Heads up to all you Democratic Party activists who care about Palestinian rights: prepare to get marginalized by the establishment media and the Democratic Party elite.
As you know, there is now a battle inside the Party platform committee over what the platform will say about Israel and Palestine, with Bernie Sanders committee representative Cornel West saying that the party is “beholden” to AIPAC.
But there is huge pressure on the Sanders forces from the Hillary Clinton camp to keep their mouths shut about Palestine and move on to fight Donald Trump. And the media is helping out the party leadership by making the story yesterday’s news. New York Times covered the split over Israel and Palestine last month, but did not cover the more recent battle over Israel/Palestine language last week in D.C.
Last night Chris Matthews did his part by airing a Hardball segment on MSNBC titled “Bernie Sanders’ list of demands,” which then left out a key demand! Matthews essentially censored any mention of Israel and Palestine. Though he teased the segment with a vague reference to the Israel/Palestine fight:
There’s a mideast fight coming up. We’ve got Jim Zogby in there and Cornel West. We got some people who are pretty red hot on some issues in there right now who are going to make some issues out of foreign policy.
But after that, the segment had nothing at all to say about the Middle East, let alone Palestine. And Hardball should be seen as official media w-r-t the Democratic Party. The segment featured Ed Rendell, who is a Democratic Party establishment figure (and Israel supporter) whose former political guru, David Cohen, is executive vice president of Comcast, the media company that owns MSNBC. Cohen is also a big Israel supporter: a former Jewish Federations leader who has been honored by an organization that buys up land to give to Jews in Israel. Cohen has held a big fundraiser for Hillary Clinton and held fundraisers for President Obama.
No wonder Chris Matthews keeps his mouth shut about those “red hot” issues….
Yes, we’ve noticed this.