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Adelson’s atomic moment: Help us break more video stories

Last week we scored a big media hit with Phil Weiss and Alex Kane‘s reporting on Sheldon Adelson’s appearance at Yeshiva University. In addition to being featured on Chris Hayes’s show above, it was also picked up in the New York Times, Time, Politico, and BuzzFeed among others. This is an example of one thing we want to do with Mondoweiss: push the conversation into the American mainstream by breaking news.

This story was picked up for several reasons. First, it’s shocking. Adelson is a figure who looms large on the American political scene and this report helped expose some of his true intentions. But in addition to that, the report also featured video. The video gave the story an added dimension — and we want to be able to produce more videos to continue to expand our reach. Please consider giving a tax-deductible donation today to allow us to expand our video capabilities. We want to purchase more video cameras for our reporters and develop our video editing abilities to produce engaging, high-quality video what will further our mission of fostering the movement for greater fairness and justice for Palestinians in American foreign policy.

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12 Responses

  1. amigo
    October 28, 2013, 2:42 pm

    I will make a donation by weeks end.

    This is a very valuable way to get the facts out.

    Could you implement an “adopt a ziohasbarat” program whereby those donating could throw in a few dollars extra on behalf of the Hoppies and olegs etc.I will adopt Oleg and throw in an extra five bucks as a reward for his gallant efforts.Your welcome oleg.Think nothing of it.

    I am very sure they are not allowed to support a website that is educating people about Israel,s crimes.

    • seafoid
      October 28, 2013, 4:00 pm


      Maybe we could fund some new material for them. The hasbara is older than joan rivers.

      • LanceThruster
        October 28, 2013, 4:23 pm


      • amigo
        October 28, 2013, 6:53 pm

        seafoid They are already working on new recruits but unfortunately I see no evidence of New Material.

        “Close your books! We’re having a pop quiz in Hasbara!”+972

        Israel’s Hasbara Ministry is starting early these days. ‘Yedioth Aharonoth’ profiles the 10-year-old children who are being trained to ‘make the case for Israel,’ and tests their new skills.

  2. Kathleen
    October 28, 2013, 3:03 pm

    You can bet Chris Hayes people cruise through Mondoweiss.

    Guys I am still helping pay off youngest daughters college loans. All extra funds go there.

    You deserve big donations for the work you are doing for human rights and social justice. I spread your work around as much as I can.

  3. Cliff
    October 28, 2013, 4:25 pm

    Sent in a donation!

  4. Danaa
    October 28, 2013, 4:31 pm

    Well done Mondoweiss! I happened to turn on MSNBC for just a moment last week (I no longer watch it like I used to, since it became largely an Obama propaganda channel), and lo and behold! there was Chris hays showing and talking about the Adelson video.

    Now, one thing probably allowed him to do that – Adelson is a totally caught in the Republican party embrace and was known to fund many republican candidates including Romney and Gingrich. Beating up on anything and anyone that smacks of republican, is part of MSNBC’s mission, so the door was open to expose Adelson. However, to be fair, hays did say – with emphasis – that Adelson is also a major funder of establishment Jewish causes such as Birthright (specifically mentioning the 40% figure), so that kind of pulled a squealing kitty out of the bag for a moment of sunshine.

    Alas, I am sure that in contrition hays will now have to do some Arab bashing segment sometime in the future. Just like Jon Stewart had to do a ludicrous gig about hamas dolls after his ground breaking interview with Balzer and Barghoutti.

    Still, Hays could do really good programs were he free to do so. I think the loss of that saturday AM program he hosted was very unfortunate. All in return for lots of prime time weak tea. At heart, I believe Hays would like to be a Greenwald, blazing new trails, taking on establishments etc. But, unlike greenwald, he could not resist temptation. The wages of youth, perhaps.

    I’ll contribute some more next week (though you may not know it’s me….I do my humble share).

  5. ritzl
    October 28, 2013, 5:38 pm

    Yes!! Well and doggedly done. End of the week for me too.

