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Media Analyses





C-SPAN January – April 2018


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The following entries involve non-trivial references 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
 

April 23, 2018 – 8:18 a.m.

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

Guest: John T. Bennett, White House correspondent for CQ Roll Call.

Guest: Erica Werner, Washington Post correspondent covering Congress.

Topic: The week ahead in Washington.

Caller: Maria from New Jersey (click here to view).

Note: Caller is not called out for making the phony dual-loyalty accusation against Jews. This is plainly antisemitic but typically for this program, the accusation is tacitly accepted. “Maria” is a repeat caller (see below) using the same script as before.

Caller: “I have three things I would like your guests to comment on. The first is, I think it is time to crush the old circus. Getting in the globalism thing has made us bankrupt and hated. We are in conflict around the world but the American people are not aware of it. I wanted to make a point that we are friends with Israel. We give them all our newest arms and they trade them to China. We have a five-eyes agreement with Great Britain and the Commonwealth where there is no separation of our intelligence. Effectively we have allowed our government to be re-colonized. One of our founding fathers said that if the American people know the truth, they will steer the country in the right way. I think it is the press's duty to bring all this information up so they [American people] can make up their minds. The last thing, is what is being done with the espionage charges for Debbie Wasserman Schultz with her Pakistani things? There are a lot of spies in our government and we ought to consider that nobody with dual citizenship should have a seat.”

John: “Well, I think it is no secret that the U.S is involved in a number of countries. There are operations we don't know about. This is something that President Trump ran on, to not be the world's policeman but as Erica said, when you get into the oval office, it is harder to untangle what is going on in U.S. involvement…The arms to Israel issue is always one that comes up. I imagine it will come up before the President's term is up again. It's just like President Obama who despite tensions with Prime Minister Netanyahu, there are record amounts of U.S. weapons to Israel, I think that will continue.

Congress is very much in favor of that. President trump is in favor of that, so I would not expect that to stop.”

Erica: “I'm not sure how much I have to add. The President campaigned on not intervening in conflicts around the world and there are many of those where the U.S. has traditionally for years played kind of a policing role and we are continuing to do that, despite the promises that Trump made during the campaign.”

Host: “Views like those of Senator Paul, is that widely shared?”

Erica: “Repeatedly, Senator Paul has angered his colleagues, including majority leader McConnell by pushing those views. There is a sentiment that he does that to get attention rather than from sincere belief. On the Pompeo nomination in particular, a lot of his fellow Republicans are pretty angry with him at the moment, that he is trying to hold up a nomination that is widely supported.”

Host: “There was a report that Senator Paul's resistance could sway over Democrats who are on the fence. Is there evidence of that?”

Erica: “I don't know how much influence Senator Paul has with Democrats. His views are pretty widely known and understood among his colleagues and tend to be contained to himself. He is not a member who tends to have wide influence with his colleagues.”

[Host transitions to next caller]

NOTE: First, caller's accusation, “We give them [Israel] all our newest arms and they trade them to China,” is a propagandistic distortion apparently based on events in 2005.

Caller seems to insinuate that Rep. Schultz since she is Jewish, automatically has Israeli citizenship meaning that she is subject to disloyalty and should not be allowed a seat in Congress. Caller is wrong, wrong, wrong. There's no such automatic citizenship. Phoner should have been challenged on this seemingly antisemitic swipe. But on Washington Journal, it's always open season on defaming the Jewish people and only the Jewish people and Israel. Such callers never, for instance, attack Congress members like Keith Ellison on the basis of disloyalty because he is a Koran-believing Muslim and presumably therefore believes that Islam has superseded Christianity and Judaism generally believed to be the basis of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

The record, clearly shown by video clips and transcripts at CAMERA's online feature, C-SPAN Watch, proves that Washington Journal routinely accepts callers' anti-Jewish racism and anti-Israel defamation including blaming Jews for problems throughout the world. No other ethnic or religious group has been subjected to such continuous and virulent defamation on the network. Israel is the only country defamed on a regular basis by a cadre of determined, indulged callers who are rarely challenged by hosts or guests.

Caller “Maria” phoned (see entry below) on March 17, 2018 (9:34 a.m.) (click here to view) with an anti-Israel rant, containing wild accusations that cannot be substantiated. It was typically accepted by host and even given credence by guest.

This same caller phoned (see entry) on March 7, 2012 (9:04 a.m.) (click here to view) identifying herself as Rose from New Jersey when she defamed Israel, including the same China charge discussed above. Host asked the guest at that time, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland),“What about the first part of the comment, that we give Israel some of our best weaponry?”

Sen. Cardin aptly replied, “We do. We share technology with Israel. We share technology with a lot of our NATO partners and our key allies. Israel, although not a NATO partner, is a key ally of the United States and we do share information. Quite frankly, they share information with us. Some of Israel's technology has helped advance America's security. They have been on the cutting edge of many of the technology advancements that has helped our defense.”

April 20, 2018 – 7:56 a.m.

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

Topic: Your top news story of the week?

Caller: Tony from Burleson, Texas (click here to view).

Note: Lunatic fringe caller is indulged as he spins a conspiracy theory claiming that Israel controls the U.S. government.

Caller: “I do think all of this stuff is just a distraction. All the heroin on the streets that seems to be flooding in and all this, it is taking away from how much control of our government that Israel seems to have. All of these wars to take our sights off the massive killings in countries like Yemen and Saudi Arabia. I do not understand how we are being so stupid to let Israel run our government and cause all these massive killings? It scares me that they have so much power over our government.”

Host: “Okay, Tony. Thank you for calling.”

NOTE: What is caller's information source (for this disinformation) about Israel? Does caller blame Israel for the Syrian civil war that since 2012 has resulted in the killing of hundreds of thousands and the displacements of millions? Typically, such questions are not asked. Such is the journalistic malpractice of C-SPAN's Washington Journal program. Host Orgel is no stranger to such malpractice. His frequent feckless performances as a Journal host as it pertains to Israel and Jews has been documented.

April 20, 2018 – 7:57 a.m.

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

Topic: Your top news story of the week?

Caller: Anthony from Minneapolis, Minnesota (click here to view).

Caller: “I would like to go along with what [previous caller] Tony just said. Are we going to have another Gaza, and people are like in a little barrel where they are being shot at and killed, but there are other things I want to talk about too. For 20 years, Mr. Trump has gotten away with not paying any taxes. I'm sure we will find out it is $3 billion to $4 billion that he has made. And on that tax break -- I am a disabled veteran, my wife gets $22 per check extra. That is not any big money for anyone out here, you know? And then, there is talk about cutting these social programs, meals on wheels. There are a lot of people cheering these things, but someday you might need that. We need to think more about our kids, spending so much money on the things we don't need. We do not need to be sending money to Israel, which pays for abortions. I do not think a lot of Republicans know that, and they are sitting here whining about Americans asking for abortions. We need to have more clarity and need to make our politicians -- pass a constitutional amendment to stop them from lying, coming on television, telling bald-faced lies. It should be illegal.”

Host: “That's Anthony from Minneapolis, Minnesota.”

NOTE: What is caller's information source (for this disinformation) about Israel? Typically, the question is not asked. Phoner's allegation about U.S. “sending money to Israel, which pays for abortions,” is defamatory nonsense. But how many uninformed, vulnerable viewers will be led to oppose Israel because of this falsehood?

April 19, 2018 – 8:49 a.m.

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

Topic: Viewer comments on news of the day.

Caller: Zach from Mississippi (click here to view).

Note: Caller singles out only Israel from among all the nations receiving U.S. aid. Host indulges. All this is standard operating procedure for C-SPAN's Washington Journal.

Caller: "I want to tell America it is about time it paid its dues. This is nothing against Israel or any other country – but instead of sending $3.3 billion to Israel, it needs to pay the African-Americans. They built this country, the White House, the [Capitol] building behind you. For white Americans to have 18 or 20 times what an African-American has, how can you say you got rid of slavery? If one person has $20 and I have one dollar, I will eventually have to go work for him. Your government policy for hundreds of years is designed to keep African-Americans down. You allow immigrants to come here and take our wealth, wealth we have built with the souls and blood of our ancestors. We love this country. We have no other place to go. Immigrants can go home, wherever they want to go, but we cannot assimilate because of our black skin and the racism applied from the U.S. government."

Host: "That is Zach in Mississippi."

NOTE: First, additional money for needs, such as health care or welfare, can be found from other than foreign aid packages – wasted expenditures of local and federal government. If one googles say, “where federal government wastes millions and billions,” hundreds, if not thousands, of items turn up that could yield billions of dollars.

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. 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).

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. But C-SPAN's viewers are never informed of any of this. This is consistent with Washington Journal's journalistic malpractice that belies C-SPAN's claim that it is a “public service” network.

April 17, 2018 – 8:44 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.

Caller: Kathleen from Longmont, Colorado (click here to view).

Note: Repeat caller “Kathleen” spins an absurd conspiracy theory about NPR and Israel. Host indulges.

Caller: “I would like to make a request of Washington Journal to have on NPR's Here and Now Lisa Mullins, the host of the show. I think she was a fill in for the regular host. She did a show the other day on nuclear weapons programs and proliferation. She had a guest on. His name was Siegfried Pecker. They were talking about which countries in the world have nuclear weapons and how many. They mentioned India, Pakistan, China, the U.S. and Russia. They completely omitted Israel. This was not done unbeknownst to them. They know Israel has at least 200 nuclear weapons. They fail to even bring the issue up. It was so dishonest, so consciously dishonest that I would like to see someone call her out and Mr. Pecker. I would like you to have them on your program to ask why they purposely omitted Israel having nuclear weapons. I would like to request those guests. I would also like to request Colonel Wilkerson, who was General Colin Powell's chief of staff. He was on the Real News talking about the situation with Syria. Personally from what I know, clearly he hits the nail on the head so often. I would love for you guys to have him on as a guest, as well, to speak about Syria.”

Host: “Always appreciate suggestions. He has been on C-SPAN six different times and has appeared in the C-SPAN video library. His first was in 1987. He appeared twice in 2016. One of those appearances was at an event talking about arms control and proliferation. Always appreciate suggestions for upcoming segments.”

NOTE: Disinterested host indulges caller “Kathleen” as she spins a conspiracy theory claiming that National Public Radio (NPR), in a recent broadcast, dishonestly omitted Israel in a list of nations possessing nuclear weapons. Caller implies that NPR intentionally sought to cover up for Israel. This absurd theory is not surprising given this phoner's history as a repeat Washington Journal caller who obsessively defames Israel (more below).

