our press doesn’t want to run with that, so you have to rely on the various testimonies and smaller press outfits for the info.
      link to ifamericansknew.org
      link to en.wikipedia.org

    • ColinWright says:

      seanmcbride says: ‘…Has anyone tried to assemble and decode all the connections between Zionism and high-level international organized crime?’

      I think you’re right about this and I think you’re you’re wrong about this. To be precise, you have a point — but you seem to be trying to go somewhere with it that isn’t valid.

      Israel and organized crime share a common lack of moral scruple and a taste for duplicity. Inevitably, they are going to find themselves in the same fishing holes — and I’m confident they do cooperate.

      However, I think people tend to assume the world is better run than it actually is. There is no SPECTRE. There’s no grand council and no man with the cat.

      No one’s in charge. It’s a dreary little anarchy where pudgy gambling tycoons try to win their wife’s approval by doing great things for Israel whilst others announce ‘this is our morning in America’ against backdrops of the sun setting and still others promise ‘change’ and meanwhile the crops fail.

      • libra says:

        CW: “There is no SPECTRE. There’s no grand council and no man with the cat.”

        Colin, quite so but just as the old Sun Microsystems had the tagline “the network is the computer”, Sean McBride is quite possibly suggesting something along the lines “the network is the conspiracy”.

        With a enough interconnected nodes following a few simple rules surprisingly complex systems can emerge with no central point of control. And due to their distributed nature such systems can be highly resilient. Though that’s not to say they don’t have points of vulnerability.

        • ColinWright says:

          libra says: “With a enough interconnected nodes following a few simple rules surprisingly complex systems can emerge with no central point of control. And due to their distributed nature such systems can be highly resilient. Though that’s not to say they don’t have points of vulnerability.”

          That’s true enough. And I was really using McBride’s comment more as a springboard rather than responding to anything he actually said.

          At the same time, it is a general human tendency — and one that progressives are at least as prone to as any — to see in any system a conscious, corporate hand, deliberately weaving together all the strands to reach a (usually sinister) goal.

          I think that’s a mistake, and misunderstands the nature of the world and its actors.

        • seanmcbride says:

          libra wrote:

          BEGIN QUOTE
          Sean McBride is quite possibly suggesting something along the lines “the network is the conspiracy”. With a enough interconnected nodes following a few simple rules surprisingly complex systems can emerge with no central point of control. And due to their distributed nature such systems can be highly resilient.
          END QUOTE

          Insightful remarks — and, yes, I agree. To a considerable degree, successful tribes of all kinds are in part spontaneously self-organizing systems which develop (sprout) many links among nodes. The more linked nodes, the more effective the tribe in competition with other tribes.

          But it is also true that Jews have developed social networking to a high degree of sophistication, employing many conscious techniques to amplify their power in relation to their numbers (think, for instance, of the neoconservatives, who have been wielding power in American foreign policy far out of proportion to their numbers).

          And there is nothing necessarily bad or sinister about this — quite the contrary — mastering the art of cooperative behavior at this level is impressive and admirable. The downside, however — if the Jewish establishment becomes committed to an erroneous policy (as I think it has with regard to Israel), it can succeed in inflicting much damage on itself very quickly.

          Also: my impression is that the greatest geniuses in the world tend not to be joiners and are rather social networks of one (themselves). They usually don’t organize their thinking or lives around tribal projects. They are completely absorbed by their solitary creative work. Thus, someone like Albert Einstein was not an ardent Zionist. James Joyce was not an ardent Irish nationalist. Thomas Mann was not an ardent German nationalist.

          I am biased to the belief that great individualists are more evolved and interesting human beings than impassioned tribalists and social networkers. I quickly become bored by tribalists because their algorithms are too simple and they are much too predictable. These days, they can easily be replicated with software.

          Most of the Jews who have most inspired me are more individualists than ethnic or religious collectivists — they can’t be pigeonholed by any ideology.

      • seanmcbride says:

        ColinWright wrote: “There is no SPECTRE. There’s no grand council and no man with the cat.”

