Israel’s Ugliest Export: Journalists as Decision Makers

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  1. Chaim Fisher says:

    Yep, 62,000,000 Americans, mostly from the upper-educated higher-IQ class, were all taken for a ride by the wicked news media.

    If only the travesty of Obama’s birth certificate–I believe it’s a certified copy and not an original–and his law school records –and all the other deep dark secrets had been exposed, we’d surely be being led now by a VP who can’t even name a single supreme court decision of the past 20 years–and anyway she’s a really good learner, kind of!

    And who cares if she did spend that $150 grand on outfitting her down-home, you-betcha self?!

    Yes, they were totally fooled. And Obama just got lucky in always keeping his cool when McCain was waffling like a jumping bean. Those poor, foolish American voters really suffered in not following the lead of the wise, educated Rosenblum and other neocons who, except for destroying the country’s name, dragging it into two disastrous wars, and tearing our moral level down to torture, have really done a pretty good job. Sort of. Anyway.

  2. Ori says:

    Continually giving expression to your loathing of devout Christians and expressing your worries that they are busy plotting the next pogram or the imposition of a Christian theocracy, on no evidence, is a pretty fair recipe for alienating Israel’s strongest supporters in the United States and creating anti-Semites where none were previously found.

    If you don’t mind, I’d like to expand on that point as a Texan with first hand knowledge of precisely those devout Christians.

    It seems there are two models of religion. One is the Middle Eastern model, which is building a society where everybody is pressured to do G-d’s will. This requires a consensus as to what G-d actually wants.

    The other model has the believer doing his or her best to do G-d’s will, but without putting too much pressure on others to do the same. This model has the great advantage of not requiring a consensus as to what G-d wants. That is the common model of religion in the US. It has the great advantage of being workable in a society composed of different religions, or different interpretations of the same religion. Catholics, Baptists, and Mennonites invoke the same names and (mostly) read the same scripture, but in practical terms they are very far apart.

    You can point out some exceptions, both good (fighting against slavery) and bad (alcohol prohibition). In this day and age, the main one is the fight against abortions. But those are precisely that, exceptions. US Christians lack consensus on most practical matters, so they can’t have a theocracy even if they were to desire it.

  3. Bob Miller says:

    Why single out the Israeli media as the inventors of politically corrupted journalism? This abuse of journalism has been the norm worldwide, with the US being until recently a quasi-exception.

    Did someone force most of the American public to accept this stuff? Most accepted it willingly, because they had never been taught by their parents, liberal teachers and professors, and others to think critically, and because they had never been taught facts any citizen needs to know. Each generation will be more gullible than the last until American education is somehow fixed.

  4. Lawrence M. Reisman says:

    “Indeed the Bush administration has greatly expanded the regulatory state.”

    Such as the SEC abolishing reserve requirements for investment banks, which allowed Lehman and Bear Stearns to overborrow? This was pushed by the Republican appointees to the SEC with the Bush administration’s urging, and was largely responsible for their downfall. Such as pre-empting several state attempts to reign in predatory lending policies by asserting federal supremacy, and then doing nothing? Had predatory lending been reigned in, the mortgage bubble would not have been as bad. How about the refusal to work towards regulating the market in credit default swaps and other derivatives?

  5. The Contarian says:

    Dear Rabbi Rosenblum

    You are in good company.

    On Yeshivah World News Flatbush Bubby just commented that she read on some website that the Islamists now control the US money supply.

    The Lakewood Passport Picture store was supposedly packed with Yidden scrambling to get passports.

    My advice to you is:

    Stop whining. Stop the paranoia

    Call the Agudah office in Chicago to learn a few things about the President-Elect .

  6. SM says:

    I know you don’t like the result but this is too one-sided to be credible.

    I am from the UK but spent the 10 days before the election in the States (on holiday – I would have canvassed for Obama but no one asked me). I watched Fox News and I listened to the radio. I could write the exact article you have written and substitute the candidates.

    If these ‘missing pieces’ are so important then the awe-inspiring Republican Party negative machine would surely have found them. So too Fox and the right-wing radio programmes.

    The reality is that none of this is important. The only use made of any of it is that it doesn’t exist and so people can claim that it IS important. Ayers is a good example. Obama did not know him when he was a terrorist. He met him briefly and did not endorse what he did. End of story.

  7. Steve Brizel says:

    Excellent article. The NYT represents the Boston-NY-Hollywood liberal-left and its chattering classes. Except for Fox and ABC Talk Radio,Commentary, Weekly Standard and the WSJ, the media is overwhelmingly Center-left in the US. The notion that the tenured radicals at most universities and their allies in the press will ever criticize one of their own has long been a specious canard.

