Is a chasidic board gutting public schools? How ‘This American Life’ and Tablet came to different conclusions.
Amy Sara Clark
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The conflict-ridden East Ramapo school board has had plenty of news coverage since chasidic Jews gained a majority and began slashing the budget. Public school parents accuse the board of gutting the district of property, personnel and programs in order to keep taxes low. The board, whose members send their children to private yeshivas, counters that reductions are due to cuts in state funding and that any board — chasidic or not — would be doing the same.
This week I wrote about the minimalist composer Steve Reich, whose groundbreaking Jewish chorale piece "Tehillim" (1981) is being performed by the teenage new music ensemble Face the Music next Thursday at Le Poisson Rouge. (They'll perform "Tehillim" at other locations over the next few months as well.)
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Roger Ailes, the Fox News Channel chief, called National Public Radio executives "Nazis" and said "left-wing rabbis" make it difficult to use the term "Holocaust" on air.
Ailes made the comments in an interview with the Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz, who was canvassing recent controversies about the right-leaning news channel. Ailes hired Juan Williams, a commentator, full time after NPR fired Williams for saying on a Fox News report that he feared seeing Muslims on airplanes.
I haven't blogged about NPR's clumsy firing of commentator Juan Williams for saying he gets nervous when boarding an airplane when there are Muslims in line with him, mostly because I'm not exactly sure I think about the issue.
Sure, it's scapegoating and bigotry and inappropriate. Sure, I've felt the same way sometimes. It's hard to sort out.
What is clear: NPR's leadership didn't think through the consequences of their actions in firing him, and in the process gave their conservative opponents the best possible gift.
National Public Radio has no trouble seeing right and wrong in dozens of other issues, but when it comes to Israel, NPR gave both Palestinian and Israeli historians ìan opportunity to explain how they see it differently.î
For its series last fall on ìMorning Edition,î ìThe Mideast: A Century of Conflict,î researched and reported by veteran NPR News correspondent Mike Shuster, that approach earned the Lowell Thomas Award from the Overseas Press Club.