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anonymous asked:

I've been having a lot of discussions with my white family regarding world politics, racism, etc. and somehow whenever the conversation moves to antisemitism and issues jewish people face, my father always brings up how "the jews control the media and all the money". I'm wondering if you know what factual information I could bring up to debunk that terrible idea, because it's so vile and random that all I can think to say is "Fuck you, no", but that never really helps.

OK. Let’s look at this:

Five Largest Banks in the USA according to wikipedia:

1. JP Morgan Chase: CEO Jamie Dimon - Not Jewish
2. Bank of America: CEO Brian Moynihan - Not Jewish
3. Welles Fargo: CEO Timothy J. Sloan - Not Jewish
4. Citigroup: CEO Michael Corbat - Not Jewish
5. Goldman Sachs: CEO Lloyd Blankfein - Jewish

OK. So one of five. Overrepresented, but Jewish control? Hardly.

Let’s look at some of the biggest news organizations.

1. Fox News: Part of NewsCorp which is run by Rupert Murdoch who isn’t Jewish
2. CNN: Part of Turner Broadcasting, which is owned by Time Warner which is run by Jeff Bewkes who isn’t Jewish
3. MSNBC: Part of NBC Universal which is owned by Comcast which is run by Brian Roberts who is Jewish
4. BBC: Owned by the British Government
5. Al Jazeera: Owned by Qataris who aren’t Jewish
6. RT: Owned by Russia
7. New York Times: Owned by the Sulzberger Family who are Jewish


The point here is that while there are Jews in significant roles in the media and banking and that we may even be over-represented, there is no such thing as Jewish control of those industries. Most Jews don’t work in the media or banking. Also, despite rumors to the contrary, we don’t hold weekly Elders of Zion meetings where we connect to the Hebrew Hive Mind and plot how to control the universe. 

Instead, consider this fact:

There are approximately 6 million Jews in the USA. There are 1.5 million Presbyterians. There has never been a Jewish president. There have been 8 Presbyterian Presidents including Donald Trump.

So clearly, there must be a Presbyterian conspiracy to rule the US through the Presidency. 

Does that sound absurd? That’s because it is. Every Presbyterian I know personally opposed Trump. Do they deserve to be hated because their fellow Presbyterians are over-represented in the US Presidency?

Do you get my point? 

If you are looking to confirm that Jews run the media and banking, you will find evidence to prove that. Instead of pulling together a list of Jews in the media and banking, try pulling together a list of non-Jews. I guarantee it will be much longer.

This is called confirmation bias: where people ignore information that disproves their case, no matter how much of it there might be, and instead choose to focus on data that proves their case, no matter how spurious. I do not understate when I say that confirmation bias, especially in this era of Fake News and “alternative facts,” is a profound threat to everyone in the world. 

Antisemites are particularly fond of playing “spot the Jew” in every industry they don’t like. They don’t put a lot of effort into counting all the Jewish doctors, teachers, non-profit workers, scientists, etc. etc. etc. who make enormous strides to make the world a better place. A Jew ended the polio epidemic. A Jew discovered dark matter. A Jew wrote the inscription on the Statue of Liberty.

Tell your family to start looking for Jews in fields that have made positive contributions to humanity. They’ll find we’re quite over-represented there, too. They might want to start with Jewish winners of the Nobel Prize. 

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Remarks to RTDNA, September 8, 2017

(Following are my prepared remarks yesterday afternoon at the RTDNA Convention in Anaheim; I deviated a bit from the text.)

Thank you for that kind reception, thank you to the RTDNA for the John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award, and most importantly thanks to everyone at CNN, from my newest intern on my amazing staff to the incredible team of journalists we have at CNN all the way up to Jeff Zucker, John Martin, and Jeff Bewkes.

As everyone in this room knows, journalism is a team effort and those of us with the rare honor to sit behind the anchor desks are nothing without the photojournalists and producers and writers and directors and publicists and editors and the guys and gals who drive the sat trucks. All of whom are very busy right now in Florida and Texas covering these horrific storms, saving lives by informing the public and in some cases saving lives by actually pulling people out of the water and harm’s way.

And speaking of team effort, I could do not do what i do without my incredibly supportive wife Jennifer and our amazing children. Our families and their understanding of the importance of our mission are vital.

On this very day 77 years ago, one day after Nazi aircraft began the first of 57 days in a row of their vicious attacks on London, Edward R Murrow told the American people what was happening.

“Before eight, the sirens sounded again. …The fires up the river had turned the moon blood red; the smoke had drifted down until it formed a canopy over the Thames. The guns were working all around us, the bursts looking like fireflies in a Southern summer night. The Germans were sending in 2 or 3 planes at a time. They would pass overhead. The guns and lights would follow them and in about five minutes we could hear the hollow grunt of the bombs. Huge pear shaped bursts of flames would rise up into the smoke and disappear. The world was upside down.“

That is what we do. We tell the public what is going on. Even – or especially – when the world is upside down.

Earlier this week, the emir of Kuwait joked about the troubles he was having with the press and President Trump in an apparent attempt at bonding joked that he was happy to hear that the emir had problems with the media as well. In Kuwait those in the media who criticize the government can be and have been jailed and exiled.

The leaders of the United States need to shine our great American beacon of freedom and liberty, not give comfort to those who oppress and repress those values.

And likewise as we experience this challenging moment in journalism, and as we stand up for facts and truth and decency, we in the media now more than ever need to make sure we are excelling and that we are not choosing partisan sides, that we are asking tough questions of Democrats and Republicans and independents, that we are equal opportunity skeptics, that we have crossed every T and dotted every I to make sure our facts are correct.

Being under assault by lying twitter trolls and hostile foreign governments and juvenile officials in our own country does not mean we lower our standards. It means we raise them.

