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  • Letters to the editor: Israel, Palestine, peace, John Kerry and global warming

    March 5, 2014 | 10:08 am

    The Dark Before the Dawn

    Rob Eshman’s piece in this week’s Journal brought to mind a couple of analogies (“The Bright Side,” Feb. 28). The first that occurred to me is all the things I could accomplish if only I had the winning ticket in one of those humongous lotteries. The...

  • 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...

  • Jewish Journal receives top honors at SoCal Journalism Awards

    June 24, 2013 | 12:27 pm

    The Jewish Journal won top honors in three categories at the Los Angeles Press Club’s 55th Southern California Journalism Awards ceremony, which took place June 23 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

    Jewish Journal columnist Marty Kaplan, who pens a...

  • Letters to the Editor: NSA, Western Wall, Millepied and super grads

    June 21, 2013 | 2:57 pm

    If You Have Nothing to Hide …

    Whilst [Marty Kaplan] may be right vis a vis freedom versus security, my main concern is who is minding the minders; absolute power corrupts absolutely (“Dear NSA [NSFW],” June 14). The president may have lofty ideals and good intentions, he is a...

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  • GOP smart on copyright for 24 hours

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 19, 2012 | 8:26 am

    They threw Derek Khanna under the bus.

    On Friday afternoon, the Republican Study Committee – the House caucus that promulgates right-wing orthodoxy – posted on its website a startling policy brief about copyright law.

    Written by RSC staffer Derek Khanna, a 24-year-old...

  • My Chris Christie hypocrisy

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 5, 2012 | 11:00 am

    I was against Chris Christie before I was for him.

    If Obama wins, when all the exit polling gets sorted through, it’s those images of the Democratic president touring the hurricane damage arm-in-arm with the Republican governor that may turn out to have given him his advantage. ...

  • 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...

  • The end is nigh. Seriously.

    By Marty Kaplan

    June 18, 2012 | 11:54 am

    In countless cartoons, there’s a guy in a robe and long beard who’s walking around carrying a sign saying The End Is Nigh. The joke is that he’s ridiculous – some loony who takes the Book of Revelation literally.  But what if the joke’s on us?

    The June 6 issue of the...

  • Don't know much about history

    By Marty Kaplan

    May 7, 2012 | 11:53 am

    The reason that our financial system isn’t going to crash and burn again, the reason that taxpayers won’t have to fork over another trillion dollars of no-strings-attached bailout money, is – well, I forget.

    I haven’t forgotten the reason, because there isn’t any.  What...

  • You don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 9, 2012 | 10:37 am

    If you’re reading this, your vote for president won’t count.

    Don’t get me wrong.  Everyone should vote; I think it should be compulsory, as it is in Australia, with fines for no-shows.  Too much patriots’ blood has been spilled to protect our right to vote for America to be...

  • Political March Madness

    By Marty Kaplan

    February 13, 2012 | 10:57 am

    Will Hillary be Obama’s running mate, with Biden going to State if they win? Will Romney wrap things up on Super Tuesday, or will there be a brokered Republican convention, with Ron Paul as kingmaker? Will Democrats take back the House but lose the Senate?

    Who knows? Who cares?

    ...
  • Don't be naked

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 30, 2012 | 11:00 am

    Entertainment executives are fond of saying that no matter what happens with technology, what will always matter most is good storytelling. What they don’t say — but what they’ve begun to wonder — is whether those stories may be on the way to becoming loss leaders and if the...

  • Opinion: Tim Tebow Is Jewish

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 16, 2012 | 4:38 pm

    “Should The Times Be a Truth Vigilante?”

    That was the headline last week on a blog posted by New York Times public editor Arthur Brisbane.

    Brisbane is The Times’ ombudsman; his job is to hold the paper accountable to journalistic standards and to act as its readers’...

  • 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....

  • Marty Kaplan: Newt winked at me

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 12, 2011 | 10:58 am

    Did you see how Newt Gingrich kept winking during the Dec. 10 Republican debate? I’ll bet you $10,000 I’m the one he was winking at.

    Maybe you thought it was just a “there he goes again” wink to his Iowa audience, like the Reagan twinkle that made Jimmy Carter seem like a...

  • Opinion: Warning -- Political ads make you stupid

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 28, 2011 | 10:39 am

    This is the disclaimer that Britain’s Public Interest Research Centre recently proposed for inclusion on billboards:

    “This advertisement may influence you in ways of which you are not consciously aware.  Buying consumer goods is unlikely to improve your wellbeing, and borrowing...

  • Opinion: How Occupy will end

    October 31, 2011 | 12:15 pm

    No one knows what difference Occupy Wall Street will turn out to make. 

