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  • Nothing taboo for Joan Rivers, queen of acid put-downs

    September 4, 2014 | 4:51 pm

    Joan Rivers, who became a comedic star with an act that was a mélange of insult, insecurity, over-the-top cattiness and a nothing-is-sacred philosophy, died on Thursday at the age of 81, her daughter Melissa Rivers said.

    Rivers, an outspoken advocate of the plastic surgery that...

  • Has Israel become a left-right issue?

    July 28, 2014 | 1:35 pm

    About a decade ago, my rabbi was promoting congregational AIPAC involvement.  His argument went that AIPAC was not necessary for our local liberal Jewish Congressman, who was a member of our synagogue.  If he ever did anything anti-Israel, the rabbi always had the option of...

  • Donald Sterling TV tirade puts surprise spotlight on Jewish free loan groups

    May 15, 2014 | 3:18 pm

    Not every celebrity endorsement is a welcome one.

    The saga of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling took yet another bizarre turn when he went on national television this week and started touting the virtues of Jewish mutual aid organizations.

    In a CNN interview that...

  • Donald Sterling rambles about blacks, Jews, Magic Johnson and Jewish free loan societies

    May 13, 2014 | 10:01 am

    Donald Sterling showed that he is the same person in public and in private.

    The world got to know this crazy old billionaire with offensive views via leaked audio of him ranting about black people.

    [TRANSCRIPT/VIDEO: Donald Sterling's interview on CNN]

    The same crazy old...

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  • As Netanyahu arrives in L.A. for show premiere, Israeli consulate’s absence is felt

    By Jared Sichel

    March 5, 2014 | 9:37 am

    On the morning that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was due in Los Angeles for the beginning of a three-day trip to California, Israel's Foreign Ministry labor union went on strike to protest its wages, shifting management of Netanyahu’s trip, at the last minute, from the...

  • Terminally ill teen who covered Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ loses fight with cancer

    November 26, 2013 | 10:34 am

    Olivia Wise, the Jewish teenager from Toronto whose cover of Katy Perry’s “Roar” became a viral hit, died of brain cancer on Monday, CNN reports. She was 16.

    Wise made the moving recording in September after learning her condition was untreatable. She was wheelchair-bound, unable...

  • REALITY CHECK! Which news site told you the truth about the murder in Israel today?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 13, 2013 | 12:30 pm

    "An Israeli soldier died after he was stabbed multiple times in the neck Wednesday morning by a Palestinian youth on a bus at the central bus station in Afula." This horrifying story, as described on Times of Israel shocked my country today.
    The news spread this morning, leaving...

  • REALITY CHECK! Which news site tells you the truth?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 30, 2013 | 1:00 pm

    In the past few weeks, I searched the word “Israel” in leading international news websites, originated in the US and the UK and presenting themselves as balanced and impartial. I examined the stories they tell about my country, and compared them with the facts, only to find that...

  • No news is bad news

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 28, 2013 | 11:54 am

    If you think the widening chasm between the rich and the rest spells trouble for American democracy, have a look at the growing gulf between the information-rich and -poor.

    Earlier this year, a Harvard economist’s jaw-dropping study of American’s beliefs about the distribution of...

  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani talked the talk

    By Michael Berenbaum

    October 3, 2013 | 11:21 am

    As one who has studied a folio of Talmud each day for the last 14 months, I am tempted to present President Hassan Rouhani’s interview with CNN as a text to be studied, dissected point by point, sentence by sentence in talmudic fashion.

    According to the translator hired by the...

  • Anthony Bourdain’s visit to Israel: Parts unknown

    By Rob Eshman

    September 24, 2013 | 10:46 am

    If you like food and you like Israel, this past week’s episode of Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” was a win-win.

    And I say that despite the criticism Bourdain has received from the people who profess to love Israel. To them, he presented a biased, pro-Palestinian screed...

  • Hackers use new tactic to attack U.S. media sites

    August 15, 2013 | 4:20 pm

    Hackers promoting the Syrian Electronic Army simultaneously targeted websites belonging to CNN, Time and the Washington Post on Thursday by breaching Outbrain, a firm which publishes content recommendations on those sites.

    That resulted in some WashingtonPost.com and Time.com...

  • What Americans Really Think About Syria- Part 3

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 30, 2013 | 8:25 am

    In parts 1 and 2 of “what Americans really think about Syria” we concluded, based on several polls, that “Obama is on safe ground as he decides to ignore the red line he drew, a line he didn’t quite intend to draw”. We can now present you with an updated table of recent polls – not...

  • Burying Tamerlan Tsarnaev

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    May 6, 2013 | 11:01 am

    CNN and other media outlets have been reporting the difficulty Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s family is having as they try to find a place to bury his body.  Tsarnaev, of course, is the Boston Marathon bombing suspect who died after a firefight with law enforcement officers.

    Not only are...

  • Boston bomb suspect spotted on video, no arrest made

    April 17, 2013 | 11:49 am

    Investigators believe they have spotted a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing from security video, a U.S. law enforcement source said on Wednesday, but no arrest had yet been made.