As to Israel's possessing “at least 200 nuclear weapons,” Israel, like some other Middle Eastern countries but unlike Iran, is a non-signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) the purpose of which is to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weaponry capability. Therefore Israel, cannot avail itself of nuclear assistance from other NPT countries but at the same time it is not legally required to submit to NPT requirements such as inspection of presumed nuclear facilities.

Whenever Israel is assailed about nuclear weaponry, C-SPAN viewers are rarely if ever reminded that there is little reason to fear Israel's presumed nuclear capability since Israel does not threaten other countries with destruction and is perceived as highly unlikely to share any nuclear weaponry knowledge with any other country as, for example, Iran which has threatened to destroy Israel. Israel's purported nuclear weapons role, for deterrence in the volatile Middle East, 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 concerning 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.

Caller Kathleen's most recent call monitored by CAMERA was on June 7, 2017 (9:52 a.m.) (click here to view) when she was indulged for a two-minute diatribe condemning U.S. foreign policy and Israel. Previous such calls from Kathleen go back to at least March 16, 2014 (7:06 a.m.) and Sept. 8, 2013. She has been allowed to violate C-SPAN's ostensible one-call-per-30-days rule more than once.

April 16, 2018 – 9:56 a.m.

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

Topic: Callers' views of the news.

Caller: Thomas from Oak Creek, Nebraska (click here to view).

Note: Misinformed caller believes that World War III might be started by the U.S. moving its embassy in Israel to Israel's capital of Jerusalem and – (apparently) Jews being concerned about Syria. Host indulges and betrays his apparent ignorance of history concerning the origin of World War II.

Caller: “I was wondering, [President] Harry Truman, I always blame him for starting World War II, but then Harry Truman -- or Trump, he might be trying to start World War III. Did Truman actually have the Congress' permission or did Truman do it on his own, you know – you could look it up --and now Trump wants to move to Jerusalem and that strictly ground in Syria there where Jews are worried about, you know. I'm worried about World War III and Trump now. Can anybody tell me for sure if Harry Truman had Congress' approval or did he declare war himself? Thank you for your time.”

Host: “And I appreciate the history question this morning.” [Host transitions to next caller].

NOTE: Host failed to answer caller's question. The answer to caller's question is: Harry Truman had nothing to do with the start of World War II. Harry Truman wasn't U.S. President at the time or even Vice-President. Franklin Roosevelt was President when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, bringing the U.S. into WWII which had started years before in Europe as a result of Nazi aggression in Europe. Either host is unaware of this or unwilling to inform viewers. This is another instance of C-SPAN's chronic journalistic malpractice.

April 15, 2018 – 7:10 a.m.

Host: 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 ].

Topic: President Trump's “mission accomplished” about the airstrikes in Syria – was it accomplished?

Caller: Mark from Franklin, Pennsylvania (click here to view).

Note: Caller, as in a previous call, falsely suggests that Israel committed a poison gas attack. Host indulges.

Caller: “Yeah, I think the American people need to be a lot more skeptical about what is going on here. I saw an interview the other day with a former U.K. ambassador to Syria. It was either on France 24 or another station. His view was that it is not at all certain that Syria was responsible for the attack in the first place, the chemical attack. I think he brought up that -- first of all Syria is really at this point in the war with the rebels, really had nothing to gain from it, that they more or less won the war, and also that the material evidence we have about the attack all came from the rebels anyway, and which would seem to reaffirm that the rebels claim, or serious claim, that it was staged by the rebels. And then there are all the politics with Trump, Stormy Daniels, Mueller investigation, and the fact that Israel would like to get the U.S. more involved in the Middle East militarily. As far as ‘mission accomplished goes,' I question the legitimacy of the mission.”

Host: “Mark, thank you from the call.”

NOTE: Caller is skeptical about the mission and implies that the poison gas perpetrator could have been Israel. But has Israel ever used such a weapon and is this something that Israel might do? Typically, host fails to ask. The answers are respectively, no and highly unlikely. Caller “Mark” previously phoned on April 15, 2017 (7:12 a.m.) (click here to view) when he falsely accused Israel of a poison gas attack. Then, as now, a C-SPAN host abstained in keeping with the network's chronic journalistic malpractice.

April 15, 2018 – 8:20 a.m.

Host: 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 ].

Guest: Maura Connelly, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of State, Near Eastern Affairs.

Topic: U.S. Strikes in Syria.

Caller: Tracy from Minneapolis, Minnesota (click here to view).

Caller: “This whole thing has me a little cynical. I am supposed to believe they care about the Syrian people. We have chemical attacks going on in this country in the opioid addiction. Israel's strong-arming the Palestinians. Sometimes we do not say things about certain things and sometimes we do. There is more to these types of situations. We have hidden motives or something. People do not even talk about, we are broke. This country is bankrupt. There is always money for these things and there is always situations where we have to go in and do this. We do not even have any money. The problem with the Middle East, they do not want to [indiscernible] central bank system. They do not want to pay interest on money and we cannot understand that. I wanted to see what she [guest] thought. Thank you.

Host: “We are getting an indication of just how expensive these Tomahawk missiles are, upwards of $1.5 million to $1.8 million per missile.”

Guest: “When you talk about the action we took on Friday, it is likely there were other objectives that the administration wanted to achieve by the limited action they took. As a projection of force it was efficient and effective and targeted. I think that is meant to send a message. It is not just that we were trying to avoid civilian casualties. It is also to indicate the degree to which we know where things are in Syria and we have the means to take them out if we so choose. Whether or not that is useful is open to question because the lack of a larger strategy in which that kind of messaging is being performed. I share the caller's concern about the cost. That is a lot of money to take out three facilities.”

NOTE: Both guest and host ignore caller's paranoid conspiracy theorizing comparing the opioid crisis with poison gas attack in Syria – and “Israel's strong-arming the Palestinians.” Failing to comment on these matters may seem to some viewers as acceptance. This is consistent with Washington Journal's journalistic malpractice mode of operation.

April 14, 2018 – 7:30 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: U.S. and allies launch air strikes in Syria – your reaction?

Caller: Mark from New Jersey (click here to view).

Note: Caller blames U.S. leaders and Israel and praises Assad's government. Host indulges.

Host: “What do you think about the strikes against Syria yesterday?”

Caller: “Totally unnecessary. There is no proof. God bless your callers, Democrat or Republican, speaking out for peace. I will never forget the sight of Hillary Clinton and Joe Lieberman as they paraded Benjamin Netanyahu through the halls of Congress and the three of them pounded the drums for the unnecessary, illegal and immoral war against Iraq and their innocent people. Warmongers like Lindsey Graham and John McCain. The Syrian government is fighting ISIS and protecting Syrian Christians and other Syrians in that country from the ISIS murderers. We have no right to do what we did. This is outrageous. It is unnecessary.”

Host: “What would you like to see the U.S. do instead?”

Caller: “Diplomacy, Sanctions, sanctions that do not hurt the Syrian people. No one is asking the Syrian people what they want. It is all the talking heads, the military experts pounding the drums for war. It is easy for them to do.”

[Host reads from New York Times and transitions to next caller.]

April 14, 2018 – 7:36 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: U.S. and allies launch air strikes in Syria – your reaction?

Caller: Mike from Rockford, Illinois (click here to view).

Note: Middle Eastern accented caller blames President Trump and Israel for violence in the Middle East. Host indulges.

Caller: “I think we are on a one-way train. He knows how to Trump the news by dropping bombs. I would like to apologize to the Syrian people, the Iraqi people, the Afghanistan people for this runaway train. We have no control of. It is all about the [indiscernible]. Every country is on fire. There is big Israel and little Israel and we are big Israel. It might be World War III. One day his lawyer's office is rated and the next day he is dropping bombs.”

[Host transitions to next caller.]

April 14, 2018 – 8:12 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: U.S. and allies launch air strikes in Syria – your reaction?

Caller: Neil from Massachusetts (click here to view).

Note: Caller blames U.S., U.K., and Israel for conflict in the Middle East. Host indulges.

Caller: “I am appalled at what is going on. It is just amazing to hear many of the callers calling in and supporting this attack... There are people going to investigate whether there was a chemical attack. There is no evidence, other than what the media tells us and what the government is putting forth. The U.S., U.K., and Israel have created this war on terror in the Middle East and have killed this population for decades by design. I suggest people turn off their TV and do their on research. And I think without any doubt, if the mandatory [military] draft was reinstituted in the United States, the genocide would have ended now. General Wesley Clark was quoted as saying that the U.S. was going to go in to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then finishing off with Iran. We have got to be suffering from cognitive dissidence or stupid to believe that what happened last night was legitimate and was for any purpose other than to continue this phony war on terror.”

[Host transitions to next caller.]
 
April 14, 2018 – 8:18 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: U.S. and allies launch air strikes in Syria – your reaction?

Caller: Randy from Louisiana (click here to view).

Note: Unhinged caller attributes 2001 destruction of World Trade Center and other violence on U.S. and allies including Israel. Host indulges.

Caller: “I got a big question mark on this one. They should have done more research, investigate, let people get in and see exactly what happened. This could be a big old false flag, just like the Bushes blew up the World Trade Center, the Clintons blew up Oklahoma City. There is no telling what happened. The British could have planted that and blamed it on Assad. I ain't no Assad fan. They need to get rid of him.

Israel could have done it. I was listening to a man on coast-to-coast the other night, and he was saying that all these countries, Saudi Arabia, Israel, England, the United States, all they want is war. I like Trump, but this one here, I got a big question on it. They should have taken time. I can understand doing a launch, but they should have taken time to research this.”

[Host reads from New York Times.]

April 12, 2018 – 8:21 a.m.

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

Topic: Viewer comments on news of the day.

Caller: Richard from Durham, North Carolina (click here to view).

Note: Repeat anti-Israel caller is allowed to violate Washington Journal's ostensible 30-day-between-calls rule since he phoned on April 1.

Caller: “I would like to know why we are not hearing anything about what Israel is doing in the Gaza Strip, number one. Number two, Israel has a reputation of being an apartheid state, and they are about to expel the Africans from their country, refusing to offer them asylum. Why not one word has been mentioned on any of the main media about what they are doing, killing the Palestinians in Gaza?”

Host: “Richard, you said they have a reputation of being an apartheid state. Why do you say that?”

