Jewish Journalism

Simon Schama: A Case Study in Jewish Verbosity and Ethnic Activism

I’ve now spent more than fifteen years researching the Jewish Question and the impact of Jewish influence on the West. During that time I’ve encountered and documented a number of Jews who almost single-handedly encapsulate and characterize the Jewish modus operandi, as well as the hatred that organized Jewry has for our people and our way of life. In the case of cretins like Abraham Foxman and the aesthetically repulsive Hebrews of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the existence of such people is obvious. In other cases, similarly hateful Jews are acting with equal violence against our people and culture, but are doing so in a less obvious manner. Examples are countless, but I’m thinking in particular of individuals like Jonathan Freedland, Anthony Julius, Robert Wistrich, Norman Lebrecht and the academics behind the ‘Whiteness Studies’ hate genre. I have to confess that as much as I have an abiding feeling of enmity toward all of these individuals and their insidious works, I possess a singular ferocity of loathing for Columbia University’s Simon Schama. Schama, as I will presently discuss, is a walking, talking, mincing, gesticulating caricature who, in thought and deed, may as well have crawled from the lurid pages of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. What follows is a case study in Jewish political, academic, and cultural activism.

Schama was born in Marylebone, London. His mother, Gertie (née Steinberg), was from a Lithuanian Ashkenazi Jewish family, and his father, Arthur Schama, was of Sephardi Jewish background. Arthur was a textile merchant who, like many of his co-ethnics, favored risky business practices and flirted with bankruptcy on more than one occasion. In the mid-1940s, following one such bankruptcy, the family moved to Southend-on-Sea in Essex before moving back to the heavily-Jewish area of Golders Green in London. There the young Simon rubbed shoulders with the Saatchi brothers, the future mega-promoters of a vast array of degenerate art — a passion that Schama himself would later indulge in. Read more

The seething ethnic hostility behind the Rolling Stone scandal

Editor’s Note: Since Rolling Stone has now officially retracted its article on the fabricated UVA rape case, I thought that this would be a good time to repost Frances Carr Begbie’s article focusing on the ethnic angle that is, of course, completely missing in the mainstream media. 

You would need a heart of stone not to laugh at the humiliating predicament of Rolling Stone magazine. The hipster bible’s lurid account of a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house has spectacularly blown up in its face and the magazine has been forced to issue an excruciating apology to its readers.

The story, by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, seems to have been written without the most basic journalistic checks and safeguards. There was no police investigation or third-party witnesses. The “suspects” were never approached for their side of the story, and now there are openly voiced doubts as to whether any rape took place at all.

Bloggers such as Steve Sailer and Richard Bradley ruthlessly pulled the original story apart. The affair has become a perfect case study of leftist journalism modus operandi in that where the facts clash with the narrative, it is the facts that have to give way.

It is also an instructive in media ruthlessness; for the magazine has chosen to shift responsibility for the debacle on the hapless woman herself with the words that, because of “discrepancies” in the story, its “trust” in her “was misplaced” — a cynical way to treat an obviously vulnerable young person who, whatever happened to her, is clearly still in distress.

But there is another dimension which has only so far been mentioned by Jewish convert blogger Luke Ford — that is the undertow of seething Jewish ethnic resentment that permeates the entire affair.

This can be heard in the initial squawks of indignation from Rubin Erdely’s stoutest defenders — Jewish female journalists.  Jezebel’s Anna Merlan initially dismissed Richard Bradley as an idiot and seemed to think gang rape was too foul for ethics. “Uurgh, it’s about ethics in gang rape journalism as well now?” She grudgingly back-pedalled later.

New York Magazine ‘s Kat Stoeffel was similarly indignant that anyone would question the veracity of the affair. Read more

The BBC’s Danny Cohen as Ethnic Outsider

To understand the present, study the past. The Bolshevik Revolution is a good place to start. This is what the Russian writer Maxim Gorky (1868-1936) said about the Bolshevik leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924):

Lenin is a gifted man who has all the qualities of a leader, including these essential ones: lack of morality and a merciless, lordly harshness towards the lives of the masses. As long as I can, I will repeat to the Russian proletariat: “You are being led to destruction, you are being used as material in an inhuman experiment; to your leaders, you are not human.” (See here)

