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C-SPAN September – December 2017


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The following entries involve non-trivial references (direct or indirect) to Israel or Jews
 
Send your comments about C-SPAN's platform for the defamation of Israel and Jews to CAMERA:  c-span-watch@camera.org
 

October 13, 2017 – 7:05 a.m.

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

Topic: Viewer comments on news of the day (most calls involve health care insurance).

Caller: Charlie from Carling, New York (click here to view).
 
Caller: “Well, certainly the health care issue is an important issue. But I don't think some people have mentioned that this will take years for changes to be made. But I'd like to question one item that wasn't brought up -- the United States and Israel indicated that they are withdrawing from UNESCO [United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization]. They say that's because of their bias against Israel. It should be clear that there is a lot of money going to Israel. In fact, it is money that goes to military use. It is beyond belief. People need to understand that the Netanyahu government there and the Likud Party does not represent all of the Israeli citizens.”

Note: The Washington Post reported, “The United States will withdraw from UNESCO at the end of next year, the State Department said Thursday [October 12], to stop accumulating unpaid dues and make a stand on what it said is anti-Israel bias at the U.N.'s educational, science and cultural organization…”

Host: “Charlie, does it make any difference to you that the United States withheld $6 million from UNESCO in 2011 [by Obama administration]?”

Caller: “That definitely is an important piece of information. But the fact they are using no differently than people who were boycotting and who were overturning boycotted goods going to Israel. It just seems that Israel has too much influence and the biggest lobby in the United States is AIPAC.”

Host: “Charlie in New York this morning, thank you. The State Department is talking about its decision to exit UNESCO … this reflects American concerns … and about anti-Israel bias. We want to hear your thoughts.”

NOTE: First, regarding caller's misleading message, “Israel has too much influence and the biggest lobby in the United States is AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee],” here are the facts: AIPAC is the best known single pro-Israel group. Yet the key component of support for Israel is represented by continuing majority support among the American people for Israel especially among the sizable community of Christian Zionists.

Furthermore, much greater political clout is wielded by, for example, the American Association of Retired Persons, labor unions, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the dairy farmers' lobby or the National Rifle Association. A lobbying heavy-weight that is rarely, if ever, brought up in a C-SPAN Washington Journal discussion, is the petro-dollar funded anti-Israel pro-Arab lobby, whose influence is felt not only on Capitol Hill, the State Department and Pentagon, through multi-billion dollar weapons purchases but also in academia, with large-scale grants to prominent universities and think tanks, and in society in general through subsidies and material support to mosques, religious schools and advocacy groups.

Regarding caller's message that “… a lot of money going to Israel. In fact, it is money that goes to military use” – first, it is well known that financial aid to Israel is for military purposes only. The current arrangement provides for $3.3 billion annually for weapons, including jet fighter aircraft, with $500 million for missile defense. This aid to Israel constitutes only a tiny portion of the federal budget (less than 0.1 percent). Further, the aid dollars must be used to purchase military materials in the United States 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-Israel Arab and Islamic radicals.

It's not surprising that former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen called the relationship with Israel “absolutely critical” to U.S. national security. Additionally, Israel, with less than nine million people, is America's 20th largest customer (larger than Russia or Spain). Consider votes in the United Nations over the last several years that coincided with U.S. votes – Israel sided with the United States 90 percent of the time, all other recipients of U.S. support stood at less than 20 percent – Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, Philippines and others.

Moreover, an extensive real-cost study published February 2017 explodes the myth that Israel is the largest beneficiary of U.S. military aid money by showing that Israel ranks below Japan, Germany, South Korea and Italy. Furthermore, realistic cost analysis would show that while America has spent trillions of dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the blood of U.S. troops – Israel does not require U.S. troops while it battles the same enemy – the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Lebanon components of the world wide Islamist militancy.

Obviously, Israel is the best bargain the American taxpayer has in terms of U.S. aid to any nation.

October 13, 2017 – 7:58 a.m.

