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David Sirota, a member of the Denver Jewish community, is a nationally syndicated columnist and author.

Journalists on the government’s blacklist

As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists they don’t like from accessing information.

The news comes as 47 federal inspectors general sent a letter to lawmakers criticizing “serious limitations on access to records” that they say have “impeded” their oversight work.

The data about public information officers was compiled over the past few years by Kennesaw State University Prof. Dr. Carolyn Carlson. Her surveys found that four in 10 public information officers say “there are specific reporters they will not allow their staff to talk to due to problems with their stories in the past.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:08 )

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Juking the job stats

A DECADE ago, as the US hemorrhaged manufacturing jobs, the federal government considered reclassifying fast food as a manufacturing industry. Sounds ludicrous? Today, with the manufacturing sector still ailing, the federal government wants to take something called “factoryless goods” and categorize the firms that make them as manufacturers. As part of the plan, the government could also classify some foreign-manufactured goods as US exports. The change would help politicians make the case ...
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Pension cuts finance stadium subsidies

AS states and cities grapple with budget shortfalls, many are betting big on an unproven formula: Slash public employee pension benefits and public services while diverting the savings into lucrative subsidies for professional sports teams. Detroit last week became the most prominent example of this trend. Officials in the financially devastated city announced that their plan to slash public workers’ pension benefits will move forward. On the same day, the billionaire owners of the Detroit R...
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Big money behind a big merger

THERE are plenty of reasons to worry about the proposal to combine Comcast, America’s largest cable and broadband company, with Time Warner Cable, the second-largest cable firm and third-largest broadband provider. For one, there’s ever more consolidated control over content. There’s also the possibility of certain types of content being given special (or worse) treatment based on the provider’s relationship with Comcast and Time Warner Cable. And there’s the prospect of even higher p...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 June 2014 13:06 )

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Is journalism losing its nerve?

WHEN I went into journalism, one of the first things I was told as a freshman is that journalism is different from stenography. It is supposed to be — or at least has been — about using rights granted under the First Amendment to be a check on government and corporate power. Yet, the hedge in that last sentence is deliberate — and appropriate. That’s because a new survey from the Indiana University suggests things are fast changing in the news industry — and not for the better. The l...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2014 01:49 )

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From the Archive: Suriname’s Jewish settlement and non-settlement

Raffi Wineburg In 1948, Suriname — then a Dutch colony in South America — backed out of a plan to settle 30,000 European Jewish displaced persons. ... [Link]

South African president vows to fight anti-Semitism

Cnaan Liphshiz Representatives of South Africa’s Jewish community commended President Jacob Zuma’s pledge to combat anti-Semitism. ... [Link]

House unanimously approves anti-Semitism condemnation

Ron Kampeas A bipartisan congressional resolution urging increased action by the United States and other countries to address resurgent anti-Semitism passed unanimously. ... [Link]

Senate approves enhanced U.S.-Israel cooperation bill

Ron Kampeas The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill that would further enhance U.S.-Israel ties. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: The separation myth, diplomatic delusions, tasting Hitler’s food

Raffi Wineburg JTA rounds up noteworthy news items from the Web. ... [Link]

U.S. officials ‘not optimistic’ going into Iran talks

Ron Kampeas U.S. negotiators are not entering the latest round of nuclear talks with Iran with optimism, a top U.S. official said, citing Iran’s insistence on maintaining its uranium enrichment capability. ... [Link]

In the kitchen with Joan

Raffi Wineburg Joan Rivers may have been famous for fat-shaming, but according to a forthcoming cookbook, she liked to eat rich Ashkenazi dishes. ... [Link]

This Week in Jewish Farming: Season of abundance

Ben Harris With winter storage crops harvested and summer crops still in the ground, September is a special moment for the seasonal eater. ... [Link]

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