  8. Reb Yid says:

    Interesting that this posting assigns ZERO blame to Bush and his administration for the election results.

    I wonder if it was coincidental that Bush and Cheney were nowhere to be found in public on behalf of McCain or any Republican candidates during the past few months.

    Yep, it’s all the media’s fault.

    Let’s get real, yidn.

  9. Michael says:

    I disagree with Rosenblum’s thesis… the media has been populated by, and has strongly favored, the left for as far back as I can recall. But these comments against Rabbi Rosenblum are just further evidence of a media so far in the tank for Obama that they passed out for lack of oxygen whenever it was time to ask him a hard question.

    Chaim Fisher: And who cares if she did spend that $150 grand on outfitting her down-home, you-betcha self?!

    Oopsie… She didn’t. It was an MSM-generated fabrication. The stuff was bought for her, she didn’t wear the half of it. And, of course, no one in the media cared at all about Obama’s wardrobe, except for GQ — because he was so well-dressed they put him on the cover. The Republicans spent 0.15 million to dress her for success, and the MSM screamed. Obama flip-flopped on wasting tens of millions of dollars financing his campaign, and they cheered (while ignoring thousands of illegal donations made by credit card to his campaign, often from foreign-countries).

    SM claims: Ayers is a good example. Obama did not know him when he was a terrorist. He met him briefly and did not endorse what he did.

    Try again, because Rabbi R already detailed what the MSM glossed over. Ayers, in 2001, said he wished he’d managed to kill more Americans. Ayers also created the proposal and raised the money for the Chicago Annenberg Challenge Grant, and Barack Obama chaired the board that dished out the money — with a formula for agenda-oriented schooling, created by Ayers, that did absolutely nothing to improve academic performance. Then, Obama launched his political life in Ayers’ living room.

    As with all false religions, the Messianic Believers blind themselves to any faults in their false Messiah. And He has Come. And the MSM paved His way.

  10. tzippi says:

    Rabbi Rosenblum, I hope you will follow up with a “now what” piece of a more upbeat nature. We know all this, we knew all this when we voted for whomever we did… what’s the point of rehashing it after the fact?

    There are some questions the press can ask of the future:
    – Is it going to be de riguer for someone who wants to be president to spend upwards of 700 million dollars for the job?
    – Who is making the decisions? If I were a king maker, I would have had Hillary run as president and Obama as veep, and not let Obama run in the primaries so there wouldn’t have been the acrimony there was. If a President HRC wouldn’t have blown it, Obama would have been a shoo-in, allowing for 16 years of Democratic rule. But Biden may not be able to run for president 8 years from now because of the age issue. (And who made that an issue?)
    And if I were a Republican king maker, if I thought Sarah Palin was such a hot commodity, I would have unveiled her at the keynote convention speech as they did Obama, and not have even thought of having her run nationally till there was a little more exposure and her family issues better sorted out.

  11. Ori says:

    Chaim Fisher: Rosenblum and other neocons who, except for destroying the country’s name, dragging it into two disastrous wars, and tearing our moral level down to torture, have really done a pretty good job.

    Ori: Your estimate of the US’s reputation is based on rhetoric rather than facts. Let’s look at some of the likely results of a serious drop in the US’s reputation in other countries:

    1. US troops would be told to leave countries that don’t expect open war as the result. Instead of them being told to leave Germany and Japan, they’ve been invited into Poland. Georgia and the Ukraine want to join NATO.

    2. Countries that worried they might be next on our menu would improve their militaries to deter or counter such an attack. AFAIK, no country in West Europe or the Middle East have done so.

    As for the two disastrous wars, I assume you mean Afghanistan and Iraq. Why do you consider them both disasters?

    In the case of Afghanistan, the Taliban were reduced from ruling the whole country to a part by the Pakistani border. The Al Qaeda training and indoctrination camps were closed, and AFAIK no Muslim regime welcomed Al Qaeda to relocate because they don’t want the US to topple them too.

    You can make a better case that Iraq is a disaster. I’ve read many people who have made such a case. But I’ve also read a lot of military (serving and former) with first hand experience and most of them evaluate things differently.

    Is our moral level down to torture because of Abu Ghreib? Sorry, but that’s like calling the IDF a bunch of murderers based on the Kafr Qasim massacre. In both cases the soldiers responsible were tried by their militaries and punished.

