Guest commentary by Moshe Phillips
Published Friday, December 2, 2011, 2:43 PM
(Jewish Exponent Watch – Report on the December 1, 2011 edition of the Jewish Exponent)
The Jewish Exponent’s editors decided to publish a horribly one-sided Jewish Telegraphic Agency wire service report by Ron Kampeas about Barney Frank and his announcement that he’ll not seek reelection and retire after this term.
It’s an especially hagiographical piece – even by JTA standards.
The piece the Exponent chose to run includes numerous references to Frank’s apparently-oh-so-amazing “wit,” as if his chosen career was that of a warmup act at a Reno casino.
However, Frank’s central involvement in the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac debacle is not mentioned even once!
The controversy revolving around the homosexual prostitution ring that was run out of Frank’s Washington, D.C. apartment is minimized to the greatest extent possible.
See the entire article at this link.
What’s seriously troubling, of course, in addition to the never-ending cheerleading for Democrats from the Exponent and from the JTA, is the lack of objectivity and serious journalism.
For example, there is something changing in large segments of the Jewish electorate, as Republican Congressman Bob Turner’s recent victory in Anthony Weiner’s old district in Brooklyn/Queens so aptly demonstrated.
Frank was a part of the New England Liberal Elite, along with his close allies Ted Kennedy and Chris Dodd. It is worth noting that the JTA mentions Kennedy but not Dodd.
This all comes weeks after the revelations by Carrie Fisher of Star Wars fame of an incident involving sexual advances from Dodd and Kennedy. This behavior was supposedly not uncommon for the New England Senators. You can Google “The Kennedy-Dodd Waitress Sandwich” for more.
(See more from Fisher here: http://washingtonscene.thehill.com/in-the-know/36-news/12909-judy-kurtz.)
Many voters, Jewish and non-Jewish, have had enough of the Liberal Elite typified by Barney Frank. Adam Dickter, the Assistant Managing Editor at the Jewish Week in New York, recently penned an article about politics that showed just how relevant Jewish journalism can be. See it here: http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/new_york/republicans_eye_brooklyn_jewish_superdistrict.
The Exponent seems oblivious to these trends.
For example, Republican Bob Turner’s victory in Brooklyn just might be unsettling to Montgomery County’s Allyson Schwartz. Like Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky in the 1990s, Schwartz could lose to a pro-Israel candidate. Schwartz’s support for Israel has always been seen as suspect by Philadelphia’s Zionist community. Her ties to so-called “progressive” Jews (i.e. pro-Muslim Arabs who call themselves “Palestinians”) have been a main concern.
Republican Lawrence Coughlin held the seat for over thirty years until he retired in 1992. Coughlin was a dependable friend of Israel.
Since then, four Representatives held the seat, and three were Jewish. Chelsea Clinton’s future mother-in-law Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky held the seat. Jon Fox, a longtime Republican Jewish Coalition figure and staunch defender of Israel, took the seat from her and lost to Democrat Joe Hoeffel (not Jewish) before Schwartz. Zionist activists never saw Hoeffel as a strong supporter of Israel.
Montgomery County Jewish Republicans have been much more visible since the rise of the Tea Party, despite weak Republican performance in the recent Montgomery County elections. The Jews for Sarah organization was based in Montgomery County and Philadelphia area. Local Jewish leaders were the key founders of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Schwartz could be Pennsylvania’s version of David Weprin… and the Exponent seems focused on ignoring that possibility.
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Moshe Phillips is the president of the Philadelphia Chapter of Americans For a Safe Israel / AFSI. The chapter’s website is at: www.phillyafsi.com. His blog can be found at http://phillyafsi.blogtownhall.com and he Tweets at http://twitter.com/MoshePhillips.