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

Topic: Viewer comments on news of the day (most calls involve health care insurance).

Caller: Anna from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (click here to view).

Note: Typically for C-SPAN's Washington Journal program, a conspiracy mongering caller's false, anti-Israel claim is accepted without comment by a host who often interacts vigorously regarding claims unrelated to Israel or Jews. Above, there's a slight exception (7:05 a.m. entry) to this rule.

Caller: “I have three points. The first one is – I'm shocked that they put the former president in charge of the hurricane funds. President Clinton took the money from the Haitian People. The second thing is -- the first gentleman on today [7:05 a.m. caller “Charlie”] talked about Israel. That is a forbidden subject. We don't know how much money or arms we give them and we are not supposed to be that closely allied with anybody. And, the third thing -- if you can have somebody on to explain the Federal Reserve's [indiscernible] the other banks in Europe are privately owned and all under the influence. Everybody is scared about [indiscernible] get it in the open, thank you.”

Host: “[Next caller] Go ahead.”

NOTE: The caller's detached-from-reality message is unchallenged regarding Israel. The caller is incorrect about so much. The U.S.-Israel financial relationship is completely public (it has to be approved by Congress). It certainly is not a forbidden subject. The news media often reports on it. The 7:05 a.m. entry above contains the essential details about the amount and purposes of the aid.

October 11, 2017 – 8:17 a.m.

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

Guest: BLAISE MISZTAL, Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center's national security program.

Topic: President Trump's expected decision to “decertify” the Iran nuclear deal.

Caller: Jack from Rhode Island.

NOTE: The 8:22 anti-Israel, defamatory caller Gary (entry below) wrongly implies that this caller, Jack, vilifies Israel.

Caller: “The country that has the problem with Iran is Israel. Israel is a technological super state, however, they are very small, basically the size of Rhode Island. All you need is two nuclear warheads, basically, to hit Israel, and Israel ceases to exist. Now, you cannot stop it. You can only slow it down. One other thing, too, Israel and Saudi Arabia today have a quiet alliance. They have to keep it quiet. Saudi Arabia is Sunni Muslim, Iran is Shia Muslim. They are at each other's throats.”

Guest: “You're right, Jack, there is no way to put the genie back in the bottle. There is no way to make Iran nuclear scientists forget how to build a nuclear enrichment program, how to construct a nuclear weapon. That is why the inspections part is really key to any nonproliferation regime. In fact, every signatory of the nonproliferation treaty, which is every country except five in the world right now, accepts concessions…”

October 11, 2017 – 8:22 a.m.

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

Guest: BLAISE MISZTAL, Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center's national security program.

Topic: President Trump's expected decision to “decertify” the Iran nuclear deal.

Caller: Gary from Atlanta, Georgia (click here to view).
 
Note: Typically for C-SPAN's Washington Journal, a caller's propagandistic vilification of Israel is accepted without comment by both host and guest.

Caller: “Listen, I just wanted to say that the gentleman from Rhode Island hit the nail on the head. This is all about Israel. This is the same stuff we heard leading up to the war in Iraq. It is the same talk. What they want to do is they want to bomb 80 million people over there and make Iran look just like Iraq. That is what they want to do. Israel, well, it has got nuclear weapons. Nobody said nothing. They have more weapons per capita than any other country in the world, but nobody says anything. It was the Israelis who introduced terrorism to the Middle East when they chased out the British. Now everybody adopted it. Israel has a heavy hand. They have used a heavy hand and all the countries in the Middle East feel uncomfortable with Israel having nuclear weapons.”

Note: Caller, anxious to vilify Israel, incorrectly implies that the 8:17 a.m. caller vilified Israel.

Host: “Okay, Gary. Thanks.”