This is potentially a golden age of journalism – we see it in Florida right now, we see it every day on TV and radio and in the newspaper and magazines and online – let us work hard to earn back the trust of the American people as I know each and every person in this room aspires to achieve every single day.

Thank you so much for this honor.

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George: "Well this week, we have a special person for you on our program – None other than John Lennon of The Beatles. Well John, I believe you’ve written a bewk. And this bewk’s called ‘John Lennon In His Own Write,’ folks. W-R-I-T-E, you see. It’s a larf. It’s a larf a minute with John Lennon. Some of you might find it a bit difficult to understand – because you see, it’s in a sort of funny lingo. Well, we get it, you see. It’s full of larfs. I don’t really know how you could describe it. But, it’s sort of rubbish. Maybe that’s one way. Well, sitting on my left I have another person of the Beatles called Ringo Starr. What, Ringo, do you think of this book by John Lennon?“

Ringo: "Well, I think it’s marvelous. I mean, I’ve never read anything like it.”

George: (jokingly) “You’ve never read before, though, have you?”

Ringo: "No. I can’t read, you see. That’s why I’ve never. I mean, the stories are so funny, I just… Ha-Ha!! I mean, the titles are so funny. 'Partly Dave’ and what else have we got here? We got many a nice story. 'Sad Michael,’ that’s a sad story. 'The Famous Five through Woenow Abbey’ that’s a well-known place. 'Randolf’s Party,’ I mean, that’s one not to be missed by anybody. We also have 'The Wrestling Dog.’ Many little drawings which will make you laugh.“

George: "Larf.”

Ringo: "George is trying to lose his accent, you see.“

anonymous asked:

What do you love about Outlander? Was there a particular scene or part of the books when you knew you were a goner?

My Outlander story is a funny one, I think.  My son and my father both watched it religiously and kept hammering on me to watch it also.  I had never heard of it before that and really had no interest in getting into another tv show (lol).  But, the night before Both Sides Now aired in Canada (we were two weeks behind US airdate at that point) I binged and watch them all.

What hooked me? This moment right here.

After that, during the hellatus, I read every bewk (several times), Mama Balfed the episodes and watched them over and over, and devoured every pic and interview I could find.

What do I love about Outlander?  Like EVERYTHING!  Some things I love more than others.  I love Jamie and Claire.  I really love Jamie’s pillow talk (but Diana needs to back off right before she talks about seed).

I love that she show has taken some of the moments that I didn’t care for or made no sense and made them work.

I love that Caitriona has made Claire into someone I can relate to and has made her softer.

I love that Sam can portray both a fierce warrior and a tenderhearted man.  I love that there is strength in Jamie’s vulnerability.

I love that the cast and crew seem to really love each other, and really appreciate the fans.  (FTR, I lay all the blame for fan dissatisfaction on Starz/Sony)

I love that people love this show and story so much that is makes them so stupid things.  It is great to be so passionate about something.

I love that it has brought me here.  To Twitter, to Tumblr, to Facebook, where I can always find common ground with anyone.

George: ‘Well this week, we have a special person for you on our program - none other than John Lennon of The Beatles. Well John, I believe you’ve written a bewk. And this bewk’s called 'John Lennon In His Own Write,’ folks. W-R-I-T-E, you see. It’s a larf. It’s a larf a minute with John Lennon. Some of you might find it a bit difficult to understand – because you see, it’s in a sort of funny lingo. Well, we get it, you see. It’s full of larfs. I don’t really know how you could describe it. But, it’s sort of rubbish.’

John: (laughs)

George: 'Maybe that’s one way. Well, sitting on my left I have another person of the Beatles called Ringo Starr. What, Ringo, do you think of this book by John Lennon?’

Ringo: 'Well, I think it’s marvelous. I mean, I’ve never read anything like it.’

George: (jokingly) 'You’ve never read before, though, have you?’

Ringo: 'No. I can’t read, you see. That’s why I’ve never… I mean, the stories are so funny, I just… Ha-Ha!! I mean, the titles are so funny. 'Partly Dave’ and what else have we got here? We got many a nice story. 'Sad Michael,’ that’s a sad story. 'The Famous Five through Woenow Abbey’ that’s a well-known place. 'Randolf’s Party,’ I mean, that’s one not to be missed by anybody. We also have 'The Wrestling Dog.’ Many little drawings which will make you laugh.’

George: (correcting) 'Larf.’

Ringo: 'George is trying to lose his accent, you see.’

George: 'Well thank you, Ringo. So I’d just like to hand you over to John Lennon. And what are you gonna read for us?’

John: 'Well just so happens, George, I’ve got a copy of me book here, and it’s… I’ll read a poem what is called 'Alec Speaking.’“
(reads)"He is putting it lithely when he says
Quobble in the Grass
Strab he down the soddieflays
Amo amat amass
Amonk, amink, a minibus
Amarmylaidie Moon
Amikky mendip multiplus
Amighty midgey spoon
And so I traddled onward
Caring not a care
Onward, Onward, Onward.
(shouting loudly) Onward my friends, and glory for the fifty-ninth!!’

(laughter)

John: 'Actually, it’s the thirty-ninth, but I goofed.’

George: 'Well thank you, John, thank you. This is the last program, isn’t it, Ringo?’

Ringo: 'Aww. They’re awfully…’

George: ’'Cos we like doing 'Public Ear.’ We think it’s a great program 'cos when we’re on tour, we listen to it. Don’t we, Ringo?’

Ringo: 'Yeah, it’s a fab show.’

—  George Harrison interviews fellow Beatles John Lennon and Ringo Starr for the BBC’S Public Ear program, 18 March 1964