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Media Analyses





C-SPAN May – June 2014


Send your comments about C-SPAN's platform for the defamation of Israel and Jews to CAMERA:  c-span-watch@camera.org
 

June 25, 2014 – 8:42 AM

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

Guest: Representative Rob Wittman (R-VA), chairman of Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness.

Topic: U.S. military options in Iraq.

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

Note: “Perry” is another member of the sizable cadre of Washington Journal conspiracy mongering callers who thrive on the blame-Jews-for-everything syndrome. Often, this includes grossly exaggerating the influence of the so-called “Israeli lobby.” Ironically, the most potent element of the “Israeli lobby” in America is arguably Christian evangelicals who define themselves as Christian Zionists. This group, along with Jewish Zionists and agnostic Zionists, believes that the Jews are both a religious community and a people with unbroken, 3,000-year-old roots in Jerusalem and the land of Israel.

Caller: “Here we are, the Republican Party again wants to create the fear mongering that somehow or another any of these Middle East countries can somehow strike the United States from afar. It is the same problem that Saddam Hussein was faced with. Even if he had weapons of mass destruction, he had no vehicles to get them here. We constantly get this nonsense that they're going to set up bases over there and these guys are going to have the sophistication to deliver a weapon to destroy America. And remember this Congressman, there is no such thing as a dirty bomb. The nonsense about suitcase bombs does not hold weight because nuclear weapons have been around for 70 years and there has not been any. The reason you want a stable Middle East is because you take money from the Israeli lobby. Tell me that you do not. Thank you.”

Guest: “Thank you Perry. We do want a stable Middle East. That's absolutely critical. Extremist organizations that set up bases can attack the United States. We have seen it – 9/11. It is very, very clear. Those forces can come here. We need to make sure that we stop them from being able to expand their footprint. We see the effort to expand their footprint not only in Syria but now into Iraq. So, it is a real threat. We have seen the manifestation of that threat here in the United States on our soil. There is the opportunity for them to use a variety of weapons, nuclear or otherwise, to harm United States and United States interests. That is the reality we have to deal with here. It is in our best interest to have a stable Middle East, one where Al-Qaeda is not able to operate out of and train people to extend their levels of violence to other areas of the world.”

Host: “The caller also believes that you have this stance because of Israel.”

Guest: “Well, obviously Israel is a partner in the region and we have to be mindful of our relationship with Israel. Israel has been a great help in making sure we have a stable Middle East. So, yes, we have a strong relationship with Israel, that should continue. I think that is in the best interest of the United States, the region, and Israel. So, I am a strong proponent of a strong relationship with Israel because it helps both countries and it helps that area of the world.”

NOTE: C-SPAN's anti-Israel conspiracy mongers repeatedly falsely claim a grossly exaggerated influence for the “Israeli lobby” by which they often mean AIPAC, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, such that it supposedly controls congressional Republicans and Democrats. As should be obvious, the two large parties, with tens of thousands of activists and millions of supporters, are "controlled" by no one, not even their top elected leaders. They are umbrella groups representing speaking for often internally divergent, sometimes competing interests. As for AIPAC, it is not a foreign agent. It does not represent the Israeli government nor any Israeli political party. Rather, AIPAC is a registered U.S. lobby, speaking for members united in support of strong U.S.-Israel ties. It is not financed through political action committees nor does it act like a political action committee. Examples of AIPAC opposition defeating a major American Middle East policy initiative are virtually non-existent. The organization's influence primarily is due to its presentation of facts to political leaders and the fact that a large majority of the American public, according to numerous polls, sides with Israel in its conflict with Arab neighbors. AIPAC may be one of the most influential foreign policy lobbies, but bigger groups with clout on broader legislation would include, for example, the American Association of Retired Persons, the Catholic Church in America, labor unions and the dairy lobby or the National Rifle Association.

An example of a lobbying heavy-weight that is rarely if ever brought up in a C-SPAN Washington Journal discussion, is the petro-dollar funded pro-Arab lobby, whose influence is felt not only on Capitol Hill, the State Department and Pentagon, through multi-billion dollar weapons purchases but also in academia, with large-scale grants to prominent universities, and in society in general through subsidies and material support to mosques, religious schools and advocacy groups. But Washington Journal hosts rarely deal with such substance when the subject is Israel and the Middle East, often instead tolerating and even encouraging anti-Jewish fantasists such as this caller.

As for the Israel/United States alliance, cooperative arrangements with Israel provide technology benefits to America related to unmanned aircraft, anti-missile defenses, battlefield medical techniques – and intelligence on anti-U.S. as well as anti-Israeli Arab and Islamic radicals.

June 25, 2014 – 8:51 AM

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

Guest: Representative Rob Wittman (R-VA), chairman of Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness.

Topic: U.S. military options in Iraq.

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

Note: “Tom” is another member of the sizable cadre of Washington Journal conspiracy mongering callers whose antisemitic, anti-Israel bend includes the fantasy that Israel assigns wars for the United States to fight. And true to form, a Washington Journal host indulges the lunatic fringe caller.

Caller: “When I was in Vietnam, I ran into a North Carolina farmer who quoted Rudyard Kipling to me and I'd like to repeat it. Just give me fifteen seconds. ‘It is not good for the Christian white to hold the Asian brown for the Christian whiles as the Asian smiles and wears the Christian down. At the end of the fight, as the tombstone write on the grave of the deceased, an epitaph clear, a fool lies here who tried to hurry the east.' So, I am for pulling out of Afghanistan and Iraq. The only reason, I believe, we are there is for the state of Israel which we view as an ally... ”

Host (interrupting): “Tom, why do you believe that? Why do you believe that – because some people believe that sounds antisemitic?”

Caller: “Oh – any negative comment about anything Jewish is antisemitic. It is foolish that the media allows that label. I believe it started in 1968 when Israel strafed the U.S.S. Liberty and killed 30 of our sailors and wounded 122 flying the American flag.”

Host: “So, Tom really believes that this goes back to our support for Israel, another caller as well said that, but you believe it is wider than that.”

Guest: “I think it is. Obviously we have an alliance with Israel, a great supporter and ally in this [Middle East] region that has helped us in combating extremists and efforts against the United States. But the picture is broader than that. It's what are we doing to make sure we are not allowing these extremist organizations to take root who then export that extremism, that violence to other areas of the world, including U.S. interests and directly on U.S. soil. If you allow those efforts to grow, eventually it affects the United States. So, it is broader than just Israel. Having a good, strong alliance in relationship with Israel is critical in that region, but is not just for the United States-Israel relationship, it's for the broader perspective of stamping out extremism that would eventually affect the United States.”