Guest: “It is important to point out that Iran's nuclear program is far more advanced than we ever thought Saddam Hussein's was in Iraq. There are three elements to a nuclear weapon. The material you need, which is either uranium or plutonium, you need to know how to build the nuclear weapon itself and make a nuclear chain reaction, and you have a need of ballistic missiles delivering the nuclear weapon. We know that Iran has developed all three of those. We have credible evidence. They were modeling nuclear weapons and testing high explosives. We have seen ballistic missiles that Iran has tested. This is a very real program with no doubt where Iran is headed.”

Host: “Do we accept other nations having nuclear programs? Is that something we can approach with Iran, just living with the idea that they have a program?”

Guest: “We do not accept other nations having programs. The nonproliferation treaty was signed, and grandfathered for the ones who already had it. That is the United States, the Soviet Union, now Russia, China, France, and Great Britain. The nonproliferation treaty said no more beyond the U.S., India and Pakistan. Israel is believed to have a nuclear program but has not confirmed to have nuclear weapons. But we really want to stop that there. We won't accept the breaking out, leaving behind the obligations and trying to get weapons. With North Korea, we do not accept North Korea having nuclear weapons. Denuclearization remains the policy. We will not ever accept a nuclear Iran.”

NOTE: Caller, exhibiting symptoms of the blame-the-Jews derangement syndrome, exonerates Iran's dangerous behavior as dangerous only to Israel, irrationally blames Middle East terrorism on Israel, and vilifies Israel's supposed nuclear weaponry program.

But in reality, Israel does not threaten other countries, as does Iran and others, with destruction and is perceived as highly unlikely to share any nuclear weaponry knowledge with any other country. Israel's purported nuclear weapons role is for deterrence in the volatile Middle East and is analogous to the role of America's nuclear weapons role in keeping the Cold War with the Soviet Union from turning hot. Israel, a close ally, consults with the United States on defense matters, including threats from Iran, Hezbullah or Hamas. Israel has not participated in the proliferation of nuclear weapons technology to other countries as have Pakistan, China, North Korea and, reportedly, Iran.

October 7, 2017 – 8:15 a.m.

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

Guest: EMILY TAMKIN, staff writer of Foreign Policy magazine.

Topic: The U.S. State Department and reports of tension between Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Trump.

Caller: Robert from Nashville, Tennessee (click here to view).

Note: Consistent with C-SPAN's Washington Journal journalistic malpractice, host Atkins, also a Fox News Channel contributor, accepts a caller's demonization of Israel. Is Atkins impartial towards Israel? As Boston Herald columnist she has written of the Israel-U.S. relationship. For example, her Feb. 16, 2017 page 4 Herald column, “Bibi, Trump smile for cameras in sham of support,” in which she misleadingly and sarcastically criticized both the President and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu.

Caller: “I agree with Secretary Tillerson as far as not dealing with those kinds of reports, even if he did say it. Everything is taken out of context. This is an example of the lowest common denominator. Obsessing, and you know, Washington and, you know, the media. And really, what is important are major issues. This is just a silly side issue. Like for example, is there anyone in the State Department or the Defense Department or the White House who is trying to take a more balanced approach towards the Israeli government keeping in mind that they are the ones sabotaging the peace process, yet they make it seem like it is the Palestinians. I am wondering if people are frustrated?”

Host: “Let's discuss this intrigue.”

Guest: “To the point that you agree he is right, Robert, in not dealing with the reports, and the question is to why hold a press briefing to deal with reports. That was my point. If you are going to hold a press briefing about calling him [President Trump] this word [moron], you'd think you would address it. Number two, I agree, that I would hope we could just discuss Cuba or Iran, but the reason people are so fixated on this is the relationship between the President and the Secretary of State and the morale of the State Department. That affects their ability to work on all of those issues. So, you know, number one, sure it is gossip, but on the other hand, there are very political impacts, and it is not just the State Department that you alluded to. The report from CBS News talks about Nikki Haley…”

Host (reading from newspaper): “In order to refute the negative report that Tillerson's tenure has been stormy in recent months, and while he did not knock down the report calling the President a moron, he faces other tensions, including national security advisor H.R. Mcmaster. In July, the two argued over decertifying the Iran nuclear deal for a second time... There are major issues being faced right now such as the ongoing threat from North Korea…”

NOTE: This caller “Robert” has previously demonized Israel on C-SPAN's Washington Journal without challenge. Here, while talking at length, neither host nor guest bother to refute or even question caller's anti-Israel propaganda about the need for a “more balanced approach towards the Israeli government keeping in mind that they are the ones sabotaging the peace process, yet they make it seem like it is the Palestinians.”

