I have a love/hate relationship with Mishpacha magazine. When it first came out I was thrilled the Jewish world had moved up in journalism enough to have its own news weekly. Of course the news is limted to short bursts in between the letters from people complaining about the number of articles on kids at risk and the major weekly feature on whichever great Jewish person died recently. Still, it’s a start. I can even overlook the typos and the pictures all taken from AP and google image search. (Did anyone see the ad on the back page last week featuring the judge with the badly photoshopped kippa on? I wonder if that guy knows his picture is there. And what a terrible photoshop, even my mother thought it was a horrible fake. Even I can do better. Anyone remember my very first header with the kippa put on Tim Armstrong?)
Anyways, last week had a feature on Barack Obama, kind of “introducing” him to the section of the yeshivish world without secular newspapers, magazines and one assumes, radio. There’s been things before that irked me enough in Mishpacha for me to consider posting about, but I only read it Friday night and by the time it’s Sunday I’m either too lazy or just don’t care anymore. This got me a bit more motivated though. I’ll go through the bits that got my goat.
First of all, they compare him to Achashveirosh! This would be acceptable in the Purim issue, but not any other time. They even sweeten it by prefacing it thusly:
“Without drawing any direct comparisons”
Brilliant, eh? Onwards:
“Without drawing any direct comparisons, one could go all the way back to Persia to see how the unworthy and unsavory Achashveirosh ascended the throne of what was then the world’s only superpower.”
Yeah, hardly drawing a comparison there. How would one draw a comparison between Obama and Achashveirosh? Why not also not draw a comparison by pointing out that Hitler had little experience when he was elected in Germany? (Also, the wrongly apostrophised ‘world’ annoys me.)
“Obama has also benefited from an American entertainment industry which in recent years has actively promulgated the concept of a woman or minority president, ingraining into viewers’ minds that a black, female, or Hispanic president would be “cool.” “
I’ve seen very similar point made… on White Power websites. Yes, the reason Obama has gotten this far is because the media has brainwashed those apikorsos who watch tv into thinking it would be cool to have a minority president. Yeah, I know after watching that movie where Chris Rock was a president I left the theater thinking how cool it would be to have a black president. Just like the movie it would be a laugh a minute! Hey, that guys black! I should vote for him, that way it would be like a “hip-hop” white house! And the grammar is getting worse. I thought the proper placement of commas is taught in elementary school?
“People who know Obama well say he is not only a gifted orator, but also quite conceited and elitist.”
No source given of course. Did I mention that people who know Bill Gates well say he likes to start his day skinny dipping in a swimming pool filled with mayonnaise?
“Whether Obama, if elected, will be a good president for Israel and the Jews is an open question, but there are certainly considerable grounds for concern. His long-standing membership in a Chicago church led by a pastor who has expressed and written virulent anti-Israel propaganda is far from comforting.”
His pastor is far more anti-American than anything else. Does that mean Obama hates America and is only running for president to destroy it from within? The rest of the article mentions how apparently all of his advisers hate Israel, are pro-Hamas and even worked for President Carter. That would only matter if they were his foreign policy advisers, which none of the ones mentioned are, with the exception of the ex-Carter one. Israel managed alright during the presidency of Jimmy Carter, and he’s confirmed to be pro-Palestine. Who says that this adviser even shared his views? Everything else related to Obama and Israel I wrote about much earlier.
What’s the point of all this anyway? Mishpachas readership will only vote Republican anyways, nevermind the fact that Israel did just fine under Clinton and every other Democrat.
I do have to give credit where credit is due though. They used some decent vocabulary, and managed not to imply he’s Muslim.