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Sheldon Adelson wearing Romney button in Hebrew, at King David Hotel Jerusalem, 2012

Sheldon Adelson wearing Romney button in Hebrew, at King David Hotel Jerusalem, 2012

Mainstream reporters love to talk about Sheldon Adelson’s interest in gambling legislation as the motivation for his political giving– and leave out the Israel angle. NPR did it a month ago. Not a word about Israel. The Washington Post’s Tom Hamburger did it yesterday.

Adelson’s political beneficiaries adopt casino magnate’s cause to ban Internet gambling..

Many of the beneficiaries of Adelson’s state donations are now siding with the billionaire as he seeks to outlaw a practice he views as a threat to the economic health of the casino industry on which he built a personal fortune.

Israel wasn’t mentioned. Really, how much of Adelson’s tens of millions of presidential giving is about casino regulation? Very little, I venture. When Adelson holds forth about his political views, here and here, he talks about Muslims wanting to kill Jews and his own regret over not serving in the Israeli military, not a word about gambling.

“All we care about is being good Zionists, [he says of himself and his wife] being good citizens of Israel, because even though I am not Israeli born, Israel is in my heart.”

And this is Hamburger’s second paragraph:

Adelson became a political force in 2012 when he poured more than $90 million into Republican presidential campaigns.

Wait: Adelson has been around for a while. He gave $300,000 to the Republican Party in the 2000 election to put an end to the peace process; and George W. Bush was obedient to the neocons. The New Yorker’s Connie Bruck chronicled some of that history.

And last October, Adelson called on Obama to nuke Iran. Shouldn’t the Washington Post and NPR be telling that to their audiences?

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  1. Krauss
    Krauss on May 8, 2014, 12:01 pm

    When people ask themselves why the MSM are losing subscribers it is not because the quality of the writing has gone down(although the length of the articles typically have).

    It is that people become much more aware, with the rise of the independent blogosphere and independent media through the internet, just how craven the MSM have always been to the rich and the powerful.

    30 years ago, without elite journalists telling us the things you tell us, that we need to hear, we wouldn’t have known the backstory. We wouldn’t have known the real story.
    I don’t subscribe to a single newspaper. I get my general news from Reuters and the like. The NYT has some articles that interests me but I usually get by on the monthly limit.

    The real news, the backstory, is gained through websites like this or democracy now or other news outlets, not to mention highly intelligent and unbiased bloggers, like Sullivan and other less known people.

    I always laugh when I hear elite journalists lament the “end of journalism”. It has never been better, but they have never been less powerful, and the two are not unrelated.

  2. Kay24
    Kay24 on May 8, 2014, 12:02 pm

    It is so obvious that there is deliberate silence, when it comes to even stating the truth – that Adelson is enmeshed with Israel so much, that the zionist media writes articles, omitting important information, and protecting Israel by not making obvious connections to this devious man, who has plotted, and planned, to insert himself into our political system, not for the good of our nation, but a parasitic alien nation, and make sure those who are elected show loyalty to Israel first.

  3. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870 on May 8, 2014, 12:47 pm

    RE: “Wait: Adelson has been around for a while. He gave $300,000 to the Republican Party in the 2000 election to put an end to the peace process; and George W. Bush was obedient to the neocons… And last October, Adelson called on Obama to nuke Iran. Shouldn’t the Washington Post and NPR be telling that to their audiences?

    MY COMMENT: They just can’t risk it, Phil. Even if they wanted to!

  4. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870 on May 8, 2014, 1:05 pm

    RE: “All we care about is being good Zionists, [he says of himself and his wife] being good citizens of Israel, because even though I am not Israeli born, Israel is in my heart.” ~ Sheldon Adelson

    MY COMMENT: I wonder why that is. Might it have something to do with an inferiority complex?

  5. ckg
    ckg on May 8, 2014, 1:49 pm

    Matt Bors had a good cartoon about Adelson, politics, and the Palestinians: http://news.yahoo.com/comics/matt-bors-1305609842-slideshow/matt-bors-comic-strip-20140409-bor-gif-050135705.html

  6. talknic
    talknic on May 8, 2014, 1:56 pm

  7. lysias
    lysias on May 8, 2014, 2:36 pm

    Well, this obvious effort to shut down Internet gambling for selfish reasons on Adelson’s part may be enough to discredit Adelson and make politicians run away from any association with him. If that is the result, I will applaud the article, despite its limitations.

  8. tombishop
    tombishop on May 8, 2014, 2:38 pm

    Israel does get a mention in this Salon column about Adelson: “Sheldon Adelson’s real scandal (Hint: It’s not about Newt Gingrich) ” http://www.salon.com/2014/05/08/sheldon_adelsons_real_scandal_hint_its_not_about_newt_gingrich/
    Be sure to read the Washington Post article “How U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson is buying up Israel’s media” linkded in the Salon article. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/05/01/how-u-s-billionaire-sheldon-adelson-is-buying-up-israels-media/

  9. James Canning
    James Canning on May 8, 2014, 4:09 pm

    Fascinating. And we have not forgotten that Adelson wants the Palestinians to disappear.

  10. Citizen
    Citizen on May 8, 2014, 5:51 pm

    MJ Rosenberg compares the Gun Lobby with AIPAC–without ever mentioning the former is a totally American domestic issue, while the latter is a foreign policy issue regarding the foreign state of Israel: http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=855aabd7ccd7a77e987004677&id=0ea0f16454&e=4c25168940

    • American
      American on May 8, 2014, 7:44 pm

      The heat is on and MJ is getting desperate—-comparing the NRA to AIPAC is the fall back of all Zio hasbarist.

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