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Osama’s Controversial Aftermath

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

It’s inevitable that the joy and national unity over the killing of that monster bin Laden would cool. Already we’re debating the journalistic and political ramifications. President Obama told CBS he wouldn’t “spike the football” by releasing photos proving Osama is dead.

I agree with the president, as much as that pains my friend Sean Hannity and other conservatives (and non-conservatives like Juan Williams). Some argue that it will put to rest any conspiracy theories that this is but a hoax. No, it won’t.

Let’s go back to the American killing of Saddam Hussein’s sons Uday and Qusay in 2003. To deal with the paranoia and disbelief of Iraqis, the military allowed access to the bodies – after they did facial reconstructions to make the sons look more like they did before their faces were shot off.

Guess what? None of that helped with many Iraqis, who continued to express skepticism. The failure of the Hussein sons to reappear (and now Osama) should be proof for the doubters, but not so for fanatics. Before he had birthers; now we’ll have deathers.

Is the inherent risk of greater violence by the release of the pictures worth it? Reuters gained access to some grisly pictures of dead men at Osama’s compound. I look at them and see pictures of dead killers, murderers of innocent men, women and children – and I’m glad they’re dead. Many millions of Muslims will see pictures of what appear to be defenseless, innocent men – and will be outraged. Perception is everything. Why fuel it?

Why not just say – proclaim – Osama bin Laden’s dead, and we’re happy with the result? On the broader question, we can ask our media to please develop a consistent standard for these things. Why aren’t they going nuclear against Obama’s (correct) decision? Whatever happened to their “right to know”?

On August 4, 2005, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press proclaimed that a coalition of 14 media organizations and public interest groups they organized – including CBS, NBC, and The New York Times – had filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the ACLU in U.S. District Court in New York urging the release of Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse photos.

The RCFP also filed an amicus brief for the release of detainee-abuse photos in prisons other than Abu Ghraib, which the Obama administration agreed to release in April 2009.

“The government has taken the position in this case that the more outrageous the behavior exhibited by American troops, the less the public has a right to know about it,” complained RCFP executive director Lucy Dalglish.

So far, in the days since the White House announced it would not release the Osama photos, there’s been no objection from the RCFP.

Liberal journalists have favored gruesome images when the dead are American troops. In both wars with Iraq, in 1991 and in 2003, former CBS anchor Walter Cronkite insisted it was terrible (even “criminal”) that “we’re still not seeing the bloodletting.”

In 2006, CNN chose to show video, apparently made by Iraqi insurgents, of American soldiers being shot by a sniper. I don’t recall the liberal journalists or Senator Barack Obama raising objections to that.

Under the liberal standard here, it seems political: the “right to know” matches neatly with the need to embarrass (or “hold accountable”) the Bush administration. Embarrassment or accountability isn’t so urgent at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in the Osama case.

Team Obama also faces a curious controversy over Osama’s quick burial at sea, achieved so as to satisfy Muslim religious traditions. Once again, unlike many conservatives, I didn’t have an early objection to showing that respect – not to Osama, but to the faith he supposedly upheld. A quick glance at American military procedures for the burial of internees suggests a burial according to the religious rites of the deceased. That’s simple American decency.

But if it will help, upset conservatives can go to al-Jazeera and discover they’ve found Muslims who think the burial at sea was horrendous. Yahya Hendi, Muslim chaplain of Georgetown University, called the sea burial an “absolute violation” of Islamic traditions, and an unwise decision that (naturally) mars America’s image.

“Islamic law traditionally allows disposing of a corpse at sea only if the person dies on board ship and there is no possibility of getting the body to dry land before it decomposes,” added Marion Katz, professor of “Islamic law, gender and ritual” at New York University.

Web Picks

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
The last time the Monitor listed some worthwhile websites and blogs it was back in the fall of 2009. So consider this listing a “Best of 2010/2011.”
As always, there’s no particular order to the list, and the views expressed on the various websites and blogs do not necessarily reflect the Monitor’s.

Some sites that appeared on the 2009 list have been removed either because they’ve become less active, disappeared entirely or the Monitor simply lost interest in their content. Several new additions appear in their place.