NOTE: Israel-haters, such as “Tom,” repeatedly dredge up the conspiratorial myth relating to the tragic U.S.S. Liberty accident case. The Israeli Air Force attack against the U.S.S. Liberty in the Mediterranean Sea near Egypt during the 1967 Six-Day War was determined by the U.S. government in six separate inquiries to have been a "fog of war" mistake. Nevertheless – or perhaps in part because official investigations determined the attack was accidental – allegations of a knowing, intentional Israeli strike against the U.S. Navy vessel have become a staple of anti-Israel propaganda.

After several official U.S. investigations, no evidence was uncovered that the attack was made with knowledge that the target was a U.S. ship. There is substantial evidence the attack was a tragic mistake caused by blunders of both the United States and Israel. Eight U.S. presidents, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush (41), Clinton, and Bush (43), have each accepted the conclusion that the attack resulted from a mistaken identity. Nevertheless, conspiracy theorists continue to claim the Israelis knowingly attacked a U.S. ship.

Some former Liberty crewmen and like-minded conspiracists have charged that the U.S. government, including the Congress, has failed to investigate the attack on the Liberty. But, contrary to these false claims, the facts uncovered by six investigations have been issued and are summarized here with date issued and conclusion:

• C.I.A. report – June 13, 1967 – No malice; attack a mistake.

• U.S. Navy Court of Inquiry – June 18, 1967 – Mistaken identity.

• Report by presidential advisor Clark Clifford – July 18, 1967 – No evidence ship was known to be American.

• Senate Select Committee on Intelligence – 1979/1981 – No merit to claims attack was intentional.

• National Security Agency – 1981 – Mistaken identity.

• House Armed Services Committee – 1991/1992 – No support for claims attack was intentional.

This last investigation was spurred by White House Chief of Staff John Sununu, who, after meeting with Liberty veterans, referred them to Representative Nick Mavroules (D-Mass.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Investigations of the House Armed Services Committee. After a one-year investigation the matter was closed, the investigators finding nothing to support conspiracy claims or any Israeli intentions to attack a U.S. ship. (See in particular: The Liberty Incident: The 1967 Attack on the U.S. Navy Spy Ship by Judge A. Jay Cristol, Potomac).

June 11, 2014 – 7:13 AM

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

Topic: Majority Leader Eric Cantor defeated in Republican primary.

Caller: Eric from Petertown, Georgia (click here to view).

Rather than rebuking and immediately terminating the obviously anti-Jewish caller as journalistic responsibility dictates, host indulges. Jews are the only ethnic/religious group routinely vilified on Washington Journal. This is documented by CAMERA's C-SPAN Watch going back to 2008. A previous instance of host Brawner's malpractice in this regard was on April 10, 2013 (7:18 AM) (click here to view).

Caller: "Hi Greta. Greta, Please let me finish. The reason why Cantor lost was because he was the only Jewish politician in the Republican House. If you look at the situation, based on what has happened here, these right-wing people are cleansing the party of everything. The Democrats need to start taking a look at the top and older guys at the head of their party – such as [U.S. Congressman] Carl Levin and [U.S. Senator] Dianne Feinstein who are causing trouble. In other words, the Democratic party has a lot of Jewish members. I'm not antisemitic but this is having effect on policy. [U.S. Senator Charles] Schumer and these people are causing problems in the party. We need them out. We need more (indistinct) politicians to balance this out so we can deal with these domestic problems. Thank you."

[Host has no comment.]

June 5, 2014 – 8:42 AM

Host: JUANA SUMMERS (jsummers@politico.com, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org). Host is a defense reporter for the Politico Web site.

Guest: RICHARD BARRETT, U.N. Al-Qaeda and Taliban monitoring team director.

Topic: Syria spawning new generation of terrorists?

Caller: Mike from Germantown, Maryland (click here to view).

Repeat caller “Mike” is one of several Washington Journal seemingly unhinged callers who apparently exist in their own information bubble, paying little, if any, attention to the news media but lots of attention to fringe conspiracy theorizing (usually anti-Israel) sources. Typical of Washington Journal's chronic journalistic malpractice, neither guest nor host directly challenged caller's delusional conspiracy mongering.

Caller: “Thank you for taking my call. Listen, I missed the first few minutes of your guest here. If you go to infowars.com, you'll see that this war in Syria is not about rebels versus Assad, this is all about the CIA, [Britain's] MI-6 and the Israeli Mossad training and hiring mercenaries to attack Assad so they can get him under control of the European Union and the central bankers. This is all a phony war. This is all about – just like we backed the fascists in Ukraine that staged the coup there. We are trying to take over Syria to use as a staging ground to possibly attack Iran. All those so-called rebels are hired mercenaries trained by the CIA. The two axis of evil is Washington, D.C, Tel Aviv [Israel], and the city of London.”

Host: “Richard Barrett, your thoughts.”

Guest: “The vast majority of people fighting in Syria are Syrians, a huge number of Syrians. This civil war began in March 2011 with protests that were perfectly peaceful. There were protests in the tradition of the Arab spring and many of the other countries in the area. It was really by the summer of that year that the extraordinarily harsh response of the Syrian government made people realize there was no way that peaceful protest was going to change in Syria and they had to defend themselves, and, on the other hand, they had to attack to achieve some sort of change. …”

[Guests lengthy response of several minutes failed to directly refute caller's bizarre accusations.]

NOTE: In a previous call monitored by CAMERA, on Jan. 6, 2013, this same “Mike from Germantown, Maryland” (click here to listen), responding to the topic, “President Obama's second term foreign policy agenda,” ranted mendaciously, “… Al Qaeda terrorists were airlifted from Libya to aid Syrian opposition. This is not a rebellion, this is a CIA/Mossad/MI-6 state-sponsored coup where we train and arm the terrorists to overthrow Assad in order to put in a central bank and gain control. This man [guest Kitfield] on your program is nothing but a pimp for the new world order.”

June 5, 2014 – 8:50 AM

Host: JUANA SUMMERS (jsummers@politico.com, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org). Host is a defense reporter for the Politico Web site.

Guest: RICHARD BARRETT, U.N. Al-Qaeda and Taliban monitoring team director.

Topic: Syria spawning new generation of terrorists?

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

Repeat caller “Hannah” [one of her many aliases] is one of several serial Washington Journal serial callers who seem to exist in their own information bubble, paying little attention to the news media but lots of attention to fringe conspiracy (usually anti-Israel) sources. Whatever the topic, this caller always manages to assign blame to Israel and, as well, to America's foreign policy.

