|March 11th, 2008||#1|
National Public Radio (NPR)
NPR's Not-So-Fresh Air
By Christopher Donovan
January 26, 2008
"Fresh Air," the midday talk show out of Philadelphia and broadcast on National Public Radio, is hosted by Terry Gross, a bookish liberal who tends toward typical NPR fare: Jazz, the Holocaust, poetry and poets, more jazz, and more Holocaust. Her inquisitive but sympathetic tone gives the feel of a comfortable but animated coffeehouse chat.
Like so many of her NPR colleagues, Gross is Jewish, and her guests are also frequently Jewish. For those aware of the extent of Jewish influence in the media, this comes as little surprise.
But the January 24, 2008 episode of her program provided a singularly pungent example of the insular nature of Jewish media influence.
Her guest that day was Jacob Weisberg, the powerful editor of the online journal Slate (an enterprise also heavily dominated by Jews), who was on to discuss his most recent book about George W. Bush. (His The Ultimate George W. Bushisms: Bush at War (with the English Language) offered us the always-amusing "Bushisms.")
As described by Weisberg, a central theme of his book was an examination of Bush's Christian faith. As one might expect, it was not a positive assessment. Weisberg accused Bush of being insincere and calculating in his professions of evangelical Christianity. He also accused Bush of being simplistic and unbending as a result of his faith.
The first point may have merit, while the second is an unfair linking of Christian faith with rigid simple-mindedness (a favorite theme for Jews). But what struck me as I listened was Weisberg's complete license to delve so deeply into Bush's religion — a delving that, if aimed at a Jew, would immediately be denounced as anti-Semitism.
Weisberg went so far as to describe one evangelical as a "Jesus freak" (listen to hear Weisberg's defense of the term). One need only imagine the reaction if a Christian commentator made a similarly derisive remark about a fervent Jew.
Later, Weisberg and Gross discussed the causes for the failure of the Bush administration (a failure I certainly wouldn't dispute). Rigid and simplistic Christianity? Possibly. The overwhelmingly Jewish "neoconservative" movement and its aims? Not mentioned once.
This despite the fact that it is now well known that Jewish neocons were a critical force in producing the pressure and disinformation that led Bush to his most disastrous decision — the decision to invade Iraq. All of these neocons have a very strong Jewish identification, and some of them (e.g., Douglas Feith and Elliott Abrams) are deeply involved in Jewish religious activism and have strong ties to the religious right in Israel. As depicted in Christiane Amanpour’s God’s Jewish Warriors, many of the most aggressively ethnocentric Jews are religious fanatics who are fighting to expand Israel as a Biblical imperative. These fanatics and their neocons supporters have been central to the Bush administration’s effort to restructure the politics of the Middle East in favor of Israel. If one wants to blame religion for the Bush administration’s failures, one could more plausibly blame Jewish religious fanatics.
And on it went: the Christian faiths of Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee are, Weisberg boldly noted, valid reasons not to vote for them. Suffice it to say that Feith’s and Abrams’ Judaism won't even be mentioned, much less offered as a reason to criticize their actions in the Bush administration.
The arrogance was something to behold. It was as if Gross and Weisberg had deputized themselves as psychoanalysts and were subjecting white Christian gentiles to an in-depth couch examination — minus the couch. The two of them spoke as if that entire portion of the population weren't even there to hear them (and probably many weren't). And needless to say, Jews and their motivations were not discussed at all.
Yet in a country where the white gentile population remains scattered and largely oblivious to its treatment by Jews, Gross and Weisberg need not worry about an angry reaction any time soon. Nobody will call for the firing of Terry Gross a la Don Imus or demand that Jacob Weisberg be removed as editor of Slate. And many white gentiles listening to NPR no doubt absorbed the themes pushed by Gross and Weisberg without once considering that they have their own motivations that go beyond mere objective analysis.
America's traditional majority could use a healthy blast of fresh air, yes — but the fresh air needed is an awareness of the ethnic competition underlying so much of our media content.
Christopher Donovan is the pen name of an attorney and former journalist.
