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The Lobby's Yellow Star Lie

The Lobby campaign for war on Iran has prompted some interest here and not a few lies from our resident lobbbyists.  Given the interest, this post from Juan Cole's Informed Comment further documents the media influence analysis of Mearsheimer/Walt's The Israel Lobby:

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CanWest and the Lobby
A kind reader alerted me to this item about the present owners of the National Post that tried to float the black psy-ops operation charging Iran with requiring religious minorities to wear "badges". This item is from before they owned the National Post, but there is no reason to think their policies have changed: The CanWest Chill: "We do not run in our newspaper Op Ed pieces that express criticism of Israel". It goes on:

' The 7 December 2001 broadcast of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's As It Happens [Real Audio link] uncovered a disturbing example of corporate and political interference in freedom of the press. The program reported on a new editorial policy directive from CanWest Global, a leading Canadian media conglomerate, that impairs readers' ability to make up their own minds about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, among other issues.

As It Happens reported that over two dozen journalists at the Montreal Gazette have pulled their bylines to protest a new policy imposed by the newspaper's owners, Southam Newspapers Inc, which is owned by CanWest Global.

The new policy requires the company's main local newspapers to run editorials written at headquarters in Winnipeg by Southam Editor-in-Chief Murdoch Davis.

Bill Marsden, an investigative reporter at the Montreal Gazette, noted that up to 156 times a year -- about three times a week -- the editorial would be imposed and that the remainder of locally-written editorials would be required to reflect the viewpoints and stances taken by the paper's corporate headquarters.

Does this influence really matter? Yes, it does. CanWest's 2000 Annual Report states that:

...[O]n July 31, CanWest announced its acquisition of all of the major Canadian newspaper and Internet assets of Hollinger Inc., including the metropolitan daily newspapers in nearly every large city across Canada and a 50% partnership interest in the National Post. We closed that transaction successfully on November 16, 2000, following completion by the Competition Bureau of its three-month review of the transaction.

The magnitude of these deals is unprecedented. Just a few months ago, the $860 million WIC purchase was the largest acquisition in the history of Canadian media. The $3.2 billion transaction to bring the Hollinger newspaper assets to CanWest remains the biggest media convergence deal ever consummated in Canada. The deal transformed CanWest into a $7.5 billion international media company and the largest Canadian publisher of daily newspapers.

Note that CanWest Global has not just limited itself to the Canadian media. It additionally owns media organisations in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. '

Meanwhile, Michael Massing at the NRYB pulls off one of those suprise endings, where he begins by criticizing aspects of the paper, "The Israel Lobby and American Foreign Policy," then criticizes its critics, then actually fleshes out some of the mechanics whereby the lobby operates in Washington. Massing is right that the Mearsheimer and Walt paper would have been better if it had included more of these sorts of specifics.

I think around 1,600 academics have by now signed the two petitions I started protesting the smearing of Mearsheimer and Walt by organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League. Since constituent organizations of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations are lobbying Congress to cut off funding to academic programs that are not "balanced" (i.e. do not privilege the Likud Party line), academics are likely to have further things to say on this issue.

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On May 21, 2006 - 2:26pm jexster said:

J. McCutchen "JmacSF"

San Francisco. CA


Ahmedinejad is not my "friend"
Saddam is not my "friend"
I don't whine.
I call a liar a liar.

You may call me whatever you wish

On May 23, 2006 - 1:42pm K.T. said:

"I suppose it was this lobby that also put words in ahmadenijad's mouth about wiping Israel off the planet,..."

Yes. You're perfectly right. Somebody put that sentence in Ahmadinedjad's mouth. What really is amazing, is that another part of the Lobby prooves it. I guess Memri is a relieable source for you?


"'Imam [Khomeini] said: 'This regime that is occupying Qods [Jerusalem] must be eliminated from the pages of history.' This sentence is very wise. The issue of Palestine is not an issue on which we can compromise. ID=SP101305

Isn't it amazing, how this quotation made it's way through the mainstream media?

And you know what? Genocidal are people, who act as if bombing and nuking another people is a legitimate way of bringing "freedom".

All the lies that come out of neocon and israeli extremist circles to justify their war against millions of human beings would be boring, if one didn't knew, that the killing of tens of thousands of children, women and men is the aim of this propaganda.

And these regimes (US and Israel) are the real menace to the stability of the world. Boycott now!

On May 21, 2006 - 9:04pm Transhuman said:

And THIS is why the Iran war is guaranteed:

"Democrats, though, still get most of the pro-Israel dollars. Among AIPAC's staunchest backers in Congress are such well-known liberals as Nancy Pelosi, Henry Waxman, Jerrold Nadler, and Howard Berman. Steny Hoyer, the House minority whip, is so reliable that "he might as well be on the AIPAC payroll," a congressional staffer told me. Hillary Clinton is equally dependable. Still attempting to live down her 1998 declaration of support for a Palestinian state and the kiss she gave Suha Arafat in 1999, Clinton has sought to compensate by voting AIPAC's way on almost every issue. In the current election cycle, she has received $80,000 in pro-Israel money—more than any other congressional candidate.

Partly as a result of such giving, says one Hill staffer, "We can count on well over half the House—250 to 300 members—to do reflexively whatever AIPAC wants.""

Any questions?

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