Airing Dirty Laundry

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 the 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. It is true that a better course would be to resolve these problems without the hoopla.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Where a culture of secrecy thrives, so thrives ‘dirty laundry’. When 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 writers pause.

However, I still hate the fact that our enemies in the world are using our free press against us. But, that shouldn’t unduly concern us. Israel is strong, not because we are supported by the rest of the world. No, Israel is strong because she is Israel – and it has a free and open and critical press that will keep it that way.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.  

 

2 thoughts on “Airing Dirty Laundry

  1. This is my favorite post that you’ve ever written, because it makes such a very good point. Honesty is always the best policy, even when it’s risky, and despite the fact that it might leave you open to misinterpretation.

    It’s all about Truth, even when that’s a scary concept.

    Bravo.

  2. bravo…we are up to here in you know what but it is still better than hiding it under the carpet…yukkkk…another great post my friend…yahoooooooo

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