Caller: “Yes, because they use a lot of code words to say that. They want Israel to be a strictly Jewish state, meaning that they have wanted a white country, and they are expelling the Africans from their country without offering them any asylum. Some of the Jewish people are saying the Africans have been a benefit to Israel.”

Host: “Okay, that was Richard from North Carolina.”

NOTE: Is C-SPAN's call-screening system workable? Can there be any legitimate excuse for the failure to identify caller as a repeat caller focusing on the same subject matter each time regardless of the topic? Any modern computer based call-in talk show phone system, one that is presumably utilized by C-SPAN's Washington Journal (if not, why not?), provides various features for the host including flagging of repeat callers and information on their previous calls.

This phoner's message is basically a repeat of his April 1, 2018 (7:21 a.m.) message refuted below in the entry. Additionally, caller falsely portrays Israel as racist anti-African. He singles out Israel for doing what nations typically do – that is, protecting against illegal immigration. Furthermore, C-SPAN could have pointed to the presence in Israel of thousands of dark-skinned fully assimilated Israeli Jewish citizens from Ethiopia, Yemen and India. As the late New York Times columnist William Safire memorably wrote on Jan. 7, 1985 after “Operation Moses,” the rescue of Ethiopian black Jews, was revealed, “For the first time in history, thousands of black people are being brought to a country not in chains but in dignity, not as slaves but as citizens.” Prime Minister Netanyahu has appointed Israeli Ethiopian blacks to important positions. But typically, a Washington Journal host accepts without comment a caller's defamation of the Jewish state.

This caller previously called on Feb. 15, 2018 (8:18 a.m.) (click here to view) when he significantly exaggerated the race problem in Israel as well as in Europe and the United States. The racist distortions were characteristically accepted without comment by the C-SPAN Washington Journal host.

April 12, 2018 – 8:34 a.m

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

Topic: Viewer comments on news of the day.

Caller: Christopher from Randallstown, Maryland (click here to view).

Caller: “My name is Chris. I have two comments to make. The first is why -- a caller earlier asked this -- why is no one covering what is happening in Gaza? The second thing I would like to ask is – [Congressman] Trey Gowdy came out and pretty much said he was wasting the time of taxpayers chasing Hillary Clinton for years, yet you have a lot of people that still like defending him. This is the issue with politics. No matter what happens, if somebody does something like this, they are not held accountable. You know, he can come out now because he is retiring and say for years we did this, it was all partisan politics. Now I am leaving, I can speak about this freely.”

Host: “Chris, thanks for the input.”

NOTE: Caller's assertion that no one is “covering what is happening in Gaza” is clearly incorrect as he reinforces the message of anti-Israel caller “Richard” above. Typically, a C-SPAN host fails to challenge.

April 9, 2018 – 7:15 a.m.

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

Topic: John Bolton begins today as National Security Advisor to the President.

Caller: Oyeh from Las Vegas, Nevada (click here to view).

Note: This phoner “Oyeh” has called in previously as “Ayishah,” “Corey,” and “Awad” – each from Las Vegas. Each time he defamed Israel and America with preposterous accusations like “World War I, World War II was all about creating the state of Israel.” His message hasn't changed much. Likewise, he continues to be indulged by Washington Journal.

Caller: “First of all, Mr. Bolton should be held for war crimes, and so should the United States government for crimes committed with Russia and the United States, the two biggest criminals going. And the occupation of Palestine by these Russian and British European countries, who are guilty of genocide and war crimes. Bolton is a person that should be behind bars for crimes against mankind, and if you want to put him back into office? is that because when they created the state of Israel, they created World War III. That's the only reason. And the creation of Israelis are by China 4000 years ago.”

Host: “Alright.” [Transitions to next caller].

NOTE: It seems likely that this phoner was primarily prompted to call in and vent his dislike of the guest due to the guest's support of Israel as an ally. This also seems true for the next two callers.

On Aug. 17, 2016 (9:54 a.m.), this phoner called in as “Ayishah” when he was indulged by same host, McArdle, (click here to view) when he defamed Israel and America. March 27, 2016 (7:20 a.m.) this phoner called in as “Corey” (click here to view) when he defamed Israel and America.

Nov. 15, 2015 (7:07 a.m.) this phoner called in as as “Ayishah” (click here to view)when he defamed Israel and America. Sept. 9, 2012 (9:34 AM) this phoner called in as “Awad” (click here to view) when he defamed Israel and America.

April 9, 2018 – 7:16 a.m.

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

Topic: John Bolton begins today as National Security Advisor to the President.

Caller: Joe from Baltimore, Maryland (click here to view).

Note: Caller's unhinged, conspiratorial message is clear about one thing; he hates Israel.

Caller: “The last caller just stole my fire. He just stole my fire. Bolton, as he said, he is a tool for Israel. The White House, that deep swamp [indiscernible].”

Host: “Joe, why do you say that? What in his past makes you think that?”

Caller: “Because, look at Israel, look at how Israel was established. That's what this is all about. It's his policy, ‘[indiscernible] cult.' And like we're saying, this is World War III. As far as Trump, and I did vote for Trump. I was a Democrat but I changed my party to Republican -- not Republican but independent. I don't agree with the Democrats or Republicans. But like I said before, when Trump said last week about pulling the U.S. troops out of Israel, last week he said this or the week before that he will pull all U.S. troops out of Israel.”

Host: “He was talking about Syria last week.”

Caller: “Out of Syria, out of Syria. And what happens? All of a sudden we have another Syrian attack. Because, what's going to happen if the U.S. ever leaves Israel? They will be on their own.”

Host: “Alright, that was Joe.” [host transitions to next caller].

NOTE: Where does the caller get his news and disinformation from? Typically, the question is not asked.

April 9, 2018 – 7:41 a.m.

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

Topic: John Bolton begins today as National Security Advisor to the President.

Caller: Randall from Muscle Shoals. Alabama (click here to view).

Note: Phoner “Randall” is indulged as he spins a wild conspiracy theory defaming several targets especially Jews.

Caller: “I would just like to make a couple of comments about Mr. Bolton. You know, everybody in America knows that this guy is a Zionist warmonger. He knows two words, Israel and war. Everybody knows, I don't know why they think, that everybody doesn't knows that they have Genie Oil, which is a conglomeration of Rothschild Incorporated, Dick Cheney, and Rupert Murdoch of Fox News, and a corporation called Genie Oil. And they are already drilling in Syria.”

Host: “Randall, bring this to today at the White House and John Bolton's first day on the job.”

Caller: “This guy is a mistake. I hope Donald Trump is bringing him in to expose him for what he is and getting him out of our political process once and for all.”

Host: “That's Randall in Alabama.”

NOTE: This third caller, like the previous two, is a blame-the-Jews-for-everything phoner. And these callers are part of Washington Journal's sizable cadre of antisemitic agents of disinformation who seem to sense correctly that the welcome mat is always there for them.

April 6, 2018 – 9:18 a.m.

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

Guest: Jason Altmire, U.S. Representative (Former) [D] Pennsylvania.

Guest: Tom Davis, U.S. Representative (Former) [R] Virginia.

Topic: Making government more effective and less partisan.

Caller: Robert from Brooklyn, New York (click here to view).

Note: Repeat off-topic caller, with heavy Middle-Eastern accent, allowed to violate 30-days-between-calls rule. “Robert” (alias “Hendi”) called only two days ago with the same anti-Israel disinformation message uttered here.

Caller: “The Democrats with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, they are not doing a good job in Washington. I would like you to answer one question. Over the weekend, Nancy Pelosi was in Israel. She observed that 17 men, women, and children in Palestine were killed by Israeli soldiers. I would like you to answer for that. Every politician in America is silent. Here is your chance.”

Host: “Caller, are you referring to a recent incident?”

Caller: “The slaughter and killing of Palestinians over the holiday weekend.”

Host: “Okay, alright, alright. Mr. Altmire:”

Altmire: “I am familiar with the incident. This is something we have seen time and again in the Middle East. That is why Israel is seen as an important issue for the country. I don't agree with the caller that it was not handled appropriately in the media. I can understand the frustration that exists with the continuing inability to get peace.”

Host: “He brought up leadership. Let's start with your party, the Democratic party. Does the party need new leadership on Capitol Hill? Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, should they be replaced by younger members?”

NOTE: First. There's no such place as “Palestine” in the Holy Land. Neither the guests nor host correct the error and likewise they fail to even attempt to enlighten viewers about the facts and Israel's predicament. Relevant is the glaring deficiency evident here and in the previous entry for this caller (April 4 - 9:56 a.m. call - documented below). That deficiency is – how does this caller get by the call-screener? Was the screener easily fooled? Is C-SPAN's call-screening system workable? Can there be any legitimate excuse for the failure to identify caller as a repeat caller focusing on the same subject matter each time regardless of the topic? Any modern computer based call-in talk show phone system, one that is presumably utilized by C-SPAN's Washington Journal (if not, why not?), provides various features for the host including flagging of repeat callers and information on their previous calls.

Concerning the caller's polemic, in the violent “non-violent” “march of return” demonstrations of Gazans at the border with Israel, nearly all of the dead have been revealed to be terrorists, many of whom have been identified in detail. Furthermore, it's been shown that although the proportion of active military of the Gaza Strip population is less than 5 percent, the vast majority of those killed in such operations, including this one, are active military individuals. Also, it's likely that the violent participants have generally been either cajoled or coerced into offering up their lives.

April 4, 2018 – 9:56 a.m.

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

Guest: Mike Cooney, Lieutenant Governor [D] Montana.

Topic: Top Policy Issues in Montana.

Caller: Robert from Brooklyn, New York (click here to view).

Note: Off-topic, repeat caller “Robert,” who is heavily Middle-Eastern accented, lambasted Israel as he has done in each of his previous calls. Typically, his somewhat incoherent disinformation is accepted without comment by C-SPAN's Washington Journal.

Caller: “I got two quick questions. First one, when are you going to invite Nancy Pelosi to come to Montana? Second one is that Nancy Pelosi is – on the weekend, she went first over 17 men, women and children destroyed by the Israeli government and over 600 was hurt. When she come back, will you ask her what kind of effect it will have on her –Nancy Pelosi wasn't there, but [indiscernible] – in your paper, none of your governors or anybody speak about it, could you speak about it, please?”

Host: “A political question, Lt. Governor Cooney:”

Cooney:: “I had a hard time understanding what the questions were. Can you repeat it?”

Host: “Opening question, when are you going to invite Nancy Pelosi to Montana?”

