Category Archives: Media
Less than four months after he went to Jerusalem for the New York Times, Peter Baker is going back to the White House. He says it’s the “Trump effect.” The big story is in D.C.
Lesley Stahl is no Bob Simon, but in her interview with Benjamin Netanyahu aired on “60 Minutes” last night she did mention BDS favorably, “This is the playbook they used against Apartheid in South Africa.” And suggested that Netanyahu is working against the American interest. Reaching out to Russia and China, “You seem to be inching toward an anti-American bloc.”
Peter Beinart says Steve Bannon can be accused of misogyny, racism and Islamophobia, not anti-Semitism during an open argument among pro-Israel Jews on CNN, a signal of more and more public disagreement.
The feverish coverage of “fake news” has given rise to at least one elusive blacklist which features hundreds of websites and publications all of whom fall prey to one common accusation: they either willingly or unwillingly serve Russian interests by peddling propaganda targeting U.S audiences. Meet PropOrNot, the new McCarthyism—this time at the touch of a screen.
Ten years ago Keith Ellison’s candidacy for DNC chair would be dead in the water in light of his criticisms of Israel. But the surprise this time is that many left and liberal Zionist influencers have come out to defeat the smears against Ellison, signaling a new openness in our discourse to debate the Israel lobby.
Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison pretends to be “more of a Zionist than Herzl, Ben-Gurion and Begin combined,” but if you go back to his record, “he is clearly an anti-Semite, an anti-Israel individual.” Haim Saban smears the DNC chair candidate at a fancy Washington dinner.
Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt says that the “alt right” is a euphemism for white nationalism and supremacism, and the media should tell Americans as much; but as for those who oppose Jewish nationalism in Palestine as a form of Jewish supremacism, she says they are anti-Semites.
Here’s the juice from Yakov Hirsch: Six years ago Peter Beinart came to realizations about Israel and the US Jewish community that Jeffrey Goldberg tried to suppress but that he is now expressing himself. For this reason Beinart is about to replace Goldberg as most important Jewish journalist and leader of the Trump opposition.
In a triumph of navel-gazing and moral idiocy, NYT op-ed writer Shmuel Rosner says the bad thing about Trump is not what he threatens to America but that Israeli love for him will expose to American Jews the rightwing racism of their Middle East counterparts and they will distance themselves from Israel.
Clinton campaign emails reveal often craven pandering to big Jewish donors. But they also show that Jews are not monolithic in supporting Israel. Many care about progressive causes. It’s time for the media to frankly address this outsize Jewish influence so that Jews will express greater diversity on foreign policy.
The demonization of Vladimir Putin by the US press, acting as stenographers for intelligence agencies and Hillary Clinton, limits US ability to bring about diplomatic breakthroughs in the Middle East, says James W. Carden in interview with Bob Garfield of “On the Media”