There has been wall-to-wall television news coverage of the recording between 80 year-old Donald Sterling (also known as Donald Tokowitz), owner of the Los Angeles Clippers and his girlfriend, who is reportedly 31 years old.
During this lengthy conversation, Mr. Sterling manages to insult not only minority groups in the US but Israeli Jews as well. He contends that Black Jews in Israel are worth only 50 percent as much as White Jews.
This is a lovely remark. Thank you, Donald.
This is the remark that CNN has chosen to replay ad nauseam, stirring the pot for anti-Semitism in the U.S.
In this Oct. 17, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling watches his team play in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
CNN is also reporting another news story. It seems that Gennady Kernes, the mayor of Kharkiv, Ukraine was out for a jog and swim when unidentified snipers shot him in the back.
“Doctors are fighting for his life,” an official from his office said.
Mayor Kernes is Jewish; there has been no mention of his Jewishness in any televised reports thus far.
An American journalist, Vice reporter Simon Ostrovsky, was kidnapped by pro-Russian forces in Slovyansk, Ukraine. He was held for two days. You wouldn’t know it from the news coverage, but Mr. Ostrovsky is Jewish, too. Passover ended on April 21, 2014; Mr. Ostrovsky was freed on April 24, 2014; freed from bondage, so to speak.
A few days before Mr. Ostrovsky was kidnapped, commemorating the end of Passover involved the distribution of leaflets to Jewish Ukrainians leaving synagogue. These leaflets instructed “Jews” to register with Ukranian authorities in Donetsk. The leaflets read:
“Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality, due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community of Ukraine supported Bendery Junta (Stepan Bandera) and oppose the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk, (the interim government) has decided that all citizens of Jewish descent, over 16 years of age and residing within the republic’s territory are required to report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and register.”
Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city's Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee "or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated," reported Ynet News and Ukraine's Donbass news agency.
Does this sound familiar to anyone?
Apparently, a flashback to pre-Nazi Germany is not in the media’s memory. What they did report however, was that the media’s (referring to The Jerusalem Post) response was predictable, implying that “Jews ordered to register in Ukraine” is an over-reaction to reality; really?
A monument was found desecrated with anti-Semitic graffiti at a Jewish cemetery in Wysokie Mazowieckie, Poland, on Monday, March 19, 2012. (AP)
As proof of this over-reaction to the Jewish community being ordered to register as Jews, Julia Ioffe, senior editor at The New Republic reports she reached out to the Jewish community of Donetsk who dismissed any danger to the Jewish community. Feel better?
Must we be reminded of the countless number of Jews who considered themselves German citizens? They were rounded up and sent to concentration camps without a thought of any qualification except one-Jew.
On Saturday, April 19, 2014 Shabbos morning, the main synagogue of Nikolayev, Ukraine was firebombed. This followed the February firebombing of the Giymat Rosa Synogogue in Zaphorizhia, Ukraine. No problem, most likely a coincidence, or, maybe an intentional act?
The online magazine The Escapist calls Donald Sterling a “White Supremacist.” You can read the vile comments here.
Just to make certain the Donald Sterling-hating-world was clear about Mr. Sterling’s religion (we wouldn’t want there to be any misunderstanding), journalist Howard Megdal asked Adam Silver a very important and relevant question:
“In terms of Donald Sterling self-identifying as Jewish and you doing the same, as well, I'm wondering whether there was a specific kind of pain associated with that for you and if you felt a certain responsibility within the Jewish community to be responding to this in this way.”
Just in case you may be wondering, Mr. Megdal is Jewish, too. Thanks, Howie.
Displaying the nerve of all nerves, (chutzpah by any other name), Jesse Jackson has inserted himself into the Donald Sterling saga claiming, Donald Sterling is the reason “why we need affirmative action.” “…His past is very well known,” he said.
Shall I remind the media that in 2008 Rev. Jesse Jackson was caught on tape stating he would like to “cut off President Obama’s nuts?” In 1984, Mr. Jackson referred to Jews as “hymie” and New York City as “hymietown.” Jackson first denied the reports; then he claimed these were private remarks that were overheard by reporters. It would seem that Mr. Jackson has a questionable history as well and is not the best choice to criticize Mr. Sterling.
Rev. Jesse Jackson. Getty Images
Donald Sterling didn’t suggest cutting off anybody’s nuts and he didn’t use the “N” word even though he believed his conversation was private, as was Jackson’s claim/excuse in saying “hymietown.”
CNN has been exploding over the execution of Clayton Lockett, who died of a heart attack after his vein collapsed, impeding the implementation of a combination of drugs supposed to lead to a lethal injection.
There has been more hate through media coverage thrown at Mr. Sterling than has been afforded to Mr. Lockett. CNN claims “universal” disgust against Mr. Sterling. They also continue to describe him as an “80-year-old billionaire” who is both “racist” and “cheap.”
Yet, we are ordered to feel sorry for a man who killed a young lady and then buried her alive.
The American media influences the American attitude. The media is demanding the “book” be thrown at Donald Sterling; no second chances for such a vile character.
Don Lemon of CNN referred to Sterling as a “lost cause.”
Perhaps the media would be satisfied if they knew the strength of Mr. Sterling’s veins.
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