        I didn’t say there was and I don’t think there is — I have often argued against grand unified and overarching conspiracy theories to explain world affairs.

        I expressed curiosity in mapping out the known facts between some Israelis (some of them billionaires, like Marc Rich, Robert Maxwell (possibly assassinated by Mossad), Shaul Eisenberg, Bernard Madoff, Michael Milken, Leonid Nevzlin and Sheldon Adelson) and the highest levels of international organized crime — particularly on the plane of international high finance. I sense that there is a fascinating topic there to pursue and investigate, especially with Adelson now so prominently in the news and promising to spend as much as $100 million on the current election with the objective of pushing Americans into a war against Iran.

        • RoHa says:

          “Robert Maxwell (possibly assassinated by Mossad)”

          Possibly, though my guess is he faked the death and went off somewhere in South America to live on the pension funds he ripped off from the Mirror.

        • American says:

          @ sean

          The Russian mafia is now (according to the FBI) the largest, most far reaching crime mob in the world….worse and more violent than the Colombian cartels…and the biggrest threat to the US. I posted some on it here some time ago.
          It includes everything–drugs, money laundering, gambling, organ trafficing, fraud-even government agency fraud in the US, sex slavery trade, black market diamonds, hijacking, every scam you can think of.
          One of their operations, a gasoline tax fraud in NJ cost taxpayers about 500 million.
          The two centers of it are the US and Israel and it began after the US at Israel’s demand, started the Russian Jewish exodus out of Russia back in the eighties. The refugees flooded to the US and to Israel, some of them straight out of Russian prisons where Putin had thrown the criminals he was trying to wipe out after Russia’s economic meltdown. Some of the biggest figures in this mafia went to Israel then emigrated into the US.
          Israel did not have money laundering laws until recently under pressure from International banks, law agencies and the US law enforcement agencies so it was a prime set up for the US-Israel Russian ring.
          I forgot the exact figures from the FBI article that they said this mafia had cost the US but it was in the billions.
          Google around, you’ll find plenty on it
          I can easily see Adleson and some of his type involved with or doing business with this mafia.

        • seanmcbride says:

          American,

          Yes, I am familiar with the Russian Mafia, and have read this book on the subject:

          book; Robert I. Friedman; Red Mafiya: How the Russian Mob Has Invaded America; 2000; Little Brown and Company link to amazon.com

          It would be interesting to understand precisely how certain players within the international “Israel lobby” intersect and cooperate: the Russian Mafia, Russian oligarchs, Mossad, some Wall Street billionaires, some European billionaires, some Hollywood billionaires, etc. I was struck by the close ties between billionaires like Robert Maxwell and Marc Rich with Mossad — that appears to be a significant pattern in the known data — intimate links between pro-Israel billionaires and Mossad and their ability to conduct effective covert ops worldwide.

          Another book of interest:

          book; Gordon Thomas, Martin Dillon; Robert Maxwell, Israel’s Superspy: The Life and Murder of a Media Mogul; 2002; Da Capo Press link to amazon.com

          And another:

          book; Meir Doron, Joseph Gelman; Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon- Arnon Milchan; 2011; Gefen Books link to amazon.com

          The international network described in these books (and dozens of similar books) is operating far over the heads of most Americans — and the American mainstream media barely discuss the topic. Sheldon Adelson is a leading member of this network. It would be fair to describe it as a global Zionist network — that is what it is. It is not all-powerful but it is very powerful indeed.

    • Chu says:

      It’s the primary ethnic racket that continues to exist and thrive in the US. RICO got rid of the Italian crime syndicate. But AIPAC, the media, and the political arms of Zionism have allowed the international racket to continue. And the zealots here will tell you it’s because Ashkenazi’s have a higher IQ that other Americans.

    • Mooser says:

      “Has anyone tried to assemble and decode all the connections between Zionism and high-level international organized crime?”

      Colonialism has always had a pretty cozy relatiuonship with private enterprise and organised crime and the places where those two, along with politics, blend into each other. It’s nothing new.

