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December 2, 2014

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

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

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

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

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

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 March 8, 2013/ 26 Adar 5773

Are journalists ready to stop being slaves to Obama?

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Who'da thunk a spat so trivial would do what the murder of a U.S. ambassador and running guns to Mexican drug cartels could not?

It began when the Washington Post's Bob Woodward noted in a column Feb. 22 the budget sequester President Barack Obama is denouncing was his idea.

The White House was peeved. Mr. Woodward was "willfully wrong" to assert Mr. Obama is "moving the goalposts" on sequestration, said Press Secretary Jay Carney. Mr. Woodward is a washed up old hack, Senior Adviser David Plouffe implied on Twitter.

National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling "yelled at me for about a half hour," Mr. Woodward said. He would "regret" publishing that story, Mr. Sperling said.

That didn't intimidate Mr. Woodward. It irritated him. Mr. Obama is exhibiting "a kind of madness I haven't seen in a long time" for claiming the sequester will prevent the deployment of the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman to the Persian Gulf, he said.

"Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, 'Oh, by the way, I can't do this because of some budget document?'" Mr. Woodward asked MSNBC host Joe Scarborough.

Bigfoot journalists in Washington and New York paid more attention to the flap than ever they had to Benghazi or Gunwalker. More important to many of Mr. Woodward's colleagues than whether the administration is exaggerating the impact of sequester cuts is whether what Mr. Sperling said constituted a "threat."

"Is he really afraid of a little aide who said that to him?" asked Mika Brzezinski, Mr. Scarborough's co-host. "Really?"

"When did Bob Woodward become such a weenie?" wondered Jay Bookman of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

It was a reporter for Politico, not Mr. Woodward, who described what Mr. Sperling said as a "veiled threat." Mr. Woodward never said he, personally, felt intimidated by it.

These facts matter no more to Mr. Woodward's critics than do the facts concerning the president and the sequester. More important to them than the truth was who was helped by his telling of it. "Woodward became the spokesperson for the Republicans over the weekend," said NBC Chief Political Correspondent Chuck Todd.

So it became imperative to journalists of Mr. Todd's ilk to divert attention from the substance of what Mr. Woodward said, and to besmirch his credibility. This is a tactic these journalists employ often against Republicans. But now they were attacking one of their own.

Fissures formed in the media wall of Omerta. Reporters who had never before noticed when Mr. Obama strayed from the truth noted the variance between what the administration was saying about the sequester, and the facts.

Others confirmed a pattern of intimidation. We've been threatened, too, said National Journal Editor Ron Fournier, Newsweek's Jonathan Alter, and former Clinton aide Lanny Davis.

"I had a young reporter asking tough, important questions of an Obama Cabinet secretary," Maureen Callahan of the New York Post said she was told by a "DC veteran." "She was doing her job, and they were trying to bully her. In an e-mail, they called her the vilest names - bitch, c--t, a--hole."

Mr. Obama plans to focus sequester cuts on the most visible and critical government functions to inflict as much pain as he can, and then to blame Republicans for it. For his strategy to work, the MSM must repeat his charges uncritically.

Always in the past, the president could count on the MSM to be his cheerleaders. But when the panel on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program mocks him for his "doomsday rhetoric," and even former New York Times Editor Bill Keller (!) mentions he is not telling the truth, there's been a big change.

The attack on Mr. Woodward has prompted many of his colleagues to put down their pom poms and to do what journalists are supposed to do. No worse fate could befall an administration which depends on being able to lie with impunity.

It was foolish for Team Obama to think they could bully Mr. Woodward, who was a Washington institution long before they arrived in the nation's capital; suicidally stupid to pick a fight with their most effective allies. There are costs to being more arrogant than smart.

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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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