Time Warner executive moonlights as speechwriter for Netanyahu

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One of Time Warner’s top executives moonlights as a speechwriter for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, warning the west about Iran.

Gary Ginsberg, executive vice president of corporate marketing and communications for Time Warner, advised Netanyahu to pull out the famous bomb cartoon at the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 and helped craft such lines as the claim that Iran threatens Israel with “nuclear extinction.”

“When he’s in the United States, he’s a friend of mine, I help him,” Ginsberg told me today. Time Warner is “fully aware” of his unpaid work for the Israeli prime minister, he said, but the company has not disclosed his work to the public.

“No. Why would they do that?” he said. “I do this in my free time as a friend of the prime minister’s. I in no way get paid… This is my free time. This is not as a corporate executive, this is in my personal capacity.”

Ginsberg’s contributions to four Netanyahu’s speeches are disclosed by former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren in his new book Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide. The book was published a month ago and has gotten a lot of attention for its negative commentary on President Obama and American Jews. Amazingly, its revelations about a top American media executive pulling all-nighters with the Israeli prime minister in Washington and huddling with him in Jerusalem so as to fine tune and add “music” to his speeches have gone unreported in the press.

Ginsberg is a 52-year-old Jewish lawyer with strong Democratic Party connections to the Clinton and Kennedy families. He has called himself the Time Warner executive “in charge of helping shape the public perception and message of the company to constituencies that we care about. So in my case, it’s the media, potential advertising partners, the not-for-profit world and communities that we serve in that we want to have a better relationship with.”

Ginsberg told me that he has worked on “a lot” of Netanyahu’s speeches but could not specify the latest one. He also said that he did not get involved in editorial decisions at Time Warner about Israel and Iran coverage. “I’m not an editorial employee, I’m a corporate executive,” he said.

The first speech Michael Oren describes Ginsberg shaping was Netanyahu’s address to the UN General Assembly in September 2009. Oren writes:

I was admitted–tentatively, at first–into the room where Ron Dermer [now the Israeli ambassador to the U.S.] and Gary Ginsberg, the shrewd yet good-natured Time Warner executive who volunteered his talents and time, fine-tuned Netanyahu’s address. This, I learned, abounded in Churchillian references and touched on monumental themes: the Bible, the Holocaust, Israel’s right to self-defense. Iran denied all three, the speech next emphasized, and threatened Israel with nuclear extinction. A section on peace with the Palestinians was also de rigeur, with Gary assigned to add ‘music’ to Netanyahu’s hang-tough tone.

(In fact, Ginsberg was at the time a close aide to Rupert Murdoch at News Corp, said to be Murdoch’s connection to the Democratic Party. He joined Time Warner in 2010.)

The next speech that Oren says Ginsberg helped write was Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress in 2011, the one famous for getting 29 standing ovations. Oren writes,

[T]he joint meeting enabled Netanyahu to set out his views on the peace process and Iran, and to highlight the U.S.-Israel alliance. The speech-honing team took up position among the dusty volumes and colonial busts in the Blair House library. Time Warner’s Gary Ginsberg again volunteered to help add ‘music’ to Netanyahu’s remarks. These contained several groundbreaking concessions, including recognition that a peace accord might leave ‘some Israeli settlements… beyond Israel’s borders,’ and that with ‘creativity and goodwill,’ the Jerusalem issue could be solved. But such largesse could easily be lost in bluster. ‘You’re going to get beat up on this stuff at home,’ I advised the prime minister; ‘you might as well emphasize these gestures before Congress.’ The music was still being pumped in twenty-four hours later when, without sleep, we left for Capitol Hill.

The next speech Oren says Ginsberg helped to write was Netanyahu’s speech to the Israel lobby group AIPAC, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, in 2012. That speech was famous for describing the U.S. refusal to bomb the rail lines leading to Auschwitz in 1944– an Oren touch, the author says — and for Netanyahu insisting that Iran is going nuclear because it has all the appearances of doing so: “Ladies and gentlemen, if it looks like a duck, if it walks like a duck, if it quacks like a duck, then what is it? What is it? That’s right, it’s a duck. But this duck is a nuclear duck.”

