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Takes on the World
Host Jeff Blankfort
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Blankfort notes differences in US between first TOTW broadcast in January, 2001, and today, noting that the wars and US military expansion triggered by 9/11 brought forth no national protests as has Trump's inauguration. He refers to what he had planned for previous commentary that had been per-empted by Trump's first press conference.

He begins by pointing out error in Lincoln quote re not being able “to fool all the people all the time,” which is never necessary, just enough of the people most of the time with a supporting media. He gives examples of NPR's playing of this role re the White House generated anti-Russian propaganda which he labels “fake news.” He notes that the political establishment will not tolerate friendly relations with Russia as Trump has proposed and cites McClatchy news report that five US intel agencies have begun investigating a kitchen sink of leads into Russian interference in the US dating well before the leaked report from the Republican and Clinton's British intel agent.

Blankfort cites rare mainstream media critique of first declassified intel report and points to ludicrous claims that Russia tried to undermine Americans' faith in political process and Clinton's reputation, suggesting it would have been fodder for Jon Stewart.

He then notes that the real interferer in US politics is Israel which has been doing it for so long that it's taken for granted and, as latest evidence, cites bipartisan attack on Obama and Kerry for US abstention on UNSC vote on illegal Jewish settlements. He praises his member of Congress, Jared Huffman for opposing House bill blasting UNSC vote as well as Sen. Diane Feinstein who was lone senator making a statement supporting the abstention and how it was ignored by the media.

He quotes Paris-based journalist Diana Johnstone on how the rough treatment by Exxon Mobil chief by Sen. Foreign Relations Com. illustrates exaggeration of oil companies power as contrasted to that of the Zionists and to illustrate Zionist power over the media, Blankfort than quotes Sen. Fulbright, the first big target of AIPAC a half century ago about the latter's power over Congress.

Blankfort explains why Fulbright was targeted; in 1963 hearings he exposed Israels' law-breaking payments to American Zionist Council for pro-Israel propaganda that led Pres. Kennedy to call for Justice Dept. to get it to register as a foreign agent which its lawyers delayed until JFK's assassination and pro-Israel LBJ's taking over the White House was made moot.

He recalls how effort by Grant Smith of IRmep to resuscitate Justice Dept. effort was rejected because it is under as tight a control of Congress and refers to Smith's book, “Foreign Agents: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee from the 1963 Fulbright hearings to the 2005 Espionage Scandal.”

He concludes with report on Al Jazeera undercover operation that exposes Israel's efforts to undermine British minister who dares to criticize Israel and its settlement construction.

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00:19:21 1 Jan. 25, 2017
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