Nixon And Billy Graham
Anti-Semitism Caught On Tape

By James Warren
Chicago Tribune staff reporter

Rev. Billy Graham openly voiced a belief that Jews control the American media, calling it a "stranglehold" during a 1972 conversation with President Richard Nixon, according to a tape of the Oval Office meeting released Thursday by the National Archives.
"This stranglehold has got to be broken or the country's going down the drain," the nation's best-known preacher declared as he agreed with a stream of bigoted Nixon comments about Jews and their perceived influence in American life.
"You believe that?" Nixon says after the "stranglehold" comment.
"Yes, sir," Graham says.
"Oh, boy," replies Nixon. "So do I. I can't ever say that but I believe it."
"No, but if you get elected a second time, then we might be able to do something," Graham replies.
Later, Graham mentions that he has friends in the media who are Jewish, saying they "swarm around me and are friendly to me." But, he confides to Nixon, "They don't know how I really feel about what they're doing to this country."
The newly released tapes cover the first six months of 1972, with the Vietnam War and the upcoming presidential campaign the backdrops for many conversations. The tapes touch subjects as varied as using a nuclear bomb on North Vietnam--a notion quickly derided by adviser Henry Kissinger--and settling a West Coast dock strike.
They also include all of the famous "smoking gun" conversation about the Watergate break-in, known for its damaging disclosures about a cover-up and its 181/2-minute gap.
The Nixon-Graham remarks came during a 90-minute session after a prayer breakfast the men attended on Feb. 1, 1972.
Scholars Surprised
"I find this rather stunning," said William Martin, a professor of religion and sociology at Rice University in Houston and author of "A Prophet With Honor: The Billy Graham Story."
"This is out of character with anything else I have heard Billy Graham say or be quoted as saying. It is disappointing," Martin said.
"What Graham said that day is inexcusable. Did it ever occur to him that he should have countered the president?" said Martin Marty, a religious historian at the University of Chicago who noted the distinction some conservative evangelicals and Pentecostals have made between supporting Israel but not American Jews.
"One really did not associate him with this," said Michael Kotzin, a vice president at the Jewish United Fund in Chicago. "Rather than try to direct Nixon in a different direction, he reinforces him and eggs him on when it came to these stereotypes, and that's troubling."
Graham, 83, is not in good health and indicated, through spokesman Larry Ross, that he could not respond because he did not recall the conversation.
Thursday's release of 426 hours brings to about 2,600, out of a total of 3,700, the hours of recordings either publicly disclosed or returned to the Nixon family because they were deemed strictly personal. Many recordings, including the Graham tape, are edited to exclude content believed to disclose national security information, constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of privacy or reveal trade secrets, among other matters.
Previous tapes have underscored the complexity of Nixon, including his insecurity and occasional nastiness. Apologists tend to cite his fits of bigotry as ancillary to his policy achievements, with the Nixon estate claiming that his harshness was often a display of faux machismo in the presence of H.R. Haldeman or his other top aide, John Erlichman.
While other prominent figures, such as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, then a Nixon aide, can also be heard on tapes during mean-spirited discourses by Nixon, many assumed a more passive role. Graham is unusual for being a distinguished outsider actively taking part.
Longtime Friendship
Graham and Nixon had become close friends during the Eisenhower administration, when Nixon was vice president. The friendship remained strong until Nixon was brought down by the Watergate scandal and resigned the presidency in August 1974.
Haldeman's diaries noted the conversation. He wrote that there was discussion "of the terrible problem arising from the total Jewish domination of the media, and agreement that this was something that would have to be dealt with."
He continues, "Graham has the strong feeling that the Bible says there are satanic Jews and there's where our problem arises." No such comments about the Bible are found on the tape released Thursday but, because it contains several long deletions, it's believed such remarks were excised.
The lengthy chat opens with Graham praising Nixon's prayer breakfast remarks. "There were a lot of people in tears when you finished this morning and it's very moving. That's the best I've heard you at one of those breakfast things."
After offering Nixon tips on preparing himself for big speeches, as well as strategy for his re-election campaign, Graham notes that he has been invited to lunch with editors of Time magazine. "I was quite amazed since this is the first time I've heard from Time since [Time founder] Henry Luce died."
