Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Many serious journalists are too good and naive, helping evil lying politicians

It could be their middle-class background. or it could be the style they learned in their professional training. Or both. But too many serious journalists are too good and naive. The result is that they help evil lying politicians spread their wicked made-up stories.

Every day, sometimes every few minutes, Trump comes with new or recycled lies. This is how he gets free publicity. Many journalists take the bait, even after five years. They are upset. They report it as if it’s something worthwhile to investigate or report and be angry about. Simply ignore the twaddle and no harm is done! Or write, the President volunteered another myth today. Dog bites man. It’s not news.

The same but in opposite direction happens in Israel. The Jewish State, everything very often shows the world upside-down.

Netanyahu is daily, sometimes hourly, criticized by all kind of people who just ly and ly and ly. They know that they are lying but are still some kind of ‘idealists.’ They want to get rid of Bibi and this is the only path they find open to them. The constant slander is taken up by the press all day long because that’s democracy, no? And they just report all the lies.

I believe that there is another reason for journalists being such willful vectors for all these untruths. They don’t really understand the issues. And they have no mentors to ask and no time to reflect. So they surve the public with information, so important in democracies, but almost all, lies.

About Trump, no examples are really needed. While in office, he’s been registered speaking an untruth almost 20,000 time. But I’ll give you one. He left COVID-19 measures up to the Governors. When folks die in greater numbers, the Governor was too weak. When the economy collapses in a State, the Governor was too tough. Whatever they lose, Trump wins.

With Netanyahu it goes like this. When he decides lockdown, the liars come out telling everyone it’s too early (killing the economy–Bibi?!) AND too late (killing off the population–Bibi?). When he doesn’t take tough measures, the liars say that he’s letting people die for the economy AND that he’s favoring certain groups and therefore treating them with kid gloves (while you can’t give orders that the public will not accept). When the public doesn’t listen to the government, the liars say: See how no one respects Bibi anymore, but they were the ones who caused that.

A women charged with sexually abusing 70+ girls has written at every turn ‘allegedly.’ Sure, they all made it up … But with Bibi, no allegedly is used.

A journalist with proper knowledge and awareness (and with a boss who supports good reporting) will not bring cheap attacks. Not by Trump and not by the anti-Bibi liars. The ‘right of the public to know’ means the right of the public to not be lied to. And when the journalist can’t know if it’s true, they need to say: show me the proofs. Your anger will not cut it.

And in cases of Monday morning quarterback talk, a journalist should say: criticism on hindsight is easy. Where’s your proof that he could’ve known better? When the liars are just repeating what ‘everyone’ says, journalists should say: Show me independent proof. ‘Everyone knows’ is no proof.

The bottom line with complaints is, if they’re not acknowledged by the other side, Why should we believe you? It’s your word against his word.

I’ll give you the clearest example yet. Netanyahu now tries to buy 5 million coronavirus vaccination units from the first firm that claims to have a good one. Says ‘a specialist,’ he should have bought it in spring. Seriously? Presently, there are literally dozens of different potential vaccines being tested in trials. He should have bought from each of them 5 million units?

OK, one more example. Top health officials complain that politicians don’t do as they tell them. But that’s called democracy. Army leaders who talk like that may be fired. Are they planning a coup? But such complaints from health officials are quoted verbatim as if they could have any validity.

Let’s not even go into criticisms by foreign leaders who double-crossed him, who portray Bibi as power-hungry and stopping at almost nothing. Two dog whistles to anti-Semites. It’s always those who claim that it’s not fair when their ‘fair’ criticism is called-out as anti-Israel or anti-Semitic.

Not passing on to the public every criticism uttered is not censorship.

And the above is yet another analysis that I see nowhere else reported.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. 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 most influential teachers (chronologically) 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. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), 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), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating 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. * 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. November 13, 2018, he published his 500th blog post with the ToI. 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 a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry, and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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