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July 12, 2015 9:40 pm

Watchdog Slams C-SPAN for Allowing Uncontested Antisemitic, Anti-Israel Rants by Callers

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The C-Span morning show 'Washington Journal' often airs antisemitic, anti-Israel callers. Photo: Screenshot.

The C-Span morning show ‘Washington Journal’ often gives airtime to antisemitic or anti-Israel callers. Photo: Screenshot.

A major media watchdog blasted C-SPAN on Friday for consistently broadcasting antisemitic and anti-Israel rants from callers without interruption or clarification on the network’s daily morning talk show, Washington Journal.

The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) said the offending callers are generally allowed to speak at will, and, on the rare occasion that they are refuted, it is usually by a program guest rather than a C-SPAN host. Potentially millions of viewers hear the bigoted sentiments expressed on the three-hour talk show and no other religious or ethnic minority, or country receives such treatment on the program, according to the independent media watchdog.

“C-SPAN hosts regularly cut-off or disconnect callers who slur other groups, but hateful antisemitic and anti-Israel callers ramble on uninterrupted and are rarely refuted, and then only by a program guest rather than a C-SPAN host,” CAMERA said in a statement. “This is unacceptable for any organization, let alone one with privileges within the halls of Congress.”

CAMERA called for C-SPAN to end its “policy of peculiar hospitality to antisemitic callers” particularly on its flagship morning show. The group asked members of Congress to address C-SPAN’s “Jewish problem” and limit the network’s privileges, such as access to House and Senate chambers, until “Israel and Jews are treated fairly, as every other religious, ethnic or national group is.”

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The watchdog said little has been accomplished thus far by complaints to the network and its parent cable company about the “chronic anti-Jewish and anti-Israel defamation” on its morning show. A letter was sent concerning the matter to C-SPAN’s chief counsel and eight other C-SPAN officials, but has so far gone unanswered. The officials and their patrons, the cable/satellite companies, have “repeatedly stonewalled public complaint,” the group said.

CAMERA said it has documented more than 1,000 antisemitic or anti-Israel phone calls aired on Washington Journal since in started monitoring the show in November 2008.

On June 5, 2015 the show aired comments from a caller claiming that Jews killed Jesus as a “historical fact.”

“Characteristically for Washington Journal, the lie, historically a staple of often murderous antisemitism, was not corrected by either C-SPAN’s host or guest for the segment,” the watchdog said.

 

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  • Charles Martel

    It is time someone calls the host of C-Span a idiot and see if he refutes the claim.I think not.

  • Jacqueline Menard

    I want to know, weren’t there enough killings of Jews? Also, it doesn’t make sense to me why the hatred of Jews? Jesus is or was a Jew. The Jews hwrote the Testaments of the Holy Bible that the Christians use, showing thoughts and history before Jesus was borne.

    Hatred & Bias make no sense!

  • Chernasky

    I ceased watching this program years ago for this very same reason.

    Thanks trolls for your comments.

    Jews learn to shoot.

  • HaroldT

    Is there not a single lawyer that will lay charges of hate speech against C-Span ??

  • Elliot Miller

    I find it astonishing that C-Span hasn’t commented on this issue and expressed a position. If it has done so, that statement should have been quoted in the article. It would be interesting to read Span’s position or rebuttal.

  • mara evans

    The Israel government and lobby has perfected its strategy of crying anti-semitism whenever someone criticizes the policies of the Israeli government. If that’s what’s happening, it’s not anti-semitism.

    • Karen

      Did you read the article? These aren’t criticisms, they’re anti-Semitic tropes. There is a difference.

    • Mike Rebak

      when that ‘someone’ always finds it in them to criticize the policies of the Israeli government and somehow fails to find anything to criticize anywhere else then that someone has crossed the line between fair and reasonable criticism and something a whole less pleasant and I for one will not cry anti-Semitism . I might just shout it a little though .

    • Pearl

      Simply bu make that statement you show the world your anti-semitsm, hatred, and lack of any common sense!

    • Charles Martel

      watch out Jews are hiding under your bed!

  • Rabbi ELiot Pearlson

    Its not enough to be aware of the problem. Do something. Please call C-Span and express your displeasure with their current failure to address anti-Semitic comments and anti-Israel sentiments express on the air without proper rebuttal. Their main office number is (202) 737-3220 (Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5:30 pm ET). You can also write them at (yes, you have to spend an extra minute filling out information fields):

    https://forms.netsuite.com/app/site/crm/externalcasepage.nl?compid=812761&formid=1&h=e65bcc108f140de8c8dc&redirect_count=1&did_javascript_redirect=T
    =T

    Crying isn’t enough, worrying doesn’t help anyone, Start fighting back.

