Comments: CBS News Edits Out Billy Graham Reference To "Synagogue Of Satan"

Damned transcript reads like something Terry Southern dreamed up.

Dr. Strangelove: "It would not be difficult, mein Fuhrer! Er, I mean, mein President! (gloved left hand jerks skyward in an involuntary Nazi salute.)

Posted by Peter Principle at June 24, 2009 12:14 PM

Billy Graham = Billy Sunday

a prejudiced, puerile populist "preacher" paving paths of pompous pugnacity pretending at purity

but are there still people out there who don't know this about Graham, or likewise about Milhouse?

Posted by Juan Seis-Olla at June 24, 2009 12:29 PM

That's a hoot. Billy Graham has quite a White House history. I mean, has anybody else ever been consulted about who gets to go to heaven!
The Bush inter-family debate on that important question, with Reverend Billy refereeing, is one of my favorites, since we're on the topic of the "psychosis of the people who run the planet":

http://www.jewishworldreview.com/1298/bush1.asp

People who have been forced to listen to Alan Dershowitz's definition of anti-semitism too much may not know how prevalent the real thing used to be, especially in conservative circles back in the day when Tricky Dick and Reverend Billy were younguns. What Nixon and Billy Graham said was pretty close to mainstream not too long before they said it. Joseph Bendersky's The Jewish Threat, Anti-semitic Politics of the U.S. Army (2000) might be an eye-opener for some on that point. Both Ike and George Marshall were protoges and great admirers of General Van Horn Moseley, who attacked FDR regularly and gave quite a few speeches that sounded an awful lot like Goebbels wrote them. Lots of the ugly little statements made by the icons of the past gets excised. To me, it's no different from Stalin removing Trotsky from photos taken during the Revolution.

Posted by Not Exactly at June 24, 2009 12:38 PM

I just dusted off "Our Gang" and will shortly beging the re-reading.

Posted by Jesus B Ochoa at June 24, 2009 12:42 PM

I thought Synagogue of Satan was a Jewish heavy metal band. If it isn't, it should be.

Posted by Miracle Max at June 24, 2009 12:49 PM

Graham lost all credibility way back during the Vietnam War when he said god was on our side.

Those little yellow bastards needed to be taught a righteous lesson from our just and jealous god.

And Billy was there to present it.

Nixon may have been the one, but Billy was a number two.

Posted by dpjbro at June 24, 2009 01:38 PM

Hey, I jammed with those dudes, man!

Posted by Daddy Love at June 24, 2009 01:47 PM

The funny* thing is, he still sounds more sane than his replacements in the evangelical movement. It's not usual for Bible-thumping Baptist evangelists to repeatedly express concerns about nuclear war, for example. So I guess I'd rather that Billy Graham's record be unreasonably burnished than Nixon's or Reagan's. Or Huckabee's, for more relevant reasons.

*And by "funny" I don't mean "funny ha-ha" but "funny major bubonic plague outbreak."

Posted by mds at June 24, 2009 02:23 PM

Nixon also says, "they don't deserve to live" shortly after Graham's "Synagogue of Satan." It's apparently in reference to the evil pornographers running Time and Newsweek who covered smut (Graham says his wife cancelled both subscriptions) but didn't put Nixon's inauguration on the cover.

Posted by Batocchio at June 24, 2009 03:54 PM

Nixon also says, "they don't deserve to live" shortly after Graham's "Synagogue of Satan." It's apparently in reference to the evil pornographers running Time and Newsweek who covered smut

Yes, I was going to include that, but it sounded like Nixon meant the publications rather than the individuals running them.

Posted by Jonathan Schwarz at June 24, 2009 05:23 PM

I thought Synagogue of Satan was a Jewish heavy metal band. If it isn't, it should be.

Sacha Baron Cohen, call your office...

Posted by casaubon at June 24, 2009 05:41 PM

a 1975 TV interview with Rumsfeld, then considered a wunderkind:

http://www.archive.org/details/openmind_ep1204

Posted by grimmy at June 24, 2009 06:39 PM

Since it's audio tape day and Rummy has come up, here's a link to a clip from 1971 of nixon telling haldeman that rummy is a "ruthless little bastard"
http://tapes.millercenter.virginia.edu/clips/rmn_rumsfeld.html

The clip linked by grimmy really surprised me. Old Rummy was articulate, and so suave! I think it would have been hard for people watching him on TV to realize what a nasty, ruthless, power-hungry prick he was. Imagine that.

The clip grimmy linked precedes the Halloween Massacre of 1975(see wikipedia), a palace coup that seems like ancient history these days.
It was a continuation of the inter-GOP fratricidal civil war against detente. Rummy's cold-warriors won.

So by 1975, Rummy was actually much more than a wunderkind. Along with Poppy Bush and the young turk Cheney, he was a point man in the charge that culminated in the final defeat of the Rockefeller/Kissinger detente faction of the GOP. Of course, all the old Cold Warriors on the Committee for a Clear and Present Danger, and in the CIA and military, were behind them. That was the real power.

Still is, though maybe not so concentrated in the CIA. There's been some dispersion, and some privatization, of course.

Posted by Not Exactly at June 24, 2009 09:32 PM

Yes, I was going to include that, but it sounded like Nixon meant the publications rather than the individuals running them.
Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at June 24, 2009 05:23 PM

Yeah, I wasn't sure about that, either – Graham talks about them going out of business, and Nixon does agree - although "fit to live" suggested to me that he meant the people themselves, and he was a vindictive mother. But maybe he'd settle for bombing their offices after he did that to Brookings. And Cambodia…

Posted by Batocchio at June 25, 2009 02:25 PM

Interesting, but not surprising, that the MSM propagandizes America's past as well as present. If Americans really knew what was going on in their country, you'd hear heads exploding from sea to shining sea.

Posted by NoOneYouKnow at June 26, 2009 05:30 PM

I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer . . . be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. . . . Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Revelation 2:9-10, 3:9.

Posted by Seth at June 29, 2009 09:29 AM