Cooney: “My goodness; well, Nancy Pelosi, as well as anybody would certainly have the ability, we'd love to have them come to Montana. We'd love to talk to her about, you know, our priorities and the things that are important to our people. So I don't know that we need to extend an invitation to Ms. Pelosi and we'd love to have her any time.

[Host transitions to next caller.]

NOTE: Apparently, “Robert” is referring to the fact that on Saturday, March 31, U.S. House Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi led a Congressional delegation of Democrats on a fact-finding trip to Israel and Jordan. The trip was to focus on "global and regional security and cooperation issues," according to Pelosi's office. “There is no greater political accomplishment in the 20th century than the establishment of the State of Israel ,.. Our delegation is pleased to be able to extend the congratulations of the American people to the people of Israel as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of Jewish state this spring.” (Israeli Independence Day begins on the evening of April 18.)

Robert's previous call, documented below, was on Jan. 21, 2018 (9:57 a.m.) (click here to view) when he was indulged as he spouted an anti-Israel incendiary falsehood. Previously “Robert” called on Dec. 13, 2017 (7:51 a.m.) as “Hendi from New York” (click here to view) when he disparaged Israel and U.S. policy.

How does “Hendi”, who later became “Robert,” get by the call-screener? Was the screener easily fooled? Is C-SPAN's call-screening system workable? Can there be any legitimate excuse for the failure to identify caller as a repeat caller focusing on the same subject matter each time regardless of the topic? Any modern computer based call-in talk show phone system, one that is presumably utilized by C-SPAN's Washington Journal (if not, why not?), provides various features for the host including flagging of repeat callers and information on their previous calls.

But this is C-SPAN's Washington Journal, after all, where journalistic malpractice is the standard mode of operation at least concerning Israel and Jews.

April 1, 2018 – 7:21 a.m.

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

Topic: How important are a U.S. president's moral values?

Caller: Richard from Durham, North Carolina (click here to view)

Note: Typically, a Washington Journal host accepts without comment a caller's defamation of the Jewish state.

Caller: “I have a couple of suggestions for a topic for your show and then I think if you look at Trump's racial attitude, you can very easily discover that he has very, very bad moral character. And that we Americans need an American that can lead through some type of moral character. And when are we going to have a discussion on Israel? Do we have one? No. What values do we share with Israel who is refusing refuge for Africans to live there? This is known around the world as an apartheid country. What values do we share with them?”

Host: “Richard, Israel is very much in the news today. This is the front page of the Washington Post. ‘A protest against Israel.' The story noting that 15 people were killed in the Gaza Strip during what Palestinian factions billed as a peaceful ‘March of Return' to mark ‘Land Day,' the anniversary of Arab-owned land in the Galilee area in 1976 … Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu praised the Israeli military for guarding the country's border saying Israel will act firmly and decisively to protect its sovereignty and the security of its citizens. More than 700 people were injured with live ammunition in that demonstration according to the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza. 49 were wounded Saturday. It said on Saturday, that it's in addition to the 15 that were reported killed. The United Nations on Saturday said it was deeply concerned and called for a transparent independent investigation.”

NOTE: Host responds to caller's defamation of Israel with a reading of Washington Post coverage of rioting by Gaza Arabs at the border. The Galilee event referred to occurred on March 30 1976, when six Arab Israelis were killed in the Galilee in violent rioting over Israeli eminent domain expropriation of land, 30 percent of which was Arab-owned. This is apparently what the Hamas-ruled Arabs at the Gaza border were rioting about.

But it is likely also related to what Times of Israel points out, “Palestinians have always demanded, along with sovereignty in the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem and the Old City, a ‘right of return' to Israel for Palestinian refugees who left or were forced out of Israel when it was established. The Palestinians demand this right not only for those of the hundreds of thousands of refugees who are still alive — a figure estimated in the low tens of thousands — but also for their descendants, who number in the millions. No Israeli government would ever be likely to accept this demand, since it would spell the end of Israel as a Jewish-majority state. Israel's position is that Palestinian refugees and their descendants would become citizens of a Palestinian state at the culmination of the peace process, just as Jews who fled or were forced out of Middle Eastern countries by hostile governments became citizens of Israel.”

Media coverage of this Gaza rioting typically lacks context and relevant information. The purpose of the security fence is to protect Israelis from Hamas instigated terrorist attacks upon Israeli citizens. Israeli troops are equipped with crowd dispersal measures in an effort to avoid the use of live fire as much as possible. The Times of Israel reports that, “Israeli troops opened fire at Palestinian rioters who tried to damage the security fence around Gaza on Thursday. 200 Palestinians took part in violent protests at four locations, lighting fires and throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers on the other side. The soldiers targeted five of the ‘main instigators' who were trying to pull down portions of the fence.” Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman claimed that the protesters consist mainly of Hamas operatives and Gazans forced or cajoled by Hamas authorities to participate. Military sources report that “the rioters are rolling burning tires and hurling firebombs and rocks at the security fence.”

Caller's castigates “Israel who is refusing refuge for Africans to live there.” But Israel is doing what nations typically do – that is, protecting against illegal immigration.

Caller's claim that Israel is an “apartheid country” is false. The term “apartheid” originated in South Africa to describe the country's system of enforced separation between blacks and whites. There has never been anything comparable to this in Israel as between any groups. The assertion that Israel is an apartheid state is a slander. Israeli Arabs enjoy greater political, social and economic rights, not to mention personal safety, than their brethren in virtually all Arab countries. While the critics of Israel routinely falsely accuse the Jewish state of “apartheid,” rarely, if ever, do they criticize those who genuinely practice or advocate apartheid. For example, they ignore Palestinian leaders' advocacy of apartheid in insisting on “not a single Jew” in any new “Palestine.” Most Arab societies practice apartheid of women, apartheid of homosexuals, apartheid of Christians, of Jews, of democracy. In Saudi Arabia, they hang homosexuals; in Sudan, genocide has taken place; women all over the Arab world get murdered if they don't wear the hijab or if they fall in love with the wrong man. But the accusers are disinterested in this, they have bigger fish to fry – “apartheid Israel.”

A factor that generates claims of apartheid is Israel's security barrier, the main purpose of which is to prevent Palestinian terrorists from murdering Israelis. It includes less than eight percent of the West Bank. The barrier was constructed in response to the “al-Aqsa intifada,” the 2000 - 2004 Palestinian terror war in which more than 1,000 Israelis – Jewish and Arabs, more than three-fourths of them non-combatants – and foreign visitors were murdered, most by Palestinian terrorists crossing unimpeded from the West Bank. The barrier's completion has contributed significantly to the roughly 95 percent decrease in lethal attacks from the area.

C-SPAN virtually never provides viewers with this kind of information.

March 17, 2018 – 9:17 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: Matt Ford, staff writer for New Republic magazine.

Topic: Guest's recent piece on the need to dismantle the Department of Homeland Security.

Caller: Felix from Santa Rosa, California (click here to view).

Caller: “I think we are glad to have you [the guest] here this morning. I think from the beginning, from its inception, a lot of people thought this was a strange force to be created and placed upon the United States. It brings us the department of fatherland security or motherland security. It's redundant. We have the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice. It just seems like another label to establish a new bureaucracy. It is supposed to make government more streamlined. It's more confusing. I wonder if it's even a construct of the United States. I wonder if this is a ploy out of England being hosted by [indiscernible] or the Zionist establishment.”

Host: “Let's give Matt a chance to respond.”

Guest: “The idea that the Department of Homeland Security was created accidentally. Not by accident, but stumbled into. People like the Vice President [Pence], who is not somebody who is been accused of being reluctant to confront terrorist groups, he was uneasy with the idea of this agency. The Bush administration was backed into it by pressure after the CIA and FBI dropped the ball in the investigation.”

[Host proceeds to next caller.]

NOTE: Caller's rant, containing a swipe against Jews and Israel (“Zionist establishment”), is typically accepted by host and given credence by guest who writes for a left-wing anti-Israel publication. Is Atkins impartial towards Israel? As a Boston Herald columnist she has written of the Israel-U.S. relationship. An example is 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. Atkins has previously exhibited the chronic journalistic malpractice endemic to Washington Journal hosts.

March 17, 2018 – 9:34 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: Matt Ford, staff writer for New Republic magazine.

Topic: Guest's recent piece on the need to dismantle the Department of Homeland Security.

Caller: Maria from New Jersey (click here to view).

Note: Caller's anti-Israel rant, containing wild accusations that cannot be substantiated, is typically accepted by host and given credence by guest.

Caller: “I have some questions and comments. I think this is another effective affect of globalization, like secret police. We have had two wars against Great Britain. They have a history of going around the world and separating people, causing unrest, then coming in. That is in effect what we have been doing. I think we have to re-examine that. Also the other forbidding topic is Israel. Before 9/11, McGreevey's Israeli lover was in charge of the security around the New York City port area. Nobody has brought him up for treason or questioned it. We are also giving all of our weapons to Israel as soon as we invent them. We are told we should have daylight between Israel and Britain, I say it is time for another war of independence and get rid of all foreign agents.”

Host: “I want to give Matt a chance to respond. Go ahead.”

Guest: “There's a lot there to ponder. I think an important idea is reassessing certain priorities in the post-9/11 moment. Al-Qaeda is a shell of its former self. ISIS is on the verge of defeat if not fully defeated. That gives us a chance to take stock of where we are as a nation and whether or not the post-9/11 moment has produced the life that we want. We need to reassess the Department of Homeland Security.”

[Host proceeds to next caller.]

March 14, 2018 – 9:15 a.m.

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

Guest: Jamie M. Fly, Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Guest: Laura Rosenberger, Director Alliance for Securing Democracy.

Topic: Russian election interference.

Caller: Jeremy from Lawrence, Kansas (click here to view).

Caller: “Before I touch on the Russia-gate scenario, it is important to understand if we want to secure our democracy … This is really the war party aligning here to try to re-create Russia as the enemy and that does not mean Russia was not involved here because clearly the current president is a made man in terms of his Roy Cohn, Meyer Lansky mob background based on Russian Jewish oligarchs …”

Host: “Got your point, Jeremy.”

Guest Rosenberger: “Thanks so much. Let me speak to the point because I think the two are related here. Our democracy faces a lot of challenges here at home. One of the things that we see is Russia and other actors trying to exploit those. One thing -- our inability to work together is actually creating space for authoritarian powers to further divide us. They know the functioning of our institutions is based on our ability to work together and by paralyzing, by exploiting our divisions, blowing them open, is part of the strategy here. We really believe this is about securing ourselves at home, addressing vulnerabilities, is really a key part of this in order to prevent other parties like Russia from being able to exploit them.”