Links in article:
Jacob Weisberg, Chronicling 'The Bush Tragedy'
book: "The Bush Tragedy"
book: "The Ultimate George W. Bushisms"
Amazon.com: The Ultimate George W. Bushisms: Bush at War (with the English Language): Jacob Weisberg: Books
Climbing Jacob's Ladder: A White New York Times Editor Converts to Judaism
jew Douglas Feith
book: "Faith or Fear: How Jews Can Survive in a Christian America"
video: God's Jewish Warriors
|March 12th, 2008||#2|
Celebrating Lincoln with NPR
By Hereward Lindsay
February 10, 2008
National Public Radio recently had two features on Lincoln within only a 3-hour period.
In the first feature, All Things Considered's Michelle Norris interviewed Steven Raab of the Raab Collection who is auctioning an 1861 Lincoln letter sent to James Gordon Bennett, editor of The New York Herald, then the most influential newspaper in the country.
Ms. Norris and Mr. Raab ooohed and aaahed over Lincoln's sad difficulties as Union-Leader-cum-Martyr because of the fact that some bad people in the press were slow in signing up for the "war on slavery." (The letter was dated 1861, long before Lincoln came out of the closet on the emancipation issue. Raab was therefore wrong when he said that at that time the War on the South was being waged for the overt purpose of emancipating the slaves. That came later, although it was without doubt very much part of the real — as opposed to the overt — agenda.)
Journalist Michelle Norris was simply enthralled as she conversed in rapturous tones about Lincoln and the press.
The letter itself was worded in ambiguous and obscure terms as Lincoln promised not to "discriminate" against the newspaper...IF its editors could find it in their hearts to adopt a more amiable tone toward him and his political agenda.
Michelle Norris — who may be just an historically illiterate journalist instead of the more typical malevolent NPR liar — asked what all this meant. Mr. Raab immediately reassured her that it was just part and parcel of the Great Lincoln's friendliness and respect for the press.
No mention, needless to say, about the hundreds of newspapers in the North shut down by Lincoln's orders, including the Presbyterian Church's Christian Observer, which either was not offered a means to escape "discrimination" or rejected an offer they should not have refused. Anyone with a reasonable knowledge of the real history of the Civil War will have little difficulty deciphering exactly what the President was telling the newspaper editor when he offered not to "discriminate" if only the editor would be more amiable.
Deepest apologies if this has upset Old Believer liberal NPR listeners, who still adhere to ACLU-type civil libertarian principles, with the disturbing fact that their great icon had no use for the Bill of Rights and was a thoroughgoing authoritarian.
The second Lincoln feature was on Valerie Jackson's "Between the Lines" (Feb. 8, 2008) — a local NPR Atlanta feature. Valerie Jackson is the widow of Maynard Jackson, Atlanta's first African-American Mayor.
It consisted of an interview by its enraptured hostess with one Susan B. Martinez, an "independent scholar, journalist and activist", who holds a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University.
Dr. Martinez is a lapsed agnostic who converted in the 1980s to Spiritualism. She is now Book Review Editor at the Academy of Spirituality and Paranormal Studies.
More to the point, she is the authoress of a book entitled The Psychic Life of Abraham Lincoln.
The ditzy guest recounted the story of the birth of spiritualism in 1848 in the Burnt-Over District of western New York, the scene of so much of the loony religious, quasi-religious and anti-religious causes and movements of the 1830s and 1840s including abolitionism, women's liberation, vegetarianism, the Great Awakening and — something I had not previously known — "Spiritualism."
I had assumed that spiritualism was something that had always festered in the closets and margins of European societies. However, according to Valerie Jackson's guest, it was specifically birthed by "the Fox sisters" who had been chosen by the Unseen Spirits to be the means of enabling the living to speak to the dead. The Fox sisters claimed to have received their Annunciation by means of "rappings" by spirits in the walls of their residence.
Once Spiritualism had made its alleged epiphany it spread like wildfire all over America and to Britain where one of its foremost advocates was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, whose legacy to the English-speaking world is the priceless gift of the Sherlock Holmes novels that have been such a joy to generations of readers.
