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C-SPAN Watch


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C-SPAN’s Washington Journal: A Platform for Defaming Israel and the Jewish People
 
Thoughtful, informed callers are urged to phone Washington Journal for airing on the broadcast in order to help balance off numerous Journal callers dedicated to defaming Israel and the Jewish people. C-SPAN often later repeats on the same day one or more of the Journal 7-10 AM live segments including the phone calls.
 
Phone numbers for on-air calls to Washington Journal:
 
(Oct. 26 2014)Republicans 202-585-3881, Democrats 202-585-3880, Independents 202-585-3882. In addition, another line, 202-585-3883, is occasionally offered for other categories such as "outside United States." Democrats 202-624-1115, Republicans 202-624-1111, Independents 202-624-0760. 
 
Phone numbers current in 2018:
 
Starting in December 2014, a new set of numbers is being used: Democrats 202-748-8000, Republicans 202-748-8001, Independents 202-748-8002, other 202-748-8003.
 
Note: A number of callers to Washington Journal, using the Republican line, voice un-Republican sounding political positions. This usage of the Republican line is probably prompted by callers experiencing the much busier Democrat and Independent lines. Otherwise, contact C-SPAN at journal@c-span.org, https://facebook.com/cspan or @cspanwj [https://twitter.com/cspanwj]. A line for recording your Washington Journal comments is provided at 202-626-3400. Selected comments are aired from time to time on C-SPAN and C-SPAN2.
 
C-SPAN has an audience of potentially millions of weekly viewers – making it an information source of considerable influence. Its flagship program is Washington Journal, broadcast daily from 7-10 a.m.
 
In recent years, the program has become a platform for anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic callers who are rarely, if ever, interrupted or challenged by the channel’s hosts. The themes of many such callers are the stereotypical charges of Jewish manipulation of U.S. foreign policy and the U.S. economy, and Israeli oppression of Arabs. The callers frequently promote anti-Zionist, anti-Semitic Web sites by name, encouraging listeners to visit. Among these are American sites as well as Iran's PressTV site.

Occasionally, guest speakers – journalists, authors, academics, government officials – offer information that counters these distortions and falsehoods. But C-SPAN hosts themselves almost invariably sit mute or even, at times, reinforce the bigoted rants. It's left to the occasional pro-Israel caller, sometimes self-identified Christians, to provide moments of rationality. No other ethnic or religious group has been subjected to such continuous and virulent defamation on the network.

Moreover, to date, C-SPAN has stonewalled all efforts to discuss this problem, while the hate-filled calls continue.

C-SPAN was created as a public service to provide Americans with unfiltered access to the political process, including airing Congressional sessions, hearings, press conferences, interviews and the like. It describes its mission and funding this way:

C-SPAN is a private, non-profit company, created in 1979 by the cable television industry as a public service. Our mission is to provide public access to the political process. C-SPAN receives no government funding; operations are funded by fees paid by cable and satellite affiliates who carry C-SPAN programming.

Below is a chronology of anti-Semitic and/or extreme anti-Zionist utterances by C-SPAN callers beginning in November 2008. Although C-SPAN supposedly enforces a 30-day rule to prevent individuals from calling more than once a month, this policy is often flouted with regard to anti-Israel/anti-Semitic callers. Two individuals, in particular, have been heard frequently – giving different names and hometowns – with C-SPAN hosts allowing them on the air. In the listing, the term "frequent caller" designates someone who is heard more often than once a month. Again, the hosts make no effort to deny these callers access to C-SPAN listeners.
 
Current Washington Journal hosts:
 
STEVE SCULLY is C-SPAN's political editor and senior executive producer [sscully@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org, @SteveScully, @cspanwj, facebook.com/cspan ].

KIMBERLY ATKINS, Boston Herald newspaper chief Washington reporter and columnist [journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org, @cspanwj, facebook.com/cspan].

GEOFF BENNETT, political reporter for the Washington, D.C. bureau of Time Warner Cable News [geoffb.tv@gmail.com, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org, @cspanwj, facebook.com/cspan].

GRETA BRAWNER [gbrawner@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org, Twitter: @gretabrawner (https://twitter.com/gretabrawner), @cspanwj, facebook.com/cspan].

PEDRO ECHEVARRIA [pechevarria@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org, @PLEchevarria, @cspanwj, facebook.com/cspan ].

JOHN MCARDLE [jmcardle@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org, @cspanMcArdle, @cspanwj, facebook.com/cspan ].