NOTE: Caller's unhinged, anti-Jewish rant is characteristically unchallenged by C-SPAN Washington Journal host and guests.

March 4, 2018 – 8:53 a.m.

Host: 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 ].

Guest: Mona Charen, syndicated columnist.

Topic: Conservatives and the Trump Presidency.

Caller: John from Southampton, Pennsylvania (click here to view),

Note: “John” is another member of C-SPAN's sizeable cadre of anti-Israel callers. Off-topic caller singles out Israel for doing what nations typically do – that is, protecting against illegal immigration.

Caller: “I think that Mona Charen has no right to attack Marine Le Pen, who I think is a great French patriot, and to hold a niece for the views of her uncle is un-American. And Marine Le Pen is for the French as Israel is for the Jews. I do have a question. I wonder how she feels about the forcible expulsion of 60,000 true war refugees, African war refugees, that Israel is expelling. Apparently there is very little opposition. Any European country who would do what is forced expulsion of true war refugees, you wouldn't hear the end of it. And the Israelis are getting away with it.”

Note: At 8:42 a.m., Washington Journal guest Charen had criticized the attempt to move the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) “in the direction of nationalist, extreme-right, European-style politics… [as is indicated] by the invitation to Marine Le Pen.”

Guest: “Okay. First of all, get your facts right. I was condemning the granddaughter, not the niece. I think you are an anti-Semite because the first thing you want to talk to me about is Israel. So I think that sort of suggests where you are coming from. You say that Marine Le Pen is for the French. If you talk to French people, they will tell you that her brand of France for the French includes cozy relations with Vladimir Putin, just for starters.”

February 28, 2018 – 7:40 a.m.

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

Topic: The legacy of Reverend Billy Graham.

Caller: Michael from Maryland (click here to view).

Caller: “I am really sad to hear about Billy Graham. I'm not an evangelical, I'm a Roman Catholic, but I do want to say I am sorry about that. I also want to go back to something you [host McArdle] had stated about what he [Graham] said about Jews controlling our media and our banks and our economies for that matter. I think there is a real problem with that, and I think people apologizing and not addressing it is also a concern.”

Host: “Alright. Let's move to [the next caller].”

NOTE: Characteristically, a C-SPAN host accepts without comment a derogatory, defamatory comment against Jews.

Caller referred to host McArdle's Washington Journal 7:34 a.m. comments: “In 2002, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library released tapes containing remarks from Graham that many found anti-Semitic, including his criticism of the Jewish American influence in the mainstream media. ‘A lot of the Jews are great friends of mine, but they do not know how I really feel about what they are doing in this country, and I do not have any power or way to handle them.' After the tapes were released, Graham apologized, saying, ‘they do not reflect my views.' He went on to say, ‘I will continue to strongly support all future efforts to advance understanding and mutual respect between our communities.”

Billy Graham's and Richard Nixon's well known antisemitic remarks were offset by constructive actions toward Jews and the Jewish state. In contrast, C-SPAN has, over a period of at least a decade, failed to offset its chronic indulgence and enabling of a sizeable cadre of Jew-hating, Israel-hating Washington Journal callers.

The caller's derogatory comments about Jews “controlling our media and our banks and our economies” needs to be examined. This stereotypical, conspiracy theorizing anti-Jewish charge is an echo from the standard catalog of antisemitic hate literature and speech. Like most conspiracy theories, there is little substance and a great deal of exaggeration and falsehood. There are many individuals of Jewish heritage who are prominent in American public life. But there is no credible evidence that they act together in a conspiratorial way. Their political views and associations span the spectrum of American politics and civic associations.

Regarding banking, while Goldman Sach's name reflects the Jewish heritage of its founders, its employees, including executives, represent a diverse group of Americans. Furthermore, the large majority of investment banks, for example, JP Morgan, Citigroup, AIG, US Bancorp, Wells Fargo and Bank of America are not controlled or led by Jews.

The old banking canard can be traced back centuries to a time when Jews often served as money-lenders in Europe due to Church doctrine prohibiting Christians from engaging in the practice of charging interest when lending money (a practice which is essential to the success of Capitalism) and a ban on Jews owning land. The infamous Czarist-era forgery, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, disseminated in the early 1900s popularized this old canard.

While many of the executives at major media conglomerates in the United States are of Jewish heritage there is no evidence that they conspire together. The proliferation of programming critical of the Jewish state and Israeli policy on many networks refutes charges of media favoritism toward Israel or Jewish interests.

The anti-Jewish media myths usually include the Hollywood political dynamic but that is clearly a function of liberal groupthink rather than Jewish influence. Where is the evidence that it is otherwise?

Among major TV news networks, Fox's Rupert Murdoch is not Jewish. He is an Australian descended from English, Scotch and Irish ancestors. NBC Universal CEO Steven Burke – is not Jewish – he is Irish Catholic. CBS President David Rhodes is the son of an Episcopalian father and a Jewish mother. President of Disney-ABC Television Group, Ben Sherwood, is Jewish. CNN President Virginia Moseley is not Jewish.

These major TV news networks – with one exception – are continuously critical of the Jewish state while basically giving the Palestinians a pass on fostering hatred and terrorism (much of it Islamist based) against Jews and Israel. The one exception is Fox News Channel whose foreign correspondents in Israel tend to be neutral. However, the only Fox staff commentator that regularly supports Israel's position is Sean Hannity. In this, he is alone among all major network staff commentators.

When "Jewish control" of the media is charged, typically cited are the New York Times and Washington Post newspapers. While both newspapers were founded by individuals of Jewish origin in the 1800s, their descendants have long-since shed their Jewish identification. Neither of these newspapers has a reputation for promoting Jewish causes or concerns. The Times is run by Arthur Sulzberger half-Jewish (on his father's side) who is an Episcopalian Christian. The Times was derelict in reporting on the Holocaust and generally opposed the establishment of Israel. In fact, it has been shown that the Times is and has been quite biased against Israel. Likewise, the Post, published by non-Jews since 1946, owned currently by Jeff Bezos, a non-Jew, is critical of many current Israeli policies.

C-SPAN virtually never provides any of this kind of factual information to its viewers.

February 27, 2018 – 9:25 a.m.

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

Guest: Tom Hart, Executive Director of ONE Campaign in North America.

Topic: Efforts to combat extreme poverty.

Caller: Darius from San Diego, California (click here to view),

Note: Caller insinuates that financial aid to Israel would be better spent domestically on education.

Caller: "Very interesting topic this morning. My question is, I'm not against foreign aid for countries that need it. If they need it, they need it. I can't understand how Donald Trump can say ‘put America first', but at the same time, he's cutting, you know, education. It doesn't seem to put America first without having educated students at hand. But I digress on that. My main question is, why do we continue to give foreign aid to Israel?"

Guest: "Yes, it's in the form of military assistance. It wasn't long ago we were providing foreign assistance to Israel. That has shifted. I believe under Obama that shifted to military assistance only, in accordance with Camp David accords, Israel and Egypt, long-standing agreements we have, I am not an expert in military assistance to the Middle east, focused on development assistance to poor countries like in Africa. I know that is a long-standing agreement that we have among those countries."

[It shifted long before Obama].

Host: "Do we give development assistance to the Palestinians?"

Guest: "We have; there is a bitter argument on Capitol Hill about that, but there is extreme poverty across the Middle East and indeed among the Palestinians. What we don't want to do is leave a vacuum, which others who maybe have other interests fill that gap. We know for example, in Lebanon, Hezbollah provides services, builds clinics and schools, producing conducive environment for them to operate. One reason the military is interested in working with us and on these issues and because they see that development creates reason the military is opportunity in fragile places as building extremism. So we believe our stuff plays an enormous role in that."

NOTE: C-SPAN viewers are rarely, if ever, informed that Israel is a valuable ally of the United States. First, no American troops have ever been casualties fighting for Israel because Israel completely defends itself against all aggression (which has been plentiful).
 
Several points are relevant about the America-Israel relationship. 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 completely 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. Consistent with Washington Journal's chronic journalistic malpractice, C-SPAN consistently fails to provide to its viewers any of the foregoing information.

February 25, 2018 – 7:49 a.m.

Host: 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 ].

Guest: David Brody, Chief Correspondent for CBN News (Christian Broadcasting Network).

Topic: Donald Trump's religious beliefs.

Caller: Mark from Pennsylvania (click here to view),

Caller: "I'm very concerned about Trump's relationship with [Christian] fundamentalists and end- of-times prophecy. This can be very consequential as you well know and I'm thinking here obviously in terms of the decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and so on. I guess my biggest question is here how much does the end-of-times prophecy have to do with Trump's decision to do that? Is he committed to those prophecies and is he capable of, you might say, violating the time line behind those prophecies?"

Host: "We will get a response."

Guest: "President Trump received a lot of input from evangelical leaders on the Jerusalem issue. Whether they be end-times prophecy folks or others, it ran the gamut. It is hard to quantitatively state how much influence that had so I have no idea about that. I will say this that he has been pretty solid on Jerusalem right from the beginning with the embassy. I spoke with him at Liberty University in 2016 and he said ‘Yes, we're going to move the embassy.'"

Host: "That will open in May or June.".

NOTE: The caller seems to be concerned that Biblical prophecy might be either impeded or lead to catastrophe by the Trump administration's unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. This is absurd.

C-SPAN rarely, if ever, informs viewers about the Jerusalem issue. This is the case here. First, there is no evidence, other than some inconsequential lip service, that the key Arab and other Islamic countries are much concerned about the recognition. There was controversy surrounding U.S. Presidents' persistent refusals to relocate the U.S. embassy from the city of Tel Aviv to Israel's capital city of Jerusalem. In addition to trying to (needlessly) indulge Palestinian leadership, these refusals were at least partially due to pressure from Arab and other Islamic states driven by the Islamic supercessionist dynamic. Another factor has been the influence of the traditionally anti-Israel Arabist U.S. State Department. So, the policy of the U.S. government has been to treat Israel's capital city differently from other nation's capital cities – that is not recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. However Jerusalem is the seat of government, home to the Knesset (parliament), Supreme Court, prime minister's office and residence and most other governmental agencies – and has been a capital city only of the Jewish people at any time in the past 3,000 years.

