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Media Analyses





C-SPAN March – April 2014


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April 30, 2014 – 7:05 AM

Host: JOHN MCARDLE (jmcardle@eenews.net, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org). Guest host McArdle is a reporter for E & E Publishing which is mainly concerned with energy and climate policy.

Topic: Race relations in the United States – how far have we come?

Caller: David from Atlanta, Georgia (click here to view).

[Typically, host McArdle fails to question caller's anti-Israel assertion about negative treatment of black people in Israel. Since the host seems to be ignorant of Israeli culture, at least he should have questioned or requested that knowledgeable viewers call in to comment on the mistaken assertion. The host's failure here exemplifies Washington Journal's chronic journalistic malpractice especially pertaining to Jews and Israel.]

Caller: “By me basically being from the south, you know, what Donald Sterling was saying is basing the mentality which most white people have. You have people still flying the confederate flag and things. They actually lost a war and things. They know how (indistinct) the blacks but the problem is that I can see is also Mr. Sterling was Jewish. He also made some comments about Israel and blacks. Do they think that we are dogs in Israel? If some more of these answers would be put out. Basically, what I'm saying…”

Host (interrupting): “David, let me ask you. What do you think the role of public figures is in this debate? Take it to the larger public policy realm.”

Caller: “Basically what I think should be done, you know, in situations like this is the courts are basically trying to turn back, you know, things that we blacks have suffered for and through like the civil rights act and affirmative action and these different types of things. All these are coming because we have a black president in office and a lot of people, you know, like I say, I live with these people. I've seen racism up personal, up close and personal. Some of my people have been hung and lynched and things down here in the south. Paula Deen made a statement about how basically, you know, and ‘Duck Dynasty," how we feel that we are all right as slaves and we was all right doing the antebellum south. No, we wasn't; we had do that in order to get by, you know, survive, in order for the next generation to come and try to change. And the young people need to come together. I would like to ask everybody personal – how would you feel if you were treated like black people have been treated, like you're treating Hispanic people …?”

Host: “That's was David calling in from Atlanta, Georgia.”

April 30, 2014 – 9:06 AM

Host: JOHN MCARDLE (jmcardle@eenews.net, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org). Guest host McArdle is a reporter for E & E Publishing which is mainly concerned with energy and climate policy.

Guest: CHRISTOPHER HILL, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq (2009-2010).

Topic: Iraq elections.

Caller: John from Tampa, Florida (click here to view).

[Typically, a Washington Journal host indulges a caller's lengthy antisemitic, anti-Israel conspiracy-mongering rant and guest's lengthy response contains no reply to these falsehoods.]

Caller: “I think we need to re-examine the issue of why we went to Iraq or how we got there. Because, if you think about it, Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden hated each other. Osama bin Laden referred to Saddam Hussein as the same as an infidel because he had a secular government and Osama bin Laden was a religious neurotic psychopath. This was kept from the U.S. people by the controlled media. The truth of the matter is we went into Iraq, as proven by the scholarly work of Walt and Mearsheimer at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, because of the pushing of the Israeli lobby and [President] Bush catering to them. In early 2003, Bush did not even know about Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds. All he knew was that [former Israeli Prime Minister] Ariel Sharon said jump so Bush asked how high.”

Host: “Ambassador Hill, do you want to respond?”

Guest: “I do not want to re-litigate 2003. I think we did kind of under appreciate the sectarian issue in Iraq. The fact that if Iraq was to become more democratic – and it certainly became more democratic when we overthrew Saddam Hussein -- there would be elections. Those elections, based on political identity, would result in a Shia-led government. That is certainly what happened. I am not sure a Shia-led Iraq was a particular model for the rest of the Sunni Arab world. The Sunni Arab world was actually troubled by the emergence of Shia as a political force as they emerged in Iraq. Many countries in the Arab world have their Shia populations and they do not want their Shia to start thinking of themselves as political leaders. This has certainly been the case in Bahrain, a Shia majority but a Sunni led government. So, I think it has been an issue that was under appreciated in the time after 9/11 when there was a real focus on weapons of mass destruction and certainly Saddam Hussein led people to believe that he had these kinds of weapons and certainly had these kinds of programs. Certainly, as I said a few minutes ago, I think the historians will look at this and I think they will look at a lot of factors. But we are where we are and we need to try to work on making the Middle East a better place and I think Iraq is part of that.”

