Friday, September 13, 2019

Something Good: "Media" Sure Changing in Israel

Dancing to Jewish music during a morning talk show
Here in Israel it wasn't all that long ago, when the only time you'd see an obviously religious Jew on Israeli television news was when  one was being interviewed. Those holding the microphone were uniformly bareheaded.

In the days when I was a young mother, we'd advise each other to encourage our children to "go into the media" as careers. It was a very sturdy "double-glazed glass ceiling" in terms of both religious observance and politics. Until not all that long ago, the Israeli media was strictly secular-Left. If anyone didn't "fit in," he or she'd be relegated to technical staff at best.

The Israeli media, first radio and later on television, shaped opinion and had a lot of influence. So when we talked of encouraging our children to break in and make careers in the media, it seemed rather revolutionary, more Don Quixote, than a practical profession like teaching, nursing, engineering and computers.

A few years ago, Bibi Netanyahu's Likud Government disbanded the old Leftist government Israel Broadcasting Authority and established a few "private," though government backed television/radio companies. Even though some of the old veteran media stars are still featured, there are many new ones. This new media revolution broke the hold the Histadrut, Israel's powerful labor union, had on the media.

Today, Channel 11 seems to be dominated by men who wear kippot, and many of those kippot are cloth, usually black, not the crocheted favored by the religiously moderate Bnai Akiva, NRP.

True change is always slow, and of course nothing will ever be perfect. But I think that we're going in the right direction. Religious women, married with hair covered in various styles, are also now seen on television even giving opinions. Gd willing I'll try to take photos and write about them, too.

Yes, I see wonderful changes and improvement here in Israel. This isn't the way things were half a century or even twenty years ago, Baruch Hashem, Thank Gd.


Mr. Cohen said...

Since today’s theme is the Leftist-dominated
news-media, these quotes should be relevant:


Eric Starkman
(Los Angeles-based writer and journalist) said:

“The mainstream media has abandoned
all pretense of objectivity.

Whereas in the past journalists viewed
themselves as unbiased chroniclers
of the news, their focus today is on
manufacturing it and dominating
the ensuing conversations.

A journalist’s influence today isn’t determined
by the quality or accuracy of their reporting,
but rather the size of their Twitter following
and the frequency of their television appearances.”

SOURCE: Why Crown Heights
Hate Crimes Aren’t Newsworthy

by Eric Starkman, 2019 February 17,


Harvard Law Professor Alan M. Dershowitz said:

“I refuse to bend over backward to single out Israel
– or other things Jewish – for super-scrutiny.

I refuse to gloat, as so many in academia and
the media seem to, over Israel’s shortcomings.”

SOURCE: Chutzpah
by Alan M. Dershowitz (chapter 7, page 211)
published in year 1991 by Little Brown & Co
ISBN: 9780316181372 * ISBN: 0316181374


“Indeed, Palestinians rarely make an appearance
in The [Washington] Post, unless
it’s to serve as the perennial victim — and this too
is contingent on portraying Israel, and only Israel,
as the oppressor.

When Palestinians suffer at the hands of
their [own] leaders, The [Washington] Post
is nowhere to be found.”

article by Sean Durns, 2019 March 6
The Media Only Cares about
Palestinians If Israel Can Be Blamed


“But the Western press shows little proclivity
for reporting on topics that might cast the PA
[Palestinian Authority] in a bad light.”

article by Sean Durns, 2019 March 6
The Media Only Cares about
Palestinians If Israel Can Be Blamed

Mr. Cohen said...

Stephen M. Flatow said:

Despite the constant refrain from
the J Street and the international
news media about the so-called
“Israeli occupation of the Palestinians,”
the reality is that 98 percent
of the Palestinian Arabs
live under Palestinian rule.

Looking for Jews to kill
by Stephen M. Flatow, 2019 March 6


“[Rashida] Tlaib, a high-profile member
of Congress, has been caught following a
virulently anti-Semitic Instagram account
— and using her official account to do so.
Yet the press couldn’t be troubled to report it.”

The media goes to bat for
congressional anti-Semitism

by Sean Durns, 2019 March 20


Harry Maryles said:

“I am so tired of the extreme media bias.
And yes. It is extreme. Never before has
it come into such stark focus as it has
under the Trump administration.

There is hardly any mention of the name Trump
without either an overt or disguised negative comment.

It almost doesn’t matter who is reporting it.
The attitude is the same. Anything the President
says or does is bad. No matter what it is. Even
his accomplishments are spun into the negative.”

The Truth about Trump and Illegal Aliens
by Harry Maryles, 2019 July 12


Laureen Lipsky said:

“New York City has seen a huge increase
in anti-Semitic attacks, largely carried
out against religious Jews in Brooklyn.

Most of these incidents are ignored by the media.”

Anti-Israel Hate Marches Continue
in Europe and the West

by Laureen Lipsky 2019/6/6
(Laureen Lipsky is a pro-Israel
advocate living in New York and the
founder of Taking Back the Narrative.)


Matti Friedman
(former Associated Press news reporter) said:

“The big players in the news business practice groupthink...”

“Many of the people deciding what you
will read and see from here [Israel] view
their role not as explanatory but as political.

Coverage is a weapon to be placed
at the disposal of the side they like.”

SOURCE: An Insider’s Guide
to the Most Important Story on Earth

by Matti Friedman, 2014/8/26, Tablet Magazine

Batya said...

Davka, you didn't read my post.

Mr. Cohen said...

Batya, I always read you blog posts;
and even if I didn’t, then other people would.

If you re-read my little messages,
you will find that their theme
is the same theme as your blog message:
the media.

That shows that I did read you blog post.

Mr. Cohen said...

Batya, I always read your blog posts;
and even if I didn’t, then other people would.

If you read my little messages,
you will find that their theme
is the same theme as your blog message:
the media.

That shows that I did read you blog post.