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When Fair is Unfair
Salomon Says

When Fair is Unfair

Sometimes fairness goes too far.

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Published: October 24, 2010


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Visitor Comments: 23

(22) Michael, November 7, 2010 2:05 AM

When?

Rabbi, I always enjoy your blogs, find them thought provoking, even disturbing (in a good way) sometimes. My question is - When are you going to fix the clock that we can see behind you in the videos ? It's always the same time, or are you remarkably consistant and punctual? - Best Wishes!

(21) Hadassah, October 30, 2010 12:18 AM

Marketing of Evil

I recently bought the book "the Marketing of Evil" on audio. My 21 year old son just got back from Colorado taking a pyschology class. He listened in the car as we drove around doing errands and running to Grandma's one hour there and back. He seemed irritable and I said. "Are you angry that I want you to listen to this?" He said. "No, I'm angry that I need to do something and feel like I can't. No one will listen, no one is listening, and now I have information that again...how do I get people to hear the facts?" You will be shocked at what we have bought into and how and why it happen. Many of us may well know deep down that what has been marketed to us, in a sly way, has taken us far from Torah. But, in addition you will hear a few wonderful things about Judaism that the persistence of certain moral institutions that can be traced back first to Judaism have allowed for Women's rights, the preservation of infants, and that we are growing more and more intolerate of tolerance. (that's not necessarily a bad thing) However, it's high time we know how to explain to others with whom we disagree with clarity, facts, and moral fortitude why. We may challenge more people to rethink a position that in the end will lift up the MOST HIGH and restore and repair the world the way the Creator intended.

(20) Unlisted, October 29, 2010 10:04 PM

You're confusing "fairness" in life with the legal "Fairness Doctrine," which governed broadcast media

There LEGALLY used to be a FAIRNESS DOCTRINE. It was instituted by the Federal Communications Commission and applies only to terrestrial broadcasts, i.e. over-the-air radio and TV stations, which are licensed by the FCC. The reason is that under the Communications Act of 1934, the airways were declared to belong to the "people." So when it comes to political candidates, radio and TV stations are LEGALLY OBLIGATED to provide equal time to all legitimate candidates. A station that does NOT do so could be threatened with having its license to broadcast revoked. In 1987, the FCC abolished the Fairness Doctrine. However, there is still such a thing as the "Equal Time" provision, which DOES apply to political candidates. Neither of these concepts applies to non-broadcast media-- both print media and Internet media-- which are not required to be licensed by the FCC. Neither the Fairness Doctrine nor the Equal Time provision has anything to do with overdoing the concept of "fairness" in Life!

(19) solarpv, October 28, 2010 3:48 AM

Rabbi psychotherapist over analyzed this one

I usually don't respond to these forums, but this one hit a nerve. First, I find it strange that Mr. Therapist can diagnose the "problem" without viewing the debate. To me, that is nonsense. One of the most offensive manifestations of how "democracy" is practiced in the USA is how the 2 major parties have hijacked the system to exclude voices from 3rd party candidates. Kudos to New York state for opening the doors to all candidates. It is blatantly wrong, dare I say Unfair?, to link a debate between candidates who met their parties criteria to Holocaust deniers sharing the stage with survivors. Until 3rd party candidates are given equal access to the forums of the major party candidates, their voices will not be heard and we'll continue to grope along as one of the most undemocratic nations in the free world. Why does America have one of the lowest voter participation and highest apathy rates? The DemoPublicans want us more concerned with what was done by some athlete than what happens in government. Thank God there are still independent voices out there struggling to be heard. Avraham avinu was certainly a "minority candidate". Where would we be if he was silenced for spouting his "nonsense"?

(18) Duvid Tzvi