Those harsh Bolshevik attitudes to “the masses” were shaped by ethnic identities, because the leaders were ethnic outsiders with no allegiance or feeling for the Russian people. Lenin was half Mongol, a quarter German and a quarter Jewish. His henchmen Trotsky, Zinoviev and Kamenev were Jewish.  Stalin, Beria, and Ordzhonikidze were Georgians; Dzerzhinsky, the ruthless head of the Checka (Secret Police) during the 1920s, was a Pole with strong pro-Jewish attitudes. The original Cheka was made up largely of non-Russians, and the Russians in the Cheka tended to be sadistic psychopaths and criminals — people who are unlikely to have any allegiance to or identification with their people (here, p. xxxii).

These ethnic patterns help explain the psychology of leading Bolsheviks and their “merciless, lordly harshness” towards the native Russian and Ukrainian majority.

British Jews also behave like ethnic outsiders and, like the Bolsheviks, they have a dramatic influence on society as a whole. Despite being less than 0.5% of the population, British Jews have a huge influence on British politics because of their financial contributions. And their role in the British media is no less. Genuine conservatives sometimes say that the acronym BBC stands for “Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation.” They speak more truly than they know. Just as Jews were hugely over-represented among the Bolshevik leaders, so they are among the BBC’s executives: Alan Yentob, Jenny Abramsky and Mark Damazer, for example.

A new name on the list is Danny Cohen, who is director of BBC Television at the age of only 40. But early success hasn’t assuaged an ancient angst:

The director of television at the BBC has said he has “never felt so uncomfortable as a Jew in the UK” as it was revealed that antisemitic incidents in Britain hit record annual levels in 2014. Danny Cohen used the platform of a conference in Jerusalem to express his fears over what he identified as growing levels of hostility towards Jewish communities in Britain and in other parts of Europe. “I’ve never felt so uncomfortable being a Jew in the UK as I’ve felt in the last 12 months. And it’s made me think about, you know, is it our long-term home, actually? Because you feel it. I’ve felt it in a way I’ve never felt before,” he said.

Mr Cohen, 40, the former controller of BBC1, said levels of hatred were on the rise across Europe. “You’ve seen the number of attacks rise, you’ve seen murders in France, you’ve seen murders in Belgium. It’s been pretty grim actually,” he told an audience at Jerusalem Cinematheque at a conference addressing the ability of comedy to drive forward social change. […]

The Gaza conflict led to a sharp rise in antisemitic incidents in Britain, where the Jewish community amounts to 260,000. Following a pro-Palestinian rally in July, a group of young [non-White Muslim] men drove in convoy through a Jewish part of Greater Manchester shouting “Heil Hitler” and throwing eggs and drinks cans at pedestrians. Four teenagers were charged with a physical attack on a rabbi in Gateshead. A sign saying “Child Murderers” was placed outside the Kingston Synagogue, south-west London, in August.

Vivian Wineman, of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, told The Independent that the number of recorded antisemitic incidents for 2014 was “the highest since records began”, although there has been a fall-off in recent months. “Whilst we have much to celebrate about being Jewish in the UK, a summer filled with hostile, anti-Zionist demonstrations has clearly left its mark,” he said. “Compared to other countries in Europe, the UK still has relatively low levels of antisemitism and it is reassuring to note that the number of recorded antisemitic incidents is returning to former levels. However we must not rest on our laurels. The Board, alongside other Jewish organisations, will continue to work together with government and others to combat this deeply concerning trend.” (BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever, The Independent, 22nd December 2014)

Danny Cohen clearly sees himself “as a Jew in the UK” rather than British. For him, the UK is a temporary stopping off place depending on the fortunes of his people. Citizenship has nothing to do with having a deep connection to the land or the traditional peoples of the UK. He cares nothing for its long term viability. Unlike the native Brits, he easily contemplates moving elsewhere, perhaps Israel, if things become difficult for Jews in the UK.  Read more

Jewish Journalism: A TOO Case File, Part 2

Part 1. 

Now executive editor at the Guardian, the work of Jonathan Freedland (1967– ) may not be greatly familiar to TOO readers, at least when compared to some other high-profile Jewish journalists active in the United States. However, it is for precisely that reason that I felt he should number among the earliest of the individuals I will discuss in this planned series of case files.

