Friday, October 30, 2009

White House War on MSM

Best remarks occur at 11:00

"For Fox Sake!

Fox News defends itself against an attack by the Obama administration by explaining that most of their shows aren't real news.


".... WTF?! Truth to power? Your the White House. Your the power. Here's how it goes: In the truth to power statement, it's your job to **** up power, it's Fox's job to **** up truth."

Also see
: The Stewart Shuffle

Early review:

"At first I applauded the Daily Show for having the courage to show the other side of the issue, the Jon pandered to Israel by replaying the already discredited claim that Ahmadinejad wanted to "wipe Israel off of the map" at which point I turned the show off and have no intentions of ever turning it back on." -- Wake the Flock Up


Jon Stewart Needs Letters of Support for having Dr. Barghouti and Anna Baltzer on “The Daily Show”

October 30th, 2009

Anna Baltzer: Daily Show needs letters of support for having Barghouti & me on

Dear friends,

Last night Dr. Barghouti and I were on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart talking about Palestine.

The show was overwhelmed with angry emails and phone calls prior to the appearance, and up until the last minute it seemed like they might cancel. During the taping the show had it's only heckler in 11 years. The entire staff was very nervous and may come to regret the monumental decision (and not make it again) as they will surely be inundated now that the show has aired. That is why it is CRUCIAL that the show receive letters of support from anyone who appreciated the interview.

PLEASE take a moment to give a quick thank you to the Daily Show. I'm sure they will likely be affected by numbers rather than length, so it's OK to make it short, but spread the word to others! Be sure to put "Thank you" in the subject, and maybe Dr. Barghouti & my names. Fill out the form here:

make sure to choose The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as your topic). You can also try calling 212-468-1700.

Many of you who watched the show on TV noticed that everything of real substance that I said was edited out. The major issues cut out were (1) the U.S. role in aiding Israel, (2) the lack of adequate coverage in mainstream U.S. media, and (3) the Palestinian-led movement for Boycott / Divestment / Sanctions (BDS) to nonviolently pressure Israel to comply with international law.

The full, un-cut interview is available on the Daily Show homepage www.thedailyshow. com and will eventually be moved to:

Part I:

Part II:

It's worth watching and comparing with what they allowed said in the TV version.

Regardless of the cuts, this was a huge step for the movement (and Dr. Barghouti's left-in parts were excellent, in my opinion). If you agree, do make your letters positive, even if you decide to mention the disappointing discrepancy between the full interview and what was aired.

I believe the interview wouldn't have happened three years ago. Times are changing. Keep on keepin' on...


PS. I launched a new version of my website in time for the show, in case you're interested:


Daily Show: October 28, 2009: Exclusive - Anna Baltzer & Mustafa Barghouti Extended Interview Pt. 1 A Witness in Palestine: A Witness in Palestine [Anna Baltzer's Homepage]