April 10, 2014 – 7:23 AM

Host: GRETA BRAWNER (gbrawner@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Telephone lines were open for veterans to respond to the question, “What role is the government playing in your post-war transition?”

Host: Greg from Preston, Connecticut (click here to view).

[Off-topic “Greg” is another Washington Journal indulged conspiracy-mongering, anti-Israel caller.]

Caller: “I am a Vietnam veteran, serving in Vietnam, a college graduate. I mostly worked on coming back from Vietnam in my own way – studied a lot of history, read a lot of papers, newspapers, found out eventually that after 40 years, the New York Times admits that the Gulf of Tonkin was a false flag event – a manufactured event. I'm just waiting for the New York Times to admit that the events of 9/11/2001, were a false flag government manufactured event. Whether it's our elected government or a shadow government – they are Israeli controlled governments.”

Host: “Okay, Greg. Why do you say that? What is the proof of that?”

Caller: “What's the proof? Go to the ‘Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Proofs' – over 2000 architects and engineers who are saying that the three buildings that came down were by controlled demolition.”

Host: “What's your proof about an Israeli led government?”

Caller: “It's Proved.”

Host: “We will leave it there.”

March 31, 2014 – 7:59 AM

Host: JUANA SUMMERS (jsummers@politico.com), journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Guest host Ms. Summers is from Politico, a Washington D.C. newspaper and Web site reporting on government and politics.

Guest: JOSH KRAUSHAAR National Journal political editor.

Topic: Unrest in Ukraine – political fallout [in United States].

Caller: Rachel from Reseda, California (click here to view).

[C-SPAN typically indulges this anti-America, pro-Syria, pro-Iran, pro-Russia obsessively anti-Israel caller of many aliases. CAMERA has monitored 43 calls from this person since December 2008. Here she is again allowed to violate C-SPAN's ostensible one-call-per-30-days rule having called previously on March 13 at 7:59 AM.]

Caller: "I can't believe all these ignorant callers. I don't know if they are watching CNN, they're watching MSNBC, they're watching Fox. But if you have to get unbiased news, go to RT [Russia Today], you can go to Presstv dot com [propaganda organ of Iran's Islamist government]. I am totally behind [Russian President] Putin. [President] Obama' s foreign policy is being led by [Israel's Prime Minister] Netanyahu and AIPAC. If people can't see this – the problem is – the Jews are trying to get us into wars."

Guest: "Vladimir Putin's public opinion ratings as to his capabilities are the lowest of any public official tested in the NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll. So, that caller aside, on Putin – Republicans, Democrats, Independents all agree – that they view Putin very unfavorably."

NOTE: Typically for Washington Journal, neither host nor guest challenge caller's incendiary antisemitic, anti-Israel ravings.

March 24, 2014 – 8:13 AM

Host: PEDRO ECHEVARRIA (pechevarria@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Guest: WILLIAM GALSTON, Brookings Institution.

Topic: Guest talked about his Wall Street Journal article, "The Economic Roots of American Retreat" [from foreign policy].

Caller: Warren from Portsmouth, New Hampshire (click here to view).

["Warren" is another of C-SPAN's sizable cadre of "blame-the-Jews-and-Israel-for-everything" callers who feel welcome at Washington Journal as the host rarely if ever challenges or scrutinizes their false inflammatory claims. Here, the off-topic caller blames Israel for U.S. involvement in "wars in the Middle East." Atypically, a guest is present who disputes this claim.
 
Millions of Washington Journal potential viewers (C-SPAN claims 28 million weekly viewers) are routinely subjected to hearing defamation of Israel and the Jewish people. No other ethnic or religious groups are victimized like this on Washington Journal. C-SPAN executives Susan Swain and Rob Kennedy, like network founder Brian Lamb before them, stonewall public complaint on this matter.]

