The Jewish Week could be much more profitable if most of the reporters were fired and replaced with press releases from Media Matters, J Street and other progressive organizations. And the best part of it all the readers wouldn't be able to detect anything different.
In 2007, I was involved in the leadership of an umbrella organization called Coordinating Council for Jerusalem (CCJ). It was an activist group trying to prevent the division of Jerusalem. The leadership consisted of representatives from organizations comprising all levels of Jewish observance and political persuasion. There was no agenda beyond Jerusalem.
A Jewish Week reporter, James Besser however, wrote an article implying that the CCJ was comprised of only Orthodox organizations (along with a bunch of right wing crazies) whose only purpose was to prevent a Middle East peace deal. This contention was absurd, In fact if there was any inkling that we were trying to prevent a peace treaty, half of the organization's membership would have walked out. Besser's contention could have only come from his own imagination.
During the Glenn Beck/George Soros kerfuffle last week Besser published the opinions of various radical progressive groups such as Jewish Funds For Justice and of course the ADL, but never bothered to seek out the opinion of people who weren't pushing the progressive agenda.
There are plenty of additional examples of Besser's progressive bias, as well as others from the Jewish Week and other Jewish-targeted newspapers throughout the country.
Ron Kampeas of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (a Jewish-targeted on line news site) is the internet clone of Besser. Like most of the reporters in the liberal Jewish-targeted media, Kampeas usually finds a way to inject his bias into news stories. After a recent meeting between Eric Cantor and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Cantor's press guy Brad Dayspring issued a press release which included this passage:
On the U.S. Election: Eric stressed that the new Republican majority will serve as a check on the administration and what has been, up until this point, one party rule in Washington. He made clear that the Republican majority understands the special relationship between Israel and the United States, and that the security of each nation is reliant upon the other.Someone who did not have an agenda would explain that Cantor provided Netanyahu with the new role for the GOP in the House, followed by a reassuring "don't worry the GOP leadership is cool." But Kampeas wrote that that Cantor told Bibi he would take Israel's side against American interests and worse, an American President.
“I can't remember an opposition leader telling a foreign leader, in a personal meeting, that he would side, as a policy, with that leader against the president. Certainly, in statements on one specific issue or another — building in Jerusalem, or some such — lawmakers have taken the sides of other nations. But to have-a-face to face and say, in general, we will take your side against the White House — that sounds to me extraordinary.”It would be very extraordinary if it came from Cantor. But this was drawn from the "reservoir of knowledge" Kampeas sits on. This JTA-produced tall tale was picked up by liberal news organizations across the world, from Poltico, the UK Guardian to the Atlantic (where it set Andrew Sullivan off on such a rampage that it made people suspect the writer was "off his meds" again. Kampeas set the internet ablaze with a classic anti-Semitic meme, Congressman Cantor's loyalty was not the the US but to Israel, which was exactly what he was trying to do. Kampeas would not have written his fantasy if Cantor either a Democrat or Christian. Today Brad Dayspring wrote in part: