Ron Kampeas is JTA’s Washington bureau chief responsible for coordinating coverage in the U.S. capital and analyzing political developments that affect the Jewish world. Actually Mr. Kampeas is simply a biased “reporter” who is anti-everything to the right of Bernie Sanders. And he often uses his “skill” to attack Israel.
While most neutral reporters praised the moment Netanyahu speaking to the UN took a 45 second pause to demonstrate the UN’s silence about the threats from Iran, Kampeas mocked the moment.
— Ron Kampeas (@kampeas) October 1, 2015
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On the U.S. Election: Eric stressed that the new Republican majority will serve as a check on the administration and what has been, up until this point, one party rule in Washington. He made clear that the Republican majority understands the special relationship between Israel and the United States, and that the security of each nation is reliant upon the other.
Someone who did not have an agenda would report that Cantor explained to Netanyahu with new role for the GOP in the House, followed by a reassuring “don’t worry the GOP leadership is cool.” But Kampeas wrote that that Cantor told Bibi he would take Israel’s side against American interests and worse, an American President, basically promoting the anti-Semitic meme that Jews have a dual loyalty between the U.S. and Israel:
“I can’t remember an opposition leader telling a foreign leader, in a personal meeting, that he would side, as a policy, with that leader against the president. Certainly, in statements on one specific issue or another — building in Jerusalem, or some such — lawmakers have taken the sides of other nations. But to have-a-face to face and say, in general, we will take your side against the White House — that sounds to me extraordinary.”
It would be very extraordinary if it came from Cantor. But this was drawn from the “reservoir of knowledge” Kampeas has, and sits on. This JTA-produced tall tale was picked up by liberal news organizations across the world, from Poltico, the UK Guardian to the Atlantic (where it set Andrew Sullivan off on such a rampage that it made people suspect the writer was “off his meds” again. Kampeas set the Internet ablaze with a classic anti-Semitic meme, Congressman Cantor’s loyalty was not the US but to Israel, which was exactly what he was trying to do. The sick part is even if Kampeas thought that’s what Cantor was trying to say, a professional would have called Dayspring and explained how he was reading the quote (I didn’t know Brad when he worked for Cantor, but when he was at the NRSC I found him very approachable). But the JTA reporter wasn’t trying to be professional he was trying to sell his bias. Kampeas would not have written his fantasy if Cantor were either a Democrat or Christian. A few days later Brad Dayspring wrote in part:
As the author of these two sentences, I feel it is my obligation to set the record straight… Eric stressed that the new Republican majority will serve as a check on the administration and what has been, up until this point, one party rule in Washington. … The checks and balances message was a dominant theme of the 2010 campaign, and certainly played a role in the defeat of many incumbent members. In that context, it would be difficult to imagine a serious conversation about the post-election shift in power without at least mentioning the role of the new Republican majority in the 112th Congress.
As for the second half of his statement Dayspring said:
To be clear, Eric understands this special relationship, and he felt it important to make clear to the prime minister that the new Republican majority does as well. Do you know who else does? According to this White House Press Office readout, President Barack Obama does: “…The President and the Prime Minister reaffirmed the strong, unbreakable bonds that characterize the special relationship between the United States and Israel.”
Actually the President is still reaffirming that point, and JTA’s Ron Kampeas is still pulling his coverage out of his arse. As my mom of blessed memory would say, “A journalist-he’s not.”