Caller: "Concerning our foreign policy and our government, especially the Congress and a administration – a Republican administration most likely. Are they going to listen to the American people and their reduction in standard of living or are they going to listen to the Israeli lobby and force us to go to further wars in the Middle East?"

[In order to inform viewers, host should have at least asked something like this of the caller: "What news sources or commentators are most influential in helping form your opinions?"]

Guest: "The caller has raised a familiar issue. Suffice is to say that I do not think it was any lobby, Israeli or otherwise, that led us to respond as strongly as we did to an act of terrorism that emanated from Afghanistan. We should not have taken our eye off the ball in Afghanistan and we should not be there twelve and a half years later and there is a long story as to why we are there twelve and a half years later. It certainly was not any external lobby that led us to war in Iraq. That was, in my opinion, a homegrown act of folly committed by people who should have known better. So, I think that we have only ourselves to blame for the situation in which we now find ourselves. I wish I could point to some external force that has led us to make mistake after mistake, but I think we ought to look inward for that."

March 18, 2014 – 7:09 AM

Host: STEVE SCULLY (sscully@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: U.S. sanctions on Russia – is it enough?

Caller: Kathleen from Dayton, Ohio (click here to view).

This obsessively anti-Israel caller – whose lengthy, uninterrupted rants are always indulged – is again allowed to violate C-SPAN's ostensible one-call-per-30-days rule.  She called only two days prior as "Kathleen from Athens, Ohio" (March 16 – 7:06 AM, click here to view) during a segment also hosted by Scully. Would C-SPAN have people believe that Scully did not recognize from only two days prior, Kathleen's highly distinctive voice and similar spiel? Notice the unusual opening dialogue between Steve and Kathleen. This is a suspicious departure from the norm in which C-SPAN hosts obtain caller's name and location from a computer screen. Scully previously had indulged this caller on Sept. 8, 2013 (click here to view).

Host: "Good morning, where are you calling from?"

Caller: "I'm calling from Dayton, Ohio."

Host: "Yes. Go ahead please – and your name?"

Caller. "My name is Kathleen."

Host: "Hi Kathleen."

Caller: "Hey, you know, the question I have with President Obama – and really many of our presidents – is that when we scream about – well, Obama wasn't screaming – the territorial integrity and the international law, and you know we applied it there – to [Russian President] Putin – but don't apply it to Israel in regards to the West Bank and international law with regards to Israel. You guys just had a recent special on C-SPAN called "Reassessing the U.S.-Israel relationship ." I encourage people to come to your Web site – on Washington Journal – and watch it. There's a double standard about application of certain international laws in regard to Putin but not when it comes to Israel. Those double standards don't fly in the rest of the world. There's hardly been a whisper on MSNBC or anywhere about the Obama meeting with [Palestinian President] Abbas. So, what's with this all the silence on that issue?"

Host: "Okay. We did cover that story yesterday in the Washington Times ..."

March 18, 2014 – 7:21 AM

Host: STEVE SCULLY (sscully@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: U.S. sanctions on Russia – is it enough?

Caller: David from Vancouver, Washington (click here to view).

[CAMERA has monitored two priors from this caller, each of which irrationally blamed the Jewish people for the problem at hand, as he does here: Feb. 25, 2013 – 9:48 AM (click here to view) and Dec. 26, 2013 – 7:19 AM (click here to view).]

Caller: "I would ask your viewers, what would they expect President Obama to do if Russian KBG provocateurs stirred up problems in Quebec, Canada in order to put Russian missiles on the U.S. border? [Russian President] Putin is defending Russia against a Project for a New American Century plan to put NATO at Russia's front door. He's got to respond the way he has. It's ironic that the vote count has been overwhelming in favor of Crimea rejoining Russia. The Zionist neocon Jews are behind all of this."

NOTE: Host terminates the call at this point with no comment. No objection is made to the antisemitic boilerplate "Zionist neocon" or the basic conspiracy theorist assertion that "Jews are behind all of this." All of what? Russia's invasion of the Ukraine, President Obama's objection to it, or long-standing U.S. policy favoring a "Europe united and free" with an expanded NATO supporting that freedom? A 10-second delay mechanism – as is commonly used in call-in programs – would have avoided this defamation of the Jewish people. Jews are the only ethnic/religious group routinely vilified on Washington Journal, documented by CAMERA's C-SPAN Watch going back to 2008.
 