"You meet with all their editors, you better take your Jewish beanie," Haldeman says.
Graham laughs. "Is that right? I don't know any of them now."
Hollywood and the Media
Nixon then broaches a subject about which "we can't talk about it publicly," namely Jewish influence in Hollywood and the media. He cites Paul Keyes, a political conservative who is executive producer of the NBC hit, "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In," as telling him that "11 of the 12 writers are Jewish."
"That right?" says Graham, prompting Nixon to claim that Life magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and others, are "totally dominated by the Jews." He calls network TV anchors Howard K. Smith, David Brinkley and Walter Cronkite "front men who may not be of that persuasion," but that their writers are "95 percent Jewish."
Nixon demurs that this does not mean "that all the Jews are bad" but that most are left-wing radicals who want "peace at any price except where support for Israel is concerned. The best Jews are actually the Israeli Jews."
"That's right," agrees Graham, who later concurs with a Nixon assertion that a "powerful bloc" of Jews confronts Nixon in the media. "And they're the ones putting out the pornographic stuff," Graham adds. Nixon contends that "every Democratic candidate will owe his election to Jewish people," but he won't. Haldeman turns the subject to the White House press corps and the Gridiron Club, a bastion of the media establishment, both of which they say were mostly WASP once, but no more.
"It was the Merriman Smiths, the Dick Wilsons, the [James] Kilpatricks, all that kind of people. But you look at what covers the president today and it's really kind of scary," Haldeman says. Haldeman and Nixon cite by name reporters from the Los Angeles Times (David Kraslow), New York Times (Max Frankel), Washington Post (Stanley Karnow) and NBC (Herb Kaplow) but stumble on CBS.
"From CBS, Rather, Dan Rather, is Rather?" says Haldeman. A deletion then follows with the next voice heard being that of Graham, who alludes to A.M. Rosenthal, managing editor of The New York Times.
"But I have to lean a little bit, you know. I go and see friend of Mr. Rosenthal at The New York Times, and people of that sort. And all, I don't mean all the Jews, but a lot of the Jews are great friends of mine. They swarm around me and are friendly to me. Because they know I am friendly to Israel and so forth. They don't know how I really feel about what they're doing to this country."
Nixon says, "You must not let them know."
The conversation turns to religious magazines, postal rates and Nixon's uncharitable thoughts on certain Cabinet members. Graham then leaves and, a few minutes later, Nixon tells Haldeman, "You know it was good we got this point about the Jews across."
"It's a shocking point," says Haldeman, a frequent cheerleader during Nixon's diatribes.
"Well," says Nixon, "it's also, the Jews are irreligious, atheistic, immoral bunch of bastards."
From Tim Benedetto
More from the released Nixon tapes:
"Nixon told Connally on May 15 that he wanted no more than 2 percent of the government's political appointees to be Jewish, in proportion to the population. He later said 10 percent would be acceptable, "but certainly not 30 or 40 percent."
I wonder what that precentage figure is now, 30 years later?
Nixon was the last great President who had the guts to stand up to this wealthy, powerful, highly vocal and litigious ethno-religious special interest group, vastly over-represented in relation to their representation in the general US population (about 1%). IMHO, history will eventually judge him much kinder. I'm proud to have met and conversed with him and gotten his signed business card.
From David Bloomberg
Houston Texas
Dear Jeff,
BRAVO....finally something is printed in the press about the truth ! For about half a century, I am watching with utter amazement, how America let us Jews make many, if not practically all, its major decisions.
We forced America, through influence direct and covert, to give Israel six to ten billion dollars per year so that the various Israeli regimes could confiscate Palestinian lands and massacre its inhabitants and we continue to see each day.
We control practically all American News Media, Music, Films, Entertainment, Congress, Senate, 'Hollywood,' the White House, Stock Market, Gold market, and most of the Publishing, legal and medical professions. And America did not complain...Americans looked the other way. America was inexorably brought under Jewish, overt and covert, through power politics and stealth. There have been a few books about this, but try to find them. Neal Gabler's 'How The Jews Invented Hollywood' is an excellent look at just one industry's 'ownership' by American Jews.
