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Top: Jewish References &Documents: Gentiles SpeakingAbout Jews: Henry Ford: THEINTERNATIONAL JEW IN ITS ENTIREITY: Chapter 15 - "The Battle For Press Control"

"The Battle For Press Control"

From Henry Ford's Book, TheInternational Jew

The first instinctive answer which the Jew makes to any criticism ofhis race coming from a non-Jew is that of violence, threatened or inflicted.This statement will be confirmed by hundreds of thousands of citizens ofthe United States who have heard the evidence with their own ears, seenit with their own eyes.

If the candid investigator of the Jewish Question happens to be in business,the "boycott" is the first answer of which the Jews seem to think.Whether it be a newspaper, or a mercantile establishment, or a hotel, ora dramatic production; or any manufactured article whose maker has adoptedthe policy that "my goods are for sale, but not my principles"- if there is any manner of business connection with the student of theJewish Question, the first "answer" is "boycott."

The technique of this: a "whispering drive" is first begun.Disquieting rumors begin to fly thick and fast." Watch us get him,is the word that is passed along. Jews in charge of national ticker newsservices adopt the slogan of "a rumor a day." All leading newsagencies in America are Jew-controlled. Jews in charge of newspapers adoptthe policy of Bra slurring headline a day." Jews in charge of the newsboyson the streets (all the street concerns are preempted by Jewish "padrones"who permit only their own boys to sell) give orders to emphasize certainnews in their street cries "a new yell against him every day."The whole campaign against the critic of Jewry, whoever he may be, is keyedto the threat, "Watch us get him."

"The whispering drive," "the boycott," these arethe chief Jewish answers. They constitute the bone and the sinew of thatstate of mind in non-Jews which is known as "the fear of the Jews."

Bennett's Struggle

This is the story of a boycott which lasted over a number of years; itis only one of numerous stories of the same kind which can be told of America.There have been even more outstanding cases since this one, but it datesback to the dawn of Jewish ambitions and power in the United States, andit is the first of the great battles which Jewry waged, successfully, tosnuff out the independent Press.

It concerns the long defunct "New York Herald," one newspaperto remain independent of Jewish influence in New York. The Herald enjoyedan existence of 90 years, which was terminated in 1920 by the inevitableamalgamation. It performed great feats in the world of news-gathering. Itsent Henry M. Stanley to Africa to find Livingstone. It backed the Jeannetteexpedition to the Arctic regions. It was largely instrumental in havingthe first Atlantic cables laid. Its reputations among newspaper men wasthat neither its news nor its editorial columns could be bought or influenced.But perhaps its greatest feat was the maintenance during many years of itsjournalistic independence against the combined attack of New York Jewry.Its proprietor, the late James Gordon Bennett, a great American citizenfamed for many helpful activities, had always maintained a friendly attitudetoward the Jews of his city. He apparently harbored no prejudices againstthem. Certainly he never deliberately antagonized them. But he was resolvedupon preserving the honor of independent journalism. He never bent to thepolicy that the advertisers had something to say about the editorial policyof the paper, either as to influencing it for publication or suppression.In Bennett's time the American Press was in the majority free. Today itis entirely Jewish controlled. This control is variously exercised, sometimesresting only on the owners' sense of expediency. But the control is there,and for the moment it is absolute. Fifty years ago there were many morenewspapers in New York than there are today, since then amalgamation hasreduced the competition to a select few who do not compete. Lois developmenthas been the same in other countries, particularly Great Britain.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Following the rise of the "popular" syndicated"columnist" since 1920, the word is now "smear," itis specially prominent in political-press affairs.

Bennett's Herald, a three cent newspaper, enjoyed the highest prestigeand was the most desirable advertising medium due to the class of its circulation.At that time the Jewish population of New York was less than one-third ofwhat it is today, but there was much wealth represented in it.

Now, what every newspaper man knows is this: most Jewish leaders arealways interested either in getting a story published or getting it suppressed.There is no class of people who read the public press with so careful aneye to their own affairs as do the Jews. The Herald simply adopted the policyfrom the beginning of this form of harassment that it was not to be permittedto sway the Herald from its duty as a public informant. And this policyhad a reflex advantage for the other newspapers in the city.

When a scandal occurred in Jewish circles (and at the turn of the centurygrowing Jewish influence in America produced many) influential Jews wouldswarm into the editorial offices to arrange for the suppression of the story.But the editors knew that the Herald would not suppress anything for anybody.What was the use of one paper suppressing if the others would not? So editorswould say: We would be very glad to suppress this story, but the Heraldwill use it, so we'll have to do the same in self-protection. However, ifyou can get the Herald to suppress it, we will gladly do so, too.

