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February 23, 1990 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-02-23

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more than a year ago, when
she told me that such were
her thoughts; hence, I should
have been quoted in this way:
"I see her (choosing to be) a
Hillel or chaplain rabbi. I'm
not sure (given the fact that

I CONTENTS I

she's only in her third year of
rabbinical school) that she
has (fully developed) the self-
confidence and drive, at least
not yet, to be a congregational
rabbi. (That may account for
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SPECIAL REPORT

The New Exodus

GARY ROSENBLATT
HELEN DAVIS

( OPINION I

Can the Jewish state absorb
a million Soviet Jews?

Individual Involvement
Is Needed On TV

MARILYN DROZ

Special to The Jewish News

2

T

he myth of Jews con
trolling the media is
just that. We too often
stand silent while TV shows
negatively stereotype Jews.
We assume that the Jewish
defense agencies will take
care of the problem, but there
is strong evidence that we, in-
dividually, must be more in-
volved in the media, not less.
Recently, The Jewish News
carried a letter to the editor
about a rock group that sings

WTVS received

fewer than 100
calls after "Days of
Rage" and they
were fairly evenly
divided.

the praises of anti-Semitism
with a catchy tune. Too
many parents ignore the
evidence of research which
points out how much teens
are influenced by the music
they listen to. Also, the ma-
jority of children can easily
repeat the lyrics of whatever
they hear.
We can't allow this kind of
violation of our civil rights to
continue. Look what Hitler
was able to do without even
having a song about Jews in
the Top 40.
A famous talk show host,
Oprah Winfrey, had guests on
her television show who
claimed to have witnessed
ritual killings by Jewish peo-
ple. These remarks were not
edited or challenged, even
though the producers knew in
advance the topics of the
guests.
People believe what they
see on television. They take it
for face value. Many of the
people who later heard Ms.
Winfrey apologize felt "the
Jews" made her do it.
WTVS aired "Days of Rage,"
a blatant piece of propaganda,

Marilyn Droz of Farmington
Hills is former director of the
Council for Children's
Television and Media and a
full-time special education
teacher in Royal Oak.

and the calls they received in
Detroit were fewer than 100
and fairly evenly divided. It
was only through the hard
work of a handful of people
that the program "A Search
for Solid Ground" was aired.
The number of calls the sta-
tioned received thanking
them, or favorably commen-
ting, was less than
impressive.
The saddest piece of
negative stereotyping I have
ever seen on television was on
the popular "LA Law" show.
In one episode, a very
Chasidic-looking Jewish man
was trying to cheat a retard-
ed boy by highly overpricing
the cost of a ring. Since when
is it a Jewish value to cheat,
especially someone less
fortunate?
There are more examples,
but let's leave the fictional
shows and look at the news.
Have you ever been upset by
how the news is slanted
against Israel? Perhaps you,
like many other viewers, don't
realize how selective news
staffs are on what is shown.
When several Arabs were
killed by the PLO for refusing
to burn their Israeli work
cards, it made a small, three-
line item in the newspaper.
Yet the news stations stress-
ed how angry the Arabs were
and showed them burning
their cards. Next time you see
unfair coverage on an issue,
call or write.
On all these examples, the
networks did not receive the
number of letters they ex-
pected or should have receiv-
ed. The networks were sent
formal letters from several
Jewish organizations, but
very few letters from in-
dividual viewers. While I cer-
tainly don't want to downplay
the importance of group ef-
forts, we must support them
with our telephone calls and
letters.
It only takes 30 seconds to
call the stations and ask to
speak to the programming
departments. It takes just a
few minutes to write a letter.
This makes a difference when
the stations "weigh" the let-
ters and phone messages. We
must never forget that we the
viewers make the dif-
ference.



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FOCUS

No More Nice Guy

45

ELIZABETH APPLEBAUM
The JDO is sick of the meek.
Now they're fighting back.

FITNESS

57

45 A Tip A Day

HOWARD ROSS
365 health hints
will help you live longer.

ENTERTAINMENT

Southern Showgirl

65

STEVE HARTZ
A former Detroiter
warms up N. Miami Beach.

EDUCATION

80

Carnival!

UHS students and Soviet Jews
enjoy a Jewish living event.

SINGLE LIFE

3,000 And Counting

80

89

RICHARD PEARL
Our People Connector maven
has some helpful hints.

92

LIFESTYLES

Heart Of Gold

CARLA JEAN SCHWARTZ
Volunteer Hope Silverman
garners communal gold.

DEPARTMENTS

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41
51
52
58
77

Inside Washington
Insight
Community
Synagogue
Sports
Fine Arts

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94
97
98
102
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Cooking
Engagements
Business
Births
Classified Ads
Obituaries

CANDLELIGHTING

89

Friday, February 23, 1990
5:57 p.m.
Sabbath ends Feb. 24
6:59 p.m.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS 7

ONTENT

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