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
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 Journalists.
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. (�A
Living Icon of Journalism� The
Society of Professional Journalists honors Helen Thomas. Still!, June 8
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 sale.
Jude was fired, because the neoconservatives got rid of him
by telling Bartley that Wanniski was overshadowing 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 states.
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 Helen.
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 filmmaker John Pilger, and
the distinguished scholar, Norman Finkelstein, the son of Holocaust survivors.
But Taranto prefers an 89-year old adversary.
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. As I wrote in 2002 -- a column that
as Taranto notes is archived
only at VDARE.COM -- 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. [VDARE.COM note:
for a different suggestion, see here].To
try to claim a land and dispossess its people on the basis of a spurious 2,000-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 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 crimes.
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 36.
Amazing, isn�t it, there were only 36 US Representatives who
were not owned by the Israel Lobby.
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 neocon propaganda. The fact that management tolerates the
continuation of totally non-objective journalism shows why print
newspapers are failing everywhere.
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.
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary U.S.
Treasury, Associate Editor Wall Street Journal, Columnist for Business Week,
Senior Research Fellow Hoover Institution Stanford University, and William E.
Simon Chair of Political Economy in the Center for Strategic and International
Studies, Washington, D.C. His latest book, HOW THE ECONOMY WAS LOST, has just been published by CounterPunch/AK
Press. He can be reached at PaulCraigRoberts@yahoo.com.