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Andrea Mitchell asks Michael Oren 7 questions. How many mention Palestinians?

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Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC hosted Israeli ambassador Michael Oren, who grew up in New Jersey, for over five-and-a-half minutes on Friday, and couldn’t ask one question about Palestinians, the occupation, the settlements, the alleged peace process. OK, the interview was all about Syria. But this guy is the ambassador for an occupier state whose actions are losing legitimacy around the world. Lesson: Palestinians just don’t exist for our mainstream media.

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Here’s the rundown of Mitchell’s questions:

“Ambassador Welcome.”

First question: Do you think the red line on Syrian chemical weapons has been crossed?

Second question: What’s Israeli military intelligence’s assessment.

Third question: I’m inferring from what you’re saying, we don’t have the hard evidence, about this being the time to act?

Fourth question: Are there good military options?

Fifth question: A drone was shot down yesterday near Israel. Tell us about it.

Sixth question: Do we know where it was coming from?

Seventh question: Finally, everyone is sharing intelligence. Is there a way to get better intelligence?

“Thank you very much, Ambassador Michael Oren.”

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  1. gingershot on April 28, 2013, 12:18 pm

    “Lesson: Palestinians just don’t exist for our mainstream media

    It’s not that Palestinians don’t exist for our mainstream media – it’s just that Jewish/Israeli Lobby shills like Andrea Mitchell or David Gregory function to actively try to ERASE Palestine from the national discourse, rather than it being a matter that ‘Palestine doesn’t exist’, that they ‘forgot’ or that the dog ate their homework.

    It’s the difference between active propaganda that they participate in rather than their ignorance. They are part of the problem instead of being part of any solution

    I despise Andrea Mitchell and David Gregory for just this reason – they ARE the Big Lie

    • Citizen on April 28, 2013, 9:56 pm

      @ gingershot
      Yes, the big swindle by our “Fourth Estate” is what they never say regarding “terrorism” and its relation to our foreign policy in the Middle East. Further, since we have a totally mercenary military, there’s no military draft to directly impact Dick and Jane. War is BIG BUSINESS, a very profitable motor constantly oiled by AIPAC, and, considering the bite it takes out of every US tax dollar, neither main party is doing anything about all that spending. It’s wrapped in the US flag and pedaled with Fear. Billions of Muslims have replaced the USSR.

  2. amigo on April 28, 2013, 12:43 pm

    “Ambassador Welcome.” ( –did you bring the list of questions inaudible).

  3. Sin Nombre on April 28, 2013, 12:50 pm

    Sort of funny: In response to a post Phil made just the other day optimistically saying that maybe the Boston thing would jostle the nation into talking about “why they hate us,” I responded that it essentially wasn’t going to happen because you couldn’t find any figure in the mainstream media to diligently pursue the question. Moreover I said that lots came down to the choke-point of the Sunday talk show people, ending by saying you’ve got a long wait if you’re hoping on David Gregory.

    And now … here’s good old Andrea, affirming you got a long wait with her too. Had to laugh in fact: Her foot-licking of Oren became so bad along the lines of “what should *we* do?” that Oren himself had to (dishonestly) say “oh gee, we aren’t urging the U.S. to do anything and we are separate countries you know Andrea….”

    Yeah, Andrea, try to remember that: We are separate countries. And oh yeah, remember too you’ve not yet pulled an Oren and renounced your U.S. citizenship so take care for appearances. Like Oren, maybe *after* the usefulness of appearing as an American citizen no longer exists then you don’t have to be so careful about the “us” word. But in the meantime … appearances appearances.

    • American on April 28, 2013, 2:35 pm

      ”that Oren himself had to (dishonestly) say “oh gee, we aren’t urging the U.S. to do anything and we are separate countries you know Andrea….”

      hummm……interesting since Oren has made a gizzilion speeches in the US on how US and Isr are ‘one and the same” and old testment Israel and the Hebrews inspired the founding of America….LOL
      So now he’s suddenly telling the msm public we’re separate …..?

  4. annie on April 28, 2013, 12:58 pm

    i have not watched the segment yet but my first thought was ‘why is the ‘go to’ person on syria the ambassador of israel?’

    • MRW on April 28, 2013, 7:27 pm

      Precisely, annie! I haven’t watched the segment either, but he was on to peddle some war dreck to unthinking Americans.

  5. James Canning on April 28, 2013, 1:27 pm

    An obvious question Andrea Mitchell should have asked: If Bashar al-Assad is overthrown, what are the chances of sustained chaos and civil war in Syria? And what are the chances an al-Qaeda affiliate will emerge in control of the country?

    • Sumud on April 28, 2013, 9:30 pm

      An obvious question Andrea Mitchell should have asked: If Bashar al-Assad is overthrown, what are the chances of sustained chaos and civil war in Syria?

