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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 Feb. 28, 2008 / 22 Adar I 5768

When attacks backfire

By Jonathan Gurwitz


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Even Hillary Clinton, who first identified the vast, right-wing conspiracy and blamed a conservative attack machine for dredging up scandals about her husband, must be astonished. The New York Times, and to a lesser degree the Washington Post, have managed to do what Gary Bauer, Sam Brownback, Mitt Romney and a slew of Ronald Reagan acolytes have thus for been unable to accomplish for Republicans: rally a hesitant conservative base around John McCain.


Only weeks ago, Newsweek's cover ominously predicted "There will be blood" above a tower of conservative pundits who have expressed their dislike for the Arizona senator's ideological vacillations. There may yet be some cuts and bruises, but you can put away the body bags.


If there's one thing conservatives dislike more than unreliable political leadership, it's the reliable way in which the mainstream media can be counted upon to unfairly attack conservatives. And for conservatives, the Time's hit-piece on John McCain is a lurid demonstration of the conscience of liberal journalism.


Are anonymous allegations of infidelity from a decade ago really headline material when Team Clinton is campaigning for the White House? Is it more shocking to discover McCain occasionally might not have lived up to his own high ethics standards than it is to watch water-walking Barack Obama waffle on an explicit pledge to accept public financing for the general election?


The selective quotes and rejection of facts countering the perception that McCain is in thrall to lobbyists — particularly blond ones — were so appalling that even Lanny Davis, who served as special counsel in the Clinton White House, felt compelled to respond from his blog on the liberal Huffington Post.


Davis was a lobbyist for one of the three parties that sought McCain's intervention with the Federal Communications Commission in the case that allegedly lies at the nexus of his romantic and ethical wanderings. "Bottom line: what was omitted from both the Times and the Post stories was that what I wanted Senator McCain to do, he refused to do," Davis wrote. "And he did so out of a concern of appearances of impropriety. That is a fact."


The scandalous story — scandalous in the sense that it was scandalously reported — ran more than 3,000 words from the front page of the Times. The newspaper confirmed the perception of bias and stoked more conservative ire by following with a 1,000-word report about reactions to the story, including McCain's denials — on page A20.


Compare the mainstream media's handling of this thinly sourced story to one that raged on the Internet last fall when the race for the Democratic nomination was still wide open. John Edwards was the target of that gossip campaign, which eventually made it into print on the pages of the National Enquirer.


The mainstream media responsibly rejected the tale, one constructed with anonymous sources and that seemed to derive its credibility from explicit denials of outrageous rumor. When it comes to the Republican front-runner, however, a different set of journalistic standards appears to be at work.


McCain, who in his life has dealt with more sinister adversaries than pundits and reporters, comes out of this sordid affair smelling like a conservative rose. Talk radio is abuzz, not about McCain's alleged apostasy, but rather about his media martyrdom.


He's even managed to turn it to his advantage with independent voters who will decide the election. A popular knock against McCain is his volatility and purported lack of temperament for the presidency. Yet there he was on national television, calmly rebuffing the assault on his character with nothing more brash than, "Obviously, I'm very disappointed in the article; it's not true."


The crafty way this negative news has improbably fortified the McCain campaign is too good to be true. It almost makes you wonder if that vast, right-wing conspiracy isn't at work on the pages of the New York Times. Almost.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.

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