Whopper of the Week: Billy Graham

The reverend elaborates on his admiration of the Jewish people.

“I have never talked publicly or privately about the Jewish people, including conversations with President Nixon, except in the most positive terms.”

Rev. Billy Graham, in a May 1994 statement denying H.R. Haldeman’s claim in his published diaries that Graham carried on about “satanic Jews” in Nixon’s presence. Quoted by David Firestone in the March 17 New York Times.

“I go and I keep friends with [Abe] Rosenthal at the New York Times and people of that sort, you know. And all—I mean, not 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 that I’m friendly with Israel. But they don’t know how I really feel about what they are doing to this country. And I have no power, no way to handle them, but I would stand up if under proper circumstances.”

Rev. Billy Graham, in a transcript of an Oval Office conversation with Richard Nixon from 1972 recently made public by the National Archives. Quoted in Firestone’s March 17 story and elsewhere. (Click here to read Graham’s apology, and here to read Slate’s David Greenberg on Graham’s remarks.)

Special Bonus Mangled Statistic of the Week:

“Men’s Share of Housework Remains Same Since 1985”

headline for the National Organization for Women’s “outrage of the week” for March 18. NOW picked it up from Women’s ENews.

U.S. husbands are doing more housework while wives are doing less”

headline on the press release for the University of Michigan study on which the Women’s ENews story was based. Men do the same amount of housework (16 hours a week) as they did in 1985, while women do four hours less housework (27 hours a week) than they did in 1985. Proportionally, that’s an increase for men from 34 percent of the housework to 37 percent of the housework, and a decrease for women from 66 percent to 62 percent. The division of housework remains substantially unequal in favor of men, and NOW is right to complain about that. But in no way can it be said that men’s “share” of housework is unchanged since 1985. Rather, men’s share of housework has increased, slightly.

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Whopper Archive:
Mar. 14, 2002: INS commissioner James W. Ziglar
Mar. 8, 2002: Robert Zoellick and the U.S. steel industry
Feb. 28, 2002: Al Sharpton
Feb. 22, 2002: Olympic skating judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne
Feb. 14, 2002: Kenneth Lay
Feb 8, 2002: Enron spokeswoman Peggy Mahoney
Jan. 31, 2002: Monsanto
Jan. 24, 2002: Linda Chavez
Jan. 17, 2002: George W. Bush
Jan. 10, 2002: Simon & Schuster
Jan. 4, 2002: The Associated Press

(Click  here  to access the Whopper Archive for 2001.)