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Anti-Jewish, Anti-Christian Amanpour to Host Prime Time Bible Special

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

The CNN/ABC television journalist Christiane Amanpour has been the focus of numerous exposes for her repeated gratuitously nasty and false reporting on Israel and about religious Jews and Christians.

Back in August, 2007, Amanpour hosted a three part CNN series on “God’s Warriors.”  Each segment of the series focused on the “extremists” of a different one of each of the three major monotheistic religions: Jewish, Christian and Muslim.  Amanpour equated the Jewish and Christian fundamentalists with the fundamentalist Jihadi Muslims.  In the segment on “God’s Jewish Warriors,” Amanpour focused on the Jews living in Judea and Samaria, and those in the United States who financially support them.

Andrea Levin, the widely respected executive director of the Committee for Accuracy in Media for Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) described Amanpour’s reporting in that series as, “the most poisonously biased and factually shoddy feature to air on mainstream television in recent memory.”

Levin writes:

Throughout, Amanpour hammers the claim that Jewish settlements violate international law and she seeks to paint this position as a universally accepted view with a lopsided parade of like-minded commentators.

Yet apart from any judgement about the political advisability of building or not building settlements, many legal scholars argue these communities are, in fact, legal and do not violate Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention as the detractors claim …  But not one scholar of this viewpoint is given voice in a two-hour feature largely devoted to decrying settlements and their residents.

Now ABC has chosen Amanpour to host a two part series called “Back to the Beginning.” In this series, ABC describes Amanpour as traveling to the land of the biblical stories from Genesis to Jesus.

Using the Old Testament as a guidebook, “Back to the Beginning” peels back the layers of history and faith that has inspired billions. Amanpour, the veteran war correspondent, wanted to investigate the roots of those stories that have created so much conflict, and at the same time so much of the healing she has seen across her career. It is an extraordinary journey through the deserts and cities of the ancient world, to the historical and pilgrimage sites associated with the epic tale that is the backbone of Judaism, Christianity and Islam today.

But perhaps Amanpour’s anti-Israel bias has abated.  It’s been more than five years since her last foray into an exclusively religious focus on the Middle East.  Not bloody likely, as her reporting from the Middle East about the recent Hamas-Israel conflict confirms.

Rather than the result of Hamas’s escalating rocket attacks on Israel – more than 130 in the 72 hours before Israel finally responded – Amanpour described the eight day military exchanges as caused by Israel ratcheting up the conflict.

Amanpour presented Israel’s Pillar of Defense as an offensive move, and the “first target was Ahmed El Jabari, a military chief of Hamas, the Islamic political party that governs the Gaza Strip which Israel and the West call a terrorist organization.”

Israel and the West recognize Hamas as a terrorist organization, while Amanpour’s description of Jabari made him sound like a noble Indian chieftain, rather than the mastermind of dozens of Israelis’ deaths, including small children, and of the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit whose release in exchange for more than 1000 Arab Palestinian prisoners catapulted Jibari to Hamas leadership.

In this upcoming series, Amanpour is going to be looking at the “historical and pilgrimage sites associated with the epic tale that is the backbone of Judaism, Christianity and Islam,” according to ABC’s press release.  The series is likely to be promoted as fact-based, but Amanpour’s history gives little comfort to those who fear it will be wildly dismissive of Jewish and Christian claims, and naively accepting of Muslim claims.

The ABC series “Back to the Beginnings” will air on Friday evenings, Dec 21 and Dec 28.

Rating the Major US Networks on Gaza

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Whenever Jews are in the news in a major way (usually that involves Israel) I try and watch all 3 major broadcast network reports to see if there if there is any bias in their reporting.

The good news is that both CBS and NBC have done a pretty good job of reporting the news objectively. They focused on the suffering on both sides and – without saying so directly – seemed to show that fault for all this lies almost exclusively with Hamas.

Of the 3 networks, I think CBS had the most comprehensive and fair coverage of all.

Two things stand out. One of them made me tear – as scenes like these always do. It was on a CBS segment that focused on some young Israeli soliders waiting on the front lines ready to invade Gaza if given the order to do so. These were mostly Frum kids… wearing Kipot Seruga. The camera crew recorded them with Tefflin on their heads… some of them wearing Taleisim -I assume the married ones. This video was obviously taken during Shachris.

The tears in my eyes were there for two reasons. One was the pride I had in these young men for giving their all for their country and their countrymen. They seemed unafraid and brave… and yet they must be scared at the possible consequences of an invasion. That these young men are both observant and so brave – willing to put their lives on the line is a Kiddush HaShem of major proportions.