 

Jewish Current Issues (jpundit.typepead.com/jci)

 

Contentions (www.commentarymagazine.com/contentions)

 

The Daily Howler (www.dailyhowler.com)

 

Arts & Letters Daily (aldaily.com)

 

Spengler (firstthings.com/blogs/spengler)

 

Jewish Ideas Daily (jewishideasdaily.com)

 

Power Line (www.powerlineblog.com)

 

Big Journalism (bigjournalism.com)

 

Smooth Stone (smoothstoneblog.com)

 

Politics Daily (politicsdaily.com)

 

James Wolcott (vanityfair.com/online/wolcott)

 

Jewish Review of Books (jewishreviewofbooks.com)

 

LILEKS (lileks.com)

 

Seraphic Secret (seraphicpress.com)

 

Real Clear Politics (realclearpolitics.com)

 

The Atlantic Online (theatlantic.com)

 

News From Israel (isrinfo.demon.co.uk)

 

Politico (politico.com)

 

Sultan Knish (sultanknish.blogspot.com)

 

ConservativeHome (conhomeusa.typepad.com)

 

The Telegraph (blogs.jta.org/telegraph)

 

IsraPundit (israpundit.com)

 

Rabbi Steven Pruzansky (rabbipruzansky.com)

 

Capital J (blogs.jta.org/politics)

 

Front Page Magazine (frontpagemag.com)

 

The American Thinker (americanthinker.com)

 

Emes Ve-Emunah (haemtza.blogspot.com)

 

InstaPundit (instapundit.com)

 

Neo-Neocon (neoneocon.com)

 

National Review Online (nationalreview.com)

 

Jewish World Review (jewishworldreview.com)

 

Times Watch (timeswatch.org)

 

The Daily Caller (dailycaller.com)

 

Hirhurim/Musings (TorahMusings.com)

 

Cross-Currents (cross-currents.com)

 

The New Nixon Blog (blog.nixonfoundation.org)

 

The Daily Beast (thedailybeast.com)

 

Tablet (tabletmag.com)

 

Melanie Phillips (spectator.co.uk/melaniephillips)

 

The American Spectator (spectator.org)

 

The New Republic (tnr.com)

 

Regret The Error (regrettheerror.com)

 

Political Mavens (politicalmavens.com)

 

Boker Tov, Boulder! (bokertov.typepad.com/btb)

 

Media Matters (mediamatters.org)

 

News Busters (newsbusters.org)

 

American History (americanheritage.com)

 

The Weekly Standard (weeklystandard.com)

 

Pajamas Media (pajamasmedia.com)

 

Think-Israel (think-israel.org)

 

A Simple Jew (asimplejew.blogspot.com)

 

Vos Iz Neias (vosizneias.com)

 

PoliPundit (polipundit.com)

 

Haaretz (haaretz.com)

 

This Modern World (thismodernworld.com)

 

The Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com)

 

The American Prospect (prospect.org)

 

Jewcy (jewcy.com)

 

The Politicker (observer.com/thepoliticker)

 

Media Research Center (mrc.org)

 

Baseball Crank (baseballcrank.com)

 

Faith and Fear in Flushing (faithandfearinflushing.com)

 

Mets Fan Blog (danabrand.com/blog)

 

 

Jason Maoz can be reached at jmaoz@jewishpress.com.

Recommended Websites And Blogs

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

It’s been a while since the Monitor’s last listing of worthwhile websites and blogs. As always, there’s no particular order to the list, and the views expressed on the various websites and blogs do not necessarily reflect the Monitor’s.

Some sites that appeared on the most recent list, back in February, have been removed either because they’ve become less active or because the Monitor simply lost interest in their content. Several new additions appear in their place.

Jewish Current Issues (jpundit.typepead.com/jci)

Contentions (commentarymagazine.com/contentions)

Seraphic Secret (seraphicpress.com)

The Daily Howler (dailyhowler.com)

Spengler (firstthingscom/blogs/spengler)

IsraPundit (israpundit.com)

Power Line (powerlineblog.com)

Smooth Stone (smoothstone.blog.com)

James Wolcott (vanityfair.com/online/wolcott)

OxBlog (oxblog.blogspot.com)

LILEKS (lileks.com)

Soccer Dad (soccerdad.baltiblogs.com)

Real Clear Politics (realclearpolitics.com)

The Atlantic Online (theatlantic.com)

News From Israel (isrinfo.demon.co.uk)

The Politico (politico.com)

Sultan Knish (sultanknish.blogspot.com)

Arts & Letters Daily (aldaily.com)

The Telegraph (blogs.jta.org/telegraph)

Capital J (blogs.jta.org/politics)

