On Tape: Billy Graham Tells Nixon of Jewish 'Stranglehold' on U.S. Media

Preacher's comments revealed in new batch of President Nixon recordings.

BY: Religion News Service


(RNS) March 1 -- Evangelist Billy Graham, in a tape-recorded conversation in President Richard Nixon's Oval Office, spoke of a "stranglehold" that Jews had on the American media, the Chicago Tribune has reported.

The discussion after a prayer breakfast in February 1972 was included in recordings released Thursday (Feb. 28) by the National Archives.

"This stranglehold has got to be broken or the country's going down the drain," said Graham, agreeing with comments made by Nixon about Jews and how they were perceived to have influenced American life.

"You believe that?" Nixon asked after Graham used the word "stranglehold."

"Yes, sir," Graham replied.

"Oh boy," replied the then-president. "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 responded.

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A Statement by Evangelist Billy Graham
March 2, 2002
Although I have no memory of the occasion, I deeply regret comments I apparently made in an Oval Office conversation with President Nixon and Mr. Haldeman some thirty years ago. They do not reflect my views, and I sincerely apologize for any offense caused by the remarks. Throughout my ministry I have sought to build bridges between Jews and Christians. I will continue to strongly support all future efforts to advance understanding and mutual respect between our communities.
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