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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 Feb. 6, 2014/ 6 Adar I, 5774

A Look Back on O’Reilly’s Interview with the President

By Bernard Goldberg



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The more I think about it the more I figure that Bill O'Reilly should have passed on the opportunity to interview President Obama on Super Bowl Sunday. It was a dog and pony show we could have done without.

I understand why Bill did the interview and what he got out of doing it. First, there's ego, no small point with O'Reilly or any other TV big star. Bill got to go one-on-one with the most powerful man in the world — on Super Bowl Sunday no less. The president wasn't behind a podium emblazoned with the seal of his office. They sat on similar chairs facing each other and actually looked like equals, even though everyone knows they're not.

And the audience was huge. More than 100 million people tuned in to watch the game and while the number who watched the interview (two hours before kickoff) wasn't as large, it was large enough. So millions and millions of Americans who don't normally watch Fox, got to see the network's biggest star. And who knows — maybe some of them would become converts.

That's what Bill and Fox got out of the interview.

The president got something out of it too. First, he showed his base that he could sit down with Big Bad Bill and come out of it without a scratch. He got to take his usual shots at Fox, which his base also likes. He got to put doubt about Fox's legitimacy in the minds of everyone whose minds weren't already made up. And he came off looking like a regular guy — sitting there, smiling, tieless. All that was missing was the beer and chips.

The problem is no news came out of the interview. And it gave the president the opportunity to give his side of the story, virtually unchallenged. That's not O'Reilly's fault. It's a 10-minute interview. Live. You can only interrupt the President of the United States so many times. And in the end, the president can say whatever he wants.

And he did.

On the matter of the IRS targeting conservative opponents of the president, Mr. Obama said there was "not even a smidgeon of corruption" in that supposed scandal.

Maybe. But then why did Lois Lerner, the IRS employee who was at the center of the controversy, exercise her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during a House hearing on the scandal? Not a "smidgeon of corruption" and she's afraid of incriminating herself? Really?

On Benghazi, O'Reilly asked if Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who had just learned that the attack in Benghazi was the work of terrorists, passed that information along to the president. The president dodged a direct answer, so we still don't know why Susan Rice went on all those Sunday news programs to tell a story about an anti-Muslim video causing the trouble that led to the deaths of four Americans. We still don't know why the president and others on his team misled the American people for several weeks about how a supposedly spontaneous riot got out of hand. The president told his version of events. No reporter can force anyone, let alone the president, to answer a question he doesn't want to answer. And eventually, it was time to move on to the next subject.

In other parts of the interview, Mr. Obama made clear that he wanted to look forward — not back. Looking back is something O'Reilly and Fox could do. "I try to focus not on the fumbles, but on the next play," the president told the anchorman.

As I say, the president got what he needed and Bill got what he needed. And the rest of us didn't get much.

Mr. Obama went after Bill and Fox twice during the interview, saying a reason people care about Benghazi and the IRS is because, as the president put it, "these kinds of things keep on surfacing, in part because you and your TV station will promote them."

That's when Bill should have taken his notes and thrown them in the air. (That would have been a very nice TV moment.) He should have looked the president in the eye and said:

"Mr. President, this is the second time during this brief interview that you've gone after Fox News. So let's set the record straight: Fox News isn't responsible for the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare. Fox News isn't the cause of the lax security in Benghazi that contributed to the four American deaths. Fox News didn't tell the IRS to target your political enemies. You and your administration are responsible for all of those things. So, Mr. President, if you have any specific complaints about Fox News coverage of these matters, this would be a good time to share those complaints with the American people."



Bill told me that there's value in asking questions even if the president doesn't really answer them. The people watching can see what's going on, he said. There's some truth to that. But I still think there's not enough upside for any journalist to do the interview. Ten minutes, live, plays into the president's hands. It's too easy to run out the clock. And if the reporter jumps in too many times, he looks disrespectful.

Still the interview was a little more interesting than the actual Super Bowl game … but not nearly as entertaining as the Bruno Mars halftime show. But then, it's easy to be a Monday morning quarterback.

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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.


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