The second reason I teared is that I do not want to see any bloodshed. I do not want to see one hair on the head of any single one of these brave young men harmed! An invasion makes that very unlikely. May God protect them.

Back to the networks. Of the 3 ABC is so far the most biased. They focused almost entirely on the suffering of the Palestinians in Gaza. The wreckage, the human toll, little children crying; grieving mothers and fathers; funerals with angry mobs carrying little caskets; and the overall increased anger of the Gaza populace telling reporters ‘why’ Israel was the guilty party here. No counter reporting about that from Israel’s point of view.They keep repeating the death toll in Gaza pointing out time and again that that Israel has killed over 100 Palestinians – many of them women and children. While Israel has lost “only” 3 people. They keep showing grieving Palestinian relatives of those killed. Ant they do so without any context. Making it seem like Israel attack in Gaza is state sponsored terrorism. To the extent that they do any reporting about Israeli context at all is prefaced by “Israel claims…” as though they are hardly true… but just claims.

They then say things like Israel’s attacks are counterproductive in that they are only turning the Arab Street against them. As if they were pour best friends until now! In other words, they are parroting and thereby corroborating the Palestinian narrative from Gaza.

It is almost as if the producers of these ABC news segments were Palestinian!

Contrast that with CBS who managed to have reporter Clarissa Ward, at a Hamas news conference in Egypt. She asked Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal point blank if they wanted peace with Israel? His answer: God-willing the American people will wake up and stand with 350 million Arabs rather than to continue to support Israel. Serious reporting. Thee clip can be seen below.

You did not see anything like that on ABC. In fact on Good Morning America it was all laughter and smiles as all the hosts were “yucking it up”- joking with one another right after reporting on all the violence in that area. Missiles flying in all directions; people in imminent danger of being killed or maimed – including their own reporters – and they act as though they just reported who won the local chili cook-off contest. What an embarrassment for them. Have they no shame?! I know that show is all about ‘Happy Talk” but give me a break. There is a time to be happy and a time to be somber. Get a clue – ABC!

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Uganda to Circumcise 4.2 Million Men By 2015

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

The debate over the merits of circumcision, which seems to have stirred up a lot of talkback action on the Jewish Press website, may be taking a turn in yet another unexpected direction.

According to the website AllAfrica, the Government of Uganda is planning to circumcise 4.2 million men aged between 15 and 49 by 2015. This is because, according to the Government, this group is vulnerable to the HIV/ AIDS pandemic.

Speaking during a meeting on safe male circumcision and elimination of mother-to-child transmission (EMTCT) on Monday, the acting program manager of the country’s STD/AIDS control project, Dr. Joshua Musinguzi, said if the scale of circumcision is increased, it would reduce HIV infections.

He emphasized that circumcision is not the only form of prevention of HIV/AIDS, but part of a comprehensive package. Other means include abstinence, faithfulness and condom usage, dubbed the ABC approach.

“Circumcision is part of a major package that we are promoting in the country,” Musinguzi said.

Warning: Iran Targets Jewish and Israeli Establishments in US

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

News of an increased threat on Jewish and Israeli targets across North America comes at the same time as predictions of an imminent and detailed Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities arise.

Jewish community and Israeli government institutions have been warned that they stand a chance of being targeted by Iran, according to an internal Israeli security document obtained by ABC News.

A letter circulated by the head of security for the consul General for the Mid-Atlantic States warned that both guarded sites, such as Israeli embassies and consulates, as well as “soft sites” like Jewish schools, community centers, and synagogues, were at an increased risk of attack by an increasingly hostile pre-nuclear Iran.

The head of the Shin Bet internal security service, told a restricted audience in Tel Aviv that Iran is planning attacks on Jewish and Israeli targets in retaliation for recent assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists.

Law enforcement patrols in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Toronto have been stepped up in Jewish communities and at locations such as Jewish institutions and Israeli government locations. Bulletins warning community members and employees to remain aware and vigilant have gone up in several places.  Included in the warning is notification that forged Israeli passports might be used to pass through security checks.

The Israeli security bulletin comes in the face of tension between the US and Israel over a potentially imminent military strike against Iran.  Israeli officials have increasingly alluded to the possibility of conducting an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities to prevent the vocally anti-Israel government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from obtaining an atomic weapon.   This is despite US President Barack Obama’s warnings to Israel not to take unilateral action against Iran.

