There has been an erosion of positions in the West on issues that should be firmly held, including that of Israel and anti-Semitism. Back with us today is CAMERA's Christian Media Analyst Dexter Van Zile (camera.org). He describes his battles against anti-Semitism and concludes that it is becoming more and more dangerous for Diaspora Jews. There is widespread hypocrisy regarding the issue of tolerance and Jews in large measure find themselves on the losing side of that hypocrisy. In the overarching battle, the message seems to be about depriving Jews of their rights – both in Israel and here in America.
Last year turned out to be a banner year for mainstream media misinformation. They seemed so sure of their stories when published, but when facts came out, very few if any admitted they were wrong. Leading off the show this week is Brandon Smith (alt-market.us), Founder of the Alternative Market Project. He looks back at media lowlights in 2021, including talking points like 'pandemic of the unvaccinated,' 'January 6 was an insurrection,' and 'alternative energies didn't cause Texas's winter grid collapse.' Headlines were in large fonts; corrections, if any, were but a tiny footnote.
Unaccountable media occurs not just in the U.S., but also in international press. Nowhere is this more evident than in coverage of Israel. Tamar Sternthal (camera.org), Director of CAMERA's Israel office, joins us this week to look at two stories the media got wrong in 2021. First, Israel was made out to be the aggressor toward Gaza when the facts show that Gaza attacked initially. The second story involved a professor with ties to Hamas promoted as a bridge builder when in reality he taught his students to hate Israel. Once again, neither publisher was held to much account.
Finally this week, we dive into the topic of digital vaccine passports with longtime friend of the show Pat Wood (citizensforfreespeech.org), Executive Director of Citizens for Free Speech and Editor of Technocracy News. He examines the globalist plan to track every human being on earth, using governments and private companies and organizations to get it done. This plan has been in place for decades and with technology finally in place, the globalists are on the cusp of realizing their dream. John notes that this dream looks suspiciously like one written in the Book of Revelation.
We all know that the mainstream media has devolved into a propaganda machine for the Left. They have now been exposed promoting anti-Israel 'news.' Joining us today from Israel is Tamar Sternthal (camera.org), Director of CAMERA's Israel office. She gives examples of media malfeasance, including the promotion of Israel as aggressor against Gaza when Gaza was the attacker first; and a feature of a professor with ties to Hamas as being a bridge builder when, if you listen to his lectures in Arabic, he is the exact opposite, teaching his students to hate Israel. She and John also discuss the state of journalism today.
How does an ideological dustup at a Canadian school board meeting reflect what's going on around the world? Back with us today to answer that is Christine Douglass-Williams (frontpagemag.com), Associate Editor at FrontPage Magazine. She recalls how a difference in ideological opinion surrounding the Israel-Palestinian issue almost got a woman kicked off a school board for "Islamophobic" comments. She retained her position but this incident points to a larger problem of condoning anti-semitism in the name of diversity and inclusion. She also discusses the close relationship between BLM, Antifa, and pro-Palestinian groups.
It's common today to refer to Christianity, Judaism, and Islam collectively as the Abrahamic religions. Is there a reason for this? Joining us today from Melbourne, Australia is Mark Durie (markdurie.com), Director of the Institute for Spiritual Awareness. There are clear differences between the faiths and its important to have honest conversations about not only current issues but also their history if we're going to understand those differences. Often politically correct pressure gets in the way, people start screaming about extremism and hate, and suddenly respecting someone whose beliefs you don't agree with becomes impossible. Let's have that honest conversation today.
Recently, a Canadian tax court judge, who is Jewish, was barred from presiding over cases involving Muslims. Of course, he was labeled an Islamophobe, ignoring most of the facts surrounding the case. Back with us today is Christine Douglass-Williams (frontpagemag.com), writer at FrontPage Magazine and Jihad Watch. She gives a synopsis of the situation and connects what is happening with the judge to a larger narrative within the Canadian government. And surrounding it all is a media and political machine where talking points and so-called facts are actually flipped upside down. A blizzard of lies is being marketed as the truth.
We heard from Avi Lipkin last Friday on the inside scoop of Israeli politics. Today we have a different guest to discuss the state of things in Israel following the hostilities with Gaza several weeks ago. Joining us from his home country is David Rubin (shilohisraelchildren.org), Founder and President of the Shiloh Israel Children's Fund and former mayor of Shiloh, Israel. He describes the efforts in finally forming a coalition government and what will likely be the policies moving forward for the new Bennett administration. He also looks at how Israel can learn from both its past successes and failures.
What is Israel's government like behind the scenes? Who better to reveal that than our old friend, author and Middle East expert Avi Lipkin (avilipkin.net). He joins us from his home east of Jerusalem for a candid conversation. He describes the new incoming government and why former Prime Minister Netanyahu's time in power ended. He also reveals that there is a surprising amount of socialists within the Israeli government and military in that country's version of a deep state. And you don't want to miss the story of Avi, a Jewish man, having dinner with a neo-Nazi and the lessons learned there! Never a dull moment when Avi's here.
Now that hostilities have theoretically abated in the latest Israel-Gaza war, it's important to look at, and learn from, what really happened there. Back with us today is Bruce Thornton (fresnostate.edu), Professor of Classics and Humanities at California State University in Fresno. It's hard to filter out the reality of the situation in the Middle East – or any situation – when politicians and the media push lies meant to further narratives. Examples include how the Palestinians want peace, despite their actions; the climate debate is settled, except the debate has never happened; and universities say they are all about education, but it really seems like they're all about grant money and donations. Narratives may sound nice, but when you're trying to solve real problems in the real world, all they do is get in the way.
Israel is very much in the news right now but the media narratives are not matching the facts on the ground. John flies solo today, giving you the truth rather than the spin machine. He looks at the Temple Mount riots, the violence in East Jerusalem, and rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel and Israel's response. It's important to understand the truth of what's happening, both geopolitically and historically.