Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Chris Cuomo is back. Did he partially change really?

Verbose and easy in the limelight, Chris Cuomo returned to talk to us.

He made his mistakes, he lied, he regrets, he went through therapy, and he’s not done with us. He wants to empower the reasonable majority, that’s not at the fringe and dislikes the polarization from both parties.

But, his rebranding only is partial, as I will show. He easily could have joined Andrew Yang, who says all the same things as he does, but he needs to be in the limelight? A big ego is hard to lose.

(Actually, he did have Yang on his show a couple of days later. I must say that he did give him the floor. And, he did not interrupt him at every sentence as all other White journalists always do (unaware racism).)

A case in point is that he’s showing off relationships he built on CNN with colleagues and politicians who are now given the floor saying nothing new or special. Boring!

He’s going to trod the world to show how it affects the US. Nationalism and egocentricity in a new suit. Instead of using US media and public opinion to strengthen the movements for democracy around the world. No, it’s all about us, our great nation, our own narrow self-interests.

Blind Spots

His analysis is flawed, and the reason is easy to understand. When you are the captain and only listen to yourself, you won’t know your blind spots.

He sees how the Democrats are going to win from January six coup attempt. Not a word about the High Court overturning abortion.

He complains that the protests in Iran are not newsworthy in the US. But not because the US (media) should support their women’s wish for more freedom. No, he asked: You don’t think this is going to influence Iran’s relationship with us?

Not only did he miss these two women‘s points. His show is full of men. Not one woman appears, while men cause most of the world’s problems. A blind spot on women is kind of ugly in 2022. He might need more therapy.

Oh, sorry, in the end, there is a token woman, his mother congratulating him. Duh. With her, he has the audacity to defend ‘Family First,’ the reason he was fired from CNN. As a journalist, your job integrity comes first. He reminds me much too much of his brother at his lowest point in public life, who also must be right, even when he’s wrong.

Talking of supremacy, not one non-White person is featured in his lengthy show. This bodes badly. Even Trump features more Blacks.

All that US media attention for the recent flooding in the USA. But, shortly before, a much more devastating flood happened in Pakistan. You won’t hear Como about it.

Reasonable but Not

He complains about the Left using the school shootings plague to show the Right has no heart, and the Right using them to show the Left has no head for law and order. But he doesn’t name the gun industry.

He complains that nothing is done about problems because both political parties profit from painting the other as bad. But, he doesn’t name that the billionaires are doing very well.

Airing the Right and Left together doesn’t mean you’re a problem solver.

Reasonable is not reasonable if you leave out reasons because it makes you look more reasonable to not talk about them!

And then, he wants us to call in to talk to him. “I’ll take as many calls as I can.” It doesn’t get more fake than that. The YouTube clip has half a million viewings so far. He’ll talk to us?

He closes off by telling us he was a better war reporter than what there is now in Ukraine. That’s why he came back. He might believe it himself.

I’m not going to follow him. The show is called “Cuomo.” It’s all about me.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 2000 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe too, here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA+, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers are his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to his parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second-generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having an original peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. * His newest books you may find here:
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