    This could the start of something big.  Maybe the burgeoning sense that something is not right in America will reach a critical mass.  It’s already showing up in the polls.  Maybe more and more ordinary...

  • Opinion: Letting animals vote

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 19, 2011 | 3:49 pm

    You look terrific.  Have you lost weight?  Are you working out?  You’ve got this glow about you.  I bet you’re in love.  Wait—you were promoted.  That’s it, isn’t it?  They finally recognized how talented you are.  By the way, did you know that the average global surface...

  • Opinion: How did this happen to America?

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 6, 2011 | 10:06 am

    It was while I was explaining to an Australian student that Rupert Murdoch was the reason America had gone batty that I realized how inadequate my answer to his question was.

    “How did this happen to America?”  I was in Australia just after the debt-ceiling debacle, and by...

  • What story is the Murdoch story?

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 25, 2011 | 4:00 pm

    Following several days of coaching by lawyers and PR experts, it must have been really rattling for Rupert and James Murdoch when show time arrived to learn that the parliamentary committee questioning them would not permit opening statements. Framing, after all, is the name of the...

  • The “Obama’s brilliant strategy” theory

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 11, 2011 | 9:18 am

    If you voted for Obama, here’s what you’re not supposed to be thinking:

    He turns out to be a lousy poker player.  He negotiates with himself.  He thinks compromise takes only one to tango.  He imputes good will to lethal adversaries.  He allows them define the turf he fights...

  • Marty Kaplan: Pessimism is the last taboo

    By Marty Kaplan

    June 27, 2011 | 12:39 pm

    It gets worse. 

    If you pay attention to the news, the prospects for the future look grim.  The new normal of high unemployment and stagnant wages will likely not turn out to be just a phase.  The next generations may indeed do worse than the ones before them.  Thanks to the...

  • If Bachmann and Palin Weren’t Pretty

    By Marty Kaplan

    May 27, 2011 | 10:34 am

    I wonder how much airtime Michele Bachmann (R.-Minn.) would get if she didn’t look the way she does. I wonder how much of Sarah Palin’s political appeal arises from her physical appeal.

    I have a feeling that wondering this will get me in hot water, but what the hell.

    I think...

  • Our friend Pakistan and other mental pretzels

    By Marty Kaplan

    May 2, 2011 | 1:53 pm

    On the same day that Americans are test-driving the idea that Osama bin Laden lived on the outskirts of Pakistan’s West Point, undetected, for six years, Orly Taitz goes to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to prove that President Obama’s long-form birth certificate is a forgery....

  • The naked Nielsens

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 20, 2011 | 5:23 pm

    The metrics are wearing no clothes.

    How would you react if you found out that the basis of your business model was bogus?  That’s the nightmare that the television industry is finally waking up to, and I bet that online media won’t be far behind.

    The TV business is built on...

  • The Naked Nielsens

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 14, 2011 | 12:37 pm

    The metrics are wearing no clothes.

    How would you react if you found out that the basis of your business model was bogus?  That’s the nightmare that the television industry is finally waking up to, and I bet that online media won’t be far behind.

    The TV business is built on...

  • Moses, media piracy and the MPAA

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 4, 2011 | 10:06 am

    If only people understood why they shouldn’t do it, then they wouldn’t do it.

    That was the message of the inaugural speech last week by former senator Chris Dodd, the new chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America.  The subject was piracy, which he instead called “movie...

  • The more you watch, the worse you feel

    By Marty Kaplan

    March 21, 2011 | 11:20 am

    As if the triple whammy of the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster weren’t enough to enthrall and terrify us, the war in Libya is now providing cable news viewers a fresh hell to follow 24/7. 

    But wait, as they say in the infomercials—there’s more.  In Bahrain,...

  • Letters to the Editor: Gibson Scale, Glenn Beck, Aaron Liberman and Latino-Jewish Coalition

    March 15, 2011 | 5:47 pm

    Great Americans vs.‘Slimebags’

    The best reasons that I read The Jewish Journal are because of great Americans like Dennis Prager and David Suissa. It is nauseating to see columns by leftist slimebags like Marty Kaplan and Rachel Roberts (the doctoral student — OMG) (“Muslim...

  • Al Jazeera English vs. The Charlie Sheen Channel

    By Marty Kaplan

    March 9, 2011 | 12:44 pm

    “This is strictly a business decision,” a Comcast source told Rupert Murdoch’s Web site MarketWatch about whether Comcast, the biggest cable operator in the U.S., will offer Al Jazeera English to its 24 million subscribers.

    Not a decision about whether Al Jazeera English is...

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