  • William Cohen

    CAMERA needs to calm down. There are some groups out there who have received 100 percent negative coverage with no defenders–hosts, guests, or otherwise. For example, since it murderously appeared on the scene in the late 90s, Boko Harem has been a topic or mentioned more than three hundred times on Washington Journal, the overwhelming majority entirely negative.

  • Lauren Goldman

    I will never tune in to C-SPAN again. Even if they do eventually address this issue, their mindset has been shown. If enough pressure is aimed at them they may change how this is handled on-air, simply for financial reasons, however, those who produce the shows will not change. ‘A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still.’

  • arthur green

    please pass on this comment to CAMERA in Boston – E Levin

    C-Span is a creation of the American Cable industry

    has CAMERA taken their documentation to the owners of these cable companies???

    arthur green
    Potomac, MD

    retired US Foreign Service Officer
    301/758-7601
    azriel2928@gmail.com

  • Genghis Cohen

    Will Algemeiner ban my comment that “historical fact” relates to Joseph being the true father of Jesus rather than Jews having killed him?

  • Max Cohen

    Claiming that Jews killed Jesus is a “historical fact” is rather a “historical joke,” if one considers “fact” as a reference to the divine fatherhood of Jesus.

    • It is my understanding that both Pontius Pilate–a Roman–and King Herod–a Jew–were complicit in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. So why the one sided treatment?

      Besides whatever the sins of the Jewish high priests who wanted Jesus dead, his gospel, which was derived from the Old Testament, has triumphed up till now.

      That is arguably better than the sad triumph of the Koran elsewhere in the world.

      Folks, I’m an atheist, but there’s no place in the Christian world for bigotry against Jews on account of the martyrdom of Christ.

    • Eric M

      Wow, Max, sounds like anti-christian rhetoric using quotes around the fact of Jesus Divine fatherhood. So you don’t like anti Jewish speech but it’s OK to denigrate Christian beliefs? Tells me much about your argument.

  • dante

    most of the hosts know exactly what they’re doing; a few of the hosts are clueless dullards. however, all the hosts, clueless dullards included, rouse themselves to preempt slanders or condemnations of groups other than the Jews. if you hate the Jews, you’re welcome on c-span.

    some of the callers are regulars, using various aliases. but it’s always the same vile, paranoid, hate-filled hysteria. c-span is happy to provide a platform for them and is absolutely indifferent to criticism…after all, it’s only the Jews.

  • Count LF Chodkiewicz Chudzikiewicz

    The survival of Israel is more important than this or that political party, although the current Israeli Prime Minister is a bitter pill to take since he has been so wrong on issues like the Iraqi War and the none cowtowing to right wing Jewish religious extremists, but you can’t get much traction with moderate Jews if you quote CAMERA. I am a pro Israeli blogger who was on their mailing list until they started to blame Boston anti-Israel pro-Boycott demonstrations on “gay activists”, a total LIE that friends and relatives in Boston repeatedly made to me. The “boycott crowd” to be blunt in Boston comes a lot from Brandeis, supposedly a Jewish University! So what happens when I complain Gay Rights has nothing to do with the anti-Israeli demonstrations? No reply but I am taken off their mailing list. I should be honest I also questioned by Dick Cheney allies who pushed for the Iraqi War are on their Board of Directors. NO ONE in the “general” journalistic community INCLUDING PRACTING JEWS and COMMITTED JEWS WHO SUPPORT ISRAEL AS ANY USE FOR CAMERA, which has become the Jewish “MRC”. You are on a slippery ground quoting them as having any credibility.

  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    Name the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic host! He is vermin of the lowest kind!

  • zg

    Hitler’s wrech ed legacy is back globally with a vengeance. What are we, Jews, going to do about this?

    • SARA RIFKA

      WERE GOING TO LEARN TO SHOOT……YES, WE ARE GOING TO SHOOT FROM THE HIP……THE TRUTH……IF YOU OR I DON’T…..WHAT WE LOSE IS GREATHER THAN A BULLET

      OUR CHILDREN.

      FOR THOSE THAT ARE LOST…….WEEP…….FOR THOSE THAT ARE SAVED ‘ DANCE’……

  • C Span is spelled Der Sturmer. Everyone who has ever worked there worships the ground Jossef Goebbels walked on.

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