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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 Jan. 12, 2011 / 7 Shevat, 5771

Journos running the asylum

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It is, arguably, the most serious problem in contemporary journalism. And it's getting worse.

Something really bad happens. People want to learn more about it. So they tune in to a cable television network.

The cable news anchors know little more about what's happened than do the people tuning in. Not enough time has elapsed to gather the facts. But the news anchors have all this airtime to fill. So they speculate, and invite those they interview to speculate.

Competition in journalism is more about getting the story first than in getting the story right. So rumors are "reported" without being checked out. In the early hours of a crisis, news organizations often transmit more misinformation than information.

"Much of what was reported as fact by government officials and the media during the chaotic first week (after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans) turned out to be fiction," said Mark Memmott of USA Today in an October, 2005 retrospective.

The death toll was reported as ten times as great as it actually was, Mr. Memmott said, and the widely reported "crime spree" in the Louisiana Superdome never happened.

"A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on," Shakespeare wrote in Henry IV, Part 2. This is especially true of disaster reporting, because people remember most what they first heard, not what dribbled out later once the crisis was past.

Media bias compounds the problem. Many journalists are more interested in spinning the news than in reporting it.

On Saturday, Jared Lee Loughner, 22, opened fire in a Safeway in Tucson, killing six and wounding 14. Among the dead was U.S. District Judge John Roll, a conservative Republican. Among the seriously injured was Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a liberal Democrat.

Long before anything was known about Mr. Loughner, journalists speculated about what really motivated his murder spree.

For Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, it was the "inflammatory rhetoric" of radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

Former Sen. Bob Kerrey, D-Neb., said Mr. Loughner was upset by Republican opposition to Obamacare. What pushed Mr. Loughner over the edge, said Rep. James Clyburn, D-SC, was the reading of the Constitution on the House floor.

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Me, thinks he might have been inflamed by the Republican claim that Obamacare "kills jobs."

For most in the news media, the arch villain was Sarah Palin, who before the election had marked on her Web site with the crosshairs of a rifle sight the districts of Democrats she thought could be defeated. Among those complaining was liberal Web logger Markos Moulitsas, who on his Web site (Daily Kos) had put a bullseye of his own on Ms. Giffords.

"In all my years as a working journalist, I've never seen such shallow, thoughtless, agenda-driven drivel as I have in the past 36 hours," said former CBS newsman Bernard Goldberg Monday.

Emerging details about Mr. Loughner reveal how shallow the drivel is. A registered independent who didn't vote last November, he was described by a classmate as a "left-wing pothead." An atheist who thinks the U.S. government was behind the 9/11 attacks, Mr. Loughner listed as a "favorite" on his Web site a video of the burning of the American flag.

Mr. Loughner isn't political. His beef with Rep. Giffords apparently stemmed from his dissatisfaction with an answer she gave him at a town meeting in 2007.

Paranoid schizophrenia knows no ideology. The only political figure who may deserve some blame for the shootings is Sheriff Dupnik. Mr. Loughner had made death threats against others.

"I think what we really need to look into is what happened when (Loughner) had previous contact with the sheriff's office with their negligence here," said James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal. "I think the sheriff is trying to distract from that question."

So Sheriff Dupnik may have an excuse, albeit a bad one, for his blame assigning. Others do not.

"To be clear, if you're using this event to criticize the 'rhetoric' of Mrs. Palin or others with whom you disagree, then you're either (a) asserting a connection between the rhetoric and the shooting, which based on evidence to date would be what we call a vicious lie; or (b) you're not, in which case you are just seizing on a tragedy to try to score unrelated political points, which is contemptible. Which is it?" asked law professor Glenn Reynolds in the Wall Street Journal Monday.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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