Category Archives: Media
Newspapers are supposed to cover both sides of a dispute, but a NYTimes article on settlements could not find a single Palestinian to interview.
A New York Times profile on the meteroric Senator Tom Cotton repeatedly refers to his connections to Bill Kristol but never mentions Kristol is head of the Emergency Committee for Israel and speaks at the Israel lobby group AIPAC.
If we are to stop a catastrophic war with Iran or finally solve the Israel/Palestine conflict, an essential element is breaking AIPAC’s grip on U.S. policy. That may well be happening right now.
The author of the letter to Iranian leaders undermining Obama’s diplomacy, Senator Tom Cotton seems to love war a little too much, and neoconservative Israel supporters began grooming him years ago
Two days ago Israel’s foreign minister called for beheading Arab citizens of Israel who are “against us.” As of this morning the New York Times had still not covered the story, and neither has National Public Radio, which has given Lieberman a platform in the past. What would happen if a Palestinian politician called for beheading some Jews? How loudly would our media decry such statements?
Three of four letters to the NYT on Gaza say that the blockade is a good thing. Israel can do whatever it wants and they will be sad but support Israel. It’s a clever way of trying to be liberal while being racist. MLK saw the attitude in his letter from a Birmingham jail.
Who wrote the 47 Republican senators’ awful letter to Iran? Not Tom Cotton of Arkansas. J Street speculates Bill Kristol. A former AIPAC staffer says, AIPAC. The media have an obligation to turn a harsh light on the Israel lobby groups who are supporting the letter
Times columnist Nick Kristof describes Gaza as an “open-air prison” under “siege” by Israel, but he also rationalizes Israel’s collective punishment and treats Palestinians as a backward other.
The great news about Netanyahu’s speech to Congress is that it has shored up support for Obama’s Iran negotiations. The president says he is “confident” he has the American people’s support and he blasts 47 senators who signed a letter to Iranian hardliners seeking to undermine the deal. An AIPAC staffer says the letter has AIPAC’s fingerprints
Frank Bruni fails to mention all the Democratic politicians who fawned to Netanyahu on Capitol Hill in a column on Republican support for the prime minister. And oh, no mention of Palestinian human rights either.
Chris Matthews of MSNBC is shocked by the effort to “displace” Obama with Netanyahu as leader of our foreign policy. Netanyahu was “behind” the U.S. war in Iraq and he “treats us like rubes” on Iran.
Amid overwhelming praise for the Netanyahu speech from cable analysts, some sanity is breaking through. Marc Ginsberg said Netanyahu was likening Obama to a Nazi appeaser, Nancy Pelosi said she was in tear from the insult to the intelligence of the U.S. and Christiane Ahmanpour called it “dark, Strangelovian.”
In a hysterical ad in the New York Times, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach uses his friend Samantha Power, the UN ambassador, against Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, when he accuses Rice of condoning genocide against Jews
Israel is politicized in the U.S.! Bill Kristol’s neocon group runs an ad painting Obama as a madman and Netanyahu as a statesman, while the New York Times runs a cartoon saying that Netanyahu wants to build a settlement on Pennsylvania Avenue
Marcia Fudge of Ohio is the latest congressperson to say she won’t attend the Netanyahu speech, even as Elliott Abrams predicts that the Democratic Party will abandon Israel and Barack Obama will become a Jimmy Carter figure on this issue when he leaves office
Bill Kristol of the Emergency Committee for Israel urges AIPAC attendees to boycott speeches from the Obama administration officials as AIPAC urges congressmen to attend Netanyahu’s speech next week
When the Nakba comes up, in the New York Times, or the 92d Street Y, non-Palestinians are granted authority to comment on a central Palestinian experience. And Palestinians are excluded. This is a sick situation.
Secretary of State John Kerry took the US-ISrael disagreement to a new level yesterday, saying that Netanyahu had pushed the disastrous Iraq war. “A very tough shot” at the war party, Chris Matthews said, while the New York Times, covering for neocons, dismissed the line as a needling.