My June 2015 article, “Did We Pull the Plug on the Shah?” begins like this:
The secret history of the world was his pastime. His great pleasure was to contrast the hidden motive, with the public pretext, of transactions. — Benjamin Disraeli, describing the sage Jewish financier Sidonia in his classic novel, Coningsby.
“Surely, your majesty, you’re not telling me that the Jewish lobby in the United States pulls the strings of the presidency.”
Thus begins an extraordinary 1976 interview by the Jewish Mike Wallace of CBS of the Shah of Iran. It’s really quite amusing to hear the tone of fake incredulity in Wallace’s voice as the Shah makes observations about Jewish power in the United States that most people these days would accept as fairly commonplace, though seldom spoken so openly. Powerful Jewish interests controlling the media and banks and pressuring politicians? Heaven forfend!
A few days ago, the occasion arose to share the article with an email group. Someone had posted a meme of President Richard Nixon with the subject heading, “Why Nixon Had to Go.” The meme had a quote from Nixon, along with his face appearing on black-and-white television. The date of the quote was given as Feb. 1, 1972. It was as follows:
Now Life [magazine] is totally dominated by the Jews. Newsweek is totally, is owned by Jews and dominated by them, their editorials. The New York Times, the Washington Post are totally Jewish.
The quote undoubtedly comes from a White House conversation with evangelist Billy Graham that was never meant to be public. It was a part of the White House tapes that contributed greatly to bringing Nixon down in the Watergate scandal, but the exchange with Graham was not released to the public until 2002. The Chicago Tribune has a good summary, ending with this blast, “Well,” says Nixon, “it’s also, the Jews are irreligious, atheistic, immoral bunch of bastards.”
Richard Nixon, who was raised Quaker, leaves no doubt that he was not exactly fond of Jews, but he was speaking in private. The Shah of Iran, being interviewed on 60 Minutes for the world to hear was a good deal more circumspect, but he was blunt, and, to my mind, was plainly factual.
To refresh my memory as to what, exactly, the Shah had said, I went back to the YouTube video to which I had linked in the article, and here’s what came up: “This video has been removed for violating YouTube’s policy on hate speech. Learn more about combating hate speech in your country.”
If you click on “Learn more,” you get another video about YouTube’s “hate speech” censorship policy plus this:
Hate speech is not allowed on YouTube. We remove content promoting violence or hatred against individuals or groups based on any of the following attributes:
Gender Identity and Expression
Victims of a major violent event and their kin
But the “hate speech” in question here is simply the opinion of a national head of state–friendly to the United States–as expressed in an edited interview by a Jewish reporter on a Jewish-dominated powerful and popular-at-the-time American television network in 1976. Could this really be forbidden “hate speech” in 2021?
They’re not all that competent or efficient at YouTube, though. One can still find the interview there by searching for it, not just at that particular site anymore. Here is precisely the same forbidden interview as posted by If Americans Knew on Twitter.
Is that the sort of thing that should be banished from the public airwaves in a free country?
But it is probably hate speech if one defines it as Edgar J. Steele does in his October 2001 article, “Hate Speech: Anything Jews Hate to Hear.”
It’s also the sort of statement of fact that can cost you your job if you happen to be in the American news business, as I captured with two poems on my web site:
Pity the feckless Rick Sanchez,
Who would make of contrition an art:
He didn’t really mean to be truthful,
But the problem’s he’s not very smart.