US officials have urged Israel to rely on US-backed economic sanctions to deter Iran from continuing its nuclear program, and have said Israel would face missile strikes on population centers following an attack on Iran.

On Friday Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made a rare appearance before the people of Tehran and called Israel a “cancer” that must be cut out, warning the Jewish state not to attack Iran. He also threatened the U.S., saying its participation “would be ten times worse for the United States than for Iran,” according to another report by ABC News.

Also on Friday, NBC news presented a report on what an Israeli strike on Iran might entail.

The report was based on interviews conducted with current and former Israeli and US officials, and suggested that an Israeli attack on Iran would be a combined air and ground assault.

According to the report, Israeli artillery and air force would lead the attack, using Jericho 2 missiles capable of reaching a distance of 2,500 kilometers, F-15i aircraft, and Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles.

Because a single attack would not likely destroy Iranian nuclear projects, but rather target the most sensitive locations, another strike would likely be conducted in the future.

Giants Of Journalism

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

The Media Research Center is out with its annual “Best Notable Quotables” awards for the most biased – or just plain idiotic – statements, observations and questions to come out of the mouths of media people in the 12-month period from December 2006 through November 2007. For the complete list by category, as well as the Quote of the Year, visit www.mrc.org.

Meanwhile, here a few of the Monitor’s favorites:

● “When doctors pronounced the Rev. Jerry Laymon Falwell Sr. dead at 12:40 p.m. EST Tuesday….my first thoughts were not of what to say or write. In fact, my very first thought upon hearing of the Rev. Falwell’s passing was: Good. And I didn’t mean ‘good’ in a oh-good-he’s-gone-home-to-be-with-the-Lord kind of way. I meant ‘good’ as in ‘Ding-dong, the witch is dead.’” – Chicago Sun-Times columnist Cathleen Falsani in her May 18 piece, “Sigh of relief over Falwell death.”

● “You could argue that even the world’s worst fascist dictators at least meant well. They honestly thought [they] were doing good things for their countries by suppressing blacks/eliminating Jews/eradicating free enterprise/repressing individual thought/killing off rivals/invading neighbors, etc….Bush set a new precedent. He came into office with the attitude of ‘I’m so tired of the public good. What about my good? What about my rich friends’ good?’” – Ex-Washington Post sports reporter and “Seinfeld” writer Peter Mehlman in a June 20 Huffington Post blog item.

● Co-host Harry Smith: “President Bush getting ready to go to Europe for the G-8. The folks in the European Union want to do emissions reductions. The president said yesterday we’re not going to participate….If you were president, you would have probably signed on?”

Former Vice President Al Gore: “Yeah, yeah.”

Smith: “Do you mind if I-? [holds up a ‘Gore 2008’ pin]…There you go. You can hold it. [laughter]….Here, let’s see what it looks like. [holds pin to Gore’s lapel]…All right, all right. Save that in a freeze frame.” – Exchange on CBS’s “The Early Show,” May 30.

● CNN’s Larry King: “Are you sorry about that [“60 Minutes” National Guard story] now?”

Ex-CBS anchor Dan Rather: “No.”

King: “You think the report was correct?”

Rather: “Yes. And I think most people know by now that it was correct.” – Exchange on CNN’s “Larry King Live,” September 20.

● Co-host Diane Sawyer: “A number of people have already said, ‘Is there anything surprising, personal about [Iranian] President [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad that we didn’t know?’ Well, it turns out, someone told me he cries a lot. That he is dramatically sentimental and sympathetic if someone comes up and expresses a personal plight. So I just asked him, are you often in tears?”

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: “Yes, that’s true. Not only for Iranians, of course, they are very close to me and I love all Iranians. And anywhere, when I see people suffering, I have the same reaction….Even when I see on TV that, for example, some Americans, because of tornadoes or a hurricane, they have lost their homes, I become sad.” – ABC’s “Good Morning America,” February 13.

● Co-host Joy Behar: “One thing is that Giuliani post-9/11 appeared to be very heroic. But now they’re saying that he was not that efficient in helping the people who were the recovery people, the responders.”

Rosie O’Donnell: “Also he was, you know, instrumental in making sure that all of the steel was removed and shipped to Canada right away, Giuliani – was shipped to China, sorry, right away.”

Behar: “For what purpose?”

O’Donnell: “Well, to get it out of there and to have, you know, all of the stu – but it was all gone. So there was no, like, metal to test.” – Exchange on ABC’s “The View,” May 14.