Caller: “I'm actually calling from Dayton, Ohio. You mentioned the Leveretts, Flint and Hillary, both in the Bush administration. Flint Leverett was against the invasion of Iraq. I believe he actually quit the Bush administration just before the invasion. But he was a former CIA Middle East analyst and Hillary ... they have stated several years ago that 50 percent of the Syrian people support Assad and that Assad was willing to do a deal where there were shared powers. And then they also talk about – well, they and Professor Juan Cole at Informed Comment – talk about part of what we are doing is the destabilization of the Middle East for U.S. and Israeli interests. And that by supporting forces that we don't know who they are through military intelligence and weapons via different pathways, that we don't really know who we are supporting in Syria there. So you talk about the Assad thing, he would share powers, 50 percent of the people support Assad. I have one more thing about – you mentioned Al Qaeda. Ron Susskind wrote a book called ‘The Price of Loyalty," where he talked about former Secretary of the Treasury Paul O'Neill, in the Bush administration, starting to investigate Saudi Arabian connections with financial support of Al Qaeda. So if you could talk about that as well“

[Caller's two-minute speech proceeded uninterrupted.]

Guest: “Right. Okay. Well, first of all, the offer by Assad to share power, the United Nations has had several rounds of talks trying to engage the Syrian government alongside the rebels to talk about sharing agreements. The Friends of Syria, which is a group of many states around the world, including the United States and Russia and so on, sorted out a sort of way forward that there would be a transitional government, a government of transition or a process that would lead to a sharing of power essentially between all sections of Syrian society, but it would require Bashar Al-Assad to leave. But Bashar Al-Assad refused to accept that… It is important for Israel to have stability in the Middle East…”

[Here, about half-way through guest's lengthy response of several minutes, guest refuted the caller's false accusation involving “destabilization of the Middle East for U.S. and Israeli interests.”]

NOTE: This caller most recently phoned Washington Journal as “Kathleen from Dayton, Ohio” on March 18, 2014 at 7:09 AM (click here to view). This was CAMERA's C-SPAN Watch comment, relevant here, pertaining to that call: This obsessively anti-Israel caller – whose lengthy, uninterrupted rants are always indulged – is again allowed to violate C-SPAN's ostensible one-call-per-30-days rule. She called only two days prior as "Kathleen from Athens, Ohio" (March 16 – 7:06 AM) during a segment also hosted by Steve Scully. Would C-SPAN have people believe that host Scully did not recognize from only two days prior, Kathleen's highly distinctive voice and similar spiel? Notice the unusual opening dialogue between Steve and Kathleen. This is a suspicious departure from the norm in which C-SPAN hosts obtain caller's name and location from a computer screen. Scully previously had also indulged this caller on Sept. 8, 2013. In many similar calls monitored by CAMERA over the years, this caller has variously identified herself as: Kathleen, Patricia, Jackie, Kay, Kate, Ann, Mary – and now for the first time – “Hannah.”

May 27, 2014 – 9:35 AM

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

Guest: DAN RAVIV, CBS News national correspondent.

Topic: Obama Administration Middle East Policy Challenges.

Caller: Dennis from Cape May, Virginia (click here to view).

Caller: "I am just wondering why – if Israel is so worried about its security – nobody mentions that Israel has 500 nuclear warheads and have many chemical weapons?"

[Caller claims "that Israel has 500 nuclear warheads" – what is the source of this? Certainly not Israel or any other credible source. Host fails to challenge caller here – asks guest later.]

Guest: "Well, my book, "Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel's Secret Wars," talks a lot about how Israel developed a nuclear arsenal and mentions chemical and biological weapons. All of this is secret but my co-author and I managed to get the story. The general take in Israel is that if anybody has these weapons, we have to after what happened to the Jewish people during World War II in the Holocaust that killed six million Jews. They say, "never again can we be defenseless." What do you do with nuclear weapons? Your phone call is fascinating. I'm with you, Dennis. But Israel has a nuclear bomb, but they are not going to use it to solve the Palestinian issue or protect the borders or to stop terrorists from crossing the border and kidnaping or attacking Israelis. Nuclear weapons, chemical weapons – sure – but what do you do on the ground? Where are the borders? Where do you need police roadblocks and checkpoints? Can you set up a Palestinian state – a new nation – that will live side-by-side with Israel in peace? I am still hopeful that it will happen. It just won't be right now."

NOTE: 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's assumed nuclear arsenal may have deterred Syria from using chemical weapons in the 1973 Yom Kippur War or subsequently. It may have helped incline Arab states toward the view that subsequent and potentially larger conventional wars would have been too risky to wage. The guest's question, "What do you do with nuclear weapons?" is what the United States has done – use them as a lid to contain conventional warfare and deter nuclear attacks. What Israel has not done with them is participate with the United States on defense matters, including concerning threats from Iran, Hezbullah or Hamas. Israel has not participated in their proliferation as have Pakistan, China, North Korea and, reportedly, Iran.

Host: "What about the number that the caller gave out – 500 warheads?"

Guest: "The CIA believed about twenty years ago that Israel had 200 nuclear weapons. Now, you're going to think that they keep building more. But my understanding is you replace or renovate. There is no reason that Israel needs more than 200 nuclear weapons. But in the modern world, they make them smaller and put them on missiles or submarines. All of this is not acknowledged by Israel. But I think often the Israelis don't mind the leaks that make some of their neighbors a little bit afraid of them."

May 27, 2014 – 9:43 AM

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

Guest: DAN RAVIV, CBS News national correspondent.

Topic: Obama Administration Middle East Policy Challenges.

Caller: Janet from West Virginia (click here to view).

[Caller is that rarity on Washington Journal – one that speaks well of Israel.]

Caller: "I want to talk about the Palestinians and Israel. That will never happen. They [Palestinians] do not want peace. You can say they do. They [Israel] just have a little country over there. Why don't they leave them [Israel] alone? They even help the Palestinians. They can't let their guard down. But they will according to the Bible and that will be too late. And as far as Obama, I want to tell you ..."

Guest (interrupting): "I want to ask you ma'am, When you said they, they who helped the Palestinians, you meant Israel?"

Caller: "Yes."

Guest: "Well, there you are. What we are hearing there is a lot of hope and I don't want to be presumptuous, but that could be faith-based hope in the concern about the Middle East. Certainly in a lot of the churches. It's not only American Jews who are only two percent of the population who care about Israel. A lot of church groups, generally evangelical Christians care about the Holy Land. They usually take Israel's side. And of course Israeli officials would tell you that they are being stubborn about security because they ... Israel has tried to help the Palestinians.

But the Palestinians make a potent point that Israel, being so concerned about security, has too many checkpoints and roadblocks that stop women from getting to the hospital when they are pregnant and all sorts of individual problems that add up to a (indistinct) situation. You can see why Kerry wants to change it last year. But when he got into details he could not get them to agree. You can see why everyone is concerned. We would like peace there. But what is happening just to the north in Syria with 160,000 people killed so far in three years of civil war with over 2 million refugees, Syria is a far worse problem. There we are just confused and we are not helping much and Russia is pouring weapons into the Assad government side. That civil war is going on and on with more killing."