      Well now she is hardly going to disclose the end goal James, is she? Strikes me the intent in Syria is exactly the same as in Iraq – decimation and chaos.

      And what are the chances an al-Qaeda affiliate will emerge in control of the country?

      She wishes. How else will the GWOT continue?

      • James Canning on April 29, 2013, 7:38 pm

        Sumud – – The neocons who conspired to set up the illegal invasion of Iraq in fact did not want chaos. They thought Iraq would be converted quickly into an ally of the US and Israel. And they wanted to take out (or intimidate thoroughly), the governments of Syria and Iran. Chaos in Iraq worked against those objects.

    • Citizen on April 28, 2013, 10:01 pm

      @ James Canning
      Yep. SH’s Iraq was secular regime, so is Syrian regime. The strongest rebel factions in Syria now are Muslim. Which Muslims should we choose? We haven’t been very good at it.

      • James Canning on April 29, 2013, 7:35 pm

        Citizen – – I continue to think it was utter lunacy for the US to destroy the secular government of Iraq.
        We can thank the Israel lobby for preventing better US relations with Syria, and for making it more likely economic stagnation would trigger popular unrest, and revolt (if unrest mishandled).

    • annie on April 29, 2013, 7:03 pm

      An obvious question Andrea Mitchell should have asked: If Bashar al-Assad is overthrown, what are the chances of sustained chaos and civil war in Syria?

      at this juncture the most likely scenario is assad not being overthrown. therefore the obvious question is asking how the US should best engage him diplomatically. actually there’sno reason she should be asking an israeli about this.none at all. he’s a weird choice given the recent WH press conference.

      • James Canning on April 29, 2013, 7:32 pm

        Annie – – Sustained civil war and chaos seem highly likely in Syria, even if the Assad government manages to retain power in Damascus.

  6. Justpassingby on April 28, 2013, 2:17 pm

    Ever seen an ambassador to Palestine interviewed on these issues on american MSM? Of course not.

  7. Blank State on April 28, 2013, 2:41 pm

    “Her foot-licking of Oren…..”

    Got news for ya;

    That wasn’t his foot she was licking.

    • Sumud on April 28, 2013, 9:31 pm

      That wasn’t his foot she was licking.

      She breakin’ ALL the rules, must have got bored of fellating the donkey.

    • talknic on April 29, 2013, 8:16 am

      @ Blank State …. and it wasn’t conscience, the hand of peace or moral fibre

  8. piotr on April 28, 2013, 5:12 pm

    If I had but two questions to ask, the first woud be “Netanyahu, great PM or the greatest?” But for the second question I am at loss, what to choose.

    Perhaps: “Now that Syria is brazenly using chemical weapons, shouldn’t we give the attack on Iran a second priority? But what should we do, Mr. Ambassador, what can we do?”

    Then if I had but one follow up question, I guess I would choose this one: “Can you give me a reason, Mr. Ambassador, to believe one word of what you were saying?”.

  9. Kathleen on April 28, 2013, 11:06 pm

    Why would anyone in their right mind ask Israel about substantiated intelligence especially about chemical weapons or other weapons of mass destruction. Israel has lied about intelligence over and over again and have used chemical weapons themselves. Andrea Mitchell has been a long time rep in the US MSM for Israel. The hypocrisy runs deep.

    Syria has been on the neocons and Israel’s hit list for a long time. The blueprint all at the PNAC website along with the Securing the Realm plans.

    • James Canning on April 30, 2013, 2:26 pm

      Kathleen, yes indeed. Neocon warmongers wanted to take out Bashar al-Assad just as soon as their pals consolidated control of Baghdad and rest of Iraq. But the fools promoted the disbanding of the Iraqi army and brought disaster to their timetable.

  10. frankier on April 29, 2013, 1:08 am

    The pertinent question would have been:

    “Ambassador, Israel currently occupies illegally the Golan Heights. Given the relatively acquiescence of the current Syrian government for the last decade, how do you think a new government, assuming Assad is removed, will act? Will they engage Israel militarily for the return of the Golan Heights? What would be Israel reaction in such an event?”

    That, assuming that Andrea knows that the Golan Heights are regarded as aan illegaly occupied territory under international law.

    • James Canning on April 30, 2013, 2:07 pm

      Surely Andrea Mitchell is well aware Israel pretends to have “annexed” the Golan Heights. She might conceal her knowledge on this point.

      Israel should have made the deal with Syria in 2008, that Turkey was brokering.

  11. frankier on April 29, 2013, 9:07 am

    … and, oh, Ambassador, one more question… Is white phosphorus considered a “chemical weapon”?

  12. James Canning on April 30, 2013, 2:10 pm

    Bravo, frankier. How many prominent American journalists and reporters try to cover up the fact Israel used chemical weapons on Palestinian civilians in Gaza. contrary to US law?

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