Jerusalem, Judaism's holiest city, is mentioned hundreds of times in the Hebrew Bible. It was the capital city of ancient Jewish kingdoms and home to Judaism's holiest place, the Temple. Jews from all over the ancient world would make pilgrimages to the Temple three times a year to participate in worship and festivities, as commanded in the Bible. The Jewish wedding ceremony concludes with the chanting of the biblical phrase, "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its cunning," and the breaking of a glass by the groom to commemorate the destruction of the Temples. And Yom Kippur services and the Passover Seder conclude each year with the phrase "Next Year in Jerusalem."

Furthermore, Jewish presence in the Holy Land predates Arab presence by thousands of years. Jewish presence in Israel's capital of Jerusalem has been almost continuous for thousands of years and for most of that time it was concentrated in east Jerusalem (now claimed by the Palestinian Arabs). Since the mid-1800's, Jews constituted the largest single group of residents in the city until the 1948 ethnic cleansing of all east Jerusalem Jews by Jordan when it gained control of east Jerusalem. This lasted until the 1967 war.

February 25, 2018 – 9:06 a.m.

Host: 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 ].

Guest: Michael A. Smerconish, talk show host.

Topic: The politics of gun control,

Caller: Debby from Alabama (click here to view).

Caller: "I have two questions and then I will listen to your answers. I hope you answer both. First, it is really true that the U.S. and Russia had interfered in politics forever. It seems like this whole outrage and surprise is silly deliberately. The main question I have is does it bother you that Barack Obama sent campaign operatives with a lot of money into Israel to try to defeat our allies – Benjamin Netanyahu in his reelection campaign. I feel like that was wrong and I would like to know what you think."

Host: "I believe the number was $325,000 reported that we had spent in Israel on that election.‘

Guest: "This is a subject that comes up with the regularity my program. People say, haven't we done this over the span of many years? I think the evidence reveals we had engaged in regime change and attempted change through the ballot box, as well. Does that mean that we sit back and take it with regard with Russia and chalk it up to something that goes on in the course of business? I don't think we can do that. It may have been a hack at the DNC but today, that there were attempts at manipulating the polling. We cannot let Russians or anyone else undermines our system of democracy. I would like to have said to the caller, okay, I would grant that the United States' hands may not be clean historically, but what would you like us to do about it? If the President does not acknowledge it, it makes me concerned he is not fighting it to prevent it in the midterm or the 2020 presidential election."

February 18, 2018 – 9:55 a.m.

Host: 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 ].

Topic: Impact of Russia on 2016 election.

Caller: Michael from New York (click here to view).

Note: Washington Journal host Scully characteristically indulges a caller who makes inflammatory accusations that are not and cannot be substantiated against Israel (in a list of three countries) as well as an implicit swipe against Jewish Americans.

Caller: “I just wanted to say, of course I think Russians were attempting to meddle in the election in some way, but if an American citizen had done the same, it would be okay. I think that is strange. I also think this has much to do about nothing when you look about what all the nations do, China, India, Israel, where they can determine the outcome of elections across America to buy [indiscernible] campaign -- re-routing campaign donations from people with dual citizenship. It is legal for them to give donations to these nations and the fact that it is legal for me in New York to give donations to people in districts around the country. That makes it possible for New York or other cities, with many people with allegiances for foreign nations, to give donations, changing the outcome of elections. I think this is a bigger problem than Russia trying to do some Internet hacks.”

[Host fails to comment as he transitions to next caller].

NOTE: C-SPAN host is silent to caller's inflammatory polemic condemning Israel and Jewish Americans implicitly: “… China, India, Israel … they can determine the outcome of elections across America [with] campaign donations from people with dual citizenship… makes it possible for New York or other cities, with many with allegiances for foreign nations, to give donations, changing the outcome of elections.”

Where's the evidence? Typically, the question is not asked.

February 17, 2018 – 7:19 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: Indictment of 13 Russian nationals for meddling in U.S. elections.

Caller: Tracy from Minnesota (click here to view).

Note: Host Atkins, who has written a commentary unfairly critical of Israel in the Boston Herald newspaper (more below in the NOTE), accepted without comment this caller's polemical swipe at Israel and its supporters and then continued to indulge caller.

Caller: “Thanks for C-SPAN. I think there's really nothing here. Every country is trying to meddle in other people's elections. You look at our country, the biggest meddler in our elections has been Israel. I mean Congress and our leaders – you have to take an oath to support AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee] which is the Israeli lobby. Any meddling whatsoever should be frowned upon or watched against. But we do just as much meddling in any other people's elections. People have been doing it. Countries have been doing it to each other for a long time. There's nothing major here. I mean, there's actually – Israel actually donates money to our candidates that are running for office. So I mean, we got to watch out for that stuff but we have to call out who's the biggest influencer right now and it isn't Russia. It isn't. It's Israel.”

Note: What evidence does the caller have that U.S. leaders “take an oath to support AIPAC.” The question is not asked though host Atkins almost certainly knows that the claim is manifestly untrue. Instead, she reinforces his lies by continuing to indulge him:

Host: “Let me ask you this. Are you concerned about that though? Do you think that the White House or Congress should take more action to stop interference from any country into our election?”

Caller: “I one-hundred percent agree. Every country should be on the list about who's influencing. I bet China – I mean, they probably tried to influence our election or at least some of the Senatorial seats. This has been going on. We got to watch out for all of it from friend or foe. America needs to protect our election process. And we have to call out even France.”

Host: “All right [proceeds to next caller].”

NOTE: This repeat anti-Israel caller (more below) mendaciously propagandizes that “the biggest meddler in our elections has been Israel. I mean Congress and our leaders … take an oath to support AIPAC which is the Israeli lobby… Israel actually donates money to our candidates that are running for office. the biggest influencer right now isn't Russia… It's Israel.”

Host Atkins, exhibiting the chronic journalistic malpractice endemic to Washington Journal, readily accepts caller's demonization of Israel and its American supporters. Is Atkins impartial towards Israel? As a 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 (more below on Atkins' mishandling of anti-Israel callers).

Caller's pernicious falsehoods are at odds with reality. AIPAC is an American lobbying group that advocates pro-Israel policies to the Congress and Executive Branch of the United States. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, not a political action committee, it is prohibited by law from giving money to individual members of Congress or government officials. It doesn't donate money to candidates running for office. Its stated mission "is to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of Israel and the United States." It is not an arm of the government of Israel or any Israeli organizations. There is nothing nefarious about this group. AIPAC is bipartisan; it does not get involved in election campaigns.

The power of American supporters of Israel to control the U.S. government is a myth perpetrated by haters of Israel. It is easily disproven by history: American presidents have repeatedly gone against the wishes of Israeli prime ministers – the Iran nuclear deal is a prime example. Another example is arms sales to Arab countries. But examples of Israel supporters defeating major U.S. government arms sales to Arab countries traditionally hostile to Israel are virtually non-existent. An example often cited by those who exaggerate the influence of supporters of Israel, is the failure of a proposed arms sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the pro-Israel Reagan administration in the 1980s — The Los Angeles Times reported in 1987, “President Reagan withdrew a proposed $360-million sale of sophisticated anti-tank missiles to Saudi Arabia Thursday in the face of overwhelming congressional opposition sparked by concern for Israel and unhappiness with both the Saudis and the Administration.”

While the best known single pro-Israel group is AIPAC, the key component of support is represented by continuing majority support among the American people for Israel (especially in the sizable Christian Zionist community). Majority support is indicated repeatedly in opinion polling. For example, Gallup's World Affairs Poll on Israel (2017) notes, “Just over seven in 10 Americans have a favorable opinion of Israel. That represents the fourth straight year that Israel's favorable rating has been 70 percent or higher.”

Furthermore, much greater political clout than AIPAC 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. While AIPAC is frequently vilified by haters of Israel, invariably overlooked is a lobbying heavy-weight, the petro-dollar funded anti-Israel pro-Arab lobby, and direct funding from Arab countries. This 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. Examples are: The Middle East Institute is largely funded by the United Arab Emirates; Brookings Institution receives sizable funding from Qatar and the United Arab Emirates; Saudi Arabia has donated millions of dollars to buy influence in U.S. universities.

This caller, Tracy, previously called Journal on April 7, 2017 at 7:48 a.m. as “Anthony from Minnesota” (click here to view) when C-SPAN characteristically accepted his big lie condemning Israel. Previously, host Atkins was silent to anti-Israel propagandist callers on April 9, 2017 at 7:20 a.m. and again at 7:47 a.m.

February 15, 2018 – 8:18 a.m.

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

Guest: Stacey Plaskett, Congressional Delegate [D] Virgin Islands.

Topic: White House Vetting Systems in the aftermath of the Rob Porter story.

Caller: Richard from Durham, North Carolina (click here to view).

Note: Caller, reinforced by guest, significantly exaggerates the race problem in Israel as well as in Europe and the United States. The racist distortions are characteristically accepted without comment by the C-SPAN Washington Journal host.

Caller: “I would like to say to the Virgin Islands delegate today that the biggest problem that we face in America today is the race problem. The race problem is permeating everything that happens in this country am top to bottom. We need to really recognize this. Being led by the United States, Israel, eastern Europe, western Europe, all is infected by the race problem. Even the issue yesterday with the guns is affected by the race problem. Until we make up our minds to solve the race problem, we are not going to solve any of these problems. It is only going to get worse with the election that put Trump in. We have relatively few delegates in the Electoral College of color. All of them were white, and they were part of a gerrymandered voting system that is rigged from top to bottom.”

Guest: “I think that we do not have a race problem just today. There has always been race in this country. If you look at the foundation of the country and how it was built, what we are seeing today is that this is coming to a head and we are hearing it in a louder fashion. People are not as cautious as expressing issues of race and animus towards other people. I see it in the immigration policy where they are pitting dreamers against those of African, Caribbean, and other descent, whether you will allow diversity lotteries. I heard it in much of the speech that was given to us at the State of the Union address. Trying to color the dreamers as gang members. Saying that individuals of the NFL who were speaking out in a patriotic manner, in my mind, were un-American. This is an issue that goes back almost 300 years and is now just coming to a head.”

[Host, without comment, proceeds to the next caller]

NOTE: Highly exaggerated racial accusations by detractors of the United States and Israel (as well as Europe) ignore the reality of rampant racism elsewhere, for example in the Arab and Islamic world. Racism in the Arab world covers an array of forms of intolerance against non-Arab minorities such as Africans and South Asians. Mona Eltahawy, a columnist for Egypt's Al Masry Al Youm and Qatar's Al Arab, wrote about this in the New York Times in an article titled, "Racism: The Arab world's dirty secret."