But the facts show that the Palestinian leaders rejected a peace solution with Israel in 2000, 2001 and 2008 and the current Palestinian Authority leadership insists on various conditions before peace negotiations can take place, including: Israel must accede to the demands that it accept heretofore unacceptable Palestinian pre-conditions such as refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and – "right of return" of millions of Arabs (nearly all of whom have never lived in Israel) which would result in engulfing Israel with Arab Muslims, making it unviable for Jews and effectively destroying it as a Western style democracy.

Moreover, obstructing peace is the brainwashing inflicted upon Palestinian Arabs by a steady stream of antisemitic, anti-Israel incitement from Palestinian media, mosques and schools in violation of Article 26 (2) of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as in violation of Israeli-Palestinian agreements. On the other hand, there is nothing in mainstream Jewish society anywhere relating to Arabs (or any ethnic/religious/racial group) that is remotely analogous to that found chronically in official Palestinian sources aimed at the destruction of Israel and Jews.

Therefore, the false claim that Israelis “are the ones sabotaging the peace process” is contradicted by the facts. And the refusal to accept Israel as a Jewish state is indicative of the pernicious attitude that 22 Arab Muslim states is fine but one Jewish state is one too many.

September 23, 2017 – 7:53 a.m.

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

Topic: Your news story of the week.

Caller: John from Milwaukee, Wisconsin (click here to view).

Note: Consistent with C-SPAN's Washington Journal journalistic malpractice, host Atkins, also a Fox News Channel contributor, indulges a lengthy rant from a caller demonizing U.S. policy including misleading viewers about the U.S.-Israel relationship. Atkins fails to interact with caller. Is Atkins impartial towards Israel? As Boston Herald columnist she has written of the Israel-U.S. relationship. For example, her Feb. 16, 2017 page 4 Herald column, “Bibi, Trump smile for cameras in sham of support,” in which she misleadingly and sarcastically criticized both the President and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu.

Caller: “I have three points I would like to make and will try to make them as quickly as I possibly can. The first one is regarding all of the rhetoric I have been hearing about North Korea. C-SPAN, will you please educate the American people about North Korea being the oldest war America has been involved in. They [United States] have invaded Korea, divided the country, the same thing they did to Vietnam. Vietnam kicked the United States out of the country and North Korea is trying to do that after America killed millions of North Koreans. My second point, you just had a clip about President Trump glorifying the American flag. Yet, he can sympathize with people marching down the street with a Confederate flag and a Nazi flag, which is vulgar and disrespectful to the American flag.

My last point, if America can send tens of billions of dollars to Israel so their citizens can have health care, why can't we afford to provide health care to the American people? Hypocrisy. Thank you.”

NOTE: Typically, a C-SPAN caller's unchallenged complaint, in addition to vilifying the United States, singles out only Israel from among all recipients of U.S. financial aid thereby misleading viewers. The key facts about the mutually beneficial U.S.-Israel relationship are listed below in the September 13 and September 21 entries dealing with this caller John's think-alike fellow traveler callers “Bill from Wisconsin” and “Gerry from Virginia.”

September 21, 2017 – 7:18 p.m.

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

Topic: The Republican health care proposal.

Caller: Bill from Wisconsin (click here to view).

Caller: “These Republicans give $40 billion to Israel and what type of insurance do they [Israelis] have? Government run health insurance paid for by our government. The guy from Florida who called … So they [Israelis] have government run health insurance paid by us but we can't have government run insurance for the American people. So, that guy in Florida is crazy.”

