I’m pleased to report that Snag Films, the free online distribution service for indie documentaries that was featuring Third Jihad at its site, has removed the film supposedly at the request of the filmmakers. That’s laughable since the exposure and credibility Clarion would’ve received via Snag made the producers salivate. One of my readers, Robin, wrote to Steve Case (yes, of AOL fame) and his wife Jean, who are backers of the site, and warned them of the hateful nature of the film. I too wrote to the site owners via their feedback form. It was gone within a day.
CNN, which earlier had aired portions of Obsession, has finally gotten religion. What took ’em so long. Most of the rest of the media has covered the story of the distribution of the 28 million DVDs in swing states long ago. Journalist Ali Gharib informs me that CNN has finally gotten with the program and aired its own segment critical of the film. Naturally, the reporters don’t note that CNN had previously been a willing promoter of the film. A reader notes that Hunter Thompson described the TV industry as a bunch of “thieves and pimps.” Though my guess is that the reporters probably didn’t even know of CNN’s previous role (though they should have).
In the story, Clarion’s PR flack, Gregory Ross, refuses to reveal who’s financing all the garbage, but pointedly denies that it comes from “foreign” (i.e. Israeli) money. Which ignores the obvious conclusion that the funding is coming from an American Jew who supports Aish HaTorah, Clarion, the Republican Party, and anti-Muslim hysteria. Wonder who that could be?
Yalla Vote! says
Not foreign? There’s a document from the NYS Department of State Division of Corporations Entity Information that begs to differ:
Richard Silverstein says
@Yalla Vote!: Good stuff. That’s interesting. But the issue was: is their funding foreign & that I doubt. There’s a ton more money for this sort of crap right here among right wing Jews in the good ol’ U.S. of A. than there is in Israel. But clearly there are very strong ties bet. Clarion, Aish & the pro-Israel right.
John Dickerson says
“Wonder who that could be?” Might he have an Israeli wife?
Cole Krawitz says
First I heard of Aish in the mix. When did they enter the story?
Richard Silverstein says
@Cole Krawitz: Man, Aish is all over this story. Aish essentially IS Clarion. There’s almost no discrepancy in personnel bet. the 2 groups. Virtually every major Clarion staffer works for Aish. The only question is whether Clarion is an deliberate political offshoot of Aish which allows them to have a partisan political element to their otherwise purely Torah learning mission. I tend to think Aish & Clarion are mirror images of ea. other sort of like a guerilla movement that has an official political wing & a military wing. Clarion is Aish’s “military” wing if you will.