Front Page Magazine (frontpagemag.com)

The American Thinker (americanthinker.com)

Emes Ve-Emunah (haemtza.blogspot.com)

InstaPundit (instapundit.com)

National Review Online (nationalreview.com)

Jewish World Review (jewishworldreview.com)

Times Watch (timeswatch.org)

Jules Crittenden (julescrittenden.com)

Hirhurim/Musings (hirhurim.blogspot.com)

Cross-Currents (cross-currents.com)

The New Nixon Blog (thenewnixon.org)

The Daily Beast (thedailybeast.com)

The Tablet (tabletmag.com)

Melanie Phillips’s Diary (melaniephillips.com/diary)

The American Spectator (spectator.org)

Snarksmith (snarksmith.com)

The New Republic (tnr.com)

Regret The Error (regrettheerror.com)

Political Mavens (politicalmavens.com)

Brain Terminal (brain-terminal.com)

Boker Tov, Boulder! (bokertov.typepad.com/btb)

Media Matters (mediamatters.org)

News Busters (newsbusters.org)

The Bagelnosher Blog (bagelnosher.blogspot.com)

American History (americanheritage.com)

The Weekly Standard (weeklystandard.com)

Pajamas Media (pajamasmedia.com)

Think-Israel (think-israel.org)

Little Green Footballs (littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog)

A Simple Jew (asimplejew.blogspot.com)

Yeshiva World News (theyeshivaworld.com)

Vos Iz Neias (vosizneias.com)

PoliPundit (polipundit.com)

Haaretz (haaretz.com)

AtlanticBlog (atlanticblog.com)

This Modern World (thismodernworld.com)

The Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com)

The American Prospect (prospect.org)

Jewcy (jewcy.com)

The Politicker (observer.com/thepoliticker)

Media Research Center (mrc.org)

Baseball Crank (baseballcrank.com)

Faith and Fear in Flushing (faithandfear.blogharbor.com)

Mets Fan Blog (danabrand.com/blog)

Jason Maoz can be reached at jmaoz@jewishpress.com

Recommended Websites And Blogs

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

It’s been a while since the Monitor’s last listing of worthwhile websites and blogs. As always, there’s no particular order to the list, and the views expressed on the various websites and blogs do not necessarily reflect those of the Monitor.

Jewish Current Issues (jpundit.typepead.com/jci)
Contentions (commentarymagazine.com/contentions)
Neo-Neocon (neo-neocon.com)
Jules Crittenden (julescrittenden.com)
Seraphic Secret (seraphicpress.com)
Rootless Cosmopolitan (tonykaron.com)
Melanie Phillips’s Diary (melaniephillips.com/diary)
The Jewish Press Blog (thejewishpress.blogspot.com)
Marc Ambinder (marcambinder.theatlantic.com)
The Daily Howler (dailyhowler.com)
Snarksmith (snarksmith.com)
IsraPundit (israpundit.com)
Power Line (powerlineblog.com)
Smooth Stone (smoothstone.blogspot.com)
James Wolcott (jameswolcott.com)
OxBlog (oxblog.blogspot.com)
LILEKS (lileks.com)
AtlanticBlog (atlanticblog.com)
Soccer Dad (soccerdad.baltiblogs.com)
Real Clear Politics (realclearpolitics.com)
Alastair’s Heart Monitor (almax.wordpress.com)
News From Israel (isrinfo.demon.co.uk)
The Politico (politico.com)
Sultan Knish (sultanknish.blogspot.com)
Arts & Letters Daily (oldaily.com)
The Oxford Medievalist (oxfordmedievalist.blogspot.com)
Front Page Magazine (frontpagemag.com)
The American Thinker (americanthinker.com)
Emes Ve-Emunah (haemtza.blogspot.com)
The Trail (blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail)
InstaPundit (instapundit.com)
National Review Online (nationalreview.com)
Jewish World Review (jewishworldreview.com)
Times Watch (timeswatch.org)
Jules Crittenden (julescrittenden.com)
Hirhurim/Musings (hirhurim.blogspot.com)
Cross-Currents (cruss-currents.com)
The New Nixon Blog (thenewnixon.org)
Rootless Cosmopolitan (tonykaron.com)
The Daily Beast (thedailybeast.com)
Melanie Phillips’s Diary (melaniephillips.com/diary)
The Jewish Press Blog (thejewishpress.blogspot.com)
The American Spectator (spectator.org)
Snarksmith (snarksmith.com)
IsraPundit (israpundit.com)
JoeFlix Daily (joeflix.blogspot.com)
Press Think (journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/weblogs.pressthink)
The New Republic (tnr.com)
Regret The Error (regrettheerror.com)
Political Mavens (politicalmavens.com)
Brain Terminal (brain-terminal.com)
Boker Tov, Boulder! (bokertov.typepad.com/btb)
Media Matters (mediamatters.org)
News Busters (newsbusters.org)
American History (americanheritage.com)
Pajamas Media (pajamasmedia.com)
Think-Israel (think-israel.org)
James Wolcott (jameswolcott.com)
Little Green Footballs (littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog)
OxBlog (oxblog.blogspot.com)
LILEKS (lileks.com)
A Simple Jew (asimplejew.blogspot.com)
Altweeklies (altweeklies.com)
Yeshiva World News (theyeshivaworld.com)
Vos Iz Neias (vosizneias.com)
PoliPundit (polipundit.com)
Nextbook (nextbook.org)
Haaretz (haaretz.com)
AtlanticBlog (atlanticblog.com)
Ynetnews (ynetnews.com)
This Modern World (thismodernworld.com)
The Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com)
The American Prospect (prospect.org)
Jewcy (jewcy.com)
The Politicker (observer.com/thepoliticker)
Media Research Center (mrc.org)
Baseball Crank (baseballcrank.com)
Faith and Fear in Flushing (faithandfear.blogharbor.com)
Mets Fan Blog (danabrand.com/blog)