  6. piotr says:

    “JAP attack — survivor tells tbe story”

    My English is a bit weak here. I know that a battering ram was a log, sometimes reinforced with iron, used to crash gates and walls. I know that one can ram with a car. But how a person rams?

  7. American says:

    The obscene money in politics was bound to result in this sooner or later.
    Pity the country.

  8. American says:

    Jill Stein is on TV speaking for the Green party saying money has to be gotten out of politics, it’s a rigged system.
    If only she had a chance at winning.

    • Mndwss says:

      “money has to be gotten out of politics, it’s a rigged system.”

      Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
      Everybody rolls [votes] with their fingers crossed
      Everybody knows that the war is over
      Everybody knows the “good guys” lost
      Everybody knows the fight was fixed
      The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
      That’s how it goes
      Everybody knows
      Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
      Everybody knows that the captain lied
      Everybody got this broken feeling
      Like their father or their dog just died

      • link to youtube.com
        Give me absolute control
        over every living soul
        And lie beside me, baby,
        that’s an order!
        Give me crack and anal sex
        Take the only tree that’s left
        and stuff it up the hole
        in your culture
        Give me back the Berlin wall
        give me Stalin and St Paul
        I’ve seen the future, brother:
        it is murder.

        Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
        Won’t be nothing
        Nothing you can measure anymore
        The blizzard, the blizzard of the world
        has crossed the threshold
        and it has overturned
        the order of the soul
        When they said repent repent
        I wonder what they meant
        When they said repent repent
        I wonder what they meant
        When they said repent repent
        I wonder what they meant

        You don’t know me from the wind
        you never will, you never did
        I’m the little Jew
        who wrote the Bible
        I’ve seen the nations rise and fall
        I’ve heard their stories, heard them all
        but love’s the only engine of survival
        Your servant here, he has been told
        to say it clear, to say it cold:
        It’s over, it ain’t going
        any further
        And now the wheels of heaven stop
        you feel the devil’s riding crop
        Get ready for the future:
        it is murder

        Things are going to slide …

        There’ll be the breaking of the ancient
        western code
        Your private life will suddenly explode
        There’ll be phantoms
        There’ll be fires on the road
        and the white man dancing
        You’ll see a woman
        hanging upside down
        her features covered by her fallen gown
        and all the lousy little poets
        coming round
        tryin’ to sound like Charlie Manson
        and the white man dancin’

        Give me back the Berlin wall
        Give me Stalin and St Paul
        Give me Christ
        or give me Hiroshima
        Destroy another fetus now
        We don’t like children anyhow
        I’ve seen the future, baby:
        it is murder

        • Mooser says:

          You know, I don’t want to be a downer or anything, but that is not a very cheerful song. I doubt I will be whistling it around the house, or singing it in my bath.

  9. Mndwss says:

    Maybe she is a human Bangalore torpedo?

    “A Bangalore torpedo is an explosive charge placed within one or several connected tubes. It is used by combat engineers to clear obstacles that would otherwise require them to approach directly, possibly under fire.” – Wikipedia

    “A human Bangalore torpedo is a person with an explosive temperament placed within one or several connected elites. It is used by warmonger engineers to clear obstacles that would otherwise require them to approach media peacefully, possibly under fire in the form of questions from journalists.” – Mndwsspedia

  10. jahan says:

    Mormon dogma is severely opposed to gambling. It does not permit the use of profits from gambling, only from true work. Surely, Mitt will not accept money from abortion clinics to assuage Catholics. But he takes it from the largest gambling conglomerate in contravention of his Mormon dogma.

  11. radii says:

    isn’t it interesting how desperate the zionist movement has become as it has morphed into something that is ever darker, ever more destructive ? … the lowest of the low-lifes now are at the forefront of the movement and directing things – Adelson here in the US, and Netanyahu determined to prove himself as horrific as the Balkan leaders of the 90s

  12. Kathleen says:

    Democracy Now getting in the way of the Adelson family buying the election by asking them some relevant questions. Hey Amy and crew get with the program. Are they going to replace the camera? For the Adelsons that would be like spending a penny

  13. DN’s cameraman brought it on himself. Just look at his name — Hani Masood. Anyone would be justified to snatch and throw to the ground such a clear-cut security threat’s camera.

