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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan 5, 2012/ 10 Teves, 5772

Iowa caucuses reveal news media lapses

By Martin Schram




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Iowa's 2012 Republican caucuses gave us either two winners or no winners at all, as in Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum virtually tied and Ron Paul finished just a whisker behind them. And in the only total that really matters, but was little mentioned, all three received seven of Iowa's Republican convention delegates.

But America's inexplicably traditional first voting told us something important, not really about those running for president but about those of us who cover them: When we don't really report, you can't really decide.

First, recall the wall-to-wall news coverage of Iowa's meaningless (except for political party money-making) Republican straw poll last August. As all the pols and their handlers learned decades ago, you can win it by spending more money to bus in and feed more of your own people who will vote for you. Last August, Michele Bachmann won. Tuesday night, she finished last among Iowa's real caucus combatants.

Second, we turn to what Americans most need from the news media: our journalistic skill and determination to go far beyond what the candidates are emphasizing to make the sale with voters. At least by examining their past deeds as deeply as we covered that meaningless straw poll.

Here, there were huge gaps in the news media's performance. The media focused for months only on the candidate du jour, which in this case meant the one Republican who was seen in the polls as being the top I'm-not-Romney candidate. So for months, the media mainly gave short shrift to the most unconventional candidate, Ron Paul. Until he rose in the polls. Even then, the coverage was scant.

Only in the last days did the media cover Paul's most potentially controversial positions. Never mind that these had been reported years and even decades ago. Only recently, The New Republic resurrected the newsletters that Paul published under his own name, from the 1970s into the 1990s, that contained many writings replete with racist references, smears against Martin Luther King Jr. and kind comments about white supremacist David Duke.

Last Sunday, CNN's Candy Crowley, who has proven herself the best of the Sunday TV talk show interrogators, questioned Paul about his past newsletters. Paul's standard response has been that he didn't write those newsletters and he has belatedly repudiated what they said. But Crowley didn't press him on the fact that he had let those newsletters continue saying these things for years.

Crowley did ask Paul about his opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act that marked the historic legal end to racial segregation. She sharply asked Paul about his 2004 House floor lone objection to a commemoration of that act, in which he said it infringed upon "individual liberty" and "the rights of private property." But when he gave a general response, she didn't follow up by specifically asking whether he preferred an America that still allowed private businesses to not do business with blacks, private restaurants not to serve blacks, private homeowners to not sell their homes to blacks.

And finally, even in the media's best work -- in those FactCheck and PolitiFact.com reports of candidate exaggerations, distortions and outright lies -- there are gaps. But these reports are usually buried on back pages. Also, the worst of the lies are treated as if they are humorous -- rated with four Pinocchios or a "Pants on Fire." Time out: A politician's lie to Americans is not a joking matter.

The enduring result of Iowa's caucus is its reminder that, politically and professionally, we still have a long way to go.

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Previously:


12/14/11: How Gingrich stole Mitt's Christmas

11/16/11: Supercommittee's super-sized surrender

11/16/11: Romney talks Texas-tough on Iran

11/03/11: The Silent Majority speaks at last

10/20/11: Outsourcing our democracy; hijacking our holidays

10/13/11: Decline and fall of presidential press conferences

09/28/11: Washington's Monument to broken government

08/17/11: Tax credits for job creation

07/06/11: Obama's on-the-job retraining from Clinton

06/29/11: Obama, Nixon suddenly joined in posterity



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