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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 March 11, 2011 / 5 Adar II, 5771

Masterpiece theater for a merry prankster

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Republicans and conservatives aren't your usual merry pranksters. Playing pranks at the expense of politicians, pundits and other deserving targets is supposed to be the province of Democrats and liberals.

It turns out that conservatives are pretty good at it. The sting that bounced two senior executives from their cushy jobs at National Public Radio seriously threatens public broadcasting's access to swag from the U.S. Treasury. The long campaign of conservatives to defund NPR now finds new momentum. It's ever harder for the friends of government radio to defend the pompous arrogance of "public broadcasting" now that it's stripped of its fig leaf and fully exposed as a perk for the liberal-left big-government establishment.

Embarrassing the pompous windbags and greedy gormandizers at the public trough is always good clean fun, but the effects usually don't last long. We're entitled to enjoy masterpiece theater like this while we can. We paid for it, after all. The only defense the defenders of NPR can mount is that James O'Keefe, the young filmmaker who captured the sting on video, did something not very polite. But the stingee, like the guest of honor at a hanging, is never meant to enjoy the occasion.

Ron Schiller, the head beggar at NPR, was merely caught on videotape being his natural self, saying the things the folks at NPR actually think but insist they don't. Mr. Schiller obviously isn't as bright as a beggar ought to be, being lured to lunch by men who identified themselves as rich Muslims, friends of the Muslim Brotherhood, eager to contribute $5 million to the network. James O'Keefe, the film-maker posing as one Ibrahim Kasaam of the "Muslim Education Action Center Trust," looks about as much like an "Ibrahim Kasaam" as Omar Sharif looks like Robert Redford. But when money talks, even dinars, no beggar walks. Mr. Schiller got no help from his sidekick at the table, Betsy Liley, NPR's director of institutional begging. She turned off her feminine intuition, the better to enjoy the lunch at Caf Milano, where the Eurotrash famously meet to eat and greet in the nation's capital.

So it didn't take long for "Ibrahim" and his faux associate, "Amir Malik," to lure Mr. Schiller to mount his soapbox to say the stereotypical things he figured wealthy Muslims wanted to hear. A reference or two to Republicans and the Tea Party, to perfidious Jews and wicked Christians, and Mr. Schiller swallowed the worm. "The current Republican Party, particularly the Tea Party," he said, "is fanatically involved in people's personal lives and very fundamental Christian - I wouldn't even call it Christian. It's this weird evangelical kind of move." (NPR even keeps an in-house theologian to parse the doctrines and monitor the trust and troth of the various Christian denominations. Who knew?)

And the Tea Party people - they aren't "just Islamophobic," Mr. Schiller rambled on, barely coherent, "but really xenophobic, I mean basically they are, they believe in sort of white, middle America gun-toting. I mean, it's scary. They're seriously racist, racist people. In my personal opinion, liberals today might be more educated, fair and balanced than conservatives."

Well, if they are, you certainly couldn't prove it by Ron Schiller. The storm that broke only minutes after the Daily Caller posted the video on the Internet grew to epic proportions because it was evidence in living color that NPR was as haughty, overbearing, arrogant and supercilious as its critics had been saying for years. Mr. Schiller should have been at least a little wary, since the knives are out as the House is primed to take up defunding legislation. A second video surfaced Thursday, in Betsy Liley, NPR's director of institutional begging, talked of finding a way to take the $5 million and keep the source of the money secret.

The sacking of Vivian Schiller, the CEO at NPR who claims no kin to Ron Schiller, was inevitable. The humanitarians among us should shed no tears for Mzz Schiller. She won't be on the street. Her predecessor bailed NPR under a $1.3 million dollar parachute, and we'll be eager to see the size of hers. The face of public broadcasting may be the endless begging marathon, but the salaries paid to administrators (and some on-air performers) would strike most Americans as fabulous.

There's never been a better opportunity to rid public broadcasting of its dependence on public welfare to spread its left-wing bias and propaganda, if only the Republican leadership can screw up the courage to lead the way. Public broadcasting could have leavened the bias years ago and saved itself by easing up on the mockery and ridicule of the things most Americans hold dear. We can be glad it didn't; government radio is the norm in Pyongyang and Havana and Tehran, but never here.

All things considered, the left and the liberals should pay for their own entertainment. The rest of us do.

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