March 16, 2014 – 7:06 AM

Host: STEVE SCULLY (sscully@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: What should America's role in the world be?

Caller: Kathleen from Athens, Ohio (click here to view).

[This caller typically is allowed a two-minute uninterrupted rant. She has been indulged by C-SPAN in numerous calls in which she has always assailed Israel and U.S. foreign policy. Her easily recognized voice has been heard on Washington Journal variously identifying herself as: "Ann," "Mary," "Rebecca," "Patricia," "Jackie," "Kay," "Kate," "Kathleen." Never does C-SPAN challenge false "illegal settlements" allegations, like those raised here, defaming Israel. Likewise, a logically invalid comparison of Israel with Russia is tacitly accepted by a host who seems to be uninformed, disinterested and/or biased.]

Caller: "I agree with the Tweeter – I guess it was the Tweeter. You know, we've got to walk the talk and the whole world has to be laughing at us in regard to John Kerry who voted for the 2002 Iraq War resolution. We are lecturing about not invading another country when we have this very horrific scene that we have left in Iraq with unaccounted debt. The (indistinct) report said it was 600,000 in 2006. And of course there has been a lot of muck and mire around that – people undermining that report. Obama should be playing hardball with Israel. I mean, If Israel wants peace they got to get back to that ‘67 border, they got to take down illegal settlements or we're heading towards the one-state, one-person, one-vote. I mean, Obama – we need to walk the talk. If you're going to lecture Russia, you have to lecture Israel about illegal settlements in a big way and stand our ground. But also – the Iraq invasion really, really undermines our position in the world and our national security. So, the big thing is walk the talk. But I hope Obama starts playing hardball with Israel."

Host: "Kathleen from Athens, Ohio."
 
NOTE: The claim that Jewish settlements on the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) are illegal under international law, though often made, is erroneous. As CAMERA has pointed out repeatedly, for example, fundamental international law in this case, including the 1920 San Remo Treaty, 1922 League of Nations' Palestine Mandate (Article 6 calls for "close Jewish settlement on the land" west of the Jordan River) and 1945 U.N. Charter (Chapter 12, Article 80) among other measures all recognized the right of Jews to live in any part of what was British Mandatory Palestine. No international law has abrogated that right, as Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop noted recently when she questioned what relevant measure outlawed settlements. But informed challenges of callers' anti-Israel declarations generally seem beyond the reach or inclination of C-SPAN hosts.

March 13, 2014 – 7:12 AM

Host: GRETA BRAWNER (gbrawner@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: President Obama warns Russiaof “cost” in Ukraine.

Caller: John from California(click here to view).

[Caller “John from California”is actually James Morris – a serial blame-Israel Washington Journal phoner (72 calls monitored by CAMERA since Dec. 13, 2008). Here again, Morris is allowed to violate C-SPAN's ostensible one-call-per-30-days rule having called March 1, 2014 – 7:14 PM (click here to view) as “Tim from Los Angeles” with a rant virtually identical to today's rant. Irrationally, Morris obsessively blames Israel for all Middle East conflicts and now, as well, for the Russia/Ukraine conflict.]

Caller Morris: “Thank you for taking my call. I think this is incredible. You have the Project for a New American Century with Victoria Nuland and Robert Kagan. You have neoconservatives meddling in Ukraine. President Obama was supposed to be different from the neocon administration of George W. Bush. Obviously, he is not. We are taking this to the brink of World War III with what … The neoconservatives can't stand Russia because they did not go along with the wars for Israel against Syria and Iran. Go to [cites antisemitic, anti-Israel Web site supported and contributed to by Morris] America better wake up to the neoconservatives hijacking our country and the Zionist-Jewish ...”

Host (belated cutoff): “Alright we'll leave it there, John.”

March 13, 2014 – 7:41 AM

Host: GRETA BRAWNER (gbrawner@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: President Obama warns Russiaof “cost” in Ukraine.

Caller: Audrey from Hartford, Connecticut (click here to view).

