Is Griffin Anti-Semitic? G. Edward Responds

G. Edward Griffin 

On October 28, 2007, I published a report on the Freedom Force website giving details of my acquaintance with Robert Welch, founder of the John Birch Society. As many of you know, I wrote his biography, entitled The Life and Words of Robert Welch, published in 1975. (The full text of that report is included at the end of this article, so please hold off on coming to conclusions about the Birch Society until you have had a chance to read it. You may be surprised.) The reason I mention it now is to call attention to the following statement taken from that report. Please remember that this was written in October, 2007.

“The treatment given to the Birch Society is exactly the kind of treatment we can expect for ourselves when we become strong enough to challenge the collectivist stranglehold over the power centers of society. Once we come onto their radar, there is little doubt that they will attempt to demonize Freedom Force and, most likely, me in particular. So hang on to your hats. The ride is going to be rough. As the saying goes: There’s white water ahead!”

The first rapids appeared when my book, The Creature from Jekyll Island, A Second Look at the Federal Reserve, went into its 5th edition and 30th printing late in 2010. Soon thereafter, it popped into first place as the number-one best seller on Amazon in the category of business, banking, and money. I have appeared on hundreds of radio talk shows in the past few years and twice was interviewed on the Judge Napolitano Show, Freedom Watch, broadcast on the Fox Business Channel.

On March 25, 2011, I was a featured guest on the Glenn Beck Show, which was based almost entirely upon the information contained in my book. It is estimated that it was seen on the Fox News Channel by two million viewers and, even now, continues to be accessed on the Internet. At last, I had shown up on the radar. The white water was no longer ahead. It was here.

The purpose of this report is to bring together in one place the most significant charges made against me and Freedom Force followed by my responses. Not everyone will be interested in this tedious exchange, but I have an obligation to those who have supported my work to provide them with answers to the nasty questions that have been flung at them. I will list these somewhat in the order of importance and keep adding to the list as new issues are raised. I trust this will be an enlightening experience for those who are not yet familiar with the power of a controlled press to distort truth and engineer public opinion.

by G. Edward Griffin, 2011 April 6 

On April 6, 2011, The Washington Post published an article in the Opinion section dealing with the fact that Fox News had dropped the Glenn Beck TV Show. The article, written by Dana Milbank, claimed that Beck was dropped because the public was no longer in fear mode over the declining economy and because Beck gradually had aligned himself with conspiracy theorists and anti-Semites such as – are you ready for this? – G. Edward Griffin. Here is how Milbank phrased it:

This vile turn for Beck reached its logical extreme two weeks ago, when he devoted his entire show to a conspiracy theory about various bankers, including the Rothschilds, to create the Federal Reserve. To make this case, Beck hosted the conspiracy theorist, G. Edward Griffin, who has publicly argued that the anti-Semitic tract The Protocols of the Elders of Zion ‘accurately describes much of what is happening in our world today.’ Griffin’s Web site dabbles in a variety of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, including his view that “present-day political Zionists are promoting the New World Order.

I could hardly believe my eyes when I read that. This is one of the most blatant distortions of fact imaginable and, as we shall see, it was written, not out of ignorance of the truth or mistaken interpretation of some obscure statement, but could only have been crafted as a deliberate effort to misrepresent the truth in a malicious attempt to defame my character. It is impossible to find a better example of a quote take out of context than this.

Milbank based his slander on an analysis I published on the web page of Freedom Force International. It was entitled “Are Jews and Masons and Jesuits Conspiring to Control the World?” Here is what I wrote:

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a document, widely circulated in Europe and the United States, describing a plot by Jewish conspirators to take over the world. It is said to be the minutes of a series of meetings held in Basle, Switzerland, in 1897 at the time of the First Zionist Congress. The text reveals plans whereby Jews, working together with Freemasons, were to disrupt Christian civilization and, upon its ruin, build a new world order ruled by them from behind the scenes. This was to be accomplished with liquor and vice to befuddle national leaders, corruption of womanhood, mass propaganda, economic crises, and public violence – what we now call terrorism.

There is no doubt that the Protocols accurately describe much of what is happening in our world today, but that does not prove that the document is authentic. There is considerable evidence that the Protocols are a forgery produced by the Okhrana, which was the secret police of the Czarist government of Russia. It must be remembered that, when the revolution against the Czar was gaining favor, many of its leaders were Jews. Lenin and Trotsky were perhaps the best known, but there were many others as well. This is not surprising inasmuch as Russia had absorbed the largest population of Jews in the world at that time, so there were plenty of them on hand to assume the role. Furthermore, the Czar was decidedly anti-Semitic – due, in part, to the tendency of the Jewish population to show higher loyalty to Jewry than to the Russian Crown. Masons were also in disfavor for similar reasons. Loyalty to any entity other than the government was not tolerated. Jews had been treated harshly by the Czarist government, and it was to be expected that they would support any movement to overthrow the established order.

The Czar was not alone in his anti-Semitism. Many Russians were resentful of the Jewish immigrants, and the Okhrana capitalized upon this animosity by portraying the Czar’s enemies as tools and dupes of Jewish conspirators. The ploy was intended to convert widespread anti-Semitism into support for the Crown.

My analysis continued by offering evidence from history that supports my conclusion, particularly the fact that portions of the Protocols were lifted from three books of fiction that had been published in Europe prior to the so-called discovery of the Protocols. (Read the original article here)

Dana Milbank chose to ignore the clear message of my analysis and, instead, quoted two snippets that created the false impression that I was an anti-Semite. Why would someone do that? Perhaps the answer is that he has a collectivist political agenda and feels compelled to demonize me because I am building opposition to that agenda. According to Wikepedia, he was a member of the Progressive Party at Yale University (very Leftist in orientation) and a member of the secret society, Skull and Bones. From this, we must conclude that he is no dummy and knows exactly what he is doing when he takes my quotes out of context.

If there are any attorneys out there with an interest in this issue, I would welcome your opinion regarding whether we should invite Milbank to meet us in court. This is a deliberate and malicious distortion of my work, and it seems to me that no one should be allowed to act in that fashion without consequence.

Read additional responses from G. Edward Griffin here

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