● “Al Qaeda really hurt us, but not as much as Rupert Murdoch has hurt us, particularly in the case of Fox News. Fox News is worse than Al Qaeda – worse for our society. It’s as dangerous as the Ku Klux Klan ever was.” – MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann in an interview with Playboy magazine, October issue.

● “You know, I wanted to sit on a jury once and I was taken off the jury. And the judge said to me, ‘Can, you know, can you tell the truth and be fair?’ And I said, ‘That’s what journalists do.’ And everybody in the courtroom laughed. It was the most hurtful moment I think I’ve ever had.”
– Co-host Diane Sawyer joking on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” July 12.

A Study In Selective Indignation

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

Political hypocrisy was raised to a new standard in recent weeks by Democrats who successfully pushed ABC to purge a docudrama of certain scenes and dialogue that reflected poorly on the anti-terror efforts, such as they were, of the Clinton administration.

One can sympathize with the outrage voiced by former Clinton secretary of state Madeleine Albright, and even feel the pain of former Clinton national security adviser Sandy Berger (who, as National Review’s John J. Miller reminds us, was “last seen trying to sneak classified documents out of the National Archives”), at the prospect of having wholly invented dialogue and actions attributed to them in the two-part miniseries “The Path to 9/11,” which ran earlier this week.

But the Democrats’ full-court press to have ABC either make extensive changes or, as Bill Clinton himself put it in a letter to ABC executives, “pull the drama entirely,” served to confirm the old adage about anger and outrage being dependent on whose ox is being gored. (No, the former vice president wasn’t a factor in the film.)

ABC aired the movie but removed some of the more problematic material and ran a disclaimer advising viewers that what they were watching was a “dramatization” with “fictionalized scenes.” Given the furor among Democratic partisans in the days leading up to the scheduled airing, the smart money had been on ABC caving completely.

For example, the Democratic National Committee posted an online petition to “Keep ‘Path to 9/11’ Propaganda Film Off The Air,” calling the movie “a conservative attempt to rewrite the history of September 11 to blame Democrats, just in time for the election.”

The Senate Democratic leadership, in a letter to Robert Iger, CEO of ABC’s parent Walt Disney Company, warned that showing the film “would be a gross miscarriage of your corporate and civic responsibility” and urged Iger “to uphold your responsibilities as a respected member of American society and as a beneficiary of the free use of the public airwaves to cancel this factually inaccurate and deeply misguided program.”

Meanwhile, the Democratic Party house organ known as The New York Times, in a Sept. 12 editorial, archly lectured filmmakers that “when attempting to recreate real events on screen, you do not show real people doing things they never did.”

But the reaction from Democrats and their media acolytes was markedly different back in November 2003, when CBS moved a docudrama about Ronald and Nancy Reagan off its network schedule and relegated it instead to the lightly viewed Showtime cable channel after Republicans complained about fictitious, mean-spirited remarks inserted by screenwriters into the mouth of Mr. Reagan.

The Senate’s top Democrat at the time, South Dakota’s Tom Daschle (defeated in his bid for reelection in 2004), called the CBS decision “appalling” and said the network had “totally collapsed” in the face of Republican criticism.

The Democratic National Committee – the same folks with the online petition to keep the 9/11 miniseries off the air – issued a press release after the Reagan film was pulled saying that “CBS’s decision is – to put it mildly – disturbing. Essentially the network has given [Republicans] veto power over the content it puts on the air … the decision makes it very easy to imagine a future where representatives for the Bush administration have the power to disapprove of any content that touches politics, policy, or history – including news programs.”

Ever faithful to their Democratic leash-holders, the lapdog editorialists at The New York Times, while acknowledging that “people close to Mr. Reagan” had reason to be angry at the film’s portrayal of the former president, saved their opprobrium for the real villains – “conservatives, protective of Mr. Reagan’s image at all times,” who “launch[ed] one of the fierce assaults that have become so familiar whenever the right wants to scare the media on an ideological question.”

In the Times’s judgment, “CBS was wrong to yield to conservative pressure and yank [the Reagan film].”

It’s not exactly a mystery why the Times was far less concerned about political attempts to suppress artistic freedom in the case of the 9/11 miniseries. As the Sept. 12 Times editorial lamented, “The second episode was wrapped around a live speech by President Bush, so it was especially unfortunate that the most questionable scenes all seemed to make the Clinton administration look worse, and Mr. Bush look better, than the record indicates.”