    PS, Who is this Phiip feller? :)

  6. Kathleen
    October 28, 2013, 8:22 pm

    Andrew Bacevich really takes a swipe at Washington Post Jennifer Rubin and other warmongers.,_bashing_%22isolationists%22_while_at_war_in_the_world/

    ” Reflecting on “where isolationism leads,” Jennifer Rubin, the reliably bellicose Washington Post columnist, was quick to chime in, denouncing those hesitant to initiate another war as “infantile.” American isolationists, she insisted, were giving a green light to aggression. Any nation that counted on the United States for protection had now become a “sitting duck,” with “Eastern Europe [and] neighbors of Venezuela and Israel” among those left exposed and vulnerable. News reports of Venezuelan troop movements threatening Brazil, Colombia, or Guyana were notably absent from the Post or any other media outlet, but no matter — you get the idea.

    Military analyst Frederick Kagan was equally troubled. Also writing in the Post, he worried that “the isolationist narrative is rapidly becoming dominant.” His preferred narrative emphasized the need for ever greater military exertions, with Syria just the place to launch a new campaign. For Bret Stephens, a columnist with the Wall Street Journal, the problem was the Republican Party. Where had the hawks gone? The Syria debate, he lamented, was “exposing the isolationist worm eating its way through the GOP apple.”

    The Journal’s op-ed page also gave the redoubtable Norman Podhoretz, not only still alive but vigorously kicking, a chance to vent. Unmasking President Obama as “a left-wing radical” intent on “reduc[ing] the country’s power and influence,” the unrepentant neoconservative accused the president of exploiting the “war-weariness of the American people and the rise of isolationist sentiment… on the left and right” to bring about “a greater diminution of American power than he probably envisaged even in his wildest radical dreams.”

    Obama escalated the war in Afghanistan, “got” Osama bin Laden, toppled one Arab dictator in Libya, and bashed and bombed targets in Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, and elsewhere. Even so, it turns out he is actually part of the isolationist conspiracy to destroy America!

    Over at the New York Times, similar concerns, even if less hysterically expressed, prevailed. According to Times columnist Roger Cohen, President Obama’s reluctance to pull the trigger showed that he had “deferred to a growing isolationism.” Bill Keller concurred. “America is again in a deep isolationist mood.” In a column entitled, “Our New Isolationism,” he decried “the fears and defeatist slogans of knee-jerk isolationism” that were impeding military action. (For Keller, the proper antidote to isolationism is amnesia. As he put it, “Getting Syria right starts with getting over Iraq.”)

  7. Tom Callaghan
    Tom Callaghan
    October 28, 2013, 10:22 pm

    A couple of points. First, when you consider all the so called “issue” organizations Mr. Adelson funded in the last election cycle Chris Hayes underestimated his total political contributions. Second, I was surprised and disappointed that Adelson’s comments drew only applause…no boos.

  8. Rusty Pipes
    Rusty Pipes
    October 29, 2013, 3:20 pm

    Mondoweiss just got a hat tip from Peter Kenyon on NPR’s Morning Edition, where they played a clip of Adelson’s remarks:

    KENYON: Conservative critics are also gearing up in the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel. indeed, there are some pro-Israel hardliners who make Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s dire warnings sound tame. Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire American casino magnate, for instance, recently told an audience at Yeshiva University in New York that instead of negotiating with Iran, the U.S. should launch a nuclear strike. Amateur video of his comments was posted on the website mondoweiss.
    SHELDON ADELSON: What I would say is: Listen, you see that desert out there? I want to show you something. You pick up your cell phone and you call somewhere in Nebraska and you say OK, let it go. So there’s an atomic weapon goes over, ballistic missiles, in the middle of the desert that doesn’t hurt a soul – maybe a couple of rattlesnakes and scorpions or whatever. And then you say: See? The next one is in the middle of Tehran.
    KENYON: Analysts say it’s not the super-hawks who are the biggest worry, though, but the U.S. Congress. It holds the key to unlocking much of the web of sanctions imposed against Iran over the years. It could also undo the tentative goodwill established since Rouhani’s election by approving even more sanctions. Analyst Michael Adler at the Wilson Center in Washington says his concern is what happens if the nuclear talks drag on.
    MICHAEL ADLER: And when they drag, the hardliners on both sides, both from Iran and from the United States, could take steps which will ruin this very good atmosphere, and really make negotiations difficult.

  9. Eva Smagacz
    Eva Smagacz
    October 29, 2013, 3:28 pm

    I guess your work is more important than a new pair of winter boots.

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