But the Herald never succumbed, neither pressure of influence nor promiseof business nor threats of loss availed. It printed the news.

There was a certain Jewish banker who periodically demanded that Bennettdischarge the Herald's financial editor. The banker was in the businessof disposing of Mexican bonds at a time when such bonds were least secure.Once when an unusually large number of bonds were to be unloaded on unsuspectingAmericans, the Herald published the story of an impending Mexican revolution,which presently ensued. The banker frothed at the mouth and moved everyinfluence he could to change the Herald's financial staff, but was not ableto effect the change even of an office boy.

Once when a shocking scandal involved a member of a prominent family,Bennett refused to suppress it, arguing that if the episode had occurredin a family of any other race it would be published regardless of the prominenceof the figures involved. The Jews of Philadelphia secured suppression there,but because of Bennett's unflinching stand there was no suppression in NewYork.

A newspaper is a business proposition. There are some matters it cannottouch without putting itself in peril of becoming a defunct concern. Thisis especially true since newspapers no longer receive their main supportfrom the public but from the advertisers. The money the reader gives forthe paper scarcely suffices to pay for the amount of white paper he receives.In this way, advertisers cannot be disregarded any more than the paper millscan be. As the most extensive advertisers in New York were, and are, thedepartment stores, and as most department stores were, and are, owned byJews, it comes logically that Jews often influence the news policies ofthe papers with whom they deal.

At this time, it had always been the burning ambition of the Jews toelect a Jewish Mayor of New York. They selected a time when the leadingparties were disrupted to push forward their choice. The method they adoptedwas characteristic. They reasoned that the newspapers would not dare torefuse the dictum of the combined department store owners, so they drewup a "strictly confidential" letter which they sent to the ownersof the New York newspapers, demanding support for the Jewish mayoralty candidate.The newspaper owners were in a quandary. For several days they debated howto act. All remained silent. The editors of the Herald cabled the news toBennett who was abroad. Then it was that Bennett exhibited that boldnessand directness of judgment which characterized him. He cabled back, "Printthe letter." It was printed in the Herald, the arrogance of the Jewishadvertisers was exposed, and non-Jewish New York breathed easier and applaudedthe action.

The Herald explained frankly that it could not support a candidate ofprivate interests, because it was devoted to the interests of the public.But the Jewish leaders vowed vengeance against the Herald and against theman who dared to expose their game.

They had not liked Bennett for a long time, anyway. The Herald was thereal "society paper" of New York, but Bennett had a rule thatonly the names of really prominent families should be printed. The storiesof the efforts of newly-rich Jews to break into the Herald's society columnsare some of the best that are told by old newspaper men.

The whole "war" culminated in a contention which arose betweenBennett and Nathan Straus, a German-Jew whose business house was known underthe name of "R. H. Macy and Company," Macy being the Scotsmanwho built up the business and from whose heirs Straus obtained it. Strauswas something of a philanthropist in the ghetto, but the story goes thatBennett's failure to proclaim him as a philanthropist led to ill-feeling.A long newspaper-war ensued, the subject of which was the pasteurizationof milk, a stupid discussion which no one took seriously, save Bennett andStraus.

The Jews, of course, took Straus' side. Jewish speakers made the welkinring with laudation of Nathan Straus and maledictions upon James Bennett.Bennett was pictured in the most vile business of "persecuting"a noble Jew. It went so far that the Jews were able to put resolutions throughthe Board of Aldermen.

Long since, of course, Straus, a very heavy advertiser, had withdrawnevery dollar's worth of his business from the Herald. And now the combinedand powerful elements of New York Jewry gathered to deal a staggering blowat Bennett. The Jewish policy of "Dominate or Destroy" was atstake, and Jewry declared war.

EDITOR'S NOTE: It is significant that, in the long years since this first'food war," the business of "processing" and "substituting"pure foods, messing about with natural food-stuffs, has developed into aworld wide business; mostly controlled by Jews.

As one man, the Jewish advertisers withdrew their advertisements. Theirassigned reason was that the Herald was showing animosity against the Jews.The real purpose of their action was to crush an American newspaper ownerwho dared to be independent of them.

The blow they delivered was a staggering one. It meant the loss of 600,000dollars a year. Any other newspaper in New York would have been put outof business by it. The Jews knew that and sat back, waiting for the downfallof the man they chose to consider their enemy.