Chronicles Of Crises In Our Communities – 6/30/06

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

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Dear Rachel,

It seems I chose the wrong profession. Frum, young women don’t really do what I do anymore. I am an anomaly in my field and I’m lonely. I’m a stay-at-home mother.

What are we doing to our children? I see them everywhere – Russian, Spanish, black, non-Jewish babysitters – taking care of our little ones. I take my baby to the park, to the library, to lunch, to the learning center, and I am alone. Oh, the parks are packed with Jewish children, but no Jewish mothers. And when I finally do see a frum mother with a carriage, I pounce on her. Who are you? Where are you from?

You – mother of young children reading this – who leaves your precious children with babysitters while you are out all day – be it for work, the gym, lunch, the beauty salon, to shop – shame on you for not recognizing that Hashem has given you an unimaginable gift that you are too selfish or foolish to appreciate.

I’ve heard all the excuses and they are all pathetic: “My husband learns and I support the family.” You, who travel from Lakewood to Brooklyn and back again and sometimes don’t see your children at all until the weekend (which you sleep through due to exhaustion), call on any Gadol you want – go ahead and I dare you to do it right now – and ask him if your husband’s limud Torah is worth the sacrifice of chinuch habanim. He will say NO.

“We need two incomes to live on.” So do I. I work part time and have a sweet Russian babysitter who stays with my baby for three hours a day. I work from home, too, after the baby goes to sleep. Part-time work, even if you don’t need it, is a great way to get out a little. I understand that mothers need a break. And if part-time work is not enough, then beg. Borrow. Move to a community with a lower standard of living. Do whatever you have to do. Personally? I would sell the shoes off my feet before I’d let a stranger kiss my precious little neshamala good night.

“I have too many kids, too close together.” I’m not even going there. If you were too stupid to figure out the ABC’s of birth control, you’re probably too stupid to raise your own kids. Maybe they are better off with the babysitter.

“I love my kids, but it’s been my lifetime dream to be a lawyer, doctor.” Your baby needs a mommy. Not a babysitter, not a grandma, not even a daddy. A mommy. You made a lifetime commitment to that child the moment it was conceived, and it’s your duty to fulfill it. Don’t say you can be both – because you can’t. If you are a lawyer or a doctor and you work full time, then you are not a mother. Simple. True. Either wait until your children are in school – or don’t have kids.

How do you all live with yourselves – knowing that while you are out working or shopping or primping, your son took his first step and you weren’t there to hug him? That while you were away getting your “me time” your daughter splashed all the water out of her tub and giggled her head off nonstop for 10 minutes straight?

Believe it or not, it is you who is missing out. There is no joy that compares to the joy of loving your children. No job will ever come close. My daughter learned how to stand today. I came to her crib this morning and found her standing up for the first time, holding on to the bars and grinning her chubby little face off. That grin went straight to my heart. It will probably stay there about a year.

I went through some infertility problems before my daughter was born, and through my experience I met some extraordinary women. One with nine failed IVF cycles another with eight miscarriages. Every one of these women would happily sell themselves as maids if they could only know the joy of having children. And believe me, when they do, they won’t be dumping them off on non-Jews to raise.

People say not to judge. I say, JUDGE!! Let’s walk into the homes and schools of our communities and pull out these mothers and judge them – for the misguided, foolish, undeserving women that they are. Why is the teenage-at-risk population growing? Why are our children growing up and turning to drugs? Have you ever asked them? I have. And many say – because I needed my mommy. And she wasn’t there.

She wasn’t there.

Are you?

A Mother

Dear Mother,

You’ve laid out a most compelling argument against the working / absentee mom, with a delivery worthy of the most reputable prosecuting attorney this side of the planet. For sure, mothers who leave their tots in the endless care of others in order to freely traipse a self-serving agenda are deserving of your tongue-lashing, and more.

However, to be fair, one cannot judge another without walking in her shoes. If a break of several hours will help restore the equilibrium of the overworked high-strung mom, her child(ren) would likely benefit, rather than suffer, from such temporary separation.

To be fair, a woman who undertakes the support of her family while her man learns (be it Torah or trade – for limited duration) has every right to her choice. Who’s to say that this arrangement won’t serve them all for the better in the long run

To be fair, your own sense of gratitude has been appreciably heightened by the ordeal you had undergone before your desire to have a child came to fruition.

That a babysitter should be chosen with utmost care and evaluation goes without saying.

Hatzlacha and much nachas to Yiddishe mammas all over the globe!

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