The duck lines were widely mocked in the media, but Ginsberg was proud of his involvement, Oren says.

Gary Ginsberg, the Time Warner executive who again helped fine-tune the speech, made me a T-shirt emblazoned with a madcap duck bronco-riding a nuclear warhead that evoked the classic film Dr. Strangelove. But the reference to Auschwitz had darker implications….

Netanyahu with prop at UN GA, 2012, Mario Tama, Getty Images

Netanyahu with prop at UN GA, 2012, Mario Tama, Getty Images

The next speech Ginsberg helped to craft in Oren’s account was Netanyahu’s speech to the UN General Assembly in September 2012, which featured the cartoon bomb. Oren relates that he visited Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem.

Also present was chief advisor Ron Dermer and Gary Ginsberg, of Time Warner. Together, we sat to draft Netanyahu’s crucial UN General Assembly speech. I knew the subject would once again be Iran, but was unprepared  for the angle.

“I’m going to draw a red line around twenty percent enrichment,” Netanyahu explained… Think of that uranium like gunpowder… At the point when the Iranians have enough twenty percent uranium to fill the bomb nearly to the top, that’s where I’ll draw the red line.”

We looked at him quizzically. “Let me show you,” he said. A skilled draftsman from his MIT architecture days, Netanyahu took a piece of paper and a felt-tipped pen and drew a cannonball freestyle….

“Why don’t you show the drawing during your speech?” Gary suggested, but Netanyahu merely smiled.

Later Oren reflects, “Opinions were divided over whether it represented an ingenious attention-grabbing device or a slick PR trick, much like the ‘nuclear duck.'”

Time Warner is the third largest multimedia company, according to Wikipedia. Its subsidiaries include CNN and Turner Broadcasting, leading mainstream news brands.

In his book, Michael Oren scoffs at the theory of the Israel lobby, saying that its description of a loose coalition of Israel supporters that includes media figures is anti-Semitic. But what he reveals in his book about a Democratic-Party-associated media executive’s free service to a rightwing Israeli leader only tends to confirm the truth of the theory.

 

 

 

 

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  1. a blah chick
    July 28, 2015, 1:10 pm

    Time Warner is “fully aware” of his unpaid work for the Israeli prime minister, he said, but the company has not disclosed his work to the public.
    “No. Why would they do that?” he said”

    I’m sure if he was writing speeches for Putin everyone would be cool with that too.

    “I do this in my free time as a friend of the prime minister’s. I in no way get paid… ”

    Oh, puh-leeeze! Do not insult my intelligence by having me believe there are no perks to this “unpaid labor.”

    They really do think we’re all idiots.

    • Krauss
      July 29, 2015, 3:21 am

      I’ve said from the moment Oren’s book popped up in the news: this book is going to give us material for months. And it did deliver.

      I read the book. It’s passable reading in prose, complete with stilted hasbara, but the real gems are found in the revealing accounts such as this Ginsberg guy.

      The Israel lobby isn’t just AIPAC. It was and remains a loose coalition of pro-Israel activists, including at the highest levels of the media. Oren slams the theory as anti-Semitic but at the same time gives it more credibility by his book.

      Thanks, Oren!
      (And yes, I don’t think high-level media execs would get away writing speeches for Apartheid SA in the 80s without any scrutiny, but as many of us have remarked for a long time now, Jewish apartheid is judged by different standards than white Apartheid and it has much more elite support than white Apartheid ever had, including in the media).

    • ziusudra
      July 29, 2015, 3:22 am

      Greetings,
      Oy, the duck ref. is considered skillful?
      By whom is he considered skillful?
      Is Peabody’s vote in for Journalists
      & Speech writers?
      Whatever we do, must be accepted by
      the world. How solipsistic & narcissistic.
      ziusudra

    • Cal3bg
      July 29, 2015, 1:40 pm

      Remember what the media did to Dennis Rodman for having a friendship in his spare time with Kim Jon Un? They were merciless.

      http://ushypocrisy.com/2013/03/12/much-ado-about-nothing-dennis-rodmans-controversial-visit-with-kim-jong-un/

  2. just
    July 28, 2015, 1:18 pm

    The picture becomes more focused, and confirms the suspicions of many.

