Thank you all for not sending me emails asking me to stop airing ‘the family’s dirty laundry’.
It’s a standard complaint made to theÂ Jewish/Israeli press that they are giving Israel a bad name by airing reports of corruption, scandal, and other bits of ‘dirty laundry’.
And, those complaints have a point.Â It is true that a better course would be to resolve these problems without the hoopla.
Unfortunately,Â it doesn’t work that way. Where a culture of secrecy thrives, so thrives ‘dirty laundry’. WhenÂ you keep the evil hushed up – it’s rarely ever dealt with.
That’s why we need a press that is willing to go after us – that’s willing to take a hold of us and rub our faces in the dirt. It keeps us honest.
Of course, we also need to put up with those times when the press gets it wrong. The pen is powerful, and it can be abused like any tool of power. But, an open, democratic society tends to punish the misuse of the pen. Not always, but it’s enough of a tendency to give us writersÂ pause.
However, I still hate the fact that our enemies in the world are using our free pressÂ against us. But, that shouldn’t unduly concern us. Israel isÂ strong, not because we are supported by the rest of the world. No, Israel isÂ strong because she is Israel – and itÂ has a free and open and critical press that will keep it that way.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.Â Â