The Sad, Anti-Semitic Truth

“The canard that a powerful Jewish lobby controls the media is a well known anti-Semitic staple,” writes Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Colbert I. King in The Washington Post. But.

The canard that a powerful Jewish lobby controls the media…is true!

First, the Mea Culpa. I regret having to repeat this out loud, but I must say what has been on my heart for a long time. I am not a hater of Jewish people. I know that I may have already crossed a line. But I am not a hater of Jewish people.

Good column Colby.

Colbert King’s column takes Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) to task for telling the September-October issue of Tikkun, an interfaith, progressive Jewish magazine, “…If you cross AIPAC, AIPAC is unforgiving and will destroy you politically. Their means of communication, their ties to certain newspapers and magazines, and to individuals in the media are substantial and intimidating.”

That’s a mouthful, also true.

“Who are the individuals in the media with AIPAC ties?” Mr. King writes. Good question.

Personally, I don’t know anything about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. I have many, many, many, many personal experiences at National Public Radio however, where I am certain racial, religious, and/or cultural bias against me, always overruled intellectual or journalistic merit! And, I will document with names, dates Chapter and Verse, when  an editor’s Jewishness was the last word, settling an editorial disagreement with me. End of conversation. End of career as NPR commentator.

But first, let me carefully describe this environment. Rep. Moran warns that, “if you cross AIPAC, AIPAC is unforgiving and will destroy you politically.”

If you don’t believe people have been politically destroyed, examine the careers of these individuals who ended up in the cross-hairs: former Illinois Republican Sen. Charles Percy; former Illinois Democrat Adlai Stevenson III; former Arkansas Democratic Sen. J. William Fulbright; former California Republican Rep. Paul McCloskey; according to a nine-week Washington Post best-selling book They Dare To Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel’s Lobby, written by former Illinois Republican Rep. Paul Findley, who served 22 years in Congress.

Now. Back to National Public Radio.

In October 1995, I had been doing commentaries for NPR’s All Things Considered off-and-on since 1981. I proposed a commentary about the upcoming Million Man March. “This is not the first mass, Black demonstration. This is the first mass Black demonstration, controlled by Blacks, not by Whites,” was my contention.

“That’s not true, Askia,” I was told by Ellen Weiss, then Executive Producer of ATC. “It is true,” I insisted. And I cited several instances of White control of mass Black protest marches.

The first was a march that did not happen. In 1941 Sleeping Car Porters Union leader A. Philip Randolph proposed a mass civil rights march in New York. Negroes were getting angry in America. World War II approached. Gov. Fiorella LaGuardia personally called Mr. Randolph, asking him to cancel the march. The march was canceled.

We know that the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom would not have been possible without labor union financial as well as in-kind-support…White unions. By the time the 20th Anniversary and 30th Anniversary commemorations of The March in 1983 and 1993 took place, that aspect of The Civil Rights Movement had long ago surrendered its self determination in the face of White liberal control.

“Not true Askia.”

“It is true.”

“Even though Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan was permitted to speak at the 20th Anniversary of the March on Washington, he was not permitted to speak at the 30th Anniversary event, at the expressed insistence of Rabbi David Sapperstein, in a fax sent to Mrs. Coretta Scott King, the Rev. Andrew Young, the NAACP, and others,” I continued.

“Askia. I have to cut you off,” Ellen told me. “David is my husband.”

End of conversation. End of NPR career for the next six years.

I know that’s not about AIPAC, Colby. But back in 1995 I was not talking about anything Jewish with ATC’s Executive Producer. I was talking about White control of Black dissent, versus Black control, which is what the Million Man March represented to me in that context.

My fair, editorial opinion was trumped by the Jewishness of my editor! I regret having to say it that way.

I’m sure it happens again and again, all the time. If not overtly, as in my case, in more subtle ways every single day, even in self-censorship which is everywhere.

I have already said too much. But it’s true.

The canard that a powerful Jewish lobby controls (some of) the media…is true, Colby!

5 thoughts on “The Sad, Anti-Semitic Truth

  1. I didn’t know about those examples in Paul Findlay’s book, but I do think it’s a great generalization to say that Jews control the media based on the examples you’ve given. In the NPR example, was it the Jewishness of the NPR editor that trumped you, or the fact that her husband was involved? Couldn’t there have been other Jews who would have made a different decision?
    Jews are only 5 percent of the nation’s population, and they are not concentrated in the media. Some of them don’t always agree with Israel. At the Washington Post, for example, neither the publisher, executive editor, managing editor or editorial page editor is Jewish, as far as I know. The Sulzbergers at the New York Times are Jewish, but the Daily News? New York Post? Most of the newspapers and media outlets in the vast heartland? I don’t think so. Look at the list of the most widely circulated columnists. George Will tops the list, not Richard Cohen. I think you could say the same thing about the network executives. And as we know, those network executives are a long way from where the copy is written for the broadcasts.

  2. Perhaps what I described as my editor’s “Jewishness” would have more aptly been described as “Islamophobia.”
    Islamophobia would certainly describe what happened to NPR’s former Cairo Bureau Chief Sunni Khalid. He was often summarily overridden in his daily reporting and eventually replaced and demoted, he contends because of his African-American race/nationality and his Islamic faith. He sued NPR and the matter was settled out of court in his favor.
    Funny thing though about this one-sided “debate” on this subject. Every day I hear reports of new denunciations of Rep. Moran, but nary an echo of a single word in his defense? Go figure.

  3. The wall that the Israelis are building is a violation of what the UN orders. Yet, America continues to send billions of dollars for their support. The world should be speaking out on the apartheid the Palestinians are suffering, but they are too caught up in the supposed war on terror and have been otherwise seduced to keep quiet. Who has the heart to speak out against the injustice? The ones who are not dependant on “aid” from America or those not afraid of the Jewish lobby. Truly the “synagogue of Satan.”

  4. I absolutely agree with the writer, Mr. Muhammad. I was a journalism major in college and worked for two years as a reporter intern and then editorial assistant for a mid-size newspaper. I left the newspaper business in disgust due to their double-standards and racism. As far as the Jewish control of the media, whether the public sees it or not, it’s there. Public perception is influenced by editors, and public policy by lobbyists. Jewish lobbyists are the most powerful entity in this country. How else would you account for 3-5 billion dollars in financial aide per year, to a country of 6 million, while the entire African continent receives (last figure I heard) about $500 million? How else would you account for anyone being crucified (no pun intended) when they criticize any Jewish person or institution or support anyone they have deemed “anti-semitic” (see Farrakhan). To this day, the media holds on to the lie that Farrakhan called Judaism a “gutter religion” and mislead people by misrepresenting Farrakhan’s words of Hitler being a “great man.” I guess it is true: “if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes true.”

  5. Anytime you critize soomething that the Jews dont like they make moves to get rid of you. I understand the NAACP was/is backed by Jewish financiers (see Spingarn Metal). Why dont the Jew lobby stick to their own issues. In reference to Anonoymus and the Farrakhan question it has been said the unanswered lie resembles truth. Farrakhan has invited the Jew to a meeting for about 22 years. But they have steadfastly declined because that want to set PRE- conditions to the meeting. They want the Preeminient Free Black Man to Grovel but guess what it aint happening. The Jewish stonghold will eventually be broken it just takes time. Peace and Ramadan Mubarak