    “Ginsberg is a 52-year-old Jewish lawyer with strong Democratic Party connections to the Clinton and Kennedy families. He has called himself the Time Warner executive “in charge of helping shape the public perception and message of the company to constituencies that we care about. So in my case, it’s the media, potential advertising partners, the not-for-profit world and communities that we serve in that we want to have a better relationship with.”

    Ginsberg told me that he has worked on “a lot” of Netanyahu’s speeches but could not specify the latest one. He also said that he did not get involved in editorial decisions at Time Warner about Israel and Iran coverage. “I’m not an editorial employee, I’m a corporate executive,” he said.”

    Uh- huh. So he “shapes”, but isn’t involved in editorial decisions. Yeah, right. Full contradiction.

    This is huge, imho. Thank you, Phil~ pleased that he granted you an interview.

    And, thanks again, Michael Oren. Now I know who to blame for the off- key and grating “music” in the PM’s ridiculous speeches. lolololol.

  3. Annie Robbins
    July 28, 2015, 1:51 pm

    i wonder if they snort coke when they pull these all nighters? and can you even imagine how stupid they think the general public is with that UN bomb cartoon and the nuclear duck? what are they thinking?

    • justicewillprevail
      July 28, 2015, 2:11 pm

      What cracked me up was the description of N’Yahoo as a ‘skilled draftsman’. Almost as funny as the notion that Ginsberg or Oren are in any way ‘skilled’ speechwriters. The cartoons are reflections of their cartoon view of the world, cartoon words and cartoon ideas. A five-year-old’s perception and way of dealing with the world. And we know what tantrums spoilt five-year-olds are prone to when they don’t get the attention they want, and are not believed.

      • Blownaway
        July 28, 2015, 3:06 pm

        I was kind of angry until I saw the masterpieces he’s crafted. Warner should fire him because of his childish lame work alone. By all means keep on producing such fine work

    • a blah chick
      July 28, 2015, 6:58 pm

      “…can you even imagine how stupid they think the general public is with that UN bomb cartoon and the nuclear duck? what are they thinking?”

      He claims he does this for no money so I guess you get what you pay for. : )

  4. Qualtrough
    July 28, 2015, 2:03 pm

    I am having trouble reconciling how someone who passed a bar exam and serves in a senior marketing position for a major company could think that bomb cartoon was a good idea. I’m with Annie here, I suspect drugs. Powerful drugs.

    • lysias
      July 28, 2015, 2:27 pm

      There is the other possibility, that he’s deliberately sabotaging Netanyahu.

      • W.Jones
        July 28, 2015, 3:02 pm

        “The Road Runner at one point was the mascot for Time Warner Cable Internet’s Road Runner High Speed Online, during the period when both entities were under the AOL Time Warner corporate umbrella. After the companies broke up in 2009, Time Warner Cable continued to license the Road Runner name and iconography until the service was rebranded in 2012 as Time Warner Cable Internet.”
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wile_E._Coyote_and_The_Road_Runner

        If the Time Warner official is behind the speech, that might explain the cartoon Wile E Coyote bomb. An artist’s signature, perhaps.

      • just
        July 28, 2015, 3:11 pm

        Nice, W.Jones!

        :-))

      • ckg
        July 28, 2015, 3:51 pm

        This is hillarious. This Time-Warner executive convinced Netanyahu to display a Warner Bros. cartoon bomb in his UN speech.

  5. Qualtrough
    July 28, 2015, 2:08 pm

    Off topic, but I see that Fox is reporting in a big red banner that Pollard’s lawyers say he will be paroled in November. Someone else said it on this site first (?), but since he is a US citizen I hope one of his parole conditions is that he must reside in the USA. The only exception would be a trade for Vanunu.

