The propagandists for the
Israel Lobby, who occupy the Wall Street Journal editorial page while
pretending to be journalists, are determined to remove Helen Thomas from the
annals of journalism. In case you have already forgotten, a few days ago the distinguished career of Helen Thomas, the 89-year-old doyen of the White House
Press Corps, was ended by the Israel Lobby, which made an issue about her
opinion that immigrant Jews should leave Palestine and go back to their home
The White House
Correspondents' Association fell in line with the demands of the Israel Lobby,
and the cowardly president of the organization added the association's
disapprobation to that of the neoconservative cabal.
Having removed Helen
Thomas from the journalism scene, the Israel Lobby is now working with its
agents on the Wall Street Journal editorial page to eliminate the Helen
Thomas Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Society of Professional
A nonentity in the world
of journalism, James Taranto, apparently is associated with the Wall Street
Journal editorial page, although Wikipedia reports that he was incapable of
graduating from journalism school at California State University, Northridge. On
a Wall Street Journal web site, Taranto writes: "We've been calling
Thomas "American journalism's crazy old aunt in the attic' for years," and he
asks who would now accept the Helen Thomas award after Ms. Thomas revealed she
really was crazy by criticizing Israel.
I would for one. Of
course the Society of Professional Journalists would never give the award,
assuming the distinguished award survives the assault of the Israel Lobby's
assassins, to a critic of Israel. Helen excepted, American journalists are
cowards. With the concentrated ownership of the corporate media today, no
independently-minded journalist can have a career in print or TV media. You
defend the Washington/Tel Aviv line, or you are out of work.
The absence of
independently-minded journalists on the Wall Street Journal editorial
page is an extraordinary change from my days as Associate Editor of that page.
The editorial page editor, Robert Bartley, was ambitious and forced himself to
tolerate talented colleagues. Mere opinion was not our task. Often we scooped
the reporters on the news side of the paper. Our editorials reported new
developments and provided factual analysis.
I was hired as Jude
Wanniski's replacement. Jude, Associate Editor of the Wall Street
Journal, was fired, allegedly because the Journal's brass caught him
handing out election campaign literature on a train platform, but if you believe
American journalism was ever that pure, I have a bridge in Brooklyn for
Jude was fired, because
the neoconservatives got rid of him by telling Bartley that Wanniski was
over-shadowing him. That was too much for Bob's ego. Jude, of course, being a
real journalist, was objective toward the Palestinians and thus had earned the
enmity of the Israel Lobby.
Once Bob was rapidly
declining with prostate cancer, neoconservatives engineered the takeover of the
editorial page. Today the once proud Wall Street Journal editorial page
is a leading apologist for Israeli/American war crimes and police
To return to the
nonentity, James Taranto, who wants to throw Helen Thomas down the memory hole:
Helen Thomas' opinion that Israelis should stop stealing the villages, homes,
and lands of Palestinians, while confining Palestinians to the equivalent of the
Warsaw Ghetto, is equated by Taranto to the advocacy of "ethnic cleansing" by
Of course, it is the
Israelis who are doing the ethnic cleansing. Many Jews have documented Israel's
ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, such as Uri Avnery, a former member of the
Israeli terrorist organization, Irgun; Ilan Pappe, Israel's most distinguished
historian and author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine; and the
Israeli peace group, ICHAD, who have been my house guests. The Israeli
newspaper, Haaratz, is far more critical of Israeli policy than Helen
Thomas, and so is MIT professor Noam Chomsky; the distinguished British
journalist and film maker John Pilger, and the distinguished scholar, Norman
Finkelstein, the son of Holocaust survivors.
But Taranto prefers an
Israel is an unnatural
state. It was created by terror that was accommodated by craven British and US
"diplomacy." Israel exists for one reason only: the US government provides the
money, weapons, and diplomatic protection. Any other government that murdered
thousands of civilians in other countries, as Israel does routinely in Lebanon,
Gaza, and the West Bank, would have its entire government and military on trial
before the War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague. Israelis have no worst enemy than
their own government.
Every time the rest of the
world tries to hold the Israeli government accountable for its crimes, the US
vetoes the UN resolution. America has become the enabler of the zionist-hijacked
Israeli government. And the Israeli government knows it. Israeli government
leaders have publicly bragged for decades about their control over the US
government. US Admiral Tom Moorer, Chief of Naval Operations and Chairman of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff after whom the F-14 "Tomcat" jet fighter was named,
declared publicly: "No American President can stand up to Israel." Apparently
no American journalist can either.
I am a critic of Israel's
heartless policy toward the Palestinians, but I do not want Israel destroyed. I
want it moved or reformed. Bring the small number of Israelis to America before
there is a nuclear war over the fact that they are where they should not be. To
try to claim a land and dispossess its people on the basis of a spurious
two-thousand-year-old deed is an audacious act of conquest and dispossession.
My proposal to relocate
Israelis in the US is rhetorical, but why not insist that the Israelis, who are
heavily dependent on US largess, reform? Why should Americans support an
apartheid racist state that denies citizenship to the rightful inhabitants?
What kind of morality, if any, does the Wall Street Journal editorial
page represent when it defends Israelis who force Palestinians into
ever-shrinking ghettos, deprived of water, food, medical care and schools? Why
must Palestinians live in dread of Israeli bulldozers arriving to flatten their
homes in order to create space for zionist "settlers"?
Allegedly, the US is a
superpower, but in fact it is a puppet state of the Israeli government. Witness,
for example (the examples are numerous), the fate of the Goldstone Report on
Israeli war crimes committed in Israel's assault on Gaza during December
2008-January 2009. Goldstone is a zionist Jew and a distinguished judge. He was
given the task by the United Nations to investigate the Israeli attack on Gaza.
Being an honest person, he provided evidence of Israeli war
What was the result? The
bought-and-paid-for US Congress voted, on the instructions of their master, the
Israel Lobby, to deep-six the Goldstone Report by a vote of 344 to
Amazing, isn't it, there
were only 36 US Representatives who were not owned by the Israel
Of course, James Taranto
serves the Israel Lobby. The Wall Street Journal editorial page, not
even a shadow of its former self, when it speaks, speaks for Israel and for the
Bush/Cheney militarist police state.
The Wall Street
Journal editorial page has fallen into the low ranks of Brownshirt
propaganda. The fact that management tolerates the continuation of totally
nonobjective journalism shows why print newspapers are failing
The hubris of Taranto, a
mere propagandist who will never come close to the league in which Helen Thomas
resides, causes him to think that he is fit to pass judgment on a real
journalist. Taranto epitomizes the hubris of the neoconservatives. Not a single
one of them has the smallest accomplishment. Yet, blinded with arrogance, they
remain in ignorant bliss of their status as prostitutes.