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View the Johansson-SodaStream Ad Fox Won’t Let You See Super Sunday

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

What sin did the ad experts commit this year that prompted Fox News to can SodaStream’s scheduled commercial to be aired on Fox News during the Super Bowl Sunday?

Last year, CBS canned the commercial that showed thousands of Pepsi and Coke bottles bursting. The ad mocked the soda companies for hurting the environment while SodaStream customers can make their own soda drinks at home.

This year, the planned commercial did not show any disparaging pictures of those environmentally unfriendly bottles.

Instead, it stars Scarlett Johansson, SodaStream’s new ambassador to promote its machines.

The half-minute commercial was fine, until Johansson uttered the four naughty words, “Sorry, Coke and Pepsi.”

“No way,” cried Fox. How dare upstart SodaStream make fun of the manufacturers of two of America’s favorite unhealthy drinks.

SodaStream’s ad agency came up with another version of the commercial, without those four awful words.

UPDATED: Fox News Rejects SodaStream’s Super Bowl Ad (Video)

Monday, January 27th, 2014

See the update at the end of the article.

Fox News has followed the lead of CBS last year and has rejected a scheduled SodaStream ad that promotes its product at the expense of Coca Cola and Pepsi.

The Israel-based company has won headlines the past couple of weeks by Scarlett Johansson’s staring down the Boycott Israel movement and maintaining that SodaStream, which has a factory in Judea, otherwise known as part of the West Bank, actually promotes peace by hiring Palestinian Authority Arabs and treating them on par with its Jewish workers. The commercial that was canned before it could be aired during the Supper Bowl last year mocked Coca Cola and Pepsi for hurting the environment with its plastic bottles. SodaStream machines make the fizz in a machine in the home or office.

This year, Fox News is broadcasting the Super Bowl, and it is upset by the proposed commercial in which Johansson says, “Sorry, Coke and Pepsi.” Fox insists that the ad not name the big guys, which have a combined sales of $115 billion a year compared with only $562 million for SodaStream. The proposed SodaStream commercial was designed under the leadership of Alex Bogusky, one of the big shots in the world of advertising. He told USA Today, he is thoroughly upset “that Fox protects its big advertisers to the detriment of the environment and consumers.”

SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum told the newspaper, “If I could get my money back, I’d be happy to be out of that deal.” The reason might be that SodaStream has won so much free publicity that it may not be worth paying Fox News to air a commercial, especially if it cannot knock Coke and Pepsi. Below is a trailer for the commercial.


Update: JewishPress.com received the following update from SodaStream: A modified version of the ad is now running, with the phrase “Sorry, Coke and Pepsi” having been replaced with different words.

Huckabee Fears Gun Control a Step towards Nazi-Style Government

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Former Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee backed up a caller to Fox News who suggested that gun control is a step towards a Nazi-style government.

The caller stated, “So many people who have not read and do not understand how quickly Germany was turned into, it was a democracy, then turned into a dictatorship by everyone having to register their guns and then they went door to door and collected them,” according to Media Matters.

Huckabee quickly defended the caller.

“When you bring that up you get people who get crazy on us, and they’ll start saying, ‘Oh there you go comparing to the Nazis.’” Huckabee replied. “And I understand the reaction, but it’s the truth.

“You cannot take people’s rights away if they’re resisting and if they have the means to resist, but once they’re disarmed and the people who are trying to take over have all the power, not just political, not just financial, but they have the physical power to domesticate us and to subjugate us to our will there’s not a whole lot we can do about it other than just plan to die in the course of resistance….

“In every society and culture where dictators take over, one of the things they have to do is get control of the military and the police and ultimately all of the citizens and make sure the citizens are disarmed and can’t fight in the streets. Gosh I hope it doesn’t come to that.

Media Maters quoted an article in Salon that Hitler actually loosened gun laws for his political allies while banning firearms only from those hew wanted to suppress.

Pastor Says Obama’s Mother ‘Hated Being White’

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Jesse Lee Peterson, a pastor who was a guest on Fox News, has claimed that President Barack Obama hates white people and that his mother, Ann Dunham, influenced this thinking because she “hated being white,” ANI reported.

Rev. Peterson made the accusation during an episode of the conservative TruNews “BlogTalkRadio” show last week.

Host Rick Wiles began the discussion with the claim that Obama is “not the first black president” but the first “mixed-race president.”

He was parroting a popular conspiracy theory that Obama has ties to the so-called “New World Order,” an elitist, totalitarian plot to create an authoritarian world government.

Wiles said that Obama was raised by white people who were connected to the New World Order.

But Peterson objected, claiming that Obama does not identify with his white half at all and speculated that his mother was at the root of it.