But Bennett was a fighter. Besides, he knew the Jewish psychology probablybetter than any other non-Jew in New York. He turned the tables on his opponentsin a startling and unexpected fashion. The coveted positions in his papershad always been used by the Jews. These he immediately turned over to non-Jewishmerchants under exclusive contracts. Merchants who had formerly been crowdedinto the back pages and obscure corners by the more opulent Jews, now blossomedforth full page in the most popular spaces. One of the non-Jewish merchantswho took advantage of the new situation was John Wanamaker, whose largeadvertisements from that time forward were conspicuous in the Bennett newspapers.The Bennett papers came out with undiminished circulation and full advertisingpages. The well-planned catastrophe did not, then occur. Instead, therewas a rather comical surprise. Here were the non-Jewish merchants of Americaenjoying the choicest service of a valuable advertising medium, while theJewish merchants were unrepresented. Unable to stand the spectacle of tradebeing diverted to non-Jewish merchants, the Jews came back to Bennett, requestingthe use of his columns for advertising. The "boycott" had beenhardest on the boycotters. Bennett received all who came, displaying norancor. They wanted their old positions back, but Bennett said, No. Theyargued, but Bennett said, No. They offered more money, but Bennett said,No. The choice positions had been forfeited.

Bennett triumphed, but it proved a costly victory. All the time Bennettwas resisting them, the Jews were growing more powerful in New York, andthey were obsessed by the idea that to control journalism in New York meantto control the thought of the whole country.

The number of newspapers gradually diminished through combinations ofpublications. Adolph S. Ochs, a Philadelphia Jew, acquired the "NewYork Times." He soon made it into a great newspaper, but one whosebias is to serve the Jews. It is the quality of the Times as a newspaperthat makes it so weighty as a Jewish organ. In this paper the Jews are persistentlylauded, eulogized and defended, no such tenderness is granted other races.

Then Hearst came into the field, a dangerous agitator because he notonly agitates the wrong things, but because he agitates the wrong classof people. He surrounded himself with a coterie of Jews, pandered to them,worked hand in glove with them, but never told the truth about them, nevergave them away.

The trend toward Jewish control of the press set in strongly, and hascontinued that way ever since. The old names, made great by great editorsand American policies, slowly dimmed.

A newspaper is founded either on a great editorial mind, in which eventit becomes the expression of a powerful personality, or it becomes institutionalizedas to policy and becomes a commercial establishment. In the latter event,its chances for continuing life beyond the lifetime of its founder are muchstronger.

The Herald was Bennett, and with his passing it was inevitable that acertain force and virtue should depart out of it. Bennett, advancing inage, dreaded lest his newspaper, on his death should fall into the handsof the Jews. He knew that they regarded it with longing. He knew that theyhad pulled down, seized, and afterward built up many an agency that haddared to speak the truth about them, and boasted about it as a conquestfor Jewry.

Bennett loved the Herald as a man loves a child. He so arranged his willthat the Herald should not fall into individual ownership, but that itsrevenues should flow into a fund for the benefit of the men who had workedto make the Herald what it was. He died in May, 1919. The Jewish enemiesof the Herald, eagerly watchful, once more withdrew their advertising toforce, if possible, the sale of the newspaper. They knew that if the Heraldbecame a losing proposition, the trustees would have no course but to sell,notwithstanding Bennett's will.

But there were also interests in New York who were beginning to realizethe peril of a Jewish press. These interests provided a sum of money forthe Herald's purchase by Frank A. Munsey.

Then, to general astonishment, Munsey discontinued the gallant old paper,and bestowed its name as part of the name of the "New York Sun."

The newspaper managed by Bennett is extinct. The men who worked on itwere scattered abroad in the newspaper field and, in the main, retired ordead.

Even though the Jews had not gained actual possession of the Herald,they at least succeeded in driving another non-Jewish newspaper from thefield. They set about obtaining control of several newspapers, their victoryis now complete. But the victory was a financial victory over a dead man.The moral victory, as well as the financial victory, remained with Bennettwhile he lived; the moral victory still remains with the Herald. It demonstratedwhat could be done by fearless, independent minds, supported by men whoknew their work and loved it for its own sake. It demonstrated what couldhave been achieved had these men received the support of wide-awake, active,non-Jewish Americans. The Herald is immortalized as the last bulwark againstJewry in New York, in America. Today the Jews are more completely mastersof the journalistic field in New York than they are in any capital in Europe.Indeed, in Europe there frequently emerges a newspaper that gives the realnews of the Jews. There is none in New York.

And thus the situation will remain until Americans shake themselves fromtheir long sleep, and look with steady eyes at the national situation. Thatlook will be enough to show them all, and their very eyes will quail theoriental usurpers.


"Our triumph has been rendered easier by the fact that in our relationswith the men whom we wanted we have always worked upon the most sensitivechords of the hymn mind, upon the cash account, upon the cupidity, uponthe insatiability for material needs of man; and each one Of these humanweaknesses, taken alone, is sufficient to paralyze initiative, for it handsover the will of men to the disposition of him who has bought their activities."

- The First Protocol.

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