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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 Feb. 23, 2011 / 19 Adar I, 5771

The Lamestreams Strike Again --- This Time in Madison

By Bernard Goldberg



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Some thoughts about the demonstrations in Madison and why liberals in the media are held in such low regard.

Let's first take a trip down memory lane. Remember when journalists covered those tea party rallies and couldn't help but notice that most of the people who showed up were white? They made it sound like an indictment. I was never quite sure why race was significant, but since the lamestreams brought it up, let me bring up a question: Since almost all the demonstrators in Wisconsin are white, why have the media, ever alert to skin color, not said a word about the crowd's complexion?

Answer: Because they gratuitously bring race into the story if their real purpose is to make conservatives look bad. Telling us that most of the tea partiers were white was a way of saying they're probably racists, without actually saying it.

Point number two: If one moron at a tea party carried a sign saying "Obama is Hitler" it was big news — proof that the tea partiers, generally, were hate-mongers. Cut to Madison, where there are lots of signs linking Governor Scott Walker to Hitler, Mussolini, Mubarak and al qaeda. According to the conservative media watchdog group, the Media Research center, on a Thursday morning, right after the demonstrations began, none of the network morning shows aired even one picture of any of those signs.

Since then, some of the placards have made it on the air. But I got the impression that the "mainstream" media weren't nearly as passionate about showing — or commenting about — the many nasty signs that were aimed at a Republican governor as they were about showing the few ugly placards aimed at President Obama.

Point number three: NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams opened his newscast the other night with these words: "Good evening. From the Mideast to the American Midwest tonight, people are rising up. Citizens uprisings are changing the world. … Tonight, we're going to begin in Wisconsin. The state capitol has been taken over by the people."

Get it? The good guys in the Middle East were the courageous demonstrators. The good guys in the Middle West are the courageous demonstrators. The bad guys in the Middle East were the monsters running the government. The bad guys in the Middle West …

Get it now?

Surely Brian Williams understands that there are far more differences than similarities between the desperate protesters in Cairo and the middle class union workers in Wisconsin. But that didn't stop him from making it sound like they were all in it together, somehow united to break the chains of their oppression.

Peter Wehner has a smart piece on the Commentary Web site about double standards, in politics and journalism.

"All of us in politics are susceptible to double standards," Wehner wrote. "We tend to overlook serrated comments by those who share our ideological views and quickly cry foul when those on the other side of the political divide say incendiary things. If you're a conservative you tend to point your finger at Keith Olbermann; if you're a liberal you are more likely to focus your fire on Glenn Beck. That's why it's important to locate figures in both camps who possess some independence of thought and mind, who are capable of making relatively disinterested judgments about events, and who believe people should be held to roughly equal standards when it comes to rhetoric and actions."

That's where independent journalists are supposed to come in. Except, as Wehner documents, it hasn't quite worked out that way. I will quote from his article at some length, his points are well worth considering:

"The day after the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords, George Packer of the New Yorker complained that 'relentlessly hostile rhetoric has become standard issue on the right.' James Fallows of the Atlantic lamented our 'extreme, implicitly violent political rhetoric and imagery.' And Paul Krugman of the New York Times argued, 'it's the saturation of our political discourse — and especially our airwaves — with eliminationist rhetoric that lies behind the rising tide of violence.'

"The fact that conservative rhetoric had nothing to do with the assassination attempt against Giffords didn't matter; liberals were determined to use her shooting to conduct a nationwide seminar on civility and public discourse.

"Fast forward five weeks to Madison, Wisconsin, where Governor Scott Walker is asking the state's public employees to start contributing to their own pension and health-care benefits and limit their collective bargaining rights to negotiations over pay rather than benefits. His plan is sparking furious protests, with demonstrators holding up signs saying 'Heil Walker! Stop the Maniac,' accusing the Wisconsin governor of 'exterminating union members,' and calling him a 'Fascist Union Community Killer.' Governor Walker is referred to as 'Governor Mubarak,' a 'Midwest Mussolini,' 'al Qaeda Scott,' with some slogans reading, 'Scott Walker = Adolph Hitler.'

"This is pretty ugly stuff. So just where is the Liberal Civility Patrol when we really need them? Have Krugman, Packer, and Fallows condemned what we're seeing in Madison? Where is the Washington Post's Eugene Robinson, who has claimed that 'violent political rhetoric and the threat of political violence in this country comes almost exclusively from the right'? And what of E.J. Dionne, Jr., who has written, 'The most surprising and disappointing aspect of our politics is how little pushback there has been against the vile, extremist rhetoric that has characterized such a large part of the anti-Obama movement'? Where are the earnest political commentators and news stories lamenting the inflammatory language that has become a steady undercurrent in the nation's political culture?

"The game that's being played is obvious. Civility has no intrinsic worth for these individuals; it is merely another weapon in an endless political battle."

Peter Wehner is right, of course. Even opinion journalists have to maintain certain standards, at least they do if they care about their credibility. But too many journalists have become warriors in the battle, instead of fair-minded observers. We used to call this bias. But it's gone way beyond that. It is nothing less than corruption of an important American institution.

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JWR contributor Bernard Goldberg, the television news reporter and author of several bestselling books, among them, Bias, a New York Times number one bestseller about how the media distort the news. He is widely seen as one of the most original writers and thinkers in broadcast journalism. Mr. Goldberg covered stories all over the world for CBS News and has won 10 Emmy awards for excellence in journalism. He now reports for the widely acclaimed HBO broadcast Real Sports.

He is a graduate of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and a member of the school's Hall of Distinguished Alumni and proprietor of BernardGoldberg.com.


Previously:

02/03/11: You MUST Own a Gun --- Or Else!
01/20/11: It Was Horrible, I tell you … HORRIBLE!
01/11/11: Here We Go Again . . .
01/06/11: You Go, Oprah
12/28/10: A Year-Ender --- The MSM and Obama's Fall from Grace 12/14/10: Thank
Heaven for Rich People

12/02/10: The Phony Nobility of Wikileaks

© 2011, Bernard Goldberg

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