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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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. 16, 2011 12 Adar I, 5771

Liberated from Egypt coverage

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Am I the only one who finds it extremely suspicious that the revolution in Egypt was declared over exactly when U.S. viewers were willing to kick in their flat screens rather than watch another minute of people milling around Tahrir Square?

I am not trying to minimize the importance of the Egyptian revolution, its place in history or its lasting contribution to freedom in the Mideast. I'm just saying that after 18 days, most Americans were so bored watching it they began checking out cable channels they didn't know existed. (Did you know there is a channel devoted to people who want to watch pets? Or maybe it is a channel devoted to pets who want to watch people.)

As any TV producer can tell you, there has to be an arc to a good story: brave, oppressed people begin revolution; brave, oppressed people fight revolution; brave, oppressed people win — or lose — revolution.

In Egypt, we got stuck at the "brave, oppressed people talk about the revolution endlessly" stage.

Interesting stories also need interesting personalities if they are to go on day after day. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak hid away somewhere under the pyramids in a gold-lined crypt, where he could count his rubies and emeralds without giving interviews.

The revolution itself — and perhaps this is why it succeeded — lacked a clearly defined leader. It reminded one of the (almost certainly apocryphal) quotation by 19th-century French politician Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin, who allegedly said: "There go the people. I must follow them, for I am their leader."

But if there was a lack of leaders, there were plenty of man- and woman-on-the-street interviews. Some were fascinating, but many were repetitive, especially if you channel-surfed. The brave Google executive in a polo shirt with a big lion on it was very interesting — the first 25 times I saw him. After that, I got a little bored.

I admit, the fault was mine. But I could not help concentrating on the fashion of the revolution, especially the jackets worn by the American newsmen. Their jackets were uniformly black or dark brown — perhaps the safest color to wear at night — and they were gorgeous: They had zippers and buckles and turned-up collars and, against the hellish red and orange lighting of Tahrir Square, they looked magnificent, as if making the statement: "Throw off the yoke of authoritarianism and accept democracy, and you, too, can dress this well."

In Egypt, 44 percent of the population lives on less than $2 per day. So you can imagine the shock and awe those jackets must have caused. Instead of chanting, "Freedom, freedom, freedom!" I expected the crowd to start chanting, "Prada, Prada, Prada!"

Back at home, the TV talking heads were denied the ability to don splendid foreign correspondent jackets, but they were allowed to don the cloak of universal knowledge. Some network commentators are very, very smart people. They know a lot about a few things and a little about a lot of things.

But overnight, they all transformed into experts on Egypt. How did this happen? How did they go from experts on U.S. politics, which is mostly what they talk about, to experts on a country that may be more than 10,000 years old and has a very complex modern history? They may all be geniuses. Or else they know how to use Wikipedia. In either case, they spoke with what TV requires: absolute confidence, regardless of whether you know what you are saying.

All this dragged on for 18 days, which is a very, very long time for a story in which the violence diminished instead of increasing.

But after that period, somebody — perhaps the U.S. TV networks — decided they needed a new story. And Mubarak cooperated by resigning and holing up in one of his magnificent villas in the resort town Sharm el-Sheikh. So the revolution was declared a success, and while some reporters scattered to find other countries where there might be revolutions, most U.S. reporters flew home to cover President Barack Obama's budget.

I don't know if the budget battle will last for 18 days, but I do know it is an important, even vital, story. So I am hoping the correspondents get to wear their jackets.

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