NOTE: Guest minimizes caller's point. Israel has assisted Palestinian Arabs – regardless of the latter's frequent insistence that they are at war with the Jewish state – in numerous ways since conquering the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967. Under Israeli administration, infant mortality declined, life expectancy and literacy rose, additional schools were opened, electricity networks and water lines expanded, and so on. Even during the second intifada, a 2003 U.N. report noted that Palestinian Arabs had a higher standard of living than Algerians, Egyptians, Syrians, Moroccans, and Yemini.

May 27, 2014 – 9:48 AM

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

Guest: DAN RAVIV, CBS News national correspondent.

Topic: Obama Administration Middle East Policy Challenges.

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

[Caller is another of Washington Journal's cadre of conspiracy mongering, obsessive anti-Israel callers.]

Caller: "In order to understand what is going on in the Middle East, a couple of things have to be taken into account. One is the Israeli plan by an Israeli strategist and the other is the Clean Break plan by people at the American Enterprise Institute and Brookings and the Hudson Institute and the other Washington think tanks – that essentially use U.S. hard power to aid Israel in the destruction of all of its victims in the region. The intent is to change the world in the Middle East to Israel's liking."

[Caller vents his rambling, largely delusional conspiracy theory.]

Host: "David, what evidence do you have of that?"

Caller: "I have evidence on everything I've read over the last eight years and I've been studying this issue."

Host: "Where do you get this ...?"

Caller (interrupting) : "General Wesley Clark has written a book and cited seven states that were targets of these plans. James Bamford's book, "Pretext for War."

[Caller's Clark reference is largely baseless; James Bamford is a discredited Israel-basher and conspiracy theorist who has been caught concocting falsehoods.]

Host: "There is a sentiment there and I have heard that reference before to Wesley Clark and what he has to say."

[What reference?]

Guest: "I am going to have to check out that book and see if that's true. Other books begin with an animus toward the state of Israel. When the Jewish state was established in 1948 after World War II, there was a lot of sympathy around the world including in the United States. Six million Jews had just been murdered by the Nazis. Israel was a small, growing economy. They were likable. The Six-Day War happened in 1967 and at first, led by Life magazine and Look magazine, that was cheered. Little Israel managed to defend itself against all of the surrounding Arab countries and beat them in six days. They captured the Sinai, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and the Golan Heights.

Now that has been an albatross for the Israelis. The Sinai went back to Egypt, Gaza is still a problem. They did pull out in 2005 putting a big ugly security wall around it. The Golan Heights, Syria demanded back. But now Syria has a civil war so they are not powerful enough to do anything. The West Bank is what we are really talking about. This is where we have problems. There is this feeling of humiliation by Palestinians. Israelis, including the settlers, say they have a right that goes back to the Bible years. The West Bank and Jerusalem are the real problems. What the caller said about the wider conspiracy that Israel wants to dominate the whole region – my reading on that – after having covered Israel for decades – is that it really is a search for security, that concern that its back is against the wall. That is the real Israeli viewpoint. They have to have spies all over the region. I have written about espionage a lot. That drives the Israelis. I don't think they want to dominate the region. They believe they have real reason to be concerned that most of the Arab neighbors do not accept them. They're still searching for full acceptance."

NOTE: Incredible. The caller imagines a conspiracy involving numerous Washington think tanks of various ideological views combining to inveigle the United States into using military force to remake the Middle East to Israel's liking – and the guest, a veteran CBS correspondent, says he'll have to check it out. If anything, Israel cautioned the United States about destablizing Iraq by overthrowing Saddam Hussein and later doing the same in Libya to Moammar Gadahfi. Likewise, some news reports and analyses have suggested one reason for intense U.S. focus on Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy, despite long odds, has been to deflect Israel from giving priority to action against Iran. And rather than being "an albatross," as the guest refers to the Israeli presence in the West Bank, it at the least has prevented it from becoming a "Hamas-stan" as did the Gaza Strip after Israel's unilateral withdrawal.

May 27, 2014 – 9:51 AM

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

Guest: DAN RAVIV, CBS News national correspondent.

Topic: Obama Administration Middle East Policy Challenges.

Caller: Ben from McLean, Virginia (click here to view).

Caller: "I have a question about the changing dynamic of the conflict in the Middle East. This is something that has diminished the role of a formal negotiations as a way to resolve conflict. This has given way to new approaches. For example, this is something commentators don't mention enough, things like the boycott and sanctions movement that has the Israelis very concerned. Things such as the reliance of the Palestinians on international law especially through the U.N. Thanks to the U.N. elevating the idea, the Pope is referring to the "state of Palestine." The third is the increasing role of civil society and the churches, especially in Europe but increasingly in the United States. The churches are starting to play a role a little bit reminiscent of the abolitionist movement and the civil rights movement and the anti-apartheid movement – and generally on the Palestinian side. Could you please comment."

Guest: "Well, I will. The government of Israel is concerned about these things and believes the boycott movement could be a danger. They see it as a threat to to their credibility and acceptance. That has always been their concern. Now, the rest of the world is questioning whether or not there should be a Jewish state. What Secretary of State Kerry told the Israelis is if you don't reach an agreement with the Palestinian government, this is going to go on and on and more Palestinians are going to have more children and they might outnumber you. You could wind up with an apartheid situation. You are ruling over a majority that you are not giving full rights to. Some factions of Israel want to move quickly toward peace. Netanyahu and his cabinet are very cautious and reluctant to make concessions."

Host: "What about international law?"

Guest: "It gives the Palestinians a sense that they have more credibility. That means a lot. They have a seat in the U.N. General Assembly. They want their credibility. That is a theme in much of the Arab world and Islamic countries. We should recognize that. People's dignity should be respected. They also won their rights. There was never a state of Arab Palestine before 1967. The Palestinians have achieved peoplehood. Everybody seems to agree there should be two states, Israel and Palestine."

NOTE: The guest, a specialist in security and espionage affairs, responds superficially to the questions about boycotts, international law and Palestinian "credibility." The Palestinian Authority received "non-member observer status" in some U.N. bodies; it does not have a seat in the General Assembly. It lacks, though Raviv fails to point out, normal attributes of statehood, including sovereignty over the territory it claims and the people it claims to represent. Israel's concern about the BDS (boycott, divestment, sanction) movement results more from its psychological warfare potential – the movement aims not at Israeli-Palestinian peace but at delegitimization and destruction of the Jewish state – than its economic impact so far, which has been quite small. As for Palestinian "credibility" and achievement of a national identity, Palestinian leaders continue to reject a two-state solution if it means an end to the conflict with Israel as a Jewish state and as a group, the largely Sunni Muslim majority of the West Bank and Gaza Strip is closely related by religion, language, custom and Arab ethnicity to the Sunni majorities of Syria, Jordan and Egypt.

