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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 Oct. 28, 2010 / 20 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

PR Fired Juan for Getting Krauthammered on Fox

By Larry Elder



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Don't cry for Juan Williams.

Lurking ahead are probably a seven-figure book deal, larger speaking fees, and loads more face time on television. NPR fired him, reconfirming the organization as a taxpayer-supported bastion of biased liberalism masquerading as "nonpartisan."

So it's all good.

Williams, as liberals go, comes across as more reasonable than most. He wasn't always like that. Years of getting his leftist butt kicked at the Fox round table by the likes of quick minds such as William Kristol, Brit Hume and the brilliant Charles Krauthammer made Williams more sensible. He raised his game, which meant fewer silly emotional arguments and a more nuanced, if still often wrongheaded, criticism of "the right."

Williams got Krauthammered -- almost on a daily basis. The intellectual firepower was so one-sided that if the Krauthammer-Williams exchanges had been prizefights, Nevada wouldn't have licensed them. So Williams moved toward the center.

Can a lib really say to Fred Barnes/Krauthammer/Kristol/Hume that "Bush Lied, People Died" -- and not get his clock cleaned? Could a lib say that the Bush tax cuts "solely" benefited the rich -- without one of these gentlemen pointing out that everybody who paid taxes got a break and that the very rich, the top 1 percent of income earners, pay almost 40 percent of the federal income taxes?

Williams, post-Fox News, wasn't the same guy NPR hired into its insular bubble 10 years ago. He became what leftists dread: thoughtful. More ominously, he learned to respect non-liberals' points of view and to understand that their worldview is not necessarily evil.

Williams saw that rational, non-racist people can sincerely believe that ObamaCare is a disaster, that "stimulus" prolonged the recession, or that government ownership of car companies, banks and insurance companies is a bad idea. To NPR'ers gathered at the water cooler, the centrist-trending Williams had become the cliched Uncle Tom sellout, bought and paid for by Fox's Rupert Murdoch. Has even one of Williams' former colleagues at NPR come to his defense? Meanwhile, the NAACP, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, the ACLU and the National Association of Black Journalists remain unavailable for comment.

Incredibly, NPR's CEO, Vivian Schiller, defended the firing this way: "A news analyst cannot continue to credibly analyze the news if they are expressing opinions (emphasis added) about divisive issues," Schiller said. "It's that simple. And the same would go with anybody." Yet last year, NPR's ombudsman wrote: "NPR's management put (Williams) on contract with the title 'news analyst' largely to give him more latitude about what he says. He's now paid to give his opinion (emphasis added), and with three decades in the news business, it is often a valuable take on today's politics."

Is opinion-giving by NPR news analysts really off-limits? Does "the same go with anybody," as asserted by its CEO?

Senior news analyst Cokie Roberts called Glenn Beck a "terrorist." Legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg once said she hoped conservative Sen. Jesse Helms or his grandchildren would contract AIDS, and she called the Bush tax cuts "immoral."

Tavis Smiley, who once called pro-death penalty then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush a "serial killer," isn't a news analyst, and he works in public broadcasting on TV, not on radio. But consider this jaw-dropping -- but apparently non-newsworthy -- exchange on PBS between this left-wing host and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Muslim author, as she criticized Islamic terrorists:

Smiley: But Christians do that every single day in this country.

Ali: Do they blow people up?

Smiley: Yes. … Every day, people walk into post offices; they walk into schools. That's what Columbine is. I mean, I could do this all day long. … There are so many more examples, Ayaan, of Christians who do that than you could ever give me examples of Muslims who have done that inside this country, where you live and work.

Now, what exactly was Williams' "offense"?

He said people in airports wearing "Muslim garb … identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims" make him "nervous." Because Williams expressed an opinion likely shared by a large majority of Americans, NPR's CEO questioned his mental stability.

Isn't vigilance, post-9/11, the job of the citizenry, part of a national neighborhood watch? What kind of twisted political correctness is it to say, as did then-Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, that a 70-year-old white woman from Vero Beach deserves the same level of scrutiny in an airport as does a young Muslim man from Jersey City?

NPR and PBS are supposedly nonprofit. But shows like "A Prairie Home Companion," through a complex weave of private holding companies and licensing deals, made a phenomenally rich man out of Garrison Keillor. NPR and PBS executives and on-air talent enjoy salaries and benefits higher than the private sector pays comparable positions.

That NPR and PBS receive public money -- in a world of hundreds of competitive television and radio stations -- is outrageous. More galling, they push a leftist worldview while taking tax dollars from non-liberals for the privilege.

Pull the plug on NPR and PBS. No, don't cry for Juan Williams. Cry for America.

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