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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 Nov. 5, 2008 / 7 Mar-Cheshvan 5769

Will Obama and Biden curtail freedom of speech?

By Nat Hentoff


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Candidates for higher office are indeed tested — if they win — from Day One. But the credibility of their declared principles is sometimes tested suddenly and revealingly on the campaign trail. I have often cited the voluble and often humorous Joe Biden as a passionate practitioner, and defender, of free speech. But on Oct. 23 — after participating in at least 200 interviews since chosen as Barack Obama's vice presidential on the Democratic ticket two months ago, Biden — offended at a question by an Orlando WFTV TV reporter-anchor — did not object when the Obama campaign then forbade more appearances on that station by its campaigners until the elections. An Obama gag rule.


After a series of reasonable, challenging, quietly voiced questions by interviewer Barbara West, she had said to Biden: "You may recognize this famous quote: 'From each according to his abilities (and) to each according to his needs.' That's from Karl Marx. How is Senator Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to 'spread the wealth'?"


As I watched the interview on YouTube, Biden, clearly nettled, first responded to what he called "this ridiculous question" by asking her: "Are you joking? Is that a real question?" He then launched into the standard campaign retort that Obama "is not spreading the wealth around. He is talking about giving the middle class an opportunity to get back the tax breaks they used to have."


The next day, the Orlando Sentinel's veteran TV critic, Hal Boedecker, reported: "Biden so disliked West's line of questioning that the Obama campaign canceled a WFTV interview with Jill Biden, the candidate's wife."


Then, Boedecker continued, Laura K. McGinnis, Central Florida communications director for the Obama campaign, said the cancellation was "a result of her husband's experience yesterday during the satellite interview with Barbara West." McGinnis showed no hope for a possible free-speech pardon, adding belligerently:


"This cancellation is non-negotiable, and further opportunities for your station to interview with this campaign are unlikely, at best for the duration of the remaining days until the election." At best? Surely President Obama could be heard on the station. But in October, there was no objection from Obama to his campaign's widely publicized gag rule on WFTV.


Later, at a campaign event in North Carolina, Biden spoke of how "mean" the campaign was getting by quoting West's question about Obama's possible Marxist inclinations: "I mean, folks, this stuff you're hearing, this stuff you're hearing in this campaign, some of it's pretty ugly. ... When this is over if, G-d willing, we win, we have to reach out to those folks." And, what, tell them what not to say?


Maybe radio and TV folks should watch their words, too. A considerable number of leading congressional Democrats are eager to bring back the Fairness Doctrine (in effect from 1949 to 1987) that empowered the government to insist that broadcast stations (and now cable) provide opposing viewpoints to controversial offending remarks on stations, on pain of the stations losing their licenses.


I've always been surprised that self-proclaimed liberal Democrats, in and out of Congress, are so eager to diminish the impact of the speech of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Laura Ingraham, et al, that they want to give the government (Republican or Democratic) this censorship sword. Can you imagine the Founders' reaction? If I may gently ask Biden: "Are you in favor of bringing back the Fairness Doctrine? Is Obama?"


Reflecting on the tempestuous result of her Marx question to Biden, WFTV's West told the Orlando Sentinel: "I have a great deal of respect for him (Biden). I have a great deal of respect for Senator Obama.


"We are given four minutes of a satellite window for these interviews. Four precious minutes. I got right down to it and, yes, I think I asked him some pointed questions. These are questions that are rolling about right now and questions that need to be asked. I don't think I was rude or inconsiderate to him. I think I was probing and maybe tough.


"I can't believe that in all of his years in politics, and all of his campaigning and such, that he hasn't run into some tough questions before. He's certainly up to it in giving good answers."


Beyond this dispute whether West was being fair in her interview with Biden, there is a very strong, and alarming, prospect that the Orwellian-named Fairness Doctrine will indeed come back to give the Federal Communications Commission the stern authority to decide the proportion of partisan commentary you can safely take without being offended.


Brian Anderson, editor of the Manhattan Institute's "City Journal" and co-editor, with Adam Thierer, of the new free-speech rallying cry, "A Manifesto for Media Freedom" (Encounter Books) reports in the Oct. 20 New York Post: "A Rasmussen poll last summer found that fully 47 percent of respondents backed the idea of requiring radio and television stations to offer 'equal amounts of conservative and liberal political commentary,' with 39 percent opposed."


Liberals, Rasmussen found, "support a Fairness Doctrines by 54 percent to 26 percent, while Republicans and unaffiliated voters were more evenly divided. The language of 'fairness' is seductive."


And it celebrates the government deciding your allotment of freedom of speech.

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Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights and author of several books, including his current work, "The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance". Comment by clicking here.

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