[Caller absurdly connects American financial support of Israel to an alleged failure of America to adequately support Ukraine and even more absurdly, makes preposterous claims about Israel's wealth. At C-SPAN, the most preposterous claims about Israel are nearly always accepted without challenge as CAMERA's C-SPAN Watch has documented continuously since November 2008 in nearly a thousand phone calls.]

Caller: “I really feel strongly that we should give more support, primarily monetarily, to the Ukraine. People do have their memories failing them when they remember what Stalin did to these people. I think over 13 million people died for him. So we can forget history. I think what bothers me most is that we continue to give the three something billions of dollars to Israel who is the 11th or 12th richest country in the world, and we don't expect anything from them. They continue to build settlements. They do what they want. Yet we continue year after year to give them billions and billions of dollars. Yet here we have a struggling importance country that would love to be part of the West. I mean, what we went through with the Cold War all those years. You know, this [Ukraine] is a big country. This would be so important to bring them over to us and to a democratic, decent society. They need help I realize. But we need to give them a lot more money to get them going on their situation.”

[Host has no comment.]

[Caller's assertion about Israel's wealth, typically accepted fecklessly without question by a C-SPAN host, is a whopper of a lie. In terms of total wealth of countries, according to “World's Richest Countries” listing,  Israel at 48th is well behind Algeria, Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Iran and so on. In terms of wealth per capita, according to Forbes, Israel ranks 29th which is well behind South Korea, Spain, Finland, Iceland, Taiwan, Bahamas, Sweden and so-on.

Furthermore, caller's aspersions concerning America's aid to Israel speak to ignorance as to the mutually beneficial relationship between America and Israel. Three points are relevant here. First, financial (military only) aid to Israel constitutes only a tiny portion of the federal budget (less than 0.1 percent). Second, Israel is required by U.S.law to spend most (74 percent) of the U.S.aid ($3 billion per year) in the United States for the purchase of military materials which helps create or sustain thousands of American jobs. Third, cooperative arrangements with Israel provide technology benefits to America related to unmanned aircraft, anti-missile defenses, battlefield medical techniques – and intelligence on anti-U.S. as well as anti-Israeli Arab and Islamic radicals.]

NOTE: Caller expresses outrage concerning, “They [Israel] continue to build settlements.” First, the activity related to “building of settlements” is actually confined to expansion within existing “settlements” due to natural growth. In deference to external political pressure, there is no “building of settlements” as such. Objections to “settlements” are commonly based on alleged illegalities, alleged injustices or politics. But there is no international law that declares settlements illegal. The Jewish people's return to their ancient homeland, including what is now known as the “West Bank,” was not theft but repossession, as both the British Balfour Declaration in 1917 and League of Nations' Palestine Mandate in 1922 recognized. Article 6 of that Mandate calls for "close Jewish settlement" on the land west of the Jordan River. Article 6 is incorporated by Article 80 of the U.N. Charter, sometimes referred to as "the Palestinearticle." The United States endorsed the mandate, including Article 6, in the 1924 Anglo-American Convention.

The Arab population of the territory that became Israel, sparse in the late Ottoman period, grew rapidly as Jewish settlement improved health and economic conditions. There never was a sovereign Arab state from which Israel took land. As for the West Bank (Judea and Samaria), Israel gained this territory in a successful war of self-defense in 1967 and it remains to be allocated according to negotiations about legitimate Jewish and Arab claims under U.N. Security Council resolutions 242 and 338.

Jewish villages and towns built in the West Bank since 1967 are no more illegal than areas built since then in previously existing Arab villages and towns. The large majority of Jewish settlements have been built on property that was classified state or waste land during Ottoman, British, Jordan and Israeli rule. It is on just such land, and that purchased privately, that the mandate encouraged Jewish settlement.

March 13, 2014 – 7:59 AM

Host: GRETA BRAWNER (gbrawner@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Guest: VICKY HARTZLER, U.S. Representative (R-Missouri), member Armed Services Committee.

Topic: U.S.defense priorities.

Caller: Rachel from California (click here to view).