  12. Stefan says:

    Rabbi,
    You’re not the only commentator to have noted with dismay the American media’s suspension of professional norms with regard to Obama. Cross-currents readers may also appreciate the analysis of Harold Evans, former editor of The Times here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/nov/01/elections-obama-press-bias-mccain
    In the end, though, what’s all this telling us? Journalists are not the detached, objective, professional, ethical, sensitive scribes we thought they were?! There’s no excuse for the media’s slavish following of any individual or ideology. The fact is, though, that Obama’s been elected and we have to see what he does. Will his poisonous associations of yesteryear survive the inhibition of office? I doubt it. Will he be a super friend of Israel? Maybe not, like Nixon and Bush Sr.
    Surely now we have to see what Obama does and evaluate those actions and statements on their own terms. Maybe our prayers will help him to choose the right path…?

  13. The Contarian says:

    Let’s put some perspective on the media’ power.

    There is one thing the MSM pushed for more than the election of Mr. Obama. That is “gay rights”.

    There were several constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage on the ballot in several states in California and Florida. They almost all passed. One of the reasons they did so is the reoord numbers of church going African American and hispanic voters whom Senator Obama energized to come out to vote. They voted overwhelmingly against gay rights.

    The MSM NYT lead editorial yesterday sounded like Haman after having attended Esther’s party when he met Mrodechai who would not bow to him. The editorial almost said that Mr. Obama’s victory was not worth the loss to gay rights.

    So much for the power of the press.

  14. SM says:

    No he didn’t Michael. Go and find the actual words used and then cite them here and we can discuss it.

    That is a much better way to debate than to accuse people you do not know of a messianic belief in a secular politician – not something that one Jew should really say to another as I think you will, on mature reflection, agree.

    In the meantime, Shabbat shalom. Forgive me for saying that it has been a good week – for us all.

  15. Steve Brizel says:

    For those interested in the Israeli press, read Yoram Hazony’s book. It is still the best work on the intellectual, political and media origins of post Zionism and how these views have infected the Israeli body politic.

  16. Charles B. Hall says:

    I’ll pass on criticising the gist of the article because there is more than enough contentiousness. But I will point out that Sen. Obama is definitely not the “least experienced” President. Woodrow Wilson’s entire political experience at the time of his election consisted of part of a single two year term as Governor of New Jersey. And Abraham Lincoln had served just a single two year term in Congress.

  17. Michael says:

    SM wrote: No he didn’t Michael. Go and find the actual words used and then cite them here and we can discuss it.

    He didn’t bother to say which quote he means, but looking back at my comment the only quote I used was this one: “Ayers, in 2001, said he wished he’d managed to kill more Americans.”

    SM wants actual words? Fine, actual words from the NY Times, September 9, 2001: ”I don’t regret setting bombs,” Bill Ayers said. ”I feel we didn’t do enough.” The date of web publication is September 11, 2001.

    FBI informant Larry Grathwohl, asked in October of this year, said the following: ”When I objected to Billy Ayers that more innocent people would be killed in the restaurant, he replied, “Innocent people have to die in a revolution.”” And further:

    Pajamas Media: Bill Ayers came out of hiding around 1980, became an college professor, and has served on numerous boards and foundations. Do you think he’s changed in his radicalism?

    Larry Grathwohl: Has Billy changed? I hardly think so.

    Pajamas Media: If conditions permitted, do you think Ayers would still engage in violence to further a political agenda?

    Larry Grathwohl: He has acknowledged his support of anti-American groups and stated he felt that the Weathermen hadn’t done enough.

    It is generally considered bad form to call your opposition ‘stupid.’ But in this case, the line between Ayers’ own words and at least a disregard for human life, if not an actual wish that he’d managed to murder more people, is so clear that to fail to notice it is evidence of mental retardation — or the intent to twist words and logic to such an extent that he must assume we are all of truly limited intelligence.

    By all means, let’s discuss it. How will you defend the indefensible?

  18. One Christian's perspective says:

    “(Note to American Jews, who polls showed fleeing from the Republican ticket because of Palin’s presence: Continually giving expression to your loathing of devout Christians and expressing your worries that they are busy plotting the next pogram or the imposition of a Christian theocracy, on no evidence, is a pretty fair recipe for alienating Israel’s strongest supporters in the United States and creating anti-Semites where none were previously found.)”

    Personally, I do not see a rise in anti-semitism among devout Christians but rather an awakening to the false ideal that morality can be legislated and people will change. The answer to the world’s problems has always been G-d. Whenever one tries to change another, by pogroms, crusades, by the media, by the vote, or some other false vehicle designed by man, failure is a surety compounded by decades of fear, anger and mistrust. It is only when we put our trust in G-d and pray that hard hearts soften and G-d is glorified. That’s what I think devout Christians will be doing.

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