    • lysias
      July 28, 2015, 2:28 pm

      Someone else said it on this site first (?)

      That was me. The Washington Post was reporting it the end of last week. Click on my screen name, and you will find my posting.

      • Qualtrough
        July 28, 2015, 2:57 pm

        Good for you, thanks! I just created one of those White House petitions asking that allowing Pollard to emigrate to Israel be continent upon Israel allowing Mordechai Vanunu to leave Israel.

        Petition: http://wh.gov/iIWGt

      • Leahj
        July 29, 2015, 4:41 am

        Qualtrough, Thanks. Clicked & signed.

      • Kay24
        July 28, 2015, 4:29 pm

        Apparently Pollard will be asked to stay for five years longer in the US, unable to leave the US and join his mothership. That red carpet will have to wait in Tel Aviv.

      • Theo
        July 29, 2015, 11:53 am

        We should not forget what Pollard did! He sold or gave Israel supersensetive information that in return Israel gave to the soviets in payment for allowing soviet jews to immigrate to Israel. Up to now it doesn´t seem to be too bad. However, acting on that information the soviets could roll up a net of US agents and sympathisers in several countries, many of them ended up in jails or were eliminated.
        Pollard should have had a death sentence, like the Rosenbergs, he did a huge damage to his country, the USA.

      • lysias
        July 29, 2015, 5:17 pm

        Does Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard Have $1 Million Waiting in a Swiss Bank Account?:

        If past reports are true, convicted spy Jonathan Pollard could have about $1 million waiting for him in a Swiss bank account when he is released from federal prison on parole in November. Pollard, whose release was announced on Tuesday, has served nearly 30 years for supplying the Israeli government with classified U.S. intelligence documents.

        I wonder if the U.S. government has some way to confiscate the money.

      • just
        July 29, 2015, 5:41 pm

        “I wonder if the U.S. government has some way to confiscate the money.”

        lysias~ even if the US takes it away, Saban, Adelson, and who knows who else would make sure that he is rewarded handsomely.

      • lysias
        July 29, 2015, 5:48 pm

        even if the US takes it away, Saban, Adelson, and who knows who else would make sure that he is rewarded handsomely.

        If that were done, and the U.S. government were to publicize it, it would go a long way towards discrediting all the people involved.

    • Doubtom
      July 30, 2015, 1:46 am

      It’s a very safe bet that Pollard will leave for Israel, with this government’s blessings, to join his equally treacherous wife. The Israeli government has been socking away money every month in an account for Pollard so he’ll be living in luxury. Let’s hear it for our “special relationship” with Israel!

      • a blah chick
        July 30, 2015, 6:33 am

        “It’s a very safe bet that Pollard will leave for Israel, with this government’s blessings, to join his equally treacherous wife.”

        She’s the ex-wife now. He married number two while in prison and they’ve never lived together.

  6. traintosiberia
    July 28, 2015, 3:11 pm

    A Zionist will offer this argument : he has a vote,he has right to voice his preferences in a democ

  7. traintosiberia
    July 28, 2015, 3:20 pm

    He is superman . He leaves his Zionist hat at the doorstep of Time Warner . Never thinking of it again until time to leave the office.

    He doesn’t need it there to protect himself from any light for none anyway shines on the Israeli agenda in Times Warner.

    PNAC contributors wrote the position paper for Netanyahu and after that successful endeavors
    ,came to apply it on America. Now the traffic is in other direction until the next Pearl Harbor.

  8. Kay24
    July 28, 2015, 4:25 pm

    How else can the zionists control our country? They are in bed with these elements, who are manipulated, coaxed, and made to feel loyalty, to that alien nation. This is how the media, think tanks, lobbies, and pro Israel officials in our government, are used to make sure that Americans are lied to, so that the aid and support will continue. This man is a disgrace to our country, and it is obvious has loyalty to Israel. I wish they would all move there.