Israel like other Western style free democratic societies has racial problems which are not hidden. But Israel also has remarkable accomplishments never mentioned by its detractors.

Consider the presence in Israel of thousands of dark-skinned fully assimilated Israeli Jewish citizens from Ethiopia, Yemen and India. As the late New York Times columnist William Safire memorably wrote on Jan. 7, 1985 after “Operation Moses,” the rescue of Ethiopian black Jews, was revealed, “For the first time in history, thousands of black people are being brought to a country not in chains but in dignity, not as slaves but as citizens.” Prime Minister Netanyahu has appointed Israeli Ethiopian blacks to important positions.

February 14, 2018 – 7:28 a.m.

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

Topic: How should the Senate act on immigration reform?

Caller: Robert from Maryland (click here to view).

Note: Caller is indulged as he makes a hideous invalid equivalence between U.S. immigration policy and the events of the Holocaust, the most extreme expression of genocide in world history. It involved the slaughter of six million Jews – one-third of the world's Jews. Such is the chronic journalistic malpractice of C-SPAN's Washington Journal pertaining especially to Jews and the Jewish state of Israel.

Caller: “Look, please give me a moment. Our predatory, parasitic corporate cultures exploited, in conjunction with our government, all of the South American governments and left those people hungry. Those same hungry people come to America, and these same corporations welcome them at the time to exploit them here. They are called ‘guest workers.' As soon as they get off the job, they have the police outside calling them illegal aliens, criminals. This is the same thing that happened in Germany. The German government blamed the Jews for their problems, just like our government is blaming these poor people.”

Host: “How does that apply to the Senate work?”

Caller: “I'm sorry, ask the question again.”

Host: “How does that apply to the Senate as far as the immigration bill is concerned?”

Caller: “These people are making a mockery of my country. They are destroying this country. If we are going to take and say that these people are criminals, rapists, murderers – maybe Canada should build a wall along the Canadian border.”

Host: “Let's go to [next caller].”

NOTE: The caller's offensive, invalid comparison, “The German government blamed the Jews for their problems, just like our government is blaming these poor people” requires a response.

The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs has provided a scholarly analysis of such invalid, offensive comparisons including:

“Holocaust trivialization is one among various categories of Holocaust distortion. It is a tool for some ideologically or politically motivated activists to metaphorically compare phenomena they oppose to the industrial-scale destruction of the Jews in World War II by Germans, Austrians, and their allies. Examples include environmental problems, abortion, the slaughter of animals, the use of tobacco, and human rights abuses.

Those abusing Holocaust comparisons for their ideological purposes want to exaggerate the evil nature of a phenomenon they condemn. With the Holocaust symbolizing absolute evil for many, they use it as an instrument for their purposes.

Holocaust trivialization manifests itself partly in the growing use of language concerning a large number of disparate events that have no connection to genocide. Other trivializers operate out of commercial or artistic considerations. Unlike in the case of most other distortions of the Holocaust, the trivializers usually do not target Jews.”

The host's not unexpected indulgence of the caller, particularly the non-response to the caller's hideous equivalence, can likely be attributed to at least one of the following conditions: allegiance to C-SPAN's corporate culture, shallowness, disinterest, bias.

February 2, 2018 – 8:27 a.m.

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

Guest: Max Stier, President and CEO of Partnership for Public Service.

Topic: The federal workforce under the Trump administration.

Caller: Gina from Florida (click here to view).

Note: Repeat caller “Gina from Florida,” allowed by C-SPAN to violate 30-day wait rule between calls, uses the same theme as in her call three weeks ago including an off-topic swipe at Israel.

Caller: “The caller from Virginia said that there is a deep state that is trying to undermine President Trump. That was a real propaganda call. There's an expression, many mistakes are made on purpose. When you get what you've got now, this authoritarian government with so many generals are running around the White House. They are going to diminish the departments they find unnecessary. They will focus on what they want. This administration wants provocation in the Middle East, claiming Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Trying to destroy the Iranian nuclear deal. It's very obvious what they are trying to do. The Department of Defense, General Mattis, he said he wants more diplomats. It's just the opposite.”

Guest: “I think the idea of the deep state is counterproductive and not accurate. Americans should understand they have a phenomenal government but it won't stay that way if we don't invest in it. One of the great challenges is a [indistinct] that's the reason why you serve. What we have is a mission oriented workforce trying to do their best. They are being failed by the system they are operating in. If we want to stay at the top of the world, we need to make sure we are taking care of our government in an effective way. The other quibble I would have is the notion that the generals are part of the problem. If you look at our military, they have in many ways the most effective talent operation, more than the civilian side. They look at their people as an asset. On the civilian side, most look at the talent as a cost. We need to look at it as an asset. Those people should understand the civilian workforce is more than a majority focused on national security.”

NOTE: This caller “Gina” phoned in on Jan. 7, 2018 (9:17 a.m.) as “Rita from Orman Beach, Florida” (click here to view). At that time she attacked Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations at the U.N., for “pushing for Jerusalem to be the capital. Constant provocation. Going after the Iranians with the Iran nuclear treaty deal. Constant provocation.”

She deceptively identified herself differently presumably in order to avoid getting caught violating C-SPAN's ostensible 30-day wait rule between calls. Can there be any legitimate excuse for the failure to identify caller as a repeat caller focusing on the same subject matter each time? Any modern computer based call-in talk show phone system, one that is presumably utilized by C-SPAN's Washington Journal (if not, why not?), provides various features for the host including flagging of repeat callers and information on their previous calls.

As to the deceptive caller's assertion, “This administration wants provocation in the Middle East [by] claiming Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” in fact what the United States did was to finally recognize the reality that Israel's actual capital, Jerusalem, is Israel's capital. This after dithering by many U.S. administrations in declining to act on the will of the U.S. Congress. In other words, the United States ceased to be part of the cynical international cabal that for political reasons refuses to recognize the reality. Of all the nations in the world, only Israel is singled out for non-recognition of its actual capital.

January 21, 2018 – 9:57 a.m.

Host: 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 ].

Topic: Day two of the U.S. Government shutdown.

Caller: Robert from Brooklyn, New York (click here to view).

Note: Off-topic, heavily Middle-Eastern accented caller defaming Israel is typically indulged by C-SPAN. Host Scully characteristically accepts caller's incendiary falsehood without comment. This repeat anti-Israel caller “Robert from Brooklyn, New York” is the same person as “Hendi from New York” (more below). How does he get by the call-screener? Was the screener easily fooled? Is C-SPAN's call-screening system workable?

Caller: “I just want to know where the Tea Party is? I know they disappear. And other question is – where is Vice President Mike Pence? He is supposed to be in the United States right now and he is no where to be seen. When they marched, our Vice President is in Israel, where they are sabotaging peace and treating ladies like dogs.”

Host: “The Vice President is in the Middle East and Egypt, part of a rescheduled trip because of issues in Washington in mid-December. He's expected to be back this week during the President's State of the Union message still slated for one week from Tuesday on January 30. Last night [NBC's] SNL taking aim at the President, his health and the government shutdown. [video clip]. All right, all right. [applause]…”

NOTE: Host Scully characteristically accepts caller's incendiary falsehood, “[T]hey [Israel] are sabotaging peace and treating ladies like dogs.” Scully fails to comment on caller's message. C-SPAN Washington Journal hosts rarely, if ever, comment on messages attacking Israel or Jews, allowing such callers to have their full say.

What is the caller's background given his thick Middle Eastern accent? Can he offer first hand knowledge of the treatment of women in the Arab or wider Islamic world? Typically, a disinterested or intentionally uninformative Scully fails to ask this relevant question. He must certainly realize that nowhere in the Middle East, and much of the world for that matter, are women treated better than in Israel. Caller's claim that Israel is “sabotaging peace” is propaganda. At least Scully should have drawn out the caller to elaborate on the claim.

This caller previously called on Dec. 13, 2017 (7:51 a.m.) as “Hendi from New York” (click here to view). He disparaged Israel and U.S. policy.

Can there be any legitimate excuse for the failure to identify caller as a repeat caller focusing on the same subject matter each time? Any modern computer based call-in talk show phone system, one that is presumably utilized by C-SPAN's Washington Journal (if not, why not?), provides various features for the host including flagging of repeat callers and information on their previous calls.

But this is C-SPAN's Washington Journal, after all, where journalistic malpractice is the standard mode of operation at least concerning Israel and Jews.

January 7, 2018 – 9:17 a.m.

Host: 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 ].

Guest: Behnam Ben Taleblu, Foundation for Defense of Democracies senior analyst.

Topic: The Iran Protests.

Caller: Rita from Orman Beach, Florida (click here to view).

Note: Caller's detached-from-reality rant, including defamation of the guest, is accepted without comment by host Scully. This is typical of C-SPAN Washington Journal hosts including its ranking host Scully.

Caller: “Very strange world we live in. The Iranians, you know, they're the enemy. I get it. I get what the Trump administration is trying to do. And the Saudis are our buddies. 3000 Americans died [Sept. 11, 2001]. It was mostly Saudis that were part of that group that attacked the Towers. Now you see Alex Haley [caller refers to Nikki Haley, and current United States Ambassador to the United Nations] at the U.N. pushing for Jerusalem to be the capital. Constant provocation. Going after the Iranians with the Iran nuclear treaty deal. Constant provocation. Remind me a bit of Bush/Cheney and Ahmed Chalabi [an Iraqi politician, founder of the Iraqi National Congress]. He was an Iraqi citizen and he helped make the case to go to war against Iraq which were lies. I do not trust this man that's on now [guest Behnam Ben Taleblu] and I do not trust the Trump administration. I believe they're trying to destabilize the entire Middle East and continue with the wars.”

Host: “What is your response?”

Guest: “Fortunately, no one is calling for war here. I think that war to save the Iranian people as the answer to protests or economic or social malaise or lack of political freedoms – at this point of time – would be foolhardy. Just a couple of corrections to the caller's statement. The JCPLA, the nuclear deal, is not a treaty, it's just an agreement. Every country has a political buy-in but it's not necessarily legal, For instance, Congress was not part of the negotiations. Just one other point, the caller had mentioned about Iran being the enemy, I would caution the caller, Iran actually is not the enemy. The Islamic Republic of Iran, meaning the government of Iran, is the enemy. I think very clearly we've seen that this [Trump] administration draws a sharp cleavage between the Iranian people and the Iranian government.”