[A C-SPAN host typically indulges this anti-America, anti-Israel, pro-Syria, pro-Russia rant from the obsessively anti-Israel caller of many aliases. CAMERA has monitored 42 calls from this person since December 2008.]

Caller: “I want to go back to a caller [Morris] that called in the first segment. What he said is true. This is a Project for the New American Century and the Jewish-Zionist agenda for wars for Israel. But we will not support a war in Syria. What that is all about, they want to push us into a war in Syria because they want us to get as into a war with Iran. This is going to be very dangerous. We should stay out of it. I am a Syrian-American. I am also part Russian. Putin is a really good leader. Let him do with Russia what he wants to do with Russia. We should stay out of it. George Washington warned us to stay out of foreign entanglements and we are kind of playing a very dangerous game if we get into a World War III and you can go to [cites James Morris' antisemitic, anti-Israel Web site].”

Host: “Okay, so Rachel, is that where you're getting this information?”

Caller: “I'm getting it from there and also the guardian and also RT [Russia Today] and also Al-Jazeera [TV channel owned and operated by Islamic fundamentalist rulers of wealthy Arab sheikdom of Qatar].”

Host: “Alright. That was Rachel in California. Any response to what she had to say?”

Guest: “Not really. I think there's a lot of separate issues we could talk about from Iranto Syria to Russia.”

Host: “Is there any connection between what we're doing in Russia and the situation in Syria and Israeland Iran?

Guest: “There is a connection, obviously, and that we have been working with Putin in order to try to alleviate the chemical warfare situation, chemical weapons in Syria. And certainly there are some potential implications in how we deal with Syria and Iranif we sever relationships with Putin as a result of Ukraine. So, that is something to consider in the whole scheme of the situation.”

March 4, 2014 – 7:33 AM

Host: JOHN MCARDLE (jmcardle@eenews.net, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org). Guest host McArdle is a reporter for E & E Publishing which is mainly concerned with energy and climate policy.

Topic: President Obama releases 2015 budget today.

Caller: Phil from Stinesville, Indiana (click here to listen).

[Caller “Phil” provides the obligatory irrational casting of blame on Israel – a constant in such Washington Journal discussions. Another constant is Journal's journalistic malpractice in failing to scrutinize highly questionable negative claims about Israel.]

Host: “Your budget priority for fiscal 2015?”

Caller: “I think both parties should cut back and cut something but seems like Republicans have way too much military budget and the Democrats spend way too much on welfare. So we really need to cut back. People realize the consequences of the huge debt that we are destroying the value of the currency and it is making us as a country more and more poor. I think people on either end need to focus on ourselves for a while and get our fiscal house back in order.”

Host: “You mentioned military spending. Some information on that from … that came out last week on a preview from the Pentagon on their budget plan. The president wants to shrink the U.S. army to the lowest level since World War II and eliminate the popular A10 aircraft and reduce military benefits. The Pentagon budget for the 2015 fiscal year begins in October with an estimated 496 billion, about the same amount as the current fiscal year. Do you agree with those changes, or do you think it should be more or less?”

Caller: “I believe in a strong military but we have bases all over the world. We get involved in conflicts we should not. We are heavily involved in supporting Israel. They drive a lot of aggression over in the Middle East. I think we need to pick our battles. When you're sixteen or seventeen trillion dollars in debt, you really do not have the luxury to go and be the peacekeepers of the world. So, until we're in a better position financially, I really do not think we can afford to do what we are doing. So, we would be better off getting ourselves in a better financial situation and be more secure militarily even if we stop having bases all over the world and getting involved in other conflicts.”

Host: “That's Phil from Indiana this morning.”

NOTE: Of all America's allies, the caller singles out only Israel for blame. The caller says, "They [Israel] drive a lot of aggression over in the Middle East." What aggression does Israel drive in the Middle East? In Syria? In Egypt? In Lebanon? In Iraq? In Pakistan? In Afghanistan? Host McArdle, typical practitioner of Washington Journal's Journalistic malpractice, doesn't ask, doesn't challenge the caller's preposterous anti-Israel claim.

Caller says, "We are heavily involved in supporting Israel." But the United States has had tens of thousands of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan who have suffered many casualties. What's the number of U.S. troops that have been stationed or are now stationed in Israel? None. McArdle typically fails to scrutinize.