  9. The Hasbara Buster
    July 28, 2015, 10:09 pm

    By pointing out that a Time Warner executive is Jewish you have shown your true antisemitic colors, Phil.

    • irishmoses
      July 28, 2015, 11:59 pm

      Let me see. This guy is writing speeches for the head of a foreign government who is trying to influence and change critical American foreign policy decisions created by our president and government. Could it possibly be said that he is acting as the agent of a foreign power? It would seem so.

      If so, why the fuck hasn’t he been required to register as such an agent under the provisions of the US Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)? This act requires agents representing the interests of a foreign power, in a political or quasi-political capacity, to disclose their relationship including any information about their activities and compensation related to that relationship. The law is administered by the FARA Registration Unit of the Counterespionage Section in the Department of Justice. http://www.fara.gov/

      Just a few months ago, Former CIA Director Porter Goss registered to lobby as a foreign agent of Turkey as required under FARA. If that presumably distinguished and reliable former high-level government servant felt he was required by law to register as a foreign agent, why the fuck isn’t this clown registering? Is it because he’s Jewish and the law doesn’t apply to him? Or maybe its because he’s acting as an agent of Israel which perhaps doesn’t qualify under FARA as a foreign power? Ah, that must be it. The special relationship between the US and Israel is so close that it constitutes a legal embrace and obviously there can be nothing foreign about an embrace.

      I’m speechless.

      • just
        July 29, 2015, 12:16 am

        “Or maybe its because he’s acting as an agent of Israel which perhaps doesn’t qualify under FARA as a foreign power? Ah, that must be it. The special relationship between the US and Israel is so close that it constitutes a legal embrace and obviously there can be nothing foreign about an embrace.”

        I think that you pretty much nailed it right there, irishmoses.

        Kris @ 12:02, I think THB was being sarcastic.

      • hophmi
        July 29, 2015, 1:28 am

        Writing a speech for a foreign Prime Minister is not the same thing as acting as his agent. You’re just not well informed on what FARA is.

      • irishmoses
        July 29, 2015, 2:03 am

        Please hophni, educate me about the true meaning of FARA agency. Maybe provide a link or 2 or maybe a FARA case cite.

        I find it difficult to comprehend how doing an act at the request of and on behalf of an individual is not acting as that person’s agent. Here’s some basic hornbook law on the subject. http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~schuler/principal-agent.html

        I suspect FARA’s interpretation is similar but you clearly are well informed, indeed better informed about FARA agency requirements than me. So have at it professor. I await, pencil in hand.

      • Kris
        July 29, 2015, 2:04 am

        @just: “Kris @ 12:02, I think THB was being sarcastic.”

        Thanks, just.

      • RoHa
        July 29, 2015, 4:52 am

        “obviously there can be nothing foreign about an embrace. ”

        Back in the days when I was single and rambling around the world I embraced, and was embraced by, a number of foreigners.

        Not as many as I wanted, mind you.

      • Mooser
        July 29, 2015, 10:44 am

        “Back in the days when I was single and rambling around the world I embraced, and was embraced by, a number of foreigners.”

        Back when I was single, I always had a date on Saturday nights.

      • RockyMissouri
        July 29, 2015, 11:19 am

        I’m horrified… Especially by the look on that guy’s face.

      • Citizen
        July 29, 2015, 4:14 pm

        When Bobby Kennedy tried to make the Zionist organization which was predecessor to AIPAC register under FARA, that organization, which was directly paid by the Israeli government, quickly morphed into AIPAC, which does not depend on any funding by the state of Israel. If anyone knows what other criteria was used to decide why AIPAC did not have to register under FARA, please let us know. As a lawyer myself, I don’t understand what other criteria was considered since both employees and independent contractors may be paid by the same entity.

      • irishmoses
        July 30, 2015, 12:49 am

        My understanding is that DOJ refuses to release the file on that investigation and also refuses to make public any subsequent investigation. The same happened with various cases involving allegation of providing secret docs to Israel. Case closed, file sealed.

        I believe FARA is playing same game. Won’t investigate why someone failed to file and also won’t say why.