May 27, 2014 – 9:55 AM

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

Guest: DAN RAVIV, CBS News national correspondent.

Topic: Obama Administration Middle East Policy Challenges.

Caller: Marie from Reno, Nevada (click here to view).

Caller: "My question is why do we keep giving billions of dollars to Israel when we could bring that money back to the U.S. infrastructure and start giving loans and grants so we can start manufacturing?"

Guest: "There are a few reasons. We are very close to the Capitol... foreign aid is a very small percentage of foreign aid. Israel has been a top recipient of U.S. foreign aid...."

Host (interrupting): "It is not anymore?"

Guest: "Now it is Afghanistan, but that has probably been scaled back. We're only talking about two or three billion dollars a year in military aid, it is being reduced as well. It is not financial aid, it is military aid. Usually there are strings attached. They [Israel] have to spend the aid in the U.S. and buy American products. It is good for the U.S. defense industry to have foreign customers. Israel tries out the weapons. Their technology is top notch. They give feedback as to how these things work."

NOTE: As is typical of C-SPAN's cadre of callers who invariably single out only Israel from among all other nations for condemnation – both foe and friend of the United States – caller "Marie" demands that Israel stop receiving U.S. aid. Raviv is the rare guest who mentions advantages to the United States accruing from its close relationship with Israel.

May 27, 2014 – 9:58 AM

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

Guest: DAN RAVIV, CBS News national correspondent.

Topic: Obama Administration Middle East Policy Challenges.

Caller: Hunter from Oregon (click here to view).

Caller: "You just made a comment that prior to 1967, there was no Palestinian state. Jordan controlled the so-called West Bank and Egypt controlled Gaza. Why didn't they call for a Palestinian state then? Why before the formation of the P.L.O. [Palestine Liberation Organization] in 1964, when people referred to Palestinians, they were talking about Jews. This is a brilliant fraud flawlessly executed but unfortunately we cannot put the toothpaste back in the tube. Where this goes, I don't know. Good luck with your book."

Guest: "Thanks. You made a strong point there in the end which is you can't reverse history. The Palestinians have achieved a sense of peoplehood both in their own society – waving a flag, feeling they are a country and also world recognition. You cannot reverse that. I too was pointing out that it changed a lot since 1967. Let's be honest, some of it was achieved by the late Yasser Arafat putting the P.L.O on the map by hijacking aircrafts and carrying out terrorism. It has been a pretty weird 50 years."

Note: Again, Raviv' makes superficial geo-political assertions. Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union and South Vietnam, for example, all waved flags, behaved as recognized countries and were "reversed." Meanwhile, long-established peoples, including the Kurds and Tibetans, continue to await "world recognition" as countries while one of 22 Arab states, Jordan, has a Palestinian Arab majority and occupies three-fourths of the land originally meant for reestablishment of the Jewish national home. He is correct that Arafat and the P.L.O. put the Palestinian cause on the map by terrorism. It is "pretty weird" that a self-described people whose main claim to recognition is violence meant to deny another people, the Jews, their own state, invokes history to bolster its case.

Host: "I just want to update our viewers. This is a Time Magazine graphic that was put together about the top ten countries receiving U.S. aid. This is from March of this year. You can see Afghanistan at the top of the list with over 12 billion, Israel is next reaching up to about six billion."

Guest: "I would say it might have reached ... the reason for that would be for creating the "Iron Dome" technology that can shoot down incoming rockets that's valuable for the United States. The Israelis are the test case, but the U.S. is financing it. That led to a lot more money for Israel."

May 26, 2014 – 7:31 AM

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

Topic: Memorial Day – what does it mean to you?

Caller: Tim from Florida (click here to view).
 
Incredibly, but too often typically for Washington Journal, hostess Brawner accepts as legitimate the antisemitic assertion that U.S. wars are due to Israel and asks the caller to explain the claim.

Caller: "Thank you for taking my call. I'd just like to say I lost my brother in Iraq. I don't like these neocon wars for Israel that we have. I'd just also like to remember …"

Host (interrupting): "Why do you think that the wars are for Israel?"

Caller: "Well, you can read the Mearsheimer report and Dr. Stephen Sniegoski's The Transparent Cabal: The Neoconservative Agenda, War in the Middle East and the National Interest of Israel. It is clearly obvious that it's a neocon push with the Israel lobby. They got us into Iraq."

Host: "Those are Tim's opinions."

NOTE: Hostess Brawner fails to inform the audience that Professors John Mearsheimer and Steven Walt's book The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy is an error-filled work that, like The Transparent Cabal, misleadingly posits an unwarranted, distorting pro-Israel influence on American policy makers. She instead indulges the caller. The Washington Journal hostess ineffectually responds to the familiar – to C-SPAN viewers – anti-Jewish allegation of U.S. "wars for Israel." "Neocon" often is used by program callers, without hindrance by program hosts, as a euphemism for American Jews. Given that such allegations dovetail with Nazi propaganda, today echoed by Islamic extremists groups like Hamas that Jews have been behind all of history's great wars, Brawner ought to have recognized the allegation and pointed out its source.

May 26, 2014 – 7:44 AM

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

Topic: Memorial Day – what does it mean to you?

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

C-SPAN typically indulges this repeat caller despite her anti-America, pro-Syrian, pro-Iranian, pro-Russian and obsessively anti-Israeli statements. The caller has used many aliases in making more than 40 calls since December 2008 and has identified herself in a previous call as being of Syrian descent. This deceptive respondent called again on this day at 8:32 AM as "Mary" and was permitted, contrary to C-SPAN's 30-days-between-calls rule, to continue ranting, as here, about the U.S.S. Liberty accident.

Caller: "I would like to hear a Benghazi type hearing for the U.S.S. Liberty survivors. In all these wars that we are fighting -- the veteran I really honor, truly, is only one, and that is my father, who was in the service during World War II, but he was smart enough not to go in and fight for the communists. And that's all I have to say. Oh – and also, one more thing. [U.S. Senator and former Republican presidential candidate] John McCain is a traitor because. Hello?"

Host: "We're listening, Christine. Why do you say that?"

The caller honors "only one veteran," her father who was "smart enough not to fight for the communists." Which communists -- those ruling the Soviet Union during World War II, or others, perhaps in "Christine's" imagination, those commanding her father? She calls Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who spent five years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, "a traitor." But C-SPAN's host, rather than insisting on clarification or documentation, blandly asks the caller to go on.

