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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 August 8, 2013/ 2 Elul, 5773

Pervs in the Press

By Peter Funt








http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The creeps who edit New York's Daily News and Post are expanding the boundaries of bad journalism, which, considering the source is quite a trick.

That's regrettable, because the city's tabloids used to provide fun and relatively harmless reading. More worrisome: as journalism's bottom feeders go lower the entire news industry sinks, at least a bit, in response.

I used to live in New York and read the News and Post every day, but picking them up recently for the first time in many months, I was stunned by the loose lingo.

The tabloid's favorite words these days are "perv," "fiend" and "creep." On this day, the Post used perv three times, while the News was totally creeped out.

"Evil behind perv's door," read one headline. The story began, "A Manhattan creep has been busted..." Another headline: "Woman slips creep's grasp." The story: "Police were looking for a creep Monday..."

Right next to the report about these creeps was a story that used "fiend" in the headline, "sicko" in the sub-head, and "monster" in the lead sentence.

OK, New York's tabloids have long given up any pretense of serious journalism. Also, there's more to worry about in the newspaper industry these days than what flavor Kool-Aid the News and Post drink to hasten their deaths.

In their heydays, the News and Post were quite different publications, each with historical significance. The Post lays claim to being the nation's "oldest continuously published paper," founded by Alexander Hamilton in 1801. For roughly 40 years beginning in 1939 it was among the nation's most profound liberal voices, until it fell into Rupert Murdoch's clutches in 1976, where it remains today.

The News, founded in 1919 by media baron Joseph Medill Patterson, was known as "New York's Picture Newspaper," a showcase for the industry's best photographers and cartoonists. Early in my career I wrote numerous features for the paper's Sunday magazine. Its content, while not as erudite as its broadsheet competitors, was well crafted and compelling. Since 1993, the News has been owned by the real estate tycoon and media mogul Mort Zuckerman.



Both papers have a colorful histories concerning their front-page "wood" the oversized headlines, so named because decades ago the largest type fonts were made of wood rather than metal. "Ford to City: Drop Dead," was a News classic in 1975, when the president refused a financial bailout. "Headless Body in Topless Bar," from the Post's front page in 1982, remains its best-known wood.

The headlines are still catchy, but are too often about pervs and sickos. All this bad tabloid behavior is in sharp contrast to what is planned for later this month on the opposite coast, when a new paper called The Long Beach Register is launched in Southern California.

At a time of drastic cutbacks and rampant tabloidization, the efforts by Freedom Communications to produce an in-depth, serious journalistic product to compete with the existing Press-Telegram has captivated the industry. The new paper, to be distributed along with the sister Orange County Register beginning August 19, will have a local staff of 20 reporters and photographers.

Aaron Kushner, the maverick businessman behind the new paper, is conducting what the Columbia Journalism Review labeled, "The most interesting and important experiment in journalism." What's his great gamble? Spending money on quality journalism.

So far, Kushner's high road approach has succeeded in boosting the Register's circulation and revenue. He has hired 75 journalists, and reportedly plans to add at least 25 more.

Kushner's efforts are being studied by every editor and publisher in America, many of whom seem ready to throw in the towel when it comes to creating quality print content.

I'd like to think even New York's sickos are paying attention.


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Previously:


07/24/13 Monitoring Media
07/16/13 TV on Trial
07/03/13 With Trayvon, who has won? Not us or the U.S.
07/01/13 When history comes with ink stained fingers
06/25/13 An E-Z Fix
06/11/13 Mister, Mister
06/04/13 Branded


© 2013, Peter Funt. Columns distributed exclusively by: Cagle Cartoons, Inc., newspaper syndicate

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