Friday, July 21, 2006

The Protocols
Of The
Learned Elders
Public Radio

Our tax dollars pay for National Public Radio, a station which airs programming which couldn't make it in the marketplace of ideas, if they weren't being propped up by someone. If one is ever tempted to believe the Bush is Hitler meme, one only needs to consider the fact that the government-funded NPR continually runs programming which attacks his policies, and generally slanders America.

As per usual, those who slander America are also wont to slander Israel. A couple months back two college professors named Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer wrote a paper which repeated many of the anti-Jewish tropes contained in the notorious anti-Semitic tract, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. Their paper was published in a journal affiliated with Harvard University, but that seal of approval was soon retracted when Harvard renounced the papers assertions.

But, that doesn't stop NPR from airing an fauning interview with the professors. Check this out:

Leave it to National Public Radio to give a helping hand to professors Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, authors of the notorious study, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.” Assailed by scholars, policy analysts, pundits and diplomats for their crude disregard of fact and scholarly standards, the two have generally ducked open debate with their critics. They opt for exchanges in print or safe broadcast venues – such as C-Span – where they allege that supporters of Israel systematically and traitorously undermine American interests in the service of the Jewish state.

Now NPR too has given the duo an unfettered opportunity to air their slanderous claims without a word of substantive challenge or interaction with knowledgeable critics. On July 6 anchorman Steve Inskeep pitched soft-ball questions at his guests, neglecting to mention even one of the errors, false and selective citations or glaring omissions cited by the many commentators faulting their paper. In prime listening time, Walt and Mearsheimer leveled one distorted charge after another.

Walt and Mearsheimer alleged that “neo-conservatives” who are “closely identified with Israel and have been pushing American policy for a long time to support Israeli objectives” drove the U.S. against its own interests into war with Iraq. Inskeep didn’t bother to mention any of the many counter-arguments to this scapegoating of Jews for the Iraq war, including, for instance, stories in The New Yorker, New York Times, The Washington Post and The LA Times that record Israeli ambivalence and even dismay at Bush administration intentions to invade Iraq.