  14. chinese box says:

    off topic: what does it mean when a poster’s handle is highlighted in green on this forum?

  15. stevieb says:

    Adelson was in Toronto early in the week – according to the Toronto Sun, he’s trying to open a casino in Toronto…

  16. just says:

    How very,very civilized!

    Hasbara– clever!

  17. Kate says:

    Mndwss, referring to your post above —

    Perhaps Jews’ writing of ‘G_D’ or ‘g_d’ is more like Muslims writing ‘Allah (SWT)’ or saying ‘Allah subhanahu wa ta‘ala’ الله سبحانه و تعالى — both roughly ‘God, glory to Him, the exalted’. This indicates great respect for the Deity.

    I don’t think one can equate writing ‘G_D’ with avoiding images of the Prophet Muhammad for the following reasons:
    1) The Prophet is not divine and so can’t be compared with the Creator of the universe at all; and
    2) not all Muslims do avoid images of the Prophet – you can see paintings of the Prophet in Shi‘a areas.

    By the way, when Muslims write the Prophet’s name you will usually see Muhammad (SAW/SAWS) or Muhammad (PBUH). SAW(S) is an abbreviation for the Arabic صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ ṣall’Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam, which means roughly “May God pray for/bless him and grant him salvation”, and PBUH is an abbreviation for the shorter and less complete English version, “Peace be upon him.”

  18. His photos here, the images Democracy Now and the Associated Press memorialized, particularly Democracy Now, of Sheldon Adelson, I am just struck by how inhuman he looks, he looks like the walking dead. And after I write this, I immediately realize my error, the man is not even able to walk, he is in a wheel chair. That is what immorality does to a man, I think, it produces this in a man, perhaps that is what his daughter so despeately wants hidden from the world.

  19. dbroncos says:

    Adelson’s face looks like a boiled ham.

    • that’s antisemitic!

      oh wait… it’s true though… can something be true and “antisemitic”? not in my book, but in reality, the zios are most apt to scream antisemitism, when someone is actually pointing out a straightforward, verifiable, fact.

      g-d damn it, i hate it when stating the truth sounds antisemitic, or at least gets called antisemitic by everyone and their holocaust surviving grandmother. actually, i think the holocaust survivors themselves are rare to scream “antisemitism!”.

      it’s often the elitest, empowered, agenda pushing, thin skinned, and arrogant offspring that are sooooo sensitive to *perceived* antisemitism.

    • Blake says:

      dbroncos: Lol. That comment made my weekend. Thanks.

  20. RE: “During the Republican National Convention in Tampa, the daughter of pro-Israel billionaire Sheldon Adelson rammed into a Democracy Now producer and a cameraman, grabbing the news team’s camera and dropping it before retreating into her family’s private corporate suite.” ~ Allison Deger

    MY COMMENT: For what it’s worth, I read somewhere authoritative a couple or so years ago that some of Sheldon Adelson’s adopted children that he and his first wife Sandra raised in Massachusetts had problems with drug abuse/addiction. As I now recall it, when I read about this I got the impression that it was more than one of the three children (but not necessarily all three), but I can’t recall the wording.
    There was no indication that the children of Sheldon Adelson and his second wife (Miriam) were similarly afflicted.
    The source is not turning up right now on a Google search, but I’ll keep looking. There are a number of lengthy articles to go through.

    FROM WIKIPEDIA [Sheldon Adelson]:

    (EXCERPT) . . . From the 1970s Adelson lived in Massachusetts with his wife, Sandra, and their three adopted children, Mitchell, Gary and Shelley. They divorced in 1988. Mitchell died of a drug overdose in 2005.[45]
    Sheldon met his current wife Miriam Ochsorn on a blind date the following year [1989, I assume] and married in 1991. Miriam is an Israeli physician specializing in drug abuse treatment . . .[45][46]

    SOURCE – link to en.wikipedia.org

  21. hammersmith says:

    Great report Democracy Now!