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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 Sept. 4, 2009 / 15 Elul 5769

Mistrusting the Media

By Linda Chavez



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When it comes to politicians' foibles and faux pas, the mainstream media's double standard is nothing new, but the Washington Post's recent coverage of the Virginia governor's race takes the cake. Republican gubernatorial candidate and current State Attorney General Bob McDonnell has been trouncing his Democratic opponent, State Sen. Creigh Deeds, in the polls for much of the campaign. So the Post has now dredged up a 20-year-old academic paper McDonnell wrote for a conservative Christian college in which he condemns homosexual behavior, criticizes feminism for being anti-family, and questions the effect on the family of the mass movement of women into the workforce.


The race is being closely watched because of what it says about the parties' respective popularity in one of two major off-year elections (the other being New Jersey's governor's race, where Republican challenger Chris Christie is also ahead of incumbent Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine). If Republican McDonnell wins the election, it could signal Democratic weakness a year after the party's juggernaut that captured the White House and Congress last fall. So the Post has used its pages to salvage Democrats' chances. In a matter of days no fewer than a dozen articles — including major front-page stories — have appeared hammering McDonnell for his graduate thesis.


McDonnell says he's changed his mind on some of the issues he wrote about when he was seeking a public policy degree — especially on women in the workforce — and his record as a state legislator and attorney general doesn't suggest he's ever used his office to punish gays, working women or feminists. But the Post is having none of it. In a particularly snotty piece, editorial writer Ruth Marcus complains that McDonnell can't "explain away" his views, noting "(t)here are so many delicious aspects to the McDonnell uproar."


Funny, the Post was not nearly as eager to make an issue of 2006 Democratic senate candidate (now U.S. senator) Jim Webb's past writings. A search of Post archives found exactly one article in which the Post mentioned that Webb had written novels between 1978 and 2001 depicting, among many other salacious scenes, a father performing a sex act on his young son. And the news headline blamed Webb's Republican opponent, Sen. George Allen, for making the subject newsworthy in the first place: "Allen Blasts Webb Novels for Sex Scenes; Veteran Says Works Reflect Trauma of War." The article goes on to explain: "Webb's books, including 'Lost Soldiers,' 'Something to Die For,' and 'Fields of Fire,' are historical novels that describe wartime horrors in Vietnam and people dealing with the aftermath of combat," adding, helpfully, "Webb is a decorated Marine who served in Vietnam."


Nor was the Post nearly as aggressively critical of Webb's views on women in the military, summed up in a 1979 Washingtonian magazine article entitled "Women Can't Fight," as it has been of McDonnell's 1989 views on women, gays or marriage. Although the Post mentioned the magazine piece during its 2006 reporting on the election, the newspaper also noted, "Webb has said he opened as many as 18,000 assignments for women, the largest number in Navy history," and gave prominent coverage to Webb's endorsement by Hillary Clinton and other notable Democratic women. The Post has granted no similar caveats to McDonnell.


The Post's kid glove treatment of Webb played an important role in his ultimate election in 2006. And it was particularly egregious given the way they went after Webb's opponent George Allen for having uttered a nonsensical phrase during a campaign stop, referring to a Democratic opposition researcher who had been videotaping Allen on the campaign trail as "macaca." The Post alleged — unconvincingly, in my view — that the term was a racial epithet, driving Allen's campaign into a tailspin from which it never recovered.


Maybe the Post hopes its coverage will have the same effect this time around. No wonder so many Americans mistrust the media. When it comes to politicians' foibles and faux pas, the mainstream media's double standard is nothing new, but the Washington Post's recent coverage of the Virginia governor's race takes the cake. Republican gubernatorial candidate and current State Attorney General Bob McDonnell has been trouncing his Democratic opponent, State Sen. Creigh Deeds, in the polls for much of the campaign. So the Post has now dredged up a 20-year-old academic paper McDonnell wrote for a conservative Christian college in which he condemns homosexual behavior, criticizes feminism for being anti-family, and questions the effect on the family of the mass movement of women into the workforce.


The race is being closely watched because of what it says about the parties' respective popularity in one of two major off-year elections (the other being New Jersey's governor's race, where Republican challenger Chris Christie is also ahead of incumbent Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine). If Republican McDonnell wins the election, it could signal Democratic weakness a year after the party's juggernaut that captured the White House and Congress last fall. So the Post has used its pages to salvage Democrats' chances. In a matter of days no fewer than a dozen articles — including major front-page stories — have appeared hammering McDonnell for his graduate thesis.


McDonnell says he's changed his mind on some of the issues he wrote about when he was seeking a public policy degree — especially on women in the workforce — and his record as a state legislator and attorney general doesn't suggest he's ever used his office to punish gays, working women or feminists. But the Post is having none of it. In a particularly snotty piece, editorial writer Ruth Marcus complains that McDonnell can't "explain away" his views, noting "(t)here are so many delicious aspects to the McDonnell uproar."


Funny, the Post was not nearly as eager to make an issue of 2006 Democratic senate candidate (now U.S. senator) Jim Webb's past writings. A search of Post archives found exactly one article in which the Post mentioned that Webb had written novels between 1978 and 2001 depicting, among many other salacious scenes, a father performing a sex act on his young son. And the news headline blamed Webb's Republican opponent, Sen. George Allen, for making the subject newsworthy in the first place: "Allen Blasts Webb Novels for Sex Scenes; Veteran Says Works Reflect Trauma of War." The article goes on to explain: "Webb's books, including 'Lost Soldiers,' 'Something to Die For,' and 'Fields of Fire,' are historical novels that describe wartime horrors in Vietnam and people dealing with the aftermath of combat," adding, helpfully, "Webb is a decorated Marine who served in Vietnam."


Nor was the Post nearly as aggressively critical of Webb's views on women in the military, summed up in a 1979 Washingtonian magazine article entitled "Women Can't Fight," as it has been of McDonnell's 1989 views on women, gays or marriage. Although the Post mentioned the magazine piece during its 2006 reporting on the election, the newspaper also noted, "Webb has said he opened as many as 18,000 assignments for women, the largest number in Navy history," and gave prominent coverage to Webb's endorsement by Hillary Clinton and other notable Democratic women. The Post has granted no similar caveats to McDonnell.


The Post's kid glove treatment of Webb played an important role in his ultimate election in 2006. And it was particularly egregious given the way they went after Webb's opponent George Allen for having uttered a nonsensical phrase during a campaign stop, referring to a Democratic opposition researcher who had been videotaping Allen on the campaign trail as "macaca." The Post alleged — unconvincingly, in my view — that the term was a racial epithet, driving Allen's campaign into a tailspin from which it never recovered.


Maybe the Post hopes its coverage will have the same effect this time around. No wonder so many Americans mistrust the media.

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JWR contributor Linda Chavez is President of the Center for Equal Opportunity. Her latest book is "Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics". (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.)

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