Monday, October 16, 2006

Israel's spokesman, Israel's enemy: Danny Seaman strikes again

By Bradley Burston
Or take Danny Seaman, director of the Government Press Office, whose job it is to help journalists, especially foreign correspondents, cover Israel and have access to Israel's point of view.

Seaman was asked to comment on a case in which veteran Israel-based foreign correspondent Joerg Bremer of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, may be disallowed re-entry into Israel after he challenged seemingly arbitrary - and perhaps politically slanted - practices of granting work visas to journalists.

Irked that the German government agreed to help Bremer in his fight, Seaman responded, "I feel like screwing him over just because of this. What kind of gall is this, for the German government to interfere in Israel's internal affairs? How are journalists different from any other foreign workers?"

Told that Bremer maintained that the visa difficulties were politically based, Seaman's reply was nothing if not direct. "I maintain that he's an idiot. That's ridiculous. If I issued press cards according to content, no one at Haaretz would get a card."

Seaman wasn't through yet. Bremen had quoted Seaman as saying that the visa situation suited the GPO chief, effectively granting Seaman control over journalists. Seaman, hearing this, went on the defensive, telling Haaretz:

"I told him something like that? He's a piece of shit. When there were discussions [over a solution], I said I wasn't willing for the GPO to be the one that decides, so no one could say that there was any scheming. He's just a miserable liar. He's a piece of shit."

This is the same Danny Seaman:
"The way the BBC is trying to portray Israel competes with the worst of Nazi propaganda," the Israeli government's press office head, Danny Seaman, told Reuters.

No, Danny, this here BBC viewer hasn't forgotten yet...


At 12:43 AM, Blogger Emmanuel said...

I've been wondering why the hell he still has his job. Every now and again there is another article about his mistreatment of foreign journalists, yet nothing is ever done about him.

At 11:16 AM, Blogger Greg said...

Never heard of this guy but his comment regarding BBC was what I've been saying for a long, long time. The BBC is a bunch of coceited, Arabist imbecils bent on spreading their far-left point of view.

At 4:17 PM, Blogger Gert said...


The BBC is state-owned. As such it represents a fair and balanced view, representing the views of the British TV licence payers (that's just about every Briton). Britain a rather conservative country by all accounts.

To assert the BBC is somehow "far left" is simply absurd. I suggest you look at a much larger sample of BBC news items and reconsider your opinion, which frankly smacks of ignorance.

And in any case, applying the term "Nazi" to anyone is simply slanderous. Let me remind you some also level the term at the IDF or at Israel and Israelis in general...

At 9:33 PM, Blogger Greg said...

Gert: you're right. I don't agree with the guy in question saying BBC "competes with the worst of Nazi propaganda". That's far-fetched, though I do think BBC is very left-wing. I try to avoid watching it because whenever I have, it's left me feeling mad.

Q: aren't there other official British news channels, other than BBC? I'm asking because I'm rather ignorant as far as this subject goes.

At 3:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's ITN - Independent Television News. Lew Grade controls Independent Television - he's Jewish.

At 3:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I should have said Michael Grade. Lew Grade is dead now. Same family though.

At 9:27 PM, Blogger Greg said...

anonymous/Gert: I checked my programs listing and saw that we have CNN and Sky News. Aren't those also British news channels?

At 10:37 PM, Blogger Greg said...

anonymous: ever heard of Karl Marx? Leo Trotsky? They were Jewish(too)

At 4:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the hel have Marx and Trotsky got to do with your (now obviously insincere) query about British TV news?

Nothing, of course. I should have realised where you wanted things to go. Well you can go there with me.

Did you have to learn how to be so disingenuous or did it come naturally to you? Inherited perhaps? A family trait? A sad habit? Some kind of complex? Or are you simply a liar? Ignorant of British news? Your supposed ignorance didn't last long did it?

Most likely you're a plain and simple shit-stirrer.

At 4:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, by the way, my brother in law is Jewish. Should I have brought him into the conversation about British TV news as well?

At 6:19 PM, Blogger Gert said...


CNN is US-owned (founded by Ted Turner).

Sky is owned by the British media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who also owns Fox News.

Your point being?

At 7:25 PM, Blogger Greg said...

Gert: I just wanted to know whether Sky News and CNN were official British news channels like BBC or if they were independents. I don't get why anonymous claims I was "insincere" blah, blah, blah...Frankly I don't care much. As for my point about Trotsky and Marx also being Jewish, if anonymous doesn't get it, I'm afraid it's him who's the "shit-stirrer" here, whatever that means.

Also, Gert, I expected you to come to my defense. If somebody would have insulted you so plainly on my blog I would have done that for you.

At 11:02 PM, Blogger Greg said...

anonymous: I'll clarify my point since you clearly fail to get it. There are plenty of self-hating Jews today ala Yossi Beilin, Shulamit Aloni & Co. There are also, and there always have been Jewish anti-Semites. So just because the owner of a news station is Jewish it doesn't mean squat. Still confused?

At 4:56 AM, Blogger Greg said...

Gert: thanks for blogrolling me! I'll get in touch with you in the near future. Have a good one!

At 12:17 PM, Blogger Freigeist said...

Well, I have found this blog searching for opinions about the conditions of German-Israeli relations and cannot but say that i do fear for the future of democracy and freedom in this world.
"Greg's" hatred for the BBC seems to prove that European standards of a free press and radio plus European standards of human rights will automatically be seen as ultra-leftwing anti-American and anti-Israeli positions- at least in the eyes of Americans.
Greg, we do not like our governments on this side of the Atlantic to kidnap and torture people. We have had enough of that!!
We do not allow our governments to tell the army whom it shall execute. We have fair trials in courtrooms!
And, my dear friend, if you happen to believe now that I do not support the existence of an Israeli state, you are wrong as can be!I just do not like the Israeli people to vote for right-wing- ultra-nationalist-ultra-religious politicians as they do.
I am and I will always be happy to watch BBC programmes on Israel which show backbone!
Yours E.

At 12:17 PM, Blogger Freigeist said...

Can it just be that any democratic European who believes in equal rights for anybody who thinks that a high standart of human rights is a moral obligation for any state, is on the way of becoming a "far left" or "liberal" inthe eyes of Americans and Israelis?
The USA have turned the tide of time back to legal torture, Israel's government can tell its army to kill whoever they wish without a trial, and so on and so on.
I do fear for democracy and freedom in a world which is controlled by that disgusting coalition.
Yours Eckart


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