      • irishmoses
        July 29, 2015, 4:30 pm

        OK. Having reread my original post from very late last night (above at 11:59pm), I found my use of profanity, snarkiness, and sarcasm embarrassingly inappropriate. Let me rephrase in the light of a bright new morning and attempt to focus on the real issue of whether the actions of pro-Israel lobbyists in this country are doing severe harm to US interests:

        I suspect Mr. Ginsberg is an honorable, patriotic guy who voluntarily provided his services to Prime Minister Netanyahu because he feels a strong connection and affection toward Israel, as do many, if not most, American Jews, indeed maybe most Americans. I also suspect Mr. Ginsberg believes in good faith that the interests of Israel and the US are identical, so what is good for Israel is also good for the US. For that reason, I think he likely believes that the Iran nuclear agreement would be bad for both Israel and the US and disagrees with President Obama entering into that agreement.

        As with any American citizen, Mr. Ginsberg has the right to voice his opinions and advocate for any cause he chooses even though people like me may disagree with him. Obviously, my angry response reflected my own opinions and disagreement with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s vocal opposition to the Iran nuclear agreement.

        My anger at Mr. Ginsberg was directed at his assisting the prime minister of Israel in his attempt to convince Congress to reject the Iran nuclear agreement which I believe would be very harmful to US interests as well as to Israel’s. While I too am entitled to my opinions, it was inappropriate for me to express my opinions using snarkiness, sarcasm, and profanity particularly when the subject of my remarks didn’t have an opportunity to respond. I regret stooping to that level and apologize for my incivility.

        My references to the FARA foreign agent registration requirement reflect my opinion that this statute was designed to allow the US government to keep track of those who are acting as agents of foreign countries so it can limit that conduct when it is deemed inappropriate or illegal. The FARA registration requirement appears to apply even for actions done for the benefit of an ally such as Israel, and even though a US citizen may be performing the services, and even though the services provided may be quite innocuous such as promoting US tourism to a foreign country. I gave the example of former CIA Director Porter Goss who recently registered with FARA because he is providing lobbying services to Turkey, an ally of the US, like Israel.

        While in my opinion, Mr. Ginsberg’s actions on behalf of Israel’s Prime Minister constitute actions on behalf of a foreign government that should trigger the FARA registration requirement my interpretation of the FARA statute may be incorrect. In any case, Mr. Ginsberg fully disclosed what he was doing and that he was doing so voluntarily and without compensation.

        My anger or frustration is more directed at the fact that US pro-Israel individuals or organizations who act on behalf of Israel, including lobbying members of Congress, and organizing donations to members of Congress, aren’t being required to register as agents for Israel as I think is required under the FARA statute. In my opinion, this failure is depriving the FARA agency of its ability to screen the activities of those acting as agents for Israel, some of whom may be acting directly against the interests of the US. This failure is also depriving Congress and the US public of the public knowledge of persons and organizations acting as agents for Israel, and the nature of their activities.

        Whether or not Mr. Ginsberg is required to register as a foreign agent for Israel under FARA, his actions represent only a very insignificant part of what I believe is a much larger problem, that US pro-Israel lobbying efforts on behalf of Israel may be doing significant harm to US interests. That’s a discussion worth having. Mr. Ginsberg’s actions on behalf of the Prime Minister of the state of Israel are at best tangential to that discussion.

        The issue isn’t whether Americans on either side of this issue can debate and advocate their views. They can. The question is whether the state of Israel is using its influence through US lobbying organizations and individuals acting as its agents which would be illegal. I’m of the view that this is what’s going on and that it should be subject to disclosure, discussion, and debate.

        What I’d hate to see is this debate not taking place until after Congress rejects the Iran nuclear agreement, plunging our nation into the diplomatic chaos such a rejection will cause..Better we have that debate now.

    • Kris
      July 29, 2015, 12:02 am

      Was Gary Ginsberg trying to hide his Jewish identity? How is it “antisemitic” to note that he is Jewish?

