by Scott Creighton
The more I learn about Jon Stewart, the more detestable he becomes. After years of exposing neocon propaganda, Jon Stewart is now reporting it as “news” to his liberal audience.
In the comment section of an article I wrote about Jon Stewart having multiple Bush adminstration neocons on his show to help them remake their reputations and sell their books to make more money, a reader mentioned Jon running with a story a couple of months ago about all those “evil Hamas” children’s shows. You know the ones. The story is that Hamas (described quickly by Jon Stewart as “the terrorist organization in Gaza”…. actually it’s a political party that won and election in 2005 or 2006) makes all these horrific cartoons to teach the kids in Gaza how to be evil and antisemitic (I guess that explains why the IDF had to kill so many of ‘em during Operation Cast Lead).
I decided to look the video up and I found it is even worse than I could have imagined.
I found it at Huffington Post dated 2 3 2010. It’s on a format that I don’t know how to embed on WordPress. If anyone knows, please give me a hint.
The video speaks for itself. Jon running through a couple choice ”Palestinian” cartoons that depict Jews as bloodsucking, evil, murders of Palestinian kids. One even has a Micky Mouse type character telling kids to blow themselves up for Hamas. According to Jon the characters the Palestinian kids are watching are “antisemitic caricatures” which of course would lead one to believe the Palestinian kids in Gaza are also antisemitic.
They run another clip in which the supposedly “Palestinian” cartoon shows an Israeli kid killing Palestinian kids from his roof top with an Uzi. Afterward, Jon says “What the fuck? And they wonder why this conflict is so intractable.”
This of course is to make people think the reason the conflict is unresolved is because of these “crazy” antisemitic Palestinians…. that is completely unbelievable propaganda coming from someone I had once respected.
Let me say this…
These clips are supposedly translated and released by MEMRI TV… fact is, Gaza has “two TV stations run by the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation (which is controlled by the Palestinian Authority), and no radio stations. It has four ISPs. Most Palestinian households have a radio and a TV, but there are no figures available.” (source) The Palestinian Authority is the Puppet regime who lost the election to Hamas in 2006 (or 2005?)… there is no way in HELL the Palestinian Authority would air that kind of hate filled propaganda…. and HAMAS DOESN’T HAVE A TV STATION.
You want to see the inside of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation? Tell me if you see Micky Mouse telling anyone to blow up the jews…
So where in these photos is the program director you compared to Hitler, Mr. Stewart? Are these the Palestinian kids that are being made into antisemites?
So if the videos and cartoon arent coming from here, where are these hatefilled cartoons coming from that people like Jon Stewart are using to foster hatred and fear of the Palestinian people?
Well that’s simple… just look at the videos… they are all “translated” by MEMRI TV…. MEMRI TV is based out of Washington DC. They have many topics to discuss like how we need to go to war with Iran before they blow up Israel. Here is some information on MEMRI TV… the source of Jon Stewart’s cartoons that he used to demonize Palestinians in Gaza about a year after Operation Cast Lead…
When founded in 1998, MEMRI’s staff of seven included three who had formerly served in military intelligence in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
Yigal Carmon — MEMRI’s founder and President. Carmon is fluent in Arabic. He served as Colonel in the Military Intelligence Directorate (Israel) from 1968 to 1988.
Meyrav Wurmser (co-founding Executive Director). Wurmser was one of the authors of the “Clean Break” document which proposed reshaping Israel’s “strategic environment” in the Middle East, starting with the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.
PRA considers that “MEMRI’s slogan, ‘Bridging the Language Gap Between the Middle East and the West,’ does not convey the institute’s stridently pro-Israel and anti-Arab political bias.” It further notes, that MEMRI’s founders, Wurmser and Carmon, “are both hardline pro-Israel ideologues aligned with Israel’s Likud party.
According to PRA, MEMRI’s translated articles and its commentary are routinely cited in national media outlets in the United States, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times, while analyses by MEMRI staff and officers are frequently published by right-wing and neoconservative media outlets such as National Review, Fox News, Commentary, and the Weekly Standard.