Host: “Caller from Marion, Ohio…”

NOTE: Caller “Bill from Wisconsin” falsely claims that the United States pays for the health insurance of Israelis. Although host Echevarria vigorously interacts with the majority of callers in this segment, he is silent to this off-topic caller's anti-Israel charge which is obviously false to any informed person. C-SPAN's chronic Washington Journal journalistic malpractice pertaining to the Jewish nation state again potentially misleads vulnerable C-SPAN viewers.

The key facts about the mutually beneficial U.S.-Israel relationship are listed below in the September 13 entry documenting Bill's think-alike, caller “Gerry from Virginia.”

September 13, 2017 – 7:14 a.m.

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

Topic: National debt passes $20 trillion – what would you cut?

Caller: Gerry (or Jerry) from Virginia (click here to view).

Note: In a detached-from-reality propagandistic rant, caller blames United States for “ridiculous wars against all over the planet that make people hate us” that are caused by the world-wide Islamist religious-based militancy and – singles out only Israel from among the numerous recipients of U.S. financial aid as to where to cut U.S. spending in order to help finance welfare spending. But financial aid to Israel is a relatively small amount and Israel is the best buy for the United States in foreign assistance (more below in the closing NOTE). Typically, a C-SPAN host remains silent thereby potentially misleading vulnerable viewers. This is symptomatic of C-SPAN's chronic Washington Journal journalistic malpractice.

Caller: “I'm just wondering why social spending, Social Security, that kind of thing, is always the problem that runs up our debt. We cannot even have a national health care system. But why is it okay for the Pentagon to spend more than half of our budget to fight these ridiculous wars all over the planet that make people hate us? In addition, we give Israel $40 billion, and they have cradle-to-grave socialized medicine. So, it just seems that the American people are getting punched in the face while the Pentagon is running rampant over the country.”

[End of caller's monologue]

Note: Additional funding for health care and entitlements can be found from other than foreign aid packages in wasted expenditures of local and federal government. If one, say, Googles, "where Michigan wastes millions" or "where federal government wastes millions and billions," hundreds, if not thousands, of items turn up that could yield millions or billions of dollars in recouped funds.

Host: “Gerry mentioned universal health care. Senator Bernie Sanders is set to introduce universal health care insurance legislation on that topic…”

NOTE: These are the facts about the U.S.-Israel financial agreement: The current military aid agreement provides for $3.3 billion annually for weapons, including jet fighter aircraft, with $500 million for missile defense. That's 38 billion over the next decade and the arrangement requires that all of the money is to be spent in the United States. Importantly, no American troops are or have ever been casualties fighting for Israel because Israel completely defends itself against all aggression (which has been plentiful).

Is the America-Israel relationship a mutually beneficial one? Several points are relevant. First, financial (it is military only) aid to Israel continues to constitute only a tiny portion of the federal budget (less than 0.1 percent). Further, the aid dollars must be used to purchase military materials in the United States 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-Israel Arab and Islamic radicals.

It's not surprising that former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen called the relationship with Israel “absolutely critical” to U.S. national security. Additionally, Israel, with less than nine million people, is America's 20th largest customer (larger than Russia or Spain). Consider votes in the United Nations over the last several years that coincided with U.S. votes – Israel sided with the United States 90 percent of the time, all other recipients of U.S. support stood at less than 20 percent – Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, Philippines and others.

Moreover, an extensive real-cost study published February 2017 explodes the myth that Israel is the largest beneficiary of U.S. military aid money by showing that Israel ranks below Japan, Germany, South Korea and Italy.  

Furthermore, a realistic cost analysis would show that while America has spent trillions of dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the blood of U.S. troops – Israel does not require U.S. troops while it battles the same enemy – the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Lebanon components of the world wide Islamist militancy.

Obviously, Israel is the best bargain the American taxpayer has in terms of U.S. aid to any nation.


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