Mishpacharific

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.

6 Responses to “Mishpacharific”

  1. […] Nouri wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptI 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 […] […]

  2. I’m not a huge Obama fan (anybody who watched the debate between him and Clinton could see that he had very little of substance to say for himself when he’s on his own & w/o a prepared script; by comparison Clinton has clearly thought out ideas and plans and really had something to say) but, yeah, the Achashveirosh analogy did make me a bit uncomfortable.

    I like Mishpacha more than I dislike it, if that makes sense.
    I don’t always agree with the editorials but I think they are well written and thought out. Also, I feel that of all the frum newspapers that are out there (and I read most of them) it is the most open minded and willing to accept criticism. Rarely do other publications print letters of criticism, unless they have a disclaimer where the author whose article is being challenged gets to write a response defending his/her POV.

  3. This is another election in which I look at the candidates as being the best of the worst. Quite disappointing.

  4. Personally, I was rooting for Huckabee.

  5. I though jews were supposed to be democrats.what with all the welfare and whatever.
    I’ve never actually read Mishpacha but imagine it to be some version of the yated and in that case, serious kudos on the vocab.
    I would’ve personally voted for mitt romney, anyone with such shiny teeth deserves to be president in my book.

    Dude you know huckabee had a rock band? imagine our president a christian rocker, you can’t get much cooler.

  6. Frum Jews vote Republican, presumably so the gays won’t be able to get hitched and due to the perception that only Republicans care about Israel. (I didn’t include it, but Mishapacha managed to hint at the gay issue without mentioning the word).

    Thats exactly why I liked Huckabee. I saw him rocking the bass and knew this man had to be president. Didn’t hurt that of all the candinates he actually seemed to be a real person. Plus the idea of a US president named “Huckabee” seemed awesome. I definitely heart him.

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