Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Letters re:Gary Rosenblatt responds to criticism from Orthodox press (Jewish Press) and from bloggers (Rabbi Yaakov Menken - Cross-Currents blog)


At 2:12 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

On The Mark
Gary Rosenblatt’s message relating to reporting in the American Jewish press was on the mark (“In Defense Of ‘Offensive’ Journalism,” Jan. 7). In fact, I would suggest the Jewish press should undertake more investigative reporting. Too often the local paper is controlled by (or subsidized by) the local federation, or fears that a “negative” article would an adverse impact on advertising.

Being a watchdog is a key role of the press and provides a valuable service to the community and the readers. Restricting your coverage to good news would be a disservice.

Joseph Oppenheimer
San Diego, Calif.

At 2:13 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

Bad Timing
I was extremely disappointed in your choice of running the article on Camp HASC during the week that the Kahn family was sitting shiva (“Camp Torn By Conflict,” Dec. 31).

I value the work that The Jewish Week does in dealing with issues in the Jewish community that many would like to sweep under the rug (e.g., Baruch Lanner). However, the Jewish ideal of compassion as well as basic human decency should have prevented you from causing the family even more pain during what was already a painful week. This important article would have been just as timely the next week or even the next month. I fail to understand the need to publish it when you did.

Phil Russ
Brooklyn, N.Y.

At 5:37 AM, Blogger Avi said...

let's give Gary the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he didn't know about the Shiva when they made the decision to run the article. You could ask him...Hey has anybody tried to get the Jewish Press to print an article/letter in response to the RCA commiting such a disgusting act? I really doubt that they will print it. The Jewish Press seems to be committed to printing lies. In fact the Orthodox "Press" (including the clowns over at Cross-Currents) will only print your letter if you tell them what they want to hear...Avi...

At 5:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rosenblatt's article stated clearly that the Kahns could not be contacted for comment because they were sitting shiva. Nice of you to try to give Gary the benefit of the doubt but unecessary.

At 3:05 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

Of course Rosenblatt knew of the Shiva he state that but so what?

Why should someone who steals much needed money from a program for special needs be given any basic courtesy?

There are good reasonsa not to delay printing this story:
1) Kahn has went back on promises to pay back the money and is taking them to a din Torah claiming severence.
2) Decent good people are resigning because of the nonsense going on and this is putting the program in jeopardy.

So while A Town Crier cries for poor Kahn sitting shiva, I'll cry for all the families and their children and the decent people involved in running HASC that have been harmed by Kahn and his enablers.


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