He said Obama’s mother hated her color, she hated being white, adding that Obama may have been brought up not to accept that side of himself, making him a racist, because he doesn’t really respect white folks.

Peterson also called Obama evil, a Socialist and possibly a Muslim.

Back in March, 2012, Rev. Peterson told his flock that women have destroyed America, and that allowing women to vote was “one of the greatest mistakes that America made.”

Israel’s US Ambassador: We’ll Act to Stop Chemical Weapons Reaching Hezbollah (Video)

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Israel’s ambassador to the United States Michael Oren said on Sunday night that Israel has been monitoring the situation in Syria for a long time and is worried about the possibility of Syrian chemical weapons coming to Hezbollah’s possession.

“If these weapons fall into the wrong hands, it will be a game changer for us,” Oren stated in an interview with Fox News.

Oren told the interviewer, Chris Wallas:”You can imagine the Hezbollah, with its thousands of missiles, having chemical weapons? It could kill thousands of people.”

The Sunday Times has reported that Israeli special forces are operating in Syria as spotters to track the regime’s stocks of chemical and biological weapons. The cross-border operation is part of a secret war to trail Syria’s non-conventional armaments and sabotage their development.

“For years we’ve known the exact location of Syria’s chemical and biological munitions,” an Israeli source told the Sunday Times, referring to Israel’s spy satellites and drones. “But in the past week we’ve got signs that munitions have been moved to new locations.”

Panetta Stonewalls House Committee Chairman McKeon on Benghazi

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

The news keeps getting worse.  The Washington Free Beacon reports today that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has  “blocked” four senior military officers from answering questions on the Benghazi attack posed by Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC).

McKeon asked the officers to provide answers to questions about security threats by the close of business Friday…

McKeon asked each of the four officers in separate letters whether prior to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi anyone under their command had notified the State Department or other agencies about growing dangers in Libya.

He also wants to know if there were any requests to increase security in Libya for U.S. personnel. … [T]he letters to the four officers asked whether any military officers under their command had recommended “deployment of additional U.S. military forces to Libya due to the threat environment.

Other questions focused on determining if the officers were aware that officers under their command recommended increasing security in Libya prior to the deadly attack.

To your knowledge, has the Department of State or any other federal agency requested additional U.S. military forces to augment security for U.S. personnel in Libya?” McKeon asked.

Said a HASC aide:

It is nearly unprecedented that the office of the secretary of defense would prohibit a member of the uniformed military from answering direct questions posed by the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

Indeed.  But what, if anything, about the Benghazi incident does have a precedent – outside of the other actions of the Obama administration, such as Fast & Furious?  We have reached the point at which the cynical behavior of this administration can’t be reinterpreted or spun.  There is no honest purpose for refusing to answer these questions from the House.  If the Obama executive is running an actual investigation, we’re at day 39 now after the 9/11/12 attack, and it’s past time to have answers.  There is no excuse for the administration’s behavior.

Why would Panetta and the White House use the stonewalling tactic with the House?  Presumably because the Democrat-held Senate has given them until after the election to answer its questions.  The calculating character of this reprieve from the Senate is obvious.

Many readers probably saw Bret Baier’s Fox News special Friday night on the Benghazi attack and its aftermath (video linked here).  For those who missed Lt. Col. Andrew Wood in the recent Congressional hearing – Wood, deployed through the National Guard, led a special security team for the US missions in Libya, until the team was withdrawn earlier this year by a State Department functionary (video of his testimony here) – Baier’s interview with him brings out clearly that State decided to cut the already-inadequate security force in Libya.  Wood advocated keeping his team in place, but State decided against it – even though the Defense Department was actually paying for it.

So McKeon’s questions to the Department of Defense are right on point, and the American people are owed the answers.  There is a certain pragmatism at work on both sides of the aisle right now; Democrats want to get through the election, and Republicans are likely to take a more perfunctory approach to the Benghazi issue if Mitt Romney wins on the 6th.  The public appetite for details – at least, any details we still don’t know this point – will probably wane once the people know the Obama administration is on the way out.

The gingerly treatment of the Obama administration by the MSM on this matter is a timely reminder that the MSM are not peopled with objective journalists.  If a Republican administration were backing and filling after the Benghazi fiasco, it would find no rest anywhere.  The attacks on it would be relentless.  We may say, “And rightly so!” – but the MSM seem incapable of calibration here: either they are in a frenetic feeding frenzy, hammering their own narratives as they “cover” the activities of a Republican administration, or they are declining to cover stories that obviously matter about a Democratic administration.  Too seldom anymore do we see from them the middle ground of sober, fair-minded, carefully assembled reporting.

