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Gallery of Antisemitism – Example 33

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Components of Conspiracy Theories:  ‘Jews control the media’

This is increasingly common and bears absolutely no relation to reality. This article refutes the suggestion that the US media is controlled by Jews None of the traditional press baron families in the UK is Jewish, nor do these families have origins in Israel. This largely applies to major broadcast media also. Such is the enthusiasm for trying to demonstrate that the media is Jewish-owned that it is far from uncommon for antisemites to claim that Rupert Murdoch is Jewish (he isn’t). It is yet another example of antisemites whipping up resentment against Jews in completely mendacious ways. It is rather ironic that some of the people who allege that the media is Jewish-controlled (sometimes rendered as ‘Zionist-controlled’) will then go on to point out that the Daily Mail, currently the UK newspaper with the highest circulation, gave support to Adolf Hitler before World War II. In the example below, it was claimed by Yvonne Ridley, a Respect candidate, that ‘Zionists’ control the BBC.

Incidentally, the image of an octopus with long poisonous tentacles has long been associated with antisemitism, and is now particularly common in Middle Eastern antisemitism. However, it has also been used as a metaphor for the spreading of radical Islamic terrorism throughout the world, though with more justification in fact.

This example of a ‘Jewish octopus’ controlling nations is from a German satirical magazine, Lustige Blätter which ended publication in 1944.


In this video a caller to a BBC London call-in show claims the media is dominated by the Jewish financial system and the Rothschilds. He touches on many other antisemitic tropes in the process.

Here is a transcript of some of the remarks made by the caller in the video above:

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