Oh well, look at that. Jon Stewart is running with videos “translated” by ideologues from the Likud party AND he is helping right-wing neoconservatives here in America remake their images and sell their books.
Wow. Didn’t see that coming. anything else?
What? The videos this propaganda mill releases aren’t translated correctly? hmmm…
In 2007, CNN correspondent Atika Shubert and Arabic translators accused MEMRI of mistranslating portions of a Palestinian children’s television programme.
“Media watchdog MEMRI translates one caller as saying – quote – ‘We will annihilate the Jews,”‘ said Shubert. “But, according to several Arabic speakers used by CNN, the caller actually says ‘The Jews are killing us.”‘ 
Several commentators, such as CNN‘s Arabic department, have claimed that the transcript of the April 13 show (2007) provided by MEMRI contains numerous translation errors and undue emphases. Brian Whitaker, the Middle East editor for the Guardian newspaper (UK), wrote in a blog for the newspaper that in the translation of the video, showing Farfour eliciting political comments from a young girl named Sanabel, the MEMRI transcript misrepresents the segment, by attributing a sentence said by Farfour, (“I’ll shoot”), to the child, and ignoring the child’s statement (“I’m going to draw a picture”).
Whitaker further criticized MEMRI’s translation. He and others commented that a statement uttered by the same child, (“We’re going to [or want to] resist”), had been given an unduly aggressive interpretation by MEMRI as (“We want to fight”). Also, where MEMRI translated the girl as saying the highly controversial remark (“We will annihilate the Jews”), Whitaker and others, including Arabic speakers used by CNN, insist that based on careful listening to the low quality video clip, the girl is variously interpreted as saying, “The Jews [will] shoot us” or “The Jews are killing us.” Other sources have also pointed out that MEMRI’s translation “I will commit martyrdom” should more accurately have been “I’ll become a martyr” – a passive statement rather than an active/aggressive threat.
They mistranslated “The Jews are killing us” to “We will annihilate the Jews”? Well, I can see how that is an easy mistake made by most Likud Party propaganda mills run by ex-Israeli Military Intelligence officers and World Bank/IMF neocons…
But what do other prominent Jewish people think about MEMRI TV…
Norman Finkelstein, in an interview with the Muslim newspaper In Focus said MEMRI ”uses the same sort of propaganda techniques as the Nazis… [I]t’s a reliable assumption that anything MEMRI translates from the Middle East is going to be unreliable
The current director of MERI TV is Steven Stalinsky.
Steven Stalinsky has been Executive Director of MEMRI for a decade. Mr. Stalinsky’s has briefed staff of the White House, State Department, Homeland Security, Justice Department, Office of Director of National Intelligence
Steven Stalinsky has an interesting past.
Under the headline “Terrorists against Bolton” the web magazine Front Page has published an article by Steven Stalinsky defending John Bolton…
Then there is Meyrav Wurmser…
Meyrav Wurmser is a central figure in the right-wing’s web of Middle East policy institutes, as is her husband, David Wurmser. According to the Hudson Institute, “Through her work at MEMRI [she] helped to educate policymakers about the Palestinian Authority two-track approach to ‘negotiating peace’ with Israel: calling for peace in the English press and with Western policymakers while inciting hatred and violence through official Arab language media.” Before joining the George W. Bush administration as a State Department policy adviser under John Bolton, her husband was an American Enterprise Institute scholar and associate of the Middle East Forum.
Meyrav Wurmser is married to David Wurmser. David Wurmser in a neocon from wayback. He was an advisor to Dick Cheney and was also appointed to aspecial intel office in the Pentagon right after 9/11 by another neocon, Douglas Feith. In one day or so he and his partner produced “a memo that suggested “hitting targets outside the Middle East in the initial offensive” or a “non-Al Qaeda target like Iraq.” In the memo, U.S. attacks in Latin America and Southeast Asia were portrayed as a way to catch terrorists off guard when they were expecting an assault on Afghanistan.“
This is the source of the videos Jon Stewart used to demonize Palestinians and specifically Palestinian children trapped in Gaza.
After years of exposing neocon propaganda, Jon Stewart is now reporting it as “news”. Just thought you should know.
(thank to the commenter who gave me the heads up on this)