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Journalistic offenses in times of crisis

Journalists are taught to be fair and accurate. Reader and watcher, beware.

Jews surprised by the slanted coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, particularly at this dangerous intersection, better get used to it. Some anchors (we stress some) and journalists are engaging in debates and writing articles that are so lopsided that they strain not only our eyes and ears but our credulity as well.

On the July 8 broadcast of CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront,” Burnett wedged Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the US, into a verbal boxing ring. Fortunately, we have CNN’s transcript for an edited but accurate description of the match.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 July 2014 01:04 )

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The meaning of American independence

Who is July 4 really about? The Founding Fathers? The warriors? The heroes? When it comes to the Fourth of July — as with most other national holidays — all of the clichés have long been spoken. It’s about more than beer, barbecues and baseball, more than fireworks, more than hanging Old Glory from the porch or bandstand. It’s even more than taking a moment from our busy and colorful celebrations to think about the courage and vision of those Founding Fathers who, on a sultry summer...
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Triple murder: A game changer

Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Hamas. The difference, anyone? How much history was changed by three names: Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman. Alas, add three more names to the list of dead heroes, with the short-term prospect of more violence and the long-term prospect of a decline in racism. Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman — three idealists, three young men — were murdered during “Freedom Summer” in the American south 50 years ago. These young men were fighting for voter r...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 July 2014 08:58 )

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Lubavitcher Rebbe 20 years later

His movement has only grown his readers have only increased, and the Messianic talk has died down When the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, died 20 years ago, many doubted whether his movement could survive, while others touted his survival as the Messiah. For the good of the Rebbe’s legacy and for the good of the Jewish people as a whole, not to mention the countless number of Jews who have benefitted from the hospitality and outreach of his emissaries, both were proven wrong....
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Kidnapped teens and the State Department

Restraint? The State Dept. urges restraint in the search for the kidnapped Israeli teens? Sometimes we think that there is a boilerplate button at the State Department that is automatically pushed when the subject of Israeli self-defense comes up. Israel’s search for kidnapped citizens is an act of self-defense. Greeting it is the latest cut-and-paste quote from the diplomatic center of this country, urging “all parties to exercise restraint and avoid steps that could destabilize the situat...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 03:20 )

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