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March 22, 1985 - Image 26

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-03-22

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Friday, March 22, 1985







Critical Voice

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for controversy during the late
1960s — Wineman is critical
of Israeli foreign policy.
"I don't claim to be an expert
on Israel but everyone else is
so I might as well be too."
Wineman laughs and then
turns serious, discussing his
views on Israel:
"My criticism originated
with Lebanon. I was against it
from the beginning . . . the
Lebanon debacle. I find an
unwillingness to take a criti-
cal view which does not mean
argumentative but an ana-
lytical view of what happens
"I find that galling at times.
I am a Jewish survivalist but
not a Zionist, not a nationalist.
I have come to consider
nationalism a dumb way to or-
ganize society.
"No question about it. I
would be identified with the
Peace Now side. No question
about it."
He stops and then suddenly
seems to recognize the con-
troversial nature of his
assessment, adding: "Now
that ought to get me in trou-
However controversial his
views on Israel may be, it is
clear that Wineman has mel-
lowed from his talk show days
during which he was vehe-
mently anti-Vietnam War and
pro-civil rights movement. "I
was and still am a New Deal
welfare state liberal. I even
had a 'red file'," he reveals
with a laugh.
He explains that the state of
Michigan kept a file on him
and years later notified him of
its existence. The file con-
tained nothing but publicity

clips, he said, and he knew he
was being watched at the time.
"It was kind of amusing,"
said Wineman. "These guys
were always hanging around,
taking pictures. We even joked
with them."
While he enjoyed "those
days," Winem.an acknowl-
edges that "I could not do it

Wineman's vehement
opposition to the
Viet Nam War has
given way to criticism
of Israel's 1982
Lebanon invasion.

anymore today . . . I could not
sit in front of a mike for an
hour or two . . . I don't have the
patience anymore."
What is more interesting is
that Wineman confesses that
these public-- discussions
"make very little difference."
Philosophically, he observes,
"What is so distressing is there
is . all that self-aggrandize-
ment. Those who do the job
have to feel it makes a dif-
ference but it really doesn't."
Wineman did not study
broadcasting nor related sub-
jects. He began working for
the University of Michigan
broadcasting service in 1951
primarily because he was al-
ways "fascinated by radio."
That was followed by sev-
eral years at WXYZ Radio;
some years in Boston with a
CBS affiliate; the talk show on
WTAK in Garden City; sev-
eral jobs between 1970 and

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