Web Choices 2007

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

It’s been a year since the Monitor’s last listing of worthwhile websites and blogs, so here’s an updated version. Some of the sites that appeared on previous lists have been removed (either they went defunct or simply failed to hold the Monitor’s interest) and several new ones have been added.

As always, there is no particular order to the list, and views expressed on the various sites don’t necessarily reflect the Monitor’s.

Jewish Current Issues (jpundit.typepad.com/jci)
Neo-Neocon (neo-neocon.com)
Real Clear Politics (realclearpolitics.com)
News From Israel (http://www.isrinfo.demon.co.uk)
The Politico (capitolleader.com)
Captain’s Quarters (captainsquartersblog.com/mt)
Arts & Letters Daily (aldaily.com)
Front Page Magazine (frontpagemag.com)
Hirhurim/Musings (hirhurim.blogspot.com)
The American Thinker (americanthinker.com)
Seraphic Secret (seraphicpress.com)
Mediacrity (mediacrity.blogspot.com)
InstaPundit (instapundit.com)
National Review Online (nationalreview.com)
Jewish World Review (jewishworldreview.com)
Times Watch (timeswatch.org)
Emes Ve-Emunah (haemtza.blogspot.com)
Melanie Phillips’s Diary (melaniephillips.com/diary)
Lazer Beams (lazerbrody.typepad.com)
The American Spectator (spectator.org)
The Daily Howler (dailyhowler.com)
IsraPundit (israpundit.com)
Press Think (journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/weblogs/pressthink)
Sultan Knish (sultanknish.blogspot.com)
Brain Terminal (brain-terminal.com)
The New Republic (tnr.com)
The Canonist (canonist.com)
Regret The Error (regrettheerror.com)
Democracy For the Middle East (dfme.org)
Orthomom (orthomom.blogspot.com)
Political Mavens (politicalmavens.com)
Cross-Currents (cross-currents.com)
The Belmont Club (fallbackbelmont.blogspot.com)
The Zionist Conspiracy (jschick.blogspot.com)
Boker Tov, Boulder! (bokertov.typepad.com/btb)
Media Matters (mediamatters.org)
Power Line (powerlineblog.com)
AJ History (ajhistory.blogspot.com – site inactive but archives are accessible.)
News Busters (newsbusters.org)
Jewess (jewess.canonist.com)
Pajamas Media (pajamasmedia.com)
Smooth Stone (smoothstone.blogspot.com)
Think-Israel (think-israel.org)
James Wolcott (jameswolcott.com)
Little Green Footballs (littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog)
OxBlog (oxblog.blogspot.com)
LILEKS (lileks.com)
A Simple Jew (asimplejew.blogspot.com)
Decision’08 (decision08.net)
CampusJ (campusj.com)
Altweeklies (altweeklies.com)
Yeshiva World (theyeshivaworld.com)
Marvin Schick (mschick.blogspot.com)
PoliPundit (polipundit.com)
Free Republic (freerepublic.com/home.htm)
Nextbook (nextbook.org)
Haaretz (haaretz.com)
Libertas (libertyfilmfestival.com/libertas)
AtlanticBlog (atlanticblog.com)
Ynetnews (ynetnews.com)
This Modern World (thismodernworld.com)
Roger L. Simon (rogerlsimon.com)
Israel Insider (israelinsider.com)
The Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com)
The American Prospect (prospect.org)
CAMERA (camera.org)
Soccer Dad (soccerdad.baltiblogs.com)
Right Wing News (rightwingnews.com)
The Politicker (observer.com/thepoliticker)
Media Research Center (mrc.org)
Faith and Fear in Flushing (faithandfear.blogharbor.com)
Baseball Crank (baseballcrank.com)