Caller: "John McCain is a traitor because he called a friend of mine a jerk for bringing that up at a memorial event. He said [to McCain] ‘Why don't you honor the U.S.S. Liberty?' and he [McCain] called him ‘a jerk.' You can go to tinyurl…"

Host: "Okay, Christine out of California."

NOTE: This female phoner is a counterpart of notorious Washington Journal anti-Israel, antisemitic caller James Morris, and teamed up with him later at 8:32 AM calling herself "Mary" following Morris' 8:30 call. The NOTE for the 8:32 call exposes the mendacious claims concerning the U.S.S. Liberty accident. CAMERA has monitored 45 calls (including the two calls today) from this person since December 2008. Her most recent previous call was March 31, 2014 – 7:59 AM (click here to view) as "Rachel from Reseda, California" in which she boasted that she gets her news from RT [Russia Today] and Press-TV [English-language propaganda organs of the Russian and Iranian governments, respectively,] and ridiculed "ignorant callers" who depend on CNN and Fox News. She charged that "the Jews are trying to get us into wars" and "Obama' s foreign policy is being led by [Israel's Prime Minister] Netanyahu and AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the registered pro-Israel lobby)." Typically for Washington Journal, at that time, neither host nor guest challenged her incitement.  

May 26, 2014 – 8:30 AM

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

Topic: Douglass Brinkley – author and historian – takes questions on meaning of Memorial Day.

Caller: James from California (click here to view).
 
Caller is James Morris, conspiracy mongering, serial blame-Israel, Washington Journal phoner (72 calls monitored by CAMERA since Dec. 13, 2008). Hostess indulges caller's propaganda spiel.
 
Caller Morris (trying to put hostess on the defensive): "I have not called in over 30 days and I would like to not be cut off because I notice that whenever you talk about the neocons or about the Israel agenda like in the last segment, the caller gets cut off. I would like to ask Mr. Brinkley, whom I respect, what he thought about the book that was mentioned, the Mersheimer/Walt book, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. And President Obama basically has a top neocon associate, Victoria Nuland [assistant secretary of state for Eastern Europe and Eurasian Affairs] who is married to the leader of Project for a New American Century [a Washington, D.C. think tank], Robert Kagan, and that's what we see unfolding in Ukraine versus Russia and also in the Middle East with Iran, Syria and Iraq. If you go back to the document about re-building American defenses – it has all the neocon agenda…"

Host: "Alright James, I will leave it there. Let me explain, Mr. Brinkley. Earlier [7:31 AM] we had a call saying all of the wars are tied to neoconservatives and fighting wars on behalf of Israel. Historically, can you weigh in on that?"

[Typically, host confers respectability on lunatic-fringe, conspiracy mongering views.]

Guest: "It is a lot to get my hands around. Israel is our great ally and friend. They are the [only] true democracy in the Middle East. You have a huge U.S./Israel friendship, which is a good thing. The idea that somehow Israel could be responsible for 9/11, it was not Israel that bombed the United States. It was Islamic terrorism. So, I do not quite understand. I guess I have not read the book the caller is talking about, but I get a little tired when I hear about all of these neocon conspiracies and all. The United States has a great friendship with Israel and hopefully that will continue. I have nothing but huge admiration for the country of Israel and what they have been able to accomplish in the Middle East."

Host: "Okay."

NOTE: James Morris' (serial blame-Israel Washington Journal phoner – 72 calls monitored by CAMERA since Dec. 13, 2008) most recent call was March 13, 2014 (7:12 AM) as "John from California" (click here to view). Indulging him at that time was this same host Brawner while the topic was "President Obama warns Russia of cost in Ukraine." The Note at that time: Here again, Morris is allowed to violate C-SPAN's ostensible one-call-per-30-days rule having called March 1, 2014 – 7:14 PM (click here to view) as "Tim from Los Angeles" with a rant virtually identical to today's rant. Irrationally, Morris obsessively blames Israel for all Middle East conflicts and now, as well, for the Russia/Ukraine conflict. Additionally, Morris habitually voices support for Iran (whose Islamist leaders threaten to destroy Israel and are the main sponsors of the Lebanese terrorist Hezbollah movement dedicated to attacking Americans and Israelis). Morris is falsely presented as a legitimate analyst by the Iranian state-owned, English-language Press TV in an audio clip (a photo of Morris is included).

May 26, 2014 – 8:32 AM

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

Topic: Douglass Brinkley – author and historian – takes questions on meaning of Memorial Day.

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

Typically fooling host and screener, this is the second call for this anti-Israel, anti-Jewish conspiracy theorist today. "Mary" is identical to 7:44 AM caller "Christine." This serial blame-Israel caller uses many aliases to facilitate her deceptions.

Caller: "Yes, my name is Mary and I want to tell you, I do not think you are educated or what. First of all, on June 8, 1963, your great ally, Israel attacked the U.S.S. Liberty. I know one of the survivors on that ship. He has got a radio show and he talks about it. We're trying to wake people up to it. And they're our allies? They spy on us and are stealing our information. Congress passed an act where supposedly all of these soldiers are going in all of these foreign wars for Israel."

Host (conferring unmerited respectability upon caller): "Alright, that's Mary's opinion. Doug Brinkley, what about the history she cites there?"

Guest: "I did not hear history. I just heard a rant. People just jump on everybody about it all. It is sort of uncouth. U.S.S. Liberty is an important story but to somehow make a broad brush sweep with anti-Israeli comments, she sounds anti-Semitic and I don't want to really deal with that."

Host (being persistent): "Yeah – I was more asking about the history. Tell us the history of the Liberty and its significance."

Guest: "I would rather skip it. They [anti-Israel serial conspiracy mongering callers] keep calling anytime anyone is on and it gets to be redundant."

Host: "Okay, fair enough."

NOTE: For the sake of reinforcing demonic hatred of Israel and Jews, this caller again dredges up the conspiratorial myth relating to the U.S.S. Liberty. The Israeli Air Force attack against the U.S.S. Liberty in the Mediterranean Sea near Egypt during the 1967 Six-Day War was determined by the U.S. government in six separate inquiries to have been a "fog of war" mistake. Nevertheless – or perhaps in part because official investigations determined the attack was accidental – allegations of a knowing, intentional Israeli strike against the U.S. Navy vessel have become a staple of anti-Israel propaganda.

After several official U.S. investigations, no evidence was uncovered that the attack was made with knowledge that the target was a U.S. ship. There is substantial evidence the attack was a tragic mistake caused by blunders of both the United States and Israel. Eight U.S. presidents, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush (41), Clinton, and Bush (43), have each accepted the conclusion that the attack resulted from a mistaken identity. Nevertheless, conspiracy theorists continue to claim the Israelis knowingly attacked a U.S. ship.