YLAN MUI [Currently inactive]. Washington Post financial reporter [journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org, @ylanmui, @cspanwj, facebook.com/cspan ].

PAUL ORGEL [porgel@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org, @PaulLOrgel, @cspanwj, facebook.com/cspan ].

BILL SCANLAN [bscanlan@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org, @bscanlanCSPAN, @cspanwj, facebook.com/cspan ].

PETER SLEN [pslen@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org, @pslen, @cspanwj, facebook.com/cspan ].

Note: The Twitter Web page address short form (or "handle") @username means access https://twitter.com/username or the Web page may be found by googling the "handle". Example from list above: @SteveScully is https://twitter.com/SteveScully or find the Web page by googling @SteveScully
The Twitter message, or "tweet," is limited to140 characters.
 
 
Videos of C-SPAN Washington Journal segments may be viewed here

 

CAMERA's Chronicle of Anti-Israel and Anti-Semitic Comment on C-SPAN's Washington Journal

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
October-December 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

July-August 2009

 
 
C-SPAN and its patrons (2018)
 
The network describes its origin and mode of funding as, “C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network) is a private non-profit company, created in 1979 by the cable television industry as a public service. C-SPAN receives no government funding; operations are funded by fees paid by cable and satellite affiliates who carry C-SPAN programming.”

Among these affiliates are Comcast and Time Warner, who between them have approximately two-thirds of the nation's cable and satellite subscribers.

The major executives of these companies are:

Comcast Corporation Chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts
Comcast Cable Company (a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation) CEO Dave Watson Email: dave_watson@comcast.com.
Comcast Corporation
Comcast Center1701 JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-286-1700
 
Time Warner Spectrum CEO Jeffery L. Bewkes and Executive Vice President Howard M. Averill. Email: Howard.Averill@timewarner.com
Time Warner Cable
60 Columbus Ave.
New York, NY 10023
 
C-SPAN's Board of Directors (2018) Seven-member Executive Committee:
 
Brian Lamb, Executive Chairman
C-SPAN
400 N. Capitol St., NW
Suite 650
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-737-3220
 
Rocco Commisso, Chairman and CEO
Mediacom LLC
One Mediacom Way
Chester, New York 10918
Phone: 877-847-6221
 
Pat Esser, President
Cox Communications
6205-B Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: 888-278-6660 or 866-961-0027
 
John Evans, Chairman and CEO
Evans Telecommunications
25 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
Phone: 202-222-2300
 
Pat McAdaragh, President and CEO
Midcontinent Communications (MidCo)
PO Box 5010
Sioux Falls, SD 57117
Phone: 800-888-1300
 
Tom Rutledge, President and CEO
Charter Communications
400 Atlantic Street
Stamford, CT 06901
Phone: 203-905-7800
 
Dave Watson, President and CEO
Comcast Cable
Comcast Corporation
Comcast Center
1701 JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-286-1700
 
The other members of the Board:
 
Allan Block, Chairman of the Board
Block Communications, Inc.
405 Madison Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43604-1224
Phone: 419-724-6212
 
Steven Cochran, Chief Executive Officer/President
Wideopenwest Networks, LLC
7887 East Belleview Avenue
Englewood, Colorado 80111
Phone: 720-479-3500
 
Jeffrey DeMond, Chief Executive Officer
Vyve Broadband
One Manhattanville Road
Purchase, New York 10577
Phone: 855-367-8983
 
Rich Fickle, President and CEO
National Cable TV Cooperative
11200 Corporate Avenue
Lenexa, Kansas 66219-1392
Phone: 913-599-5900
 
Dexter Goei, President of the Board
Altice N.V.
1585 Broadway
New York, New York 10036
Phone: 212-761-4000
 
Amos Hostetter, Chairman
Pilot House Associates
32 Atlantic Ave.
Boston, Massachusetts 02110
Phone: 617-854-3406 or 617 742-9500
 
Julie Laulis, President and CEO
Cable One
210 East Earll Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: 602-364-6000 or 877-692-2253
 
Robert Miron, Chairman of Advance/Newhouse, NCTA
25 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20001
Phone: 202-222-2300
Email: mediaoutreach@ncta.com or info@ncta.com
 
Others:
 
For Verizon FIOS:
CEO Lowell McAdam.
Verizon Communications Inc.
1095 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212-395-1000
 
For AT&T DirecTV:
CEO John Stankey
AT&T
295 North Maple Ave
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Phone: 908-221-2000
 
C-SPAN's chief executives are Susan Swain (sswain@c-span.org) and Rob Kennedy(rkennedy@c-span.org).

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