Web Favorites, Expanded & Updated

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

It’s time again for the Monitor’s latest listing of worthwhile websites and blogs. (As always, there is no particular order to the list; names appearing toward the top are not necessarily more valuable than those closer to the bottom.)

Jewish Current Issues (jpundit.typepad.com/jci)
Democracy For the Middle East (dfme.org)
The Zionist Conspiracy (jschick.blogspot.com)
Neo-Neocon (neo-neocon.blogspot.com)
News From Israel (http://www.isrinfo.demon.co.uk)
Boker Tov, Boulder! (bokertov.typepad.com/btb)
Jewish World Review (jewishworldreview.com)
Captain’s Quarters (captainsquartersblog.com/mt)
Arts & Letters Daily (aldaily.com)
Front Page Magazine (frontpagemag.com)
Hirhurim/Musings (hirhurim.blogspot.com)
The American Thinker (americanthinker.com)
The National Debate (thenationaldebate.com/blog)
Global Yeshiva (globalyeshiva.com)
Mediacrity (mediacrity.blogspot.com)
InstaPundit (instapundit.com)
Marvin Schick (mschick.blogspot.com)
National Review Online (nationalreview.com)
Times Watch (timeswatch.org)
Melanie Phillips’s Diary (melaniephillips.com/diary)
The American Spectator (spectator.org)
The Daily Howler (dailyhowler.com)
IsraPundit (israpundit.com)
Press Think (journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/weblogs/pressthink)
Sultan Knish (sultanknish.blogspot.com)
Brain Terminal (brain-terminal.com)
Regret The Error (regrettheerror.com)
The Belmont Club (fallbackbelmont.blogspot.com)
Real Clear Politics (realclearpolitics.com)
Seraphic Secret (seraphicpress.com)
Power Line (powerlineblog.com)
AJ History (ajhistory.blogspot.com)
News Busters (newsbusters.org)
Pajamas Media (pajamasmedia.com)
Think-Israel (think-israel.org)
Ranting Profs (rantingprofs.typepead.com)
Moving On (glenh.blogspot.com)
James Wolcott (jameswolcott.com)
Little Green Footballs (littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog)
The Belgravia Dispatch (belgraviadispatch.com)
OxBlog (oxblog.blogspot.com)
LILEKS (lileks.com)
A Simple Jew (asimplejew.blogspot.com)
Lance Mannion (lancemannion.typepead.com)
Decision’08 (decision08.net)
CampusJ (campusj.com)
Chron Watch (chronwatch.com)
Bull Moose (bullmooseblogger.blogspot.com)
Cross-Currents (cross-currents.com)
Altweeklies (altweeklies.com)
PoliPundit (polipundit.com)
Free Republic (freerepublic.com/home.htm)
Nextbook (nextbook.org)
Haaretz (haaretzdaily.com)
AtlanticBlog (atlanticblog.com)
YNetNews (ynetnews.com)
The Canonist (canonist.com)
This Modern World (thismodernworld.com)
Roger L. Simon (rogerlsimon.com)
Israel Insider (israelinsider.com)
The Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com)
Media Bistro (mediabistro.com)
The American Prospect (prospect.org)
CAMERA (camera.org)
Right Wing News (rightwingnews.com)
Oh, That Liberal Media! (thatliberalmedia.com)
The Politicker (observer.com/thepoliticker)
Media Research Center (mrc.org)
Faith and Fear in Flushing (faithandfear.blogharbor.com/blog)
Baseball Crank (baseballcrank.com)

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