Some former Liberty crewmen and like-minded conspiracists have charged that the U.S. government, including the Congress, has failed to investigate the attack on the Liberty. But, contrary to these false claims, the facts uncovered by six investigations have been issued and are summarized here with date issued and conclusion:

• C.I.A. report – June 13, 1967 – No malice; attack a mistake.

• U.S. Navy Court of Inquiry – June 18, 1967 – Mistaken identity.

• Report by presidential advisor Clark Clifford – July 18, 1967 – No evidence ship was known to be American.

• Senate Select Committee on Intelligence – 1979/1981 – No merit to claims attack was intentional.

• National Security Agency – 1981 – Mistaken identity.

• House Armed Services Committee – 1991/1992 – No support for claims attack was intentional.

This last investigation was spurred by White House Chief of Staff John Sununu, who, after meeting with Liberty veterans, referred them to Representative Nick Mavroules (D-Mass.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Investigations of the House Armed Services Committee. After a one-year investigation the matter was closed, the investigators finding nothing to support conspiracy claims or any Israeli intentions to attack a U.S. ship. (See in particular: The Liberty Incident: The 1967 Attack on the U.S. Navy Spy Ship by Judge A. Jay Cristol, Potomac).
 
May 23, 2014

The topic dealing with the Washington Redskins name controversy drew approximately twenty phone calls of which three disparaged a particular ethnic/religious group. Two of the three disparaged Jews and their supporters, the other, the only one of the three in which the caller was cut off, disparaged Native Americans.

CAMERA's C-SPAN Watch Web site feature has shown that at least since November 2008, Washington Journal has had the welcome mat out for callers who disparage and defame Jews and the nation of Israel. No other ethnic/religious group/nation (or supporters) is repeatedly vilified with impunity on these broadcasts. Click here to view the segment.

May 23, 2014 – 7:16 AM

Host: PETER SLEN (pslen@c-span.org, journal @c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Should Congress be involved in the Washington Redskins name controversy?

Caller: Thomas from Millersville, Maryland.

[Caller was cutoff when he disparaged Native Americans.]

Caller: “Yeah, I think the name should be changed… any of these slurs. Even C-Span has been guilty of allowing a slur. Three weeks ago, you heard a black caller call Karl Rove a white boy. And the host said nothing and then a few days later, a white man came on and started talking about black crime in the cities and he was cut off and the host apologized for his comments. The American Indians started slavery in this country. Perhaps we should change the name from the Redskins to the ‘slave owners' …”

Host (cuts off caller): “Rick, good morning…”

May 23, 2014 – 7:34 AM

Host: PETER SLEN (pslen@c-span.org, journal @c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Should Congress be involved in the Washington Redskins name controversy?

Caller: L.C. from Salisbury, North Carolina.

[Caller was not cut off when he disparaged Jewish Americans.]

Caller: “I think they should change the name of it. That team was a racist team from the get-go... So why not name them the ‘Washington Jews' since he [Daniel Snyder] owns them and see how long that lasts. Thank you.”

Host: “All right, thank you. That was L.C. from Salisbury, North Carolina.”

May 23, 2014 – 7:45 AM

Host: PETER SLEN (pslen@c-span.org, journal @c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Should Congress be involved in the Washington Redskins name controversy?

Caller: Jake from Columbus, Ohio.

[Caller was not cut off when he disparaged Jewish Americans.]

Caller: “I don't think that callers should get involved. I mean it's a private company and the fans and the advertisers are the only ones that are going to get that thing changed because it's a business. And it's a business decision by the owner. As far as Congress – the senators – it's a gesture. They're not going to be able to do nothing but it can be offensive to a lot of people… John Boehner, John is my Representative. In Cincinnati I've got to apologize to everybody for him. Nothing gets done over there. But my point being is that if – I hate to say this – but if the name was derogatory towards the Jewish people, he would probably be singing a different tune and all of the right wing media would be crashing down on this guy, the owner. Thank you.”

Host: “Thank you. That's Jake in Columbus, Ohio.”

May 18, 2014 – 9:33 AM

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

Guest: EDWARD DJEREJIAN, former U.S. ambassador to Syria (1988-1991), director of Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Topic: Reports say that Syrian government recently used chemical weapons [against its own citizens].

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

Disingenuous caller “Peter” phoned in previously (“John from Illinois” on Aug. 29, 2013 at 7:34 AM and “John from Pennsylvania” on Aug. 20, 2013) with the same false anti-Israel accusation equating Syria's chemical weapons use against its own people with Israel's use of phosphorus in the Hamas terrorist controlled Gaza Strip. Israel used white phosphorus in Gaza much like U.S. and Coalition forces have in Afghanistan for smoke camouflage and marking. Phosphorus has been commonly used for illumination such as on the face of wrist watches.

Caller: “Hey, how are you doing? I was just trying to find out if white phosphorous was a chemical agent. If I'm not mistaken, Israel used it in Gaza.”

[Phosphorus was mentioned nowhere else in today's program.]

Guest: “I don't know if white phosphorous is part of the chemical warfare agreement that the U.S. And Russia brokered with the Syrian regime. I think the key objectives of that chemical warfare agreement and bacterial warfare agreement was more nerve gas and bacteriological and radiological weapons especially ricin [poison gas] and chemical agents like that which are in the Syrian inventory. You see, the father of the current president, Hafez Al-Assad, was the man I dealt with when I was the American ambassador in Syria from 1988 to 1991. He built up this chemical weapons arsenal, if you will, as a poor man's deterrent to possible conflict with Israel under the assumption that Israel had a very powerful military capability, including nuclear weapons. So that is the arsenal that his son Bashir inherited. And, unfortunately, it's part of that arsenal that he used against rebel and civilian forces which caused those 1,400-odd deaths that caused the crisis on chemical weapons in Syria.”

[Same host/guest duo of Scully/Djerejian likewise fecklessly mishandled similar false anti-Israel accusation involving “white phosphorus” on Sept. 8, 2013 (8:25 a.m.) by caller Kate from Colorado.]

May 4, 2014 – 8:12 AM

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

Guest: STUART TAYLOR, Brookings Institution, governance studies senior fellow.

Topic: The future of the National Security Agency.

Caller: Anthony from Mt. Sinai, New York (click here to view).

Typically for Washington Journal, an anti-Israel polemicist caller casts blame on Israel for an unrelated issue.

Caller: "Thank you for this opportunity. From my understanding and from what I have read, is that much of this technology existed prior to 9/11 and I just wondered that it seems as though the Patriot Acts I and II have legalized what they were doing all along. The NSA is not new to this game. They have been spying on us for a very long time as well as other nations. I just wonder, what is the ultimate problem? Is it true that the Arabs hate us for our freedoms? Because (indistinct) have taken them all away so why are we still afraid of Arabs. More importantly, is this all about Israel? Is this the ever expanding settlements in Israel that's causing all these problems?"

