Sheldon Adelson Killed the Israeli Left Wing Press


Or at least that’s the official story in a string of conspiratorial articles that blame Sheldon Adelson for the unpopularity and financial meltdown of everything from Haaretz to Channel 10.

First up, Haaretz (imagine if the New York Times was run by the staff of The Nation) skipped a print edition because its staff was on strike over layoffs. This is several kinds of ironic considering that Israel’s old left is even more tethered to unions than their American counterparts. But Haaretz is trying to stay alive and that requires doing mean stuff like firing workers.

Somehow this is being blamed on Sheldon Adelson, who is not firing Haaretz workers or preventing Haaretz workers from printing copies of the leftist rag and who did not make Haaretz unpopular or economically unsustainable. What Adelson did do is fund a more popular free newspaper. Horrors! Competition!

Somehow the New York Post, the New York Times and the Daily News compete with free papers like AM and Metro. But their Israeli counterparts, for some reason, have no hope of surviving against Israel Hayom.

Publishers say that competition with the Internet, as in the rest of the world, is one reason for their decline. But they say a far bigger influence has been the cost of competing with Israel Hayom, a free-distribution newspaper that American casino magnate Sheldon Adelson founded five years ago.

This is the problem with the Israeli left-wing press. Its members don’t just lie, they lie ridiculously.

Now the New York Times would have said that the internet is a factor and that Israel Hayom is a factor. It would never have made the insane and ridiculous claim that Israel Hayom is more of a factor on the fortunes and incomes of the press… than the internet.

That’s just a stupid lie and it’s why the Israeli left wing press is so unpopular.

“Are Israelis aware that they are reading a paper that is practically in Netanyahu’s pocket? Sure they are,” said Didi Remez, a left-wing Israeli political activist. “But I’m not sure they care when they make the decision to pick up the free paper.”

This is really hilarious because

1. All of Israel’s major papers are in the pockets of tycoons linked to politicians. They’re all mouthpieces.

2. All Israelis already know this. They also know that Israel Hayom supports Netanyahu. Just as they know that Haaretz supports nuking Israel as reparations for Deir Yassin. Maybe that’s why they’re picking up Israel Hayom.

3. A sizable percentage of Israeli “journalists” work for political candidates during elections.

Meanwhile, Israel’s Channel 10 news, one of the country’s most popular television-news stations, also has announced that it might close because of a lack of funding.

Channel 10 traces its problems to an exposé it broadcast last year over luxurious trips taken by Netanyahu and paid for by wealthy donors. Netanyahu, who filed a million-dollar libel suit against Channel 10, added to its problems after a parliamentary committee controlled by the leader’s Likud Party voted not to postpone the station’s debt for a year.

Clearly it’s a conspiracy by Netanyahu. Except for the part where every single paper and TV station in Israel is constantly making up and reporting on scandals involving Netanyahu, his wife, his children, his pet armadillo and people who once met him on the street twenty years ago.

The real issue here is that Channel 10 is completely unable to control its budget and deep in debt. It has no real hope of getting out of debt.

But Sheldon Adelson and Netanyahu are killing a vibrant free press by competing with it and not giving it money. That’s the official story from the non-vibrant un-free press.

  • redwood509

    not realy, because Israel has been in a "Socialist" mode for the last 100 years, the news organization, many staffed by overpaid, Israeli Ganevs, schlepping unusually higher monthly takes, for what in Israel is considered a decent and appropriate compensation, they drained the accounts, not leaving enough for the workers' pension fund, something many entities in Israel (Kibbutzim, Kibbutz Industries, many factories), got away with all these years, bribing local politicos. The executives knew they could get away with the thefts. When it comes to the quality of the product, Maariv as an example, has been a crappy daily since the departure of its original editor, Azriel Karlibach, RIP (1956), they continuously and reliably published a second rate daily of no consequence. Today, the crowd of Haaretz, the official voice of the demented left, assorted Israeli traitors, home for the wrecked left overs from ancient relics like Al Hamishmar (Stalinist daily, RIP) or Davar, RIP, ( the official organ of the dead Labor Party), whose last editor was the lefty groupy Yossi Beilin, a tool of Shimon Peres, who served Israel with the grungy "Oslo Accord"….or Yossi Sarid, a Lefty writer, "thinker", "ideologue", disenchanted "Member of Knesset" of the "Peace Movement", now beached in the op-ed pages of Haaretz, among dreks like Gideon Levii and his soul-mates. How manycrazies live in a country of 7 million, of which 2 are Arabs, who will pay to read this screed of the Left on a daily basis when they can pick the headlines off their portable phone? There is no market for so many dailies, especially if the free Hayom, relies on advertisers, and any resident can have it anywhere they go? Adelson simply produced an innovative model for headline journalism. His sponsored daily is not deep reading, no academic gravitas, few auhthoritative reporters, but an easy read. Because the Labor/Academic elite behaved so disgustingly over the years, being racist, nasty, mean with Russians, Orientals, many in the public lost interest in reading their hostile view, which explains why the Russians have their own outlets and why the religious or orientals have their own ways of gathering information. Even thought he population grew, the lefty outfits lost viewres/readers, sponsors! They never thought that the public will turn against them, like they never believed that in 1977 Menahem begin will trounce the tired, corrupt and unethical Labor. They Never recovered, and so will the "establishment media" in Israel, mostly staffed by brain washed, Lefty reporters, who graduated from the big universities where, certified Marxist professors, worked their curriculum to the point where they are clueless about right or wrong. Most are total basket cases, committed and sworn Lefty Zombies. If anyone thinks that there is that much difference between a new Israeli reporter of Haaretz and a graduate of Columbia School of Journalism, they will be wrong, their ideas, values are nearly identical with perhaps several exceptions related to national security. In essence, they deploy the same talking points, same ploys, same lies and subscribe to the same rubbish ideology like sustainability, peace, love, state sponsored everything, quotas, white men war on women concept, or no one is exceptional, no need for merit, state imposed regulations passed wihtout the legitimate process of votes, etc…Zahava Gal-On, the queen of the "Peace Movement" could have been on the Democratic Stage in Charlotte, and if her English was any better, no one could tell she was an Israeli, guaranteed to tweet the same talking points of Obama and the Chicago Mob, because they all drink from the same poisonous well, so is the Israeli media.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    G-D Bless Sheldon Adelson.