    Police may make an appeal to the public for more information at a news conference scheduled for...

  • Bassem Youssef Interview on CNN

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 4, 2013 | 9:46 am

  • 28 reported dead, including 20 children, in Connecticut school shooting

    December 14, 2012 | 11:30 am

    [UPDATE 2:00 p.m. PST] An earlier report claiming the gunman's brother was found dead is being disputed by police.

    [10 a.m.] A heavily armed gunman opened fire on school children and staff at a Connecticut elementary school on Friday, killing at least 28 people, including 20...

  • What is the Media War and why is it such a big deal?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 28, 2012 | 10:45 am

    Last week, we all witnessed what is called: Media War. The media war in unannounced and it doesn't end with a truce- it is an ongoing battle with social networks and websites as the battlefield. It occurs when two sides of a conflict of sort compete for the public's attention...

  • Poll shows gap between Republicans and Democrats in backing Israel in Gaza

    November 20, 2012 | 9:37 am

    A CNN poll showed a considerable gap between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to backing Israel in the current Gaza conflict.

    In the CNN poll published Monday, respondents were asked whether "Israel was justified or unjustified in taking military action against Hamas and...

  • Seven days into Pillar of Defence- which news websites tell you the truth?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 20, 2012 | 9:30 am

    It's been seven days now since operation Pillar of Defense got the green light. For seven days, missiles have been fired at both Israel and Gaza, and people have been suffering from both physical and mental injuries. Honestly, nothing's really changed in the last seven days. The...

  • Murdoch apologizes for ‘Jewish-owned media’ tweet

    November 19, 2012 | 3:54 pm

    Media mogul Rupert Murdoch apologized for a tweet in which he slammed the "Jewish owned press" for its "anti Israel" coverage of the Gaza conflict.

    Murdoch reportedly received angry responses to his tweet, posted on Saturday, which asked: "Why Is Jewish owned press so...

  • Here’s what really happened in Israel in the past couple of days

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 15, 2012 | 10:32 am

    It is a solid fact that Operation Pillar of Defense did not come out of the blue. It came as a response to a massive, continuous attack on Israeli cities, fired from the Hamas terror organization sitting in Gaza. I know it, because I live in Israel. You know it, because you read...

  • The Israeli vote

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 7, 2012 | 9:36 am

    Two weeks ago, when Jonathan Mann conversed with Israeli media and political science specialists on the upcoming U.S elections, the discussion revolved around the question: Why do Israelis care so much about the U.S election, and what is its importance to us? For an hour and a...

  • When Jonathan Mann and Israelis meet

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 1, 2012 | 10:30 am

    On Monday, a very special event took place at my campus in Tel Aviv University. CNN's anchor and correspondent, Jonathan Mann, came for a visit, in order to host a conference on the topic: "The U.S elections: why does it matter to us?" The event was covered by press worldwide, and...

  • What do (suburban) women want?

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 18, 2012 | 12:32 pm

    If you watched any of the debates on CNN, you saw two worms at the bottom of your screen. Well, they looked to me like worms, or maybe caterpillars, scrunching and stretching throughout the 90 minutes. Actually they were real-time graphs — with one color for men, another for women...

  • Arlen Specter facing another bout with cancer

    August 28, 2012 | 10:42 am

    Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter reportedly is “battling for his life.”

    Specter, who represented Pennsylvania in the Senate for more than 30 years, was diagnosed with cancer six weeks ago, CNN reported on Aug. 28. He previously overcame a brain tumor and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

    ...
  • CNN show featuring Arava Power head as environmental pioneer

    July 10, 2012 | 11:45 am

    Israeli entrepreneur Yosef Abramowitz will be featured as an environmental pioneer on the CNN series “Going Green.”

    Abramowitz, 48, is a founder of the Arava Power Company at Kibbutz Ketura, which is home to a 4.95-megawatt, medium-sized photovoltaic field. He made aliyah from the...

  • State Dept. reviewing how member of terror group visited White House

    June 25, 2012 | 10:15 am

    The U.S. State Department is reviewing how it granted a visa to an Egyptian lawmaker who met with top Obama administration officials and is known to be a member of a terrorist group.

    Hani Nour el-Din, during a visit here last week by lawmakers elected since the Egyptian revolution,...

  • Tim Tebow Infiltrates the Secular Cathedral of Sport

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    January 10, 2012 | 11:29 am

    On CNN a few weeks ago I was asked whether I agree with the sentiment that Tim Tebow’s religious displays in football games are overdone and out-of-place. “Oh yes,” I replied, “it certainly is. Faith should have no place in sport. Indeed, I believe that the only thing that...

  • Opinion: Campaign colonics

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 3, 2012 | 3:43 pm

    What did I miss?

    For seven days I didn’t have salt, meat or CNN.  My mornings began without “Morning Joe” or “Morning Edition”; I saw sunrise on a mountain hike, not with a clicker in my hand.  My daily hour devoted to The New York Times was given over to stretching....

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