Guest: "My perspective on the questions raised is that no, it is not about Israel. Israel is part of the national security scene and people can disagree about whether or not we are to pro-Israeli or not and whether the settlements are not helping. So, that's not what the NSA is doing. And I don't think by and large that NSA is spying on Americans either. Yes, its computers are collecting our phone records. Yes, They are reading some Internet e-mail. But I don't think they are probably reading yours or mine. They go into these things looking for a needle in a haystack for foreign terrorists. I think they are good about trying to limit the activities to that. I don't dismiss civil libertarians' objections that this is a great potential for abuse but I don' t think it has happened yet."

NOTE: Islamic extremists from Hassan al-Banna, founder in 1928 of the Muslim Brotherhood, to al-Qaeda's Osama bin Laden and Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini have detested the West, led by the United States, for freedoms they regard as licentious – such as women's rights – or sacreligious/anti-Islamic – such as religious equality. But holding "settlements" responsible for "all these problems" is not supported by the evidence. As Congressman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) has pointed out on C-SPAN, "Well, the settlements – let's look at a little bit of history here. In 1947, the United Nations resolution took historic Palestine and split it into what was called a ‘Jewish state' and an ‘Arab state.' That was the two-state solution back in 1947. In 1948 Israel declared independence. The Palestinians could have had their Palestinian state as part of the U.N. resolution. Instead, the Arab countries attacked Israel and tried to destroy it before it was ever a country. There were no settlements until 1967, those were 19 years since 1948. The Palestinians could have had a state. They chose not to do it." Arab/Islamic hostility to Jewish equality and a sovereign Jewish state, in any borders, existed long before there were "settlements" in the West Bank.

May 4, 2014 – 9:14 AM

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

Guest: JOHN DELLA VOLPE, Harvard Institute of Politics polling director.

Topic: Poll – millennials are cynical about politics.

Caller: Robert from New London, Connecticut (click here to view).

Typically for Washington Journal, an inflammatory anti-Israel accusation is tacitly accepted by both host and guest, both of whom should know, and the host take responsibility for pointing out that it's false.

Caller: "I am just going to make it brief. Young people, I do not blame them for not getting involved in politics because they are being targeted. They don't have any jobs. They have wicked loans and debts. Both parties – this red and blue and stuff like this – people have to understand that both parties are controlled by a foreign lobby known as AIPAC. Just look at who funds these people."

Host: "Mr. Della Volpe, you can address that if you wish."

Guest: "I think I am good."

NOTE: C-SPAN's host tacitly accepts the conspiracy theory, anti-Israel falsehood that AIPAC, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, controls Republicans and Democrats. As should be obvious, the two large parties, with tens of thousands of activists and millions of supporters, are "controlled" by no one, not even their top elected leaders. They are umbrella groups representing speaking for often internally divergent, sometimes competing interests. As for AIPAC, it is not a foreign agent. It does not represent the Israeli government nor any Israeli political party. Rather, AIPAC is a registered U.S. lobby, speaking for members united in support of strong U.S.-Israel ties. It is not financed through political action committees nor does it act like a political action committee. Examples of AIPAC opposition defeating a major American Middle East policy initiative are virtually non-existent. The organization's influence primarily is due to its presentation of facts to political leaders and the fact that a large majority of the American public, according to numerous polls, sides with Israel in its conflict with Arab neighbors. AIPAC may be one of the most influential foreign policy lobbies, but bigger groups with clout on broader legislation would include, for example, the American Association of Retired Persons, the Catholic Church in America, labor unions and the dairy lobby or the National Rifle Association.

An example of a lobbying heavy-weight that is rarely if ever brought up in a C-SPAN Washington Journal discussion, is the petro-dollar funded pro-Arab lobby, whose influence is felt not only on Capitol Hill, the State Department and Pentagon, through multi-billion dollar weapons purchases but also in academia, with large-scale grants to prominent universities, and in society in general through subsidies and material support to mosques, religious schools and advocacy groups. But Washington Journal hosts rarely deal with such substance when the subject is Israel and the Middle East, often instead tolerating and even encouraging anti-Jewish fantasists such as this caller.

May 2, 2014 – 7:31 AM

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

Topic: Benghazi investigation – is it important to you?

Caller: George from Bowie, Maryland (click here to view).

Typically, a C-SPAN host indulges an anti-Israel, conspiracy-theorizing caller for a two-minute nonsensical rant.

Caller: “I have a wholly different perspective here. I want to know how did Mitt Romney know so emphatically and so well? Prior to September 11, he spent two weeks in Israel fund-raising to become president and he stayed with Benjamin Netanyahu. Who told him there that there's going to be a terrorist attack? Where did he get his intelligence? The second question I have is, or the second point, the Republicans are solely focused on process. They're not focused on who actually committed crimes, who killed these four people. When does the investigation actually find out who committed the crimes and bring them to justice. This is the first time we had a military murder where no one is concerned or cares about who did it, but they're just concerned with process. I have another question. For it to be such a hostile area, where did this high-def video come out that looked like a propaganda film from the beginning. Who shot that? How did they get into that hostile territory? This is high-def video equipment. Last but not least – yes I believe this was a conspiracy. This was a September surprise that went awry. They probably thought this would put Romney in as president and it failed.”

NOTE: Compare the deservedly derisive response by the host and a guest to a similar anti-Israel conspiracy theory caller immediately below and the silent indulgence of the fantasist above. Unaccountably, tolerance or indulgence of anti-Israel, anti-Jewish callers is the rule, not the exception, on C-SPAN's Washington Journal.

May 2, 2014 – 8:52 AM

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

Topic: Are sanctions effective U.S. policy?

Guest: CARLA ANNE ROBBINS, Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow.

Guest: MARK DUBOWITZ, Foundation for Defense of Democracies executive director.

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

An exceedingly rare case when a somewhat incoherent, anti-Israel falsifier is repudiated by both host and guests of Washington Journal.

Caller: “I am originally from Palestine. They occupied my country at that time and I want (incoherent). It seems sanctions only go for those who are gang bangers. In other words, the state of Israel is a terrorist organization. But Russia, Europe controls American policy and the media lapdogs and especially Wall Street. Everything that C-SPAN puts on are Zionist people.”

SCULLY: “Alright, I will stop you at that point, we could not disagree more on some of your points. Do you [Robbins] want to respond?”

ROBBINS (laughing): “I am a lapdog because I am a part of the media and I am a Zionist. No one likes the press…”

Host: “We don't care what you say about us, just say the truth.”


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