Is U.S. support of Israel less beneficial than that for other recipients of U.S. support? Consider votes in the U.N. over the last several years that coincided with U.S. votes? Israel – 90 percent, all other recipients of U.S. support are under 20 percent – Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, Philippines and so-on.

No one tells C-SPAN viewers of the mutually beneficial relationship between America and Israel. At least three points are relevant here. First, financial (it is military only) aid to Israel constitutes only a tiny portion of the federal budget (less than 0.1 percent). Second, Israel is required by U.S. law to spend most (74 percent) of the U.S. aid (which totals $3 billion per year) in the United States for the purchase of military materials which helps create or sustain thousands of American jobs. Third, cooperative arrangements with Israel provide technology benefits to America related to unmanned aircraft, anti-missile defenses, battlefield medical techniques – and intelligence on anti-U.S. as well as anti-Israeli Arab and Islamic radicals.

March 1, 2014 – 7:14 PM

Host: JOHN MCARDLE (jmcardle@eenews.net, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Guest host McArdle is a reporter for E & E Publishing which is mainly concerned with energy and climate policy.

Topic: President Obama warns Russia on military action in Ukraine.

Caller: Tim from Los Angeles, California (click here to listen).

[Caller “Tim” is actually James Morris – a serial blame-Israel Washington Journal phoner (71 calls since Dec. 13, 2008). Evidently, no Morris rant condemning Israel is sufficiently preposterous  to warrant a timely cutoff by the Journal which is a practitioner of chronic journalistic malpractice. Here, Morris casts blame on Israel in connection with the Ukrainian crisis.]

Caller Morris: “I'd like to find out why there's no talk about Victoria Nuland [of State Department] and how she's married to the PNAC guy and neocon Robert Kagan. He is a Zionist with the Project for the New American Century [PNAC].”

Host: “Do you have a comment about the action in Ukraine? Ukraine is what we're talking about this morning on the Washington Journal.”

Caller Morris: “This is all about Ukraine. It's the Project for the New American Century like I said before. It's meddling in Ukraine to get at Russia because Russia does not support the war for Israel against Syria and Iran. Victoria Nuland was meddling in there. You can hear the wiretap that came out. Why doesn't C-SPAN talk about how she is married to the neoconservative Robert Kagan who is with the Project for the New American Century?”

Host: “That was Tim [James Morris] from Los Angeles this morning. We' re talking about the ongoing situation in the Ukraine. We want to hear your response to the president's speech yesterday that we just played…”

March 1, 2014 – 7:44 AM

Host: JOHN MCARDLE (jmcardle@eenews.net, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Guest host McArdle is a reporter for E & E Publishing which is mainly concerned with energy and climate policy.

Topic: President Obama warns Russia on military action in Ukraine.

Caller: Sarah from Short Hills, New Jersey (click here to listen).

Caller: “I' m a Democrat but I wholly agree with the last caller from Massachusetts, a Republican [‘It's unfortunate, in Syria, he (President Obama) played his hand wrong. He drew that line and the line was crossed and he did not do anything. Maybe he should not have said that if he did not mean it. You have to mean what you say']. I want to say that I listen to Washington Journal a lot and it does not matter what subject you are talking about, somebody calls in and blames Israel. You had a caller before [James Morris] who blamed Israel for what is going on in the Ukraine. It is just crazy. You guys never stop them from saying these ridiculous things. I just want that out there. I think you should look at your policies.

Host: “Well, Sarah, what do you think that the United States should do right now? Did you watch the president's speech yesterday?”

Caller: “I watched what you just showed. I do think that the president should stand strong and I agree with the last caller. We had an opportunity; the president drew a red line in Syria. Whether he should have or not, he did it. Then when he backed off of it and his weak leadership around the world, this is what happens. The last caller correctly said, when the United States does not lead, we slip into the abyss. I'm a Democrat. He is my president. But I wish he were a stronger leader and actually follow through. This is a great country. We are good people. We need to show that around the world because people around the world are hungering for American leadership.”

Host: “That was Sarah. It will be our last call in the segment.”


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