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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 Feb 4, 2014 / 4 Adar I, 5774

Another ink bomb for Christie

By Wesley Pruden

JewishWorldReview.com | Once the villain, forever the villain. Then your enemies don't have to aim carefully. They can throw anything at hand, a mud ball, a hand grenade, an ink bomb. Maybe something will stick.

Chris Christie is everybody's villain now. Only time will tell, as the cliché goes, whether he has told the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about New Jersey's infamous traffic jam. Until we get to the facts the New York Times will supply ink bombs, more damaging than mere facts, anyway.

The editors of The Times imagined they had the smoking gun (or maybe it was merely their own smoking indignation) when they printed the assertion of the lawyer for David Wildstein, the former Port Authority director and onetime Christie associate campaigning now for mercy from the district attorney. "Evidence exists," he says, that the governor had the facts, or some of them, when the lanes at the western end of the George Washington Bridge across the Hudson River were arbitrarily closed, scrambling traffic in that monumental traffic jam.

"Evidence exists." This is "sourcing" that would never have got past a tough old city editor on a country daily in Podunk, nor, in fact, would it have got past an editor at the New York Times when it was the agenda-setting newspaper.

There might or might not be any facts in the broadsides, but that's the way it goes now. Tough editors have been mostly chased out of newsrooms - indeed, there are fewer newsrooms to be chased out of - and in the Wild West media of our times the rule is, "print the factoid." Factoids, Norman Mailer's famous description for something that sounds like it might be a fact, or seems to be a fact, but in fact is not a fact, are plenty good enough for today's media.

"Evidence exists." We haven't seen a standard like this one since old Joe McCarthy stood up before the Ohio County Women's Republican Club in Wheeling, W. Va., on a blustery February day in 1950 and said, "I have here in my hand a list of 205 known Communists in the State Department." Nobody actually got to see the list, which someone later said was a receipt for his laundry. Then the fun began.

Mr. Christie, protecting his reputation as anyone would, scorched The New York Times over the weekend for "sloppy reporting" and the newspaper's suggestion "that there was actually 'evidence' [of Christie complicity] when all it was was a letter alleging that 'evidence exists.'" Calling out "them lyin' newspapers" is usually a fool's game, even when the newspaper is lying. Mark Twain warned that "you never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel."

Nevertheless, the man who runs the newspaper can spill ink all over himself, too. The New York Times had earlier spilled a few gallons of ink on a 7,000-word apologia for Hillary Clinton and her mishandling of the State Department's response to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, leading to the deaths of the ambassador and three other officials at the hands of an Islamic mob.

That manifesto, widely regarded now as a lame attempt to apply a coat of whitewash to Miss Hillary's malfeasance, regurgitated the fantastical tale put out by the White House that the attack on the consulate was not plotted and performed by al Qaeda but was a spontaneous explosion of religious fervor by a mob avenging a video made by an obscure Egyptian-born videographer preacher "disrespecting" the Prophet Mohammed.

It looked to everyone that the newspaper was protecting its investment in the Democrats and Miss Hillary. She has never explained where she was the night of the Benghazi attack, or what she was doing that kept her from paying attention to business. She says only that she "regrets" the incident. Who would doubt it? Benghazi is the coral reef on which the Clinton candidacy is most likely to founder.

Chris Christie is the latest threat to the Democrats in 2016, damaged but still a threat. The editor of the editorial page of the New York Times says the Republicans are in "fear" that Miss Hillary will run for president, and insists his editorials are sanitary because there is no "editorial/newsroom conspiracy" to help her. There's no argument here. You don't need a media conspiracy when you've got a media consensus. Who can doubt there's such a consensus at work at The New York Times?

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