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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 July 24, 2008 / 21 Tamuz 5768

A big story is our biggest bias

By Clarence Page


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A respected group of media researchers has found that Barack Obama gets a lot more coverage than John McCain. I didn't need a think tank to tell me that. After all, Madonna gets more coverage than McCain does, even when she doesn't want it-although it is hard to imagine when she wouldn't.


Obama gets more media attention than John McCain because, as we have heard over and over again, Obama is the "rock star" of today's political scene. McCain, by contrast, is an attractive candidate and war hero who is less intriguing precisely because, in a political world where "fresh" and "new" has become the highest virtue, we know him so well.


Even some liberals have a lot of affection for the Arizona senator as a man and maverick, even when he's been talking a lot less maverick lately. But, running against Obama often brings to mind grumpy ol' Mr. Wilson chasing Dennis the Menace off his lawn.


The public tells us media workers this with their viewing and reading habits. For example, a Time magazine 2006 issue with Obama on the cover was Time's second-best-selling issue of the year, and a September 2006 issue of Men's Vogue with Obama on the cover outsold every issue but the debut, according to The Washington Post. Newsweek magazine has done six issues with Obama on the cover over the past year, two with McCain. Rolling Stone has given Obama two covers in the last year. If they don't know rock stars, who does?


Sure, the coverage helps Obama but it also confirms the biggest bias in the media, hunger for a big story and the big audience that comes with it.


McCain, for example, has taken three foreign trips in the past four months. Not one was accompanied by a network anchor. All three network anchors rolled out to cover Obama's recent visits to Europe and the Middle East.


That's a continuation of a trend, according to the Project For Excellence In Journalism. Since June 9, when Obama clinched enough votes for the Democratic presidential nomination, the project took a weekly look at 300 political stories in newspapers, magazines and television. In one week, for example, Obama played an important role in 77 percent of the stories. Only 51 percent featured McCain.


That troubles Tom Rosenstiel, the project's director. "No matter how understandable it is, given the newness of the candidate and the historical nature of Obama's candidacy, in the end it's probably not fair to McCain," he told The Associated Press.


McCain tried to shrug it off. "It is what it is," he said Monday during a news conference at the side of former President George H.W. Bush at the Bush family home in Maine. Bush was more direct. "We're jealous is all," he said, bringing a few laughs. It also brought to mind a bumper sticker from the former president's era: "Annoy the media: Vote for Bush".


Although conservatives will use this as further evidence of liberal media bias, the bigger lesson for McCain is to be careful what you ask for. It was McCain, after all, who taunted Obama over his failure to visit Iraq in the past two years. Now the McCain campaign is complaining that Obama is spending too much time overseas. You just can't please some people.


Cheer up, McCainiacs. I expect my media colleagues to bend over backward to boost their McCain coverage. We saw signs of that when "Saturday Night Live" lampooned media swooning over Obama at Hillary Clinton's expense-especially after she quoted from the skit during a Democratic primary debate.


Yet, I do not recall her complaining a bit about how the Democratic Party debates consistently drew more TV viewers than the Republican match-ups.


Besides, in McCain's case, the undercoverage of his campaign could be a blessing. Obama's foreign trip took attention away from the Friday resignation of former Texas Sen. Phil Gramm as McCain's economic adviser. McCain's old friend became a liability over his comment that we have become a "nation of whiners" about the sluggish economy.


And as the world watched and waited for any slips by Obama, the first gaffe of his trip went to-John McCain! In an ABC interview, McCain referred to the rough "situation on the Iraq-Pakistan border." Since the two countries don't share a border, McCain's foreign affairs expertise suddenly didn't sound so good.


Of course, Obama has made slips too. He gave the country "57 states" in one campaign stop. Nevertheless, McCain's border goof is a reminder that, in a big political campaign, there are always some stories you're happy to leave uncovered.

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