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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 August 26, 2008 / 25 Menachem-Av 5768

Media's grade-school crush on Obama flunks smell test for most objective Americans

By Peter Schweizer

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Anyone who thinks the media have been balanced and unbiased during the current election simply hasn't been paying attention.

Barack Obama has benefitted from adoring coverage, a lack of journalistic rigor, and a sizeable advantage in media coverage. In short, everything in the media seems to break his direction.

Large parts of the American public already recognize this. According to a recent study by Rasmussen Reports, 50 percent of independent voters and even 27 percent of Democrats believe that the media are trying to help Obama win. Just 12 percent of independents said the media were helping John McCain.

This bias works several ways. Consider, for example, how much coverage the presidential candidates have been getting.

When McCain went overseas a few months ago, he received scant coverage by the news media.

When Obama went, all three television network anchors joined him. According to The Washington Post ombudsman, between June 4 - when Obama clinched the nomination - and Aug. 17, Obama had a three-to-one advantage over McCain in front-page stories in that paper. A similar pattern exists in most of the mainstream media.

It comes as little surprise, then, that according to a recent study by Pew Research, 48 percent of those surveyed - and 51 percent of political independents - said they had heard "too much" about Obama.

The excuse for this imbalance is that people need to get to know Obama. But the media coverage has been fawning and superficial.

CBS' "The Early Show" ran a story about how constant campaigning has aged Obama; it even talked to his barber (gray hair!) and worried about the fact that "he's eating hot dogs, tacos, fajitas, cheese steaks and cake." But more important stories about his friendships and allies get glossed over.

Consider the case of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose hate-filled "sermons" have been all over the Internet. The Rev. Wright presided over Obama's wedding, and was his pastor for 20 years.

The mainstream media largely ignored this story until they were forced to cover it because of the attention it was receiving on talk radio and the Internet. Had McCain been "mentored" by a racist pastor spewing hate, the media would most certainly have covered it with vigor.

Or consider Obama's association with Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, members of the notorious Weather Underground. The Ayerses bombed the Pentagon during the turbulent '60s and are unrepentant about this terrorist past.

Obama launched his political career at their home, and served as chairman of the board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a foundation Ayers founded. But major media have been almost completely uninterested in the story.

Imagine if John McCain had a similar relationship with a right-wing militia leader who had bombed a federal building.

When Obama slips up, the media seems all too eager to bail him out of his problems. Obama has several times raised the race card, saying that McCain and conservatives would bring up the fact that he was black as a way to defeat him.

The McCain campaign fired back, rightfully stating that no one had done such a thing.

What was the media's response? Chris Cuomo of ABC, said on "Good Morning America" that it was McCain who was "seizing on race" by responding to Obama.

The American public knows better. A study by Rasmussen Reports found that 53 percent of Americans did find Obama's statements to be racist. Only 38 percent disagreed.

As reporter John Harris has written: "As one who has assigned journalists to cover Obama at both Politico and The Washington Post, I have witnessed the phenomenon several times. Some reporters come back and need to go through detox, to cure their swooning over Obama's political skill."

Let's hope they do. But I'm not counting on it.

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Peter Schweizer is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a former consultant to NBC News.

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