by Barb Weir
Sunday, July 8th, 2012
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL, pronounced “addle”), has been quick to condemn the opinion piece “Jews DO control the media,” published in the Times of Israel on 1 July, 2012. At a news conference attended by thousands of journalists, ADL spokesperson Abbie Foxwoman proclaimed,
This is a scurrilous and anti-Semitic accusation, and I expect you all to say so in your publications and television and radio programmes.
“The proof is that the piece was published under an assumed name and in an anti-Semitic Palestinian publication like the Times of Israel. If a real Jew had written it, it would have appeared in the New York Times or Washington Post or a host of other publications like the ones that you represent. And furthermore, the ADL would have received an advance copy. The fact is that Palestinians permeate and control the media.”
One journalist nevertheless asked,
Regardless of our own beliefs and loyalties, we need to provide facts to support what you say. What evidence is there for this accusation?
“Are you kidding?” replied Foxwoman. “They’re everywhere. Look at Palestinians Noam Chomsky and Ed Herman, who wrote a handbook on how to manufacture public consent. And who hired Charleton Heston to play Moses in The Ten Commandments? Do you think a Jew would have done that? And what about Palestinian humor and Palestinian themes in show business? Or the Palestine lobby in Washington, where AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) can’t even get a bill passed without one or two members of Congress voting against it or abstaining.
At the conclusion of the press conference, Foxwoman thanked everyone for coming. “We appreciate your efforts to assure that public gets news that is fair and balanced, i.e. all the news that is fit to print. And we will be sure to let you know what does or does not fit that description.”