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Tuesday 15 November 2016

Press Anti-Semitism Hypocrisy

Our free and fearless press is hot on anti-Semitism. We saw this in its pursuit of what was claimed to be anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, although few stopped and asked themselves how a party led until last year by Ed Miliband could, within a few months, come over all anti-Semitic. But the point stood - the press picks up on anti-Semitism, calls it out, exposes it, subjecting those it accuses to the full glare of publicity.
Steve Bannon: behaviour excused by the press

Or maybe not: the British press is not so keen on calling out anti-Semitism when it happens in the USA, and on the right. Then, it is toned down, made more acceptable. Thus when Donald Trump chose Breitbart head man Steve Bannon to be his chief strategist, the Mail described him asEx-Goldman Sachs banker turned Breitbart News exec whose ex-wife claimed he didn't want his daughters 'going to school with Jews’”.

The “going to school with Jews” remark is OK because he’s an “Ex-Goldman Sachs banker”. Bannon is not really an anti-Semite, you see. Likewise, in the USA Newt Gingrich explained away Bannon’s behaviour by saying he could not be anti-Semitic as he had worked in Hollywood. Equating Goldman Sachs and Hollywood to Jews is one of the oldest anti-Semitic tropes, and there is our fearless press lapping it up.

You think I jest? Anti-Semitism gets one mention in the article, and readers are immediately told that Bannon has denied it. Likewise, the Murdoch Sun has merely mentioned that Bannon has been accused of anti-Semitism, as well as glossing over his being a White Nationalist. Some in Britain might not know what that means. They should get clued up: it means the racist, misogynist, anti-Semitic extreme right.

It means intolerance, guns, bigotry, and turning the clock back. It explains more easily the endorsement of Trump by the KKK. But in the UK, there is one alleged journalist who is more than happy to welcome Bannon’s presence, and that of The Donald: step forward Melanie “not just Barking but halfway to Upminster” Phillips, who claims in an article for the Murdoch Times that those opposing Trump and Bannon are the real bigots.

Sadly, Mel sells the pass in no style at all when she rants about “the anti-white racism of Black Lives Matter”. Wanting African-Americans to enjoy the same rights and status as their white neighbours, including their treatment by law enforcement agencies, is simply revised to become “anti-white racism”. And all she can say about Breitbart is that it “Exposes Islamist violence and intimidation”. The reality is somewhat different.

Breitbart invents and distorts to create the impression of Islamist violence. It is effectively a mouthpiece for white supremacists. The Jewish Telegraph Agency has warned of5 things Jews need to know about Trump’s chief strategist”. The Anti-Defamation League has strongly opposed Bannon’s appointment. Yet we have a Jewish voice in a supposedly mainstream newspaper telling us it’s all the Left’s fault, and won’t be a problem.

Not long ago, the press in Britain had no problem calling out the National Front, the BNP, the EDL, Britain First, and all the other bigots. Now that Steve Bannon - arguably peddling something rather more extreme - gets a job with someone the right-leaning part of them likes, it is all toned down, or even excused and declared acceptable.

The UK press’ dereliction of duty over Bannon is disgraceful. No change there, then.


ashie said...

Her head will spin soon when she realises that she is supporting a bunch who are, in that most American of ways, anti-Semitic and yet strong supporters of Israel.

Andy McDonald said...

For a long time - well, at least since WW2 - Jewish people were depicted by the media (and thought of by society as a whole) as a good minority - integrated, working toward the benefit of wider society, and their customs and religion falling into the "quaint" box, rather than the one marked sinister. All too often the far right would say, when trying to look presentable, that they didn't have a blanket problem with "others", just select groups. This even had the effect of making some members of other minority groups join organisations such as the EDL, not realising that as far as the far right were concerned, their turn would come soon enough, as soon as the Scary Muslims were dealt with.

And that's how they've worked - "Look at how the SMs treat gay people! Look at what they say about Jews! Or about women!", fooling enough people into thinking they actually cared. The truth is that these were proxy arguments, nothing more than convenient sticks to beat Muslims or "the left" with. And now the bastards think they've won, so they're coming out of the woodwork and not bothering to hide it any more.

Alan Clifford said...

There is an unpalatable truth to be faced here: That Anglo Saxon "culture," such as it is, is always inclined to go down this road. It is of course not alone in the horror. But it has dominated human affairs for three centuries now and must therefore accept proportionate responsibility.

Mainstream media is merely a reflection of the main strands. Media employees are in the main the ugliest and most cowardly of all because they are the most obvious and consistent pedlars of the disgusting muck. In this country there isn't a single "journalist" or "presenter" or other front man/woman who is anything less than a sell out to the lowest common denominator. To talk of them as "right-leaning" is flat on its face laughable - all of them are much, much worse than that. Worst of all are two faced hypocrites like Jon Snow because they often hide behind a screen of self righteousness. At least we know where we stand with the likes of low lives such as Andrew Neil and Tom Bradby.

The lies, censorship by omission, the incitement to racism and war will continue. There may (or may not) have been a time when it was slightly different. But any cursory glance at pre First World War propaganda will show a more than uncomfortable similarity to the current evil. We are probably headed in the same direction too.

And all for what?......The enrichment of power-and-money insane politicians and demagogues?......To keep cowering media employees in a totally dishonourable job?

Physician, heal thyself.

will.i.am hague said...

'In this country there isn't a single "journalist" or "presenter" or other front man/woman who is anything less than a sell out to the lowest common denominator'

Not one. Anywhere. You know and read them all.
Time for your lie-down I think.

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LiamKav said...

Jon Snow is worse than Kelvin MacKenzie because "as least we know where he stands"? I'm pretty sure I'd rather stand with Snow than with the lying, sexist, racist, facist supporting horseshit that is MacKenzie.