      If an executive at Fox News volunteered as a speechwriter for Peruvian president and criminal Alberto Fujimori, would it be prejudiced or hateful to note that the Fox executive was a Christian?

      • irishmoses
        July 29, 2015, 2:15 am

        True, but Ginsberg’s Jewishness isn’t really relevant to what he did or whether it was right or wrong. It would have been wrong and illegal (IMHO) even (horrors!) if he were Irish.

        I don’t think you could argue even that his Jewishness was a motive for his actions unless you could demonstrate he was motivated by his support for Israel. But even then, his Jewishness isn’t really relevant because there are plenty of non-Jews who support Israel. For the same reasons, I think my snarky rhetorical question in my original comment, “Is it because he’s Jewish and the law doesn’t apply to him?” was also borderline inappropriate.

      • straightline
        July 29, 2015, 2:42 am

        Is it relevant to know whether he would be eligible to emigrate to Israel or enlist in the IDF?

      • Mooser
        July 29, 2015, 12:21 pm

        “Is it because he’s Jewish and the law doesn’t apply to him?” was also borderline inappropriate.”

        Very inappropriate. And not necessary. Just exercise a little patience, and the Zionist will say that for you. But don’t say it for him!

    • echinococcus
      July 29, 2015, 5:16 am

      T.H. Buster,

      Meyer Lansky was Jewish. Many even say he was observant.
      Now you have a horrrribly antisemitic statement, right there. Made by a Jew, too.
      Go figure.

      PS. Some push antisemitism to the point of saying that a certain Netanyahoo is Jewish, too. That’s almost too much to stomach, though.

    • Philip Weiss
      July 29, 2015, 1:03 pm

      Michael Oren also points out that Ginsberg is Jewish. And why? Because it’s relevant

      • eGuard
        July 29, 2015, 4:03 pm

        Michael Oren is also complaining about the US Jewish-edited press for not helping Israel.

      • Citizen
        July 29, 2015, 4:20 pm

        Wonder what the world would be like today if WASP indicated true tribal loyalty undiluted by USA’s civil version of citizenship, rather that formal ethnic citizenship, as in ‘The Jewish State’?
        Imagine SCOTUS ruling as Israel’s highest court did on the issue of citizenship….US main media never discussed….

  10. Marnie
    July 29, 2015, 12:47 am

    It seems that the US is controlled by a foreign government and not a shot was fired.

    • Kay24
      July 29, 2015, 8:32 am

      Yes indeed. Sometimes I feel we are occupied in many areas, including our congress. Occupation must take many forms, the Palestinians one way, the Americans another.
      All by the same damn occupier.

      • Mooser
        July 29, 2015, 10:48 am

        Although the two situations are very different in most ways, I often find disturbing parallels between the Israel lobby, and the days of “the China Lobby”.

  11. Citizen
    July 29, 2015, 4:24 pm
    • Mooser
      July 30, 2015, 11:08 am

      Thanks for the link, Citizen! I thought I was the only person in the world who saw any correspondence between the two episodes.

  12. heartbeatt
    July 30, 2015, 8:33 am

    What a sleazy bunch: Ginsburg, Netanyahu, Clintons, Rupert Murdoch….plus sloppy propaganda and pressuring US members of Congress on behalf of a foreign government. Every day a sordid, shocking disclosure. What will be permitted next?

  13. jaime1007
    July 30, 2015, 2:29 pm

    No wonder

    with those friends in business

    REEL BAD ARABS: How Hollywood Vilifies a People

  14. fabnafnaf
    August 1, 2015, 7:40 pm

    I wonder if he treats his Palestinian employees the same way Bibi treats Palestinians? Wonder what kind of speech he will write for the Israeli’s burning of the Palestinian baby?

  15. Tom Callaghan
    August 2, 2015, 3:37 pm

    With the exception of Fareed Zakaria and Michael Smerconish I always thought that CNN was hopelessly in the tank for all things Netanyahu. This story fills in the mosaic.

    http://www.wednesdayswars.com

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