NOTE: What is the caller's source for her disjointed information here? Typically, the question is not asked. Caller should have been challenged on her erroneous statement about the “United States … pushing for Jerusalem to be the capital [of Israel].” What the United States in fact did was to finally recognize the reality that Israel's actual capital, Jerusalem, is Israel's capital. This after dithering by many U.S. administrations in declining to act on the will of the U.S. Congress. In other words, the United States ceased to be part of the cynical international cabal that for political reasons refuses to recognize the reality. Of all the nations in the world, only Israel is singled out for non-recognition of its actual capital. How bizarre and unfair!

January 7, 2018 – 9:21 a.m.

Host: 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 ].

Guest: Behnam Ben Taleblu, Foundation for Defense of Democracies senior analyst.

Topic: The Iran Protests.

Caller: John from Englishtown, New Jersey (click here to view).

Note: Host Scully characteristically is silent to conspiracy-mongering caller's defamation of the guest who represents a respectable conservative think tank. Host seems to lend respectability to the baseless claim that cannot be substantiated that United States and Israel are fomenting economic and political related protests by the Iranian people.

Caller: “I'm talking about the protesting in Iran. This man [the guest] is nothing but a Mossad [the national intelligence agency of Israel] or a CIA agent. They, without the use of force, they're using the people to overthrow the country [Iran]. Israel and the United States are involved in trying to overthrow Iran.”

Host: “Is that the case?”

Guest: “I'm sure that the Israeli government would like a more representative government in Iran because the assumption is that the more representative the government, the more it would be in line with the Iranian people and U.S. security interests…”

January 5, 2018 – 8:48 a.m.

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

Guest: Melissa Boteach, Center for American Progress vice president.

Guest: James C. Capretta, American Enterprise Institute resident fellow.

Topic: Entitlement Reform.

Caller: Mary from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (click here to view).

Caller: “If the Medicare program is not sustainable, it could have been if President Obama had not taken out $760 billion. It just blows me away how much he took out of Medicare to start the ACA. It should've actually been illegal. The Democrats say they won't touch our entitlements as they call it, but they did when they voted for the ACA. If we didn't have the money, why was he [Obama] allowed to give $200 million to Palestinians as he went out the door? I really feel sorry for the younger people. They are paying into it. They are never going to get it. I do have Medicare and it has been very good for me. I'm 90 years old. I'm worried about it lasting long enough for me.”

Host: “I want to take the question about the ACA and what the Affordable Care Act said.”

Guest: “I think she's referring to changes that were made to save money for Medicare. When she said the President voted for it, was she mistaken? It was not going to affect anybody's ability to finance health care. It is about finding efficiencies in the system. The ACA helped millions of people gain health insurance and in addition it really expanded Medicare that so that a lot of people had better health during their working years and better health as seniors. I disagree with the notion that Medicare recipients will be worse off because of the ACA.”

Host: “I think the caller is referring to the fact that they cut the Medicare program quite substantially in the Affordable Care Act. She's right that around $700 billion that they cut on hospitals and Medicare Advantage plans. They use the resources of that to increase subsidization of people in the Affordable Care Act. Does that hurt Medicare beneficiaries?”

Guest: “Not necessarily. Depends on how one views the changes. I would say that the cuts that are made -- there's a lot to talk about form. That's not really what happened. What they did was, they basically lowered the payment rate for hospital admissions by a lot. They did that on a permanent basis. Will that harm access to hospital services overtime?”

NOTE: Caller's rhetorical question, “If we didn't have the money, why was he [Obama] allowed to give $200 million to Palestinians as he went out the door?” is reasonable but unsurprisingly ignored by guests and host.

January 5, 2018 – 9:44 a.m.

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

Topic: Your views on the latest news.

Caller: Gary from Pennsylvania (click here to view).

Caller: “I want to mention a few things, one about this supposed Trump/Russian collusion thing. It's been going on over a year now, how much longer do they need to take, it is like a dead horse that has been laying in the field dead for over a year, it is no longer a corpse, just a big skeleton. The other thing I have to say about collusion or meddling in elections … I'm not saying it is right, as the United States goes, we have been meddling in elections for I don't know how long. We put Iran's Shah in. I wanted to know if it this thing is true about the election when Barack Obama was president, that somehow he was either funneling money or had a hand in trying to give or funneling $200,000 to defeat [Israeli Prime Minister] Netanyahu. Is this true or made up or whatever?”

Host: “We will look into that, you know, on one of the fact-checking websites, as we continue here for about 15 more minutes on today's Washington Journal.”

NOTE: Regarding the matter of possible interference in Israel's national election by the Obama administration, there seems to be substance to this charge (more below).

January 5, 2018 – 9:48 a.m.

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

Topic: Your views on the latest news. (click here to view this entry).

Note: Host Brawner here tries to exculpate the Obama administration in connection with activities aimed at defeating Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu in the most recent national election in Israel. A different view is in the closing NOTE below.

Host: “Following up on the previous caller [“Gary from Pennsylvania”] about President Obama funneling money to an anti-Netanyahu campaign.”

[Reading from Politifact Website:]

“In September 2013, the State Department funded two projects run by OneVoice, a New York nonprofit. The OneVoice mission is clear -- to advance a two-state solution in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Through OneVoice, ‘young grassroots activists in Israel and Palestine are equipped with the knowledge and skills to be heard as they build momentum and a constituency for the two-state solution locally and internationally,' the organization wrote in its 2013 annual report.

Affiliates OneVoice Israel got $233,500 from the State Department to spend in Israel and OneVoice Palestine got another $115,776 to spend in the Palestinian Territories. That adds up to a little more than $349,000. The question is: Do those contributions amount to funding "anti-Likud, anti-Netanyahu groups in Israel for tomorrow's election"?

[…]

Given that residents of the Palestinian Territories can't vote in national Israeli elections, it's hard to see how money spent there would influence voters in Israel. That leaves us to account for $233,500. Payton Knopf, senior director of global communications for OneVoice, said the money helped fund a series of ‘town-hall style meetings on university campuses and provided support to the Knesset Caucus for the Two-State Solution in organizing a meeting with 300 Israeli students and (Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud) Abbas in February 2014.' Knopf told us the State Department money was spent by November 2014 -- nearly four months ago. OneVoice, he said, never ‘spent any U.S. government funds in connection with the recent elections in Israel. Claims to the contrary are simply wrong.' You can read more at politifact.com.”

NOTE: Regarding the matter of possible interference in Israel's national election by the Obama administration, there seems to be substance to this charge: “Under the auspices of Chairman Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) has released a report today confirming allegations that an NGO with connections to President Obama's 2008 campaign used U.S. taxpayer dollars attempting to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2015. President Obama has had the worst relationship of any U.S. president with the elected prime minister of the Jewish State” (Washington Post, July 12, 2016).

January 2, 2018 – 9:25 a.m.

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

Guest: Anthony Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Topic: U.S. foreign policy challenges in 2018.

Caller: Grant from Washington D.C. (Click here to view).

Note: Repeat Washington Journal caller identified as "Grant from Washington D.C." is Grant F. Smith a Washington, D.C. author and director of an anti-Israel advocacy organization, Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, American Educational Trust. Jeff Stein of The Washington Post noted that Grant Smith has made a career out of writing books critical of Israel. Caller has been an apologist for Islamic terrorists and the Iranian government led by Islamist fanatics. Consistent with Journal's chronic habit of airing unchallenged defamation of Jews and Israel, host fails to adequately identify the caller (more below) while the guest provided only a weak, self-serving challenge of caller's unfounded anti-Israel accusation.
 
Caller: “I want to ask Anthony what he thinks the U.S. moral position on nuclear nonproliferation is. Essentially we waived – or presidents were allowed by Congress to waive – arms export, control acts prohibition on aid to Pakistan and India. In 1999, Mr. Cordesman himself said in 1986, he believed the Israelis were in collusion with a plant owner in Apollo, Pennsylvania, actually stole enough weapon grade uranium to build 10 nuclear weapons. I mean, what is the U.S. moral authority on nuclear nonproliferation when we're essentially bit by bit destroying this country's credibility on nuclear nonproliferation?”

Guest: “Well, first, let's be very careful that I reported as many others had, the suspicion that there had been an Israeli effort to obtain material from a plant. It has never been confirmed. When you talk about proliferation, the reality is that we have continuously taken a strong stand attempting to check it. The reality is, when you have the kind of confrontation you do between India and Pakistan, you have to deal with the fact that once they proliferate, you have to live with two major powers that have great regional impact and influence. When you talk about what has happened in Israel, and frankly there's no doubt, as most experts believe, Israel has a modern nuclear armed ballistic missile force. But the U.S. has consistently pressured Israel not to make that kind of over force that might provoke its neighbors. But it's put pressure on virtually all of the Arab states to not go nuclear. There's only so much you can do, frankly in the world. It is not simply a matter of dealing with nuclear, you have advances in biotechnology. You have the fact that precision-guided conventional weapons can now take out critical economic facilities, effectively becoming weapons of mass effectiveness. These are realities that are going to become steadily more threatening in the future. We can put as much pressure as we can and the new national security strategy calls for that. But we have no unilateral capability to stop other countries and taking the moral stand that cost us our influence and ability to work with them, is not going to achieve any moral effects.”

NOTE: Caller Grant Smith's unfounded anti-Israel accusation that "the Israelis were in collusion with a plant owner … stole enough weapon grade uranium to build 10 nuclear weapons" is completely without substance. McArdle hosted this caller on Feb. 3, 2014 (9:29 a.m.) when Smith conveyed this same false accusation. CAMERA's C-SPAN Watch entry debunks the accusation.

Can there be any legitimate excuse for the failure to identify caller “Grant” as a repeat caller focusing on the same subject matter each time? In addition to the fact that this same host McArdle has at least three times previously indulged this same notorious caller, any modern computer based call-in talk show phone system, one that is presumably utilized by C-SPAN's Washington Journal (if not, why not?), provides various features for the host including flagging of repeat callers with information on their previous calls.

Host McArdle dealt with caller Grant Smith on numerous occasions. On Nov. 15, 2017 (9:29 a.m.) (click here to view); and on May 9, 2016 (8:21 a.m.) when he advocated for “Muslim American” groups in opposition to Israel and vilified “Israel Lobbyists.”
 

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