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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 March 6, 2013/ 24 Adar 5773

When a presidency and press corps collide

By Martin Schram




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Dysfunction abounds at Washington's most congested crossroads, that place where the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW intersects with the global information highway -- and the interests of White House strategists often collide with those of journalists who cover them.

The resulting wreckage is often a tangle of fictional facts and twisted truths.

Recently, onlookers witnessed Obama administration officials making claims of doomsday results from sequester cuts -- which reporters soon discovered were hyped or flat-out false.

Moments later, the same onlookers witnessed journalists fretting about what they perceived as threats by the White House against The Washington Post's Bob Woodward. But upon further review, those concerns seemed as overblown and unverifiable, in their own way, as some of those sequester wailings.

The closer we look at what is happening at this famous intersection, the more unnecessary and unprofessional it all seems.

Consider the mess that resulted when perhaps the most outstanding member of Obama's cabinet, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, set out to be a good soldier and spread the message the White House wanted to communicate about just how awful those then-pending cuts --mandated by the joint White House-Congress budget sequester agreement -- would be.

On Sunday, Feb. 24, Duncan declared on CBS' "Face the Nation" that teachers were "getting pink slips" even before the sequester began. But then the Education Department couldn't show reporters even one example. Finally, Duncan told a White House briefing of one instance in West Virginia where teachers received "layoff notices." Alas, those turned out to be transfer notices, not layoffs.

There's no doubt sequester cuts will hurt America's defense readiness and some vital domestic programs. But in their zeal to spread a worst-case scenario, Obama officials damaged the one thing a president needs most in a crisis: his credibility.

On the same Sunday Duncan was misspeaking on television, my friend and former Washington Post colleague, Bob Woodward, wrote an opinion piece detailing how the sequester began as an Obama White House idea. He ended the piece by saying that the sequester was originally only about spending, but that Obama was changing his deal by seeking new tax increases.

Obama's White House understandably sought to discredit Woodward's version. Meanwhile, Woodward, in an interview with Politico, read part of an email from someone he identified only as a senior White House official. It said: "I think you will regret staking out that claim."

Journalists began widely interpreting that as a White House threat against Woodward.

But wait. In its full context, it seemed rather unthreatening. The official, whom we learned later was Obama economic adviser Gene Sperling, wrote his email in a conciliatory tone after having earlier shouted at Woodward on the phone about his upcoming article. Sperling's full sentence was: "I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim."

Quite different. Journalists who covered past White Houses understood this episode never reached the level of threats presidential advisers made and carried out against journalists. The Post's legendary Watergate duo of Woodward and Carl Bernstein know best of all that Richard Nixon's White House retired the cup for threats and retaliation against journalists. (Actually, I also know a bit about Nixon's threats and retaliation. In an incident well reported at the time, Nixon ordered his aides to ban me, as Newsday's White House correspondent, from his historic China trip, after I'd helped write a Newsday series about his financial dealings with his best friend, Florida banker Charles "Bebe" Rebozo.)

The Obama White House, having inherited a press corps that was thrilled at the prospect of covering America's first black president, has had an amazingly troubled relationship with journalists covering the beat. Obama holds fewer news conferences than his predecessors and when he does, he only calls on correspondents whose names are on a list from his staff. Most reporters attend knowing they aren't really there as full-fledged journalists, just decorative scenery.

One of the surprising shortcomings of Obama's team has been its difficulty in communicating its messages. Obama and his strategists have not skillfully massaged, let alone mastered, the symbiotic relationship all presidents have with their chroniclers.

Meanwhile, journalists covering the presidency and politics still cannot resist fanning the flames as they cover Washington's fires.

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Previously:


02/27/13: Washington unintentionally but predictably triggering a coast-to-coast tsunami, freezing job hiring

02/21/13: Cold War vestiges still afflict 2 nuclear cities

01/16/13: Turnabout sucks

01/09/13: Education must be America's new national security priority

11/29/12: Building a budgetary bridge to somewhere

11/24/12: Voters share blame for negative campaigns

10/24/12: Romney displays unusual strategy for winning

10/17/12: Russia drops a bombshell on U.S. nuclear safeguard plan and few notice

10/11/12: A new debate game plan for a new comeback

07/25/12: Washington news, sanitized for officials' comfort

07/18/12: By withholding, Mitt Romney taxes campaign

06/20/12: Cruel consequences spring from an old leak

06/13/12: Gaffes, not facts, dominate presidential race

06/06/12: Command decisions mark new era of video-game warfare

04/25/12: Safeguarding us all in the nuclear age

04/18/12: The battle for the honor of enraging us more

03/28/12: Eavesdropping on diplomacy and politics

02/22/12: Drawing Romney's big picture

01/25/12: Candidates proving that time-tested Marxist theory

01/12/12: Even with primaries still to go, history's longest year starts now

01/05/12: Iowa caucuses reveal news media lapses

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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