Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
Here’s an update on an earlier item on the three Americans arrested and detained by Iran and the way the inaccurate story that one of them was a yeshiva student and Jewish Week writer spread across the Internet.
One of the Web sites that spread the story was DEBKAfile.com, which fashions itself a source of in-depth intelligence and security information, with a focus on the Middle East.
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
You can’t say the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) isn’t doing its part for their party’s embattled health care reform legislation – or, as the Obama administration has rebranded it, health insurance reform.
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
I’m a huge fan of the Internet – in fact, it’s a large part of my job. Obviously, I’m a blogger, and regard blogging as an essential ingredient in the newspaper of tomorrow.
But I’m also alarmed at how easily distortions and mistakes, reported as “news” by bloggers and disseminated to vast, worldwide audiences that uncritically accept their outpourings, become indelible parts of the news background.
Monday, August 10th, 2009
One sure sign a politician is laying the groundwork for a future presidential bid is a sudden yearning for Israel travel. So it must be for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who will be visiting Israel next week.
Sunday, August 9th, 2009
Isn’t there something off key in the reaction of a growing number of Jewish leaders to talk show host Rush Limbaugh’s latest outrage? Limbaugh, who has built a stellar career out of carefully orchestrated rage, apparently crossed a line when he likened Democratic health care reform advocates to Nazis and said President Obama has “a health care logo that’s right out of Adolf Hitler’s playbook.”
Say what? Do people actually believe this stuff?
Friday, August 7th, 2009
Look at the Iran talking points major Jewish groups provide to their own activists, and one point is always spelled out explicitly: Iran isn’t just an Israeli or a Jewish issue. Make that a central part of your activism, the pro-Israel troops are instructed.
I want to share a letter I received from a reader regarding the portrayal of Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria. The writer’s son and family are longtime residents of Itamar, in the Samarian mountains near Nablus.
Friday, July 31st, 2009
The Wall Street Journal ran this headline yesterday: “Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Approval Rating Hits Record Low.” Californians, it turns out, aren’t happy with his role in a budget crisis that brought the state to the brink of bankruptcy and will now produce record cuts to an an already-pared back education system and benefits to the poor, the elderly and the sick.