In this issue

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 Oct. 16, 2009 / 28 Tishrei 5770

Fact-checking outrage

By Jack Kelly


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Now that he has been barred from buying a piece of a professional football team, might Rush Limbaugh be interested in owning a newspaper, and a cable news network? He may not have to use his own money to get them.

Dave Checketts, the owner of the St. Louis Blues hockey team, had asked the conservative talk show host to be a minority investor in the syndicate he was putting together to buy the St. Louis Rams. But Mr. Checketts dropped Mr. Limbaugh after he was called a racist. The harshest criticism came from Bryan Burwell, a sports columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Mr. Burwell quoted Mr. Limbaugh as having said:

"I mean, let's face it. We didn't have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: Slavery built the South. I'm not saying we should bring it back. I'm just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark."

That quote was repeated by several anchors and reporters on CNN, MSNBC and ESPN, most baldly by CNN's Rick Sanchez.

But Rush Limbaugh never said any such thing. A liberal blogger made it up, and posted it and another spurious Limbaugh quote to the effect that James Earl Ray, the assassin of Martin Luther King, deserved the Medal of Honor, on Wikiquote on July 20, 2005. Anyone can post anything on Wikiquote. There is no fact checking.

Nor, apparently, is there fact checking at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Mr. Burwell said he took the bogus Limbaugh quote from the 2006 book, "101 People who are Really Screwing America," by John Huberman. Mr. Huberman provides no sourcing.

CNN will check "facts" in stories critical of people they like. Wolf Blitzer fact-checked a Saturday Night Live skit on President Obama, which -- though this wasn't his intent -- was funnier than the skit itself. But CNN apparently doesn't fact check the things its reporters and anchors say about people they don't like.

The journalists who repeated these bogus quotes say it's up to Mr. Limbaugh to prove he isn't a racist. It's difficult to prove a negative. But Mr. Limbaugh has been on the air for three hours a day, five days a week, for more than 20 years. It says something that his critics have been unable to find in all the things he's actually said anything that suggests racist sentiments. It also says something that Mr. Limbaugh's call screener, James Golden (Bo Snerdley), is black. If Mr. Limbaugh really were a racist, it shouldn't take bogus quotes to "prove" that he is.

The journalists who have smugly adopted a "guilty until proven innocent" attitude toward Mr. Limbaugh may come to regret it.

"We are in the process behind the scenes of working to get apologies and retractions, with the force of legal action, against every journalist who has published these entirely fabircated quotes about me, slavery, and James Earle Ray," Mr. Limbaugh said.

Since the Supreme Court's decision in the 1964 case of the New York Times v. Sullivan, it's been difficult for a "public figure" to win a libel suit. It isn't enough to prove that the accusation is false, and caused harm. The public figure must also prove the accusation was made with actual malice, or with a "reckless disregard" for whether the accusation was true or not.

If I were an executive at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and especially if I were an executive at CNN, I wouldn't be smug about the outcome of a lawsuit.

The kvetching in the "mainstream" media about conservative blogs could be seen as evidence of "reckless disregard."

"The irony is, of course, that the people who are reporting (the bogus Limbaugh quotes) as fact are the same types who are always denouncing bloggers as forces of evil intent on destroying proper journalism -- proper journalism being the kind that involves checking facts," said the British journalist Toby Harnden.

When CNN's Rick Sanchez reported the bogus slavery quote as fact, he ran with it an old photo of an obese, sinister looking Rush Limbaugh. But it has been many months since Mr. Limbaugh lost more than 80 lbs. He cuts quite a trim figure now, as CNN well knows. Running the old photo with the false report could be seen by a jury as a sign of malice.

Even if he doesn't win, for a fraction of what he would have spent to acquire a piece of the Rams, Mr. Limbaugh can make life miserable for the journalists who libeled him.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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