According to Dr. Martinez, Lincoln bravely hosted frequent gatherings of mediums, seers and necromancers at the White House where he engaged in sťances often featuring not merely one but numerous mediums, all simultaneously putting the Illinois Railsplitter in contact with the dead and unseen spirits.
The Great Emancipator initiated and persisted in such spiritual gatherings in the White House despite the attempts by reactionary (and probably racist, slavery-supporting) political opponents to make hay out of his dabblings in the occult by appealing to prejudiced and narrow spirited elements of the electorate — by which Dr. Martinez presumably was referring to orthodox Christians of all denominations as well as sensible internally consistent agnostics.
And the sťances were an enormous boon to Lincoln and to all mankind.
In fact, so the listener was informed, it was these mediums and mystics who guided and directed Lincoln in the great and beneficent course of emancipation and the struggle against slavery (and, by inference, racism). In addition they rendered invaluable aid to the Union cause by helping to enlighten pacifists to the fact that the war on the South was different by reason of its having been a Holy War, entitled to be an exception to opposition to wars in general.
Ms. Jackson's guest explained that the cooperation and guidance of these occult mentors was only natural because decades earlier a Black sorceress in New Orleans (probably a Voodoo priestess) had revealed to a very young Abe Lincoln during his one and only trip to New Orleans that he had been selected by the Unseen Spirits and anointed to be a future President of the United States.
Those who would scoff at Dr. Martinez and her religious views should do her the fairness of recognizing that she is not an ignorant woman. Unlike most historically illiterate Americans (and the majority of American history teachers) she is aware of Lincoln's "Mystical Unionism" to which she gives a new and deeper meaning by linking it to its supposed roots in Lincoln's consultations with and guidance by a host of occult mystics from the Voodoo Priestess with whom he consulted at age 22, all the way down through the trying four years of civil war.
The minority of Americans who dissent from the Lincoln Cult, and hold the unfavorable views of him once held by a majority of Americans until his assassination, surely will be tempted to see Lincoln's smoke-and-mirrors theory of the Mystical Union as being not only Voodoo history but quite literally Voodoo.
Who knows? If the psychic authoress is right in her theories, perhaps it was the unfathomable purpose of the Unseen that America's 16th President — the President who more than any other reinvented America into its subsequent form — was to be honored by these two features on National Public Radio.
In an odd way, both the misleading account by Michelle Norris of Abraham Lincoln as a respectful admirer of a free press and the revelations of Dr. Martinez about the role of the oracles, mediums, mystics, seeresses and necromancers in directing their acolyte Lincoln and thereby the destiny of the nation are, after all, each in its own way, fitting tributes to the Great Emancipator.
Links from article:
Historic Letter from Lincoln to the Press Up for Sale
Valerie Jackson's "Between the Lines" (Feb. 8, 2008)
The Psychic Life of Abraham Lincoln
The Burned-Over District
|March 12th, 2008||#3|
Join Date: Jun 2006
I listen to NPR occasionally in the background on the radio, when they're not playing classical music. The radio stations here leave a lot to be desired.
NPR is always liberal (anti-white), and typically black and Jewish. If they're not talking with blacks about black "issues", then they're talking with Jews about Jewish "issues" or some other nonsense.
The last discussion I heard on NPR was about issues within the feminist community, mainly concerning black feminists, about whether they should vote for Hillary or Obama, and are they being good feminists if they vote for Obama. You know, the old who is the bigger victim game. Jews love victimology, they created it, or at least made it famous and all-powerful, e.g., the Holocaust.
Gloria Steinem was saying how you could still be a good black feminist and vote for Obama, in other words race trumps feminism, and she didn't want to seem racist by telling black women to vote for Hillary.
It was an amusing discussion and basically Gloria made it clear what feminism really is: The hatred of white men. It's just another tool to deconstruct Western civilization, it all begins with taking down the leadership, the white males and their patriarchy. She concluded by saying that the real enemy is John McCain, so as long as you don't vote for a white male, then you're being a good feminist.