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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

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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

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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

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April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Jan. 12, 2005 / 2 Shevat, 5765

It may look like a duck, walk like a duck and quack like a duck, but it's really just a parakeet

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Richard Nixon would have described CBS's report on Rathergate as "taking the modified limited hangout route." The "investigation" into the reliance on forged documents for a Sixty Minutes Wednesday story on President Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard:

  • Failed to identify the source of the forgeries.

  • Acknowledged only what has been on the public record for months.

  • Buried incriminating detail in appendices.

  • Backed away from the obvious conclusion from the facts presented, that the story was a hit piece designed to influence the election, and

  • Smeared those who exposed the forgeries.

    In response to the pseudo investigation, CBS took pseudo remedial action. Haldeman and Ehrlichman, er, Senior Vice President Betsy West, Sixty Minutes Wednesday Executive Producer Josh Howard, Senior Broadcast Producer Mary Murphy, and segment producer Mary Mapes were fired. A new position (Standards and Practices) was created to make sure that in the future, investigative reporters follow "proper processes."

    Escaping the axe were Dan Rather, the "reporter" on the segment, and CBS News President Andrew Heyward, who screened it before it was broadcast.

    "I'm of the school that if my name is on it, I'm responsible," Rather had told the Los Angeles Times. But at CBS, taking responsibility apparently does not include accepting the consequences for irresponsibility.

    CBS Chairman Les Moonves excused Rather on the grounds that despite his title of "managing editor," he's just a talking head.

    When reporters Jayson Blair of the New York Times and Jack Kelley of USA Today were found to have made up stories, the editors of those newspapers were forced to resign.

    To recap for those whose memories of the controversy have dimmed, on Sept. 8th, Sixty Minutes Wednesday broadcast a report alleging that President Bush had received favored treatment in the Texas Air National Guard, and had disobeyed a direct order to take a flight physical. The report was based on four "memoranda to the file" allegedly written by LtCol. Jerry Killian, now deceased, who had been Bush's commanding officer.

    Web loggers   —   chiefly John Hinderaker and Scott Johnson of Power Line   —   demonstrated that the memoranda had been typed on a computer using Microsoft Word, which hadn't been invented at the time the memos purportedly were written. They also collected testimony that the format of the memos didn't follow Air Force procedures at the time.

    Killian's widow and son said Killian didn't keep a personal file, and wouldn't have said the things that were said in the memoranda. Killian's secretary at the time said she didn't type the memos. Killian couldn't type.

    The CBS investigation, conducted by former AP chieftain Louis Boccardi and former U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh, revealed that of the four document experts Sixty Minutes consulted before the broadcast, none would authenticate the documents, and two expressed concern that they were fake. Mapes got the documents from Bill Burkett, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Texas Army National Guard, and a flake whose previous criticisms of Bush had proven false. Rather called Burkett an "unimpeachable source."

    Burkett first said he got the documents from an Army warrant officer who had worked in the Texas Guard headquarters. He now says he got them from a woman, "Lucy Ramirez," who no one has been able to find.

    Boccardi and Thornburgh found 10 "serious defects" in the story, including Mary Mapes' call to John Kerry campaign aide Joe Lockhart, " a clear conflict of interest that created the appearance of a political bias." CBS compounded the initial failing with its "strident defense" of the broadcast by issuing "inaccurate press statements" and airing "misleading stories," Boccardi and Thornburgh said.

    But all this was just a series of "errors in judgment" brought about by "haste" to get the story before a competitor did, Boccardi and Thornburgh concluded. No bias here. It may look like a duck, walk like a duck and quack like a duck, but it's really just a parakeet.

    Despite its many flaws, the report has been accepted as definitive by a "mainstream" media that doesn't want the issue of media bias probed. But the truth will out. "We're a dying business, and this didn't help us," a CBS staffer told the New York Times.

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