But the most important take-away from the Benghazi fiasco is the nakedly cynical, self-serving behavior of the Obama administration.  Four Americans were killed, in a terrorist attack on a facility that should have been protected better, but – because of decisions made by Obama’s appointees – was not.  Instead of manning up to what happened and providing the answers that are owed to the people, the administration first built a specious narrative about why the attack was launched, as if that was what mattered, and then spent weeks claiming that it was too early to answer questions on almost any aspect of the topic.

Now the administration has directed senior military officers not to answer questions from Congress.  There is no conceivable reason for this, other than to stymie progress on the House’s inquiry.

Originally published at the Optimistic Conservative.

Disturbing Trends At Fox News

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

“Fair and Balanced” is fast becoming more slogan than operating system at Fox News, and nowhere is this seen more clearly than in the way Israel is increasingly being treated and the extent to which anti-Semitism is tolerated as part of the cable channel’s conversation.

Here are a few examples:

● For some time, Fox has been using Michael Scheuer as a commentator. Bill O’Reilly is most responsible for this, but Judge Anthony Napolitano also made Scheuer a regular. This pompous “head of the Bin Laden Desk” at the CIA foams at the mouth whenever he can steer the conversation to Israel.

In his book Marching Toward Hell, Scheuer gives us that nasty bit of anti-Semitic trope that “the war in Iraq…was instigated by U.S. citizen Israel-firsters and their evangelical Christian allies.”

His subliminal theme is that Israel exerts undue influence on U.S. foreign policy through a network of powerful lobbies, organizations and large political donors. Scheuer is ever ready to blame Israel and by extension its American supporters for all that is wrong in the Middle East – and Fox gives him platform to do that.

● Before Scheuer, O’Reilly’s “stand up guy” was Al Sharpton, who in 1991 referred to Jews in Crown Heights as “diamond merchants” and in 1995 helped provoke an anti-Jewish riot in Harlem that resulted in several deaths at a Jewish-owned store Sharpton tagged as being run by “interlopers.”

● O’Reilly also harbors Marc Lamont Hill, an offbeat academic who defends the likes of the execrable Ward Churchill, fired from the University of Colorado because of his characterization of the victims of 9/11 as “little Eichmanns.” In defending Churchill, Hill gives hint to where his own feelings are. O’Reilly continues to keep him on.

● Another negative trendsetter is Sean Hannity, who has given new life to Pat Buchanan, a man with a long history of making remarks widely considered anti-Semitic; a man characterized by columnist Charles Krauthammer as “fanning hatred for Jews with his sly and not so sly allusions to Jewish power, Jewish influence, Jewish disloyalty” and by Alan A. Ryan, Jr., a former Justice Department prosecutor, as “the spokesman for Nazi war criminals in America.”

This is the same Buchanan who said “Capitol Hill is Israeli-occupied territory”; who first coined the term “amen corner” in reference to American Jews who support Israel; and who claimed that U.S. entry into conflict with Iraq was driven by Jewish neoconservatives solely for the benefit of Israel.

It’s the same Buchanan who wrote, “If you want to know ethnicity and power in the United States Senate, thirteen members of the Senate are Jewish folks who are from two percent of the population. That is where real power is at.”

The same Buchanan who said, “If [Elena] Kagan [President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court] is confirmed, Jews, who represent less than two percent of the U.S. population, will have thirty-three percent of the Supreme Court seats. Is this Democrats’ idea of diversity?”

His presence on Fox besmirches the network.

● Then there is the constant ignorance of Geraldo Rivera. One only has to spend a few seconds listening to his reporting from the “occupied territories,” as he calls them, to gauge the depth of his ignorance of the facts on the ground. Most recently he had a tete a tete with his “old and dear friend” Hanan Ashwari, the dependable propagandist for the Palestinian narrative. Geraldo regularly parrots that Palestinian narrative.

● Most recently, Bob Beckel, on “The Five,” appeared to be channeling Sharpton when he referred to a group of Israelis meeting with Mitt Romney as “diamond merchants.” Bob and Fox must know that the term used in that way is redolent with stereotype and prejudice.

None of this is casual stuff. Anti-Semitism creeps into media environments like Fox News in innocuous doses, but soon becomes ever-present and accepted.

In the early 1990s the courageous William F. Buckley would not allow the anti-Semitism of a senior editor named Joseph Sobran to contaminate National Review, the magazine Buckley had founded in 1955. Buckley also publicly castigated the aforementioned Buchanan for his statements on Jews and Israel. There seems to be no such compunction at Fox.

What Bill Buckley did was exhibit a moral courage that most of the media lack and that Fox is now losing. It takes courage to do the right thing and Fox doesn’t seem to have it as it starts its descent into that cauldron of opinion in the so-called middle where right and wrong are always relative and never absolute.

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