Journalism and a strong sense of Jewish identity seem to run in the Freedland blood. Jonathan is the son of Michael Freedland (1934– ), a biographer and journalist who specializes in Hollywood biographies and recently produced the scathing anti-McCarthy screed Witch Hunt in Hollywood: McCarthyism’s War on Tinseltown. The basic thesis of Witch Hunt in Hollywood is that Sen. Joe McCarthy and the House Un-American Affairs Committee were engaged in an irrational and purely “anti-Semitic” purge of Hollywood. The elder Freedland wrote: “For Communist read Jew. … The hearings were as (some would say more) anti-Semitic as anti-Communist. Hollywood was chosen for the attack because of the great publicity value the movie capital offered. It was also a great opportunity to get at the Jews of Hollywood.”[1] Freedland Senior is also one of those Jews who, as Kevin MacDonald elucidates in CofC, viewed supporters of McCarthy as “intellectual and cultural primitives.”[2]

The younger Freedland began his own writing career at the short-lived Sunday Correspondent, a London newspaper backed by Rothschild Ventures, and which also launched the career of current Newsnight editor Ian Katz. In 1990 Freedland joined the BBC, working as a news reporter across radio and television. In the summer of 1992, he was awarded the Laurence Stern fellowship at The Washington Post, serving as a staff writer on the national news section. In what almost appears like the choreography of their careers, Freedland’s Sunday Correspondent cohort Ian Katz received the same fellowship the following year. Freedland became Washington Correspondent for The Guardian in 1993, remaining in that post until 1997. On his return Freedland launched an attack on British traditions and the system of constitutional monarchy, in his Bring Home the Revolution: The Case for a British Republic (1998). One of Freedland’s primary inspirations was that he felt that, unlike most European states, America “most — though not all — of its citizens feel like they belong.”[3] The “old” Britain, symbolized in the monarchy and out of touch with its citizens, should be annihilated. Read more

Jewish Journalism: A TOO Case File, Part 1

One of the favored tactics of our Hebrew friends at the ADL, the SPLC, and similar organizations is the ‘Intelligence Report,’ or ‘Case File,’ on a particular individual who engages in activities unconducive to Jewish aims and aspirations. These ‘Intelligence Reports’ are normally, in fact, far from intelligent, and usually consist of a mug-shot like photograph accompanied by several quotes taken out of context, clumsy clichés, and more than a little blatant falsehood. The aim, however, is fairly obvious — to mimic in every fashion the feel and style of a criminal case-file and thereby taint the reputation of even the most law-abiding citizen.

For some time now I have felt that something similar might be useful to have at TOO. At this site we have no shortage of excellent and well-informed commentary on the problems faced by Whites not just in the United States but also internationally. But what I’d like to contribute here is something just a little different from the usual — an illustrative but individual case file examining the work of a particular Jewish journalist. Other, similar, reports on other individuals will follow over time. Unlike the ADL or the SPLC, the aim of the report provided here is not to mimic a criminal case file, but instead to contextualize, explain and, most importantly, expose the aims and methods of certain Jewish activists. I also diverge from the path taken by the above-mentioned organizations in that I rely heavily on scholarly sources, checkable facts, and verifiable and contextualized quotations.

Jews and Journalism: Some Historical Context

In 1868 the Prussian romance writer Hermann Goedsche published a popular novel, Biarritz, under the pseudonym Sir John Retcliffe. The book related the tale of an occult meeting of representatives of the twelve tribes of Israel in a Prague cemetery, and has since become notorious as providing the template for the much-maligned Protocols of the Elders of Zion. In one of the novel’s more notable passages, a rabbi in charge of the meeting muses on Jewish ambitions for seizure and use of the press. The rabbi informs his co-conspirators:

If gold is the first power in this world, the second is undeniably the press. … Our people must become the editors of all daily newspapers in all countries. Our possession of gold, our skill in devising means of exploiting mercenary instincts, will make us the arbiters of public opinion and enable us to dominate the masses. … We shall dictate to the world what it is to have faith in, what it is to honor, and what it is to curse. … Once we are absolute masters of the press, we will be able to transform ideas about honor, about virtue, about uprightness of character, we will be able to deal a blow against the family, and we will be able to achieve its disintegration. … We shall declare open war on everything that people respect and venerate.[1]

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