Tell me America, what is going on inside your head when you watch on the evening news an Israeli tank which was purchased with your tax money, evaporating a Palestinian child who is throwing stones at it? And what is going though your mind when we forced last week your former "first lady" Hillary Clinton to go to Israel and support that criminal government's actions? Speak up America, Nixon was the last American who had the grit and courage to do so. Is Hillary's visit to Israel last week, any different then the Pope keeping silence during the nazi holocaust in WW2?
During the Clinton era, practically everybody in the White House was Jewish, with the exception of a few blacks which we Jews planted there just for good color, and America did not complain. America the kind,America the dumb, America the greatest Jewish cash cow imaginable. (You might want to check and see how your tax dollars are being spent right now on the Israeli 'Arrow' anti-missile program, for example.)
We taught America that to be 'politically correct' is to be in agreement with us. We terrorized America and installed fear in EVERYONE by relentlessly accusing you of being an "anti-Semites" each time you disagreed with us, and America did not complained. What a scam! Fox News run a four part series showing IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS that we Jews (Mossad ) control virtually every major aspect of American life and military, and what did you do? You buried your heads in the sand. And when we forced Fox-news to remove ALL that information from its website, what did you do? NOTHING.
We did not allow the American press to print a single word about the terror bombing attempt of the Mexican parliament by the Mossad last year, and we kept you Americans ignorant and silent. In fact, if it was not for the website, the rest of the world would have never known about it!
Jeff, you are probably surprised, to say the least, why me, as a Jew, would write such harsh words. Jeff, I firmly believe I represent the opinions of the majority of Jews in America. Most of us are kind, loving, caring people, as you well know. We are NOT obssessed with power and control. We are just normal Americans. Normal human beings. It is the few Jews, brilliant manipulators and masters of deceit at the very top who are under the total aegis of the Mossad...and who essentially control America.
We average Jews are just as misinformed, manipulated and stupid as are most Americans. One of the top goals of the current Israel government and its New World Order overlords is to cause enough hatred against Jews in America, to fan the flames of 'discrimination,' so that many of us will be forced to emigrate to Israel - which is doomed as a Jewish nation because of the low birth rate. Most of the American Jewish "organizations" who pretend to represent us (and take our money) are, ultimately, all front organizations run from Israel and the majority of American Jews have nothing to do with them.
It is these few Jews at the top, in key positions, who are encouraging planting the seeds of racism and hatred against us Jews in that the hackneyed, shopworn label 'Anti-Semite!' can be leveraged for even more power.
Nixon tried to expose these few Jews - and he lost. The progress we have made in the last thirty years is overwhelming. Now we are in total control, and there is NOTHING America can do. America is now marching under our orders into WW3, just like we Jews marched into the ovens of the Nazis. Someone said: There is one thing we have learned from history, it is that we never learned ANYTHING from history. Jeff, I bet you will not post my comment as the JDL and other activist groups will bombard you with email accusing you of a "Hate-Crime", and accusing me as being a "self-hating Jew". Nothing could be further from the truth. On behalf of the millions of your supportive Jewish American countrymen, please accept our deepest thanks for this excellent website. The truth will always win. I can only hope that it will not be too late,
David Bloomberg
Houston Texas
What they said is and was true. It isn't bigotry if it is true. Sometimes the truth is harsh. I support the USA supporting Israel, and I am not anti-Jewish at all. I believe in the God of Israel - the "jewish" God.
Unfortunately, I have no other recourse than to admit what my eyes see:
Anti-American/anti-Christian Jews dominate media and use its power to manipulate all humans of every race.
From Charles Bogle
There are sane observations to be made about Jewish contribution to, and influence in, media in American life---pro and con. Nixon and Graham's observations were not among them. Amorality, greed, and atheism---cited by Nixon regarding the "bastard" Jews---are found among all races and ethnic groups. Nixon's contempt for Jews, ratheted up a few pegs, is the same hatred that resulted in the attempted Jewish genocide of WWII---something that, all should remember, included the cold-hearted killing of children and babies. I am delighted that one of the reporters who helped bring down Nixon was a Jew. Should it also be noted that the other was not? And the editor of the Washington Post was not?

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