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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 August 22, 2013/ 16 Elul, 5773

Hold the panic

By Paul Greenberg




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Dear Excitable,

Calm down. Yes, a great newspaper, The Washington Post, is changing hands.

Yes, it'll have a new owner in place of the Grahams, who have been admirable stewards. Ergo, the sky is falling, American capitalism is running amok again, and American journalism is going to The Other Place.

So quick, let's all panic. Some professor of "communications" -- not journalism, not the humanities, not business -- says this means the end of professionalism in the newspaper business. It couldn't end soon enough for me. What this trade, not profession, needs most is more amateurs. (Amateur, n., from the Latin amator, lover.) Wanted: talented, devoted and even obsessed amateurs who love what they do, who are writers, not communicators.

The professor also says that the country "went through this type of journalism at the turn of the last century and it produced a massive political crisis that eventually led to the creation of professional journalism, to protect the news from the dictates of their owners."

Huh? The turn of the last century was the golden age of the muckrakers, the Ida Tarbells and Upton Sinclairs and the scads of magazines that exposed every scandal in sight, and a lot that weren't till the press wrote about them.

Our professor of communications is clearly not a professor of history, or he might know about the great publishers who revolutionized and popularized and sensationalized a staid American press -- publishers like Pulitzer of the World and Hearst of the Journal and another who restored a measure of perspective to it: Adolph S. Ochs of the Times.



Back then there were also satirists like Mister Dooley (Finley Peter Dunne) and genteel reformers like E.L. Godkin. And no end of newspapers reflecting all shades of political opinion.

Take your pick, but no one can doubt that it was a glorious, wide-open, free and, yes, rambunctious period of American journalism. Not some capitalist plot to monopolize America's news and views. Let freedom ring!

And ring it still does in this new, wide-open, freer era of journalism, as discombobulating as that may be to those who used to enjoy a captive audience courtesy of government regulation/strangulation through limited broadcasting licenses and the (un)Fairness Doctrine. That kind of manipulation was merchandised as "objectivity," though it was no more objective than the current New York Times' news columns or NPR's party line. Their way of slanting the news may be subtler, but that makes it only more insidious.

Only when cable television and talk radio and the whole outpouring of unconventional opinions was allowed again, in the true spirit of the First Amendment, was American journalism rejuvenated. And the grip of the old establishment broken.

Our professor calls that kind of well-regulated news and opinion professionalism, and he has a point. For every profession, to quote George Bernard Shaw, is a conspiracy against the laity.

So relax, friend. Keep your cool. All that hubbub you're so shocked by is just the rebirth of a newly freed press. Don't be afraid of it. Welcome it.

Celebrate it. Raise a little hell yourself. It's still a free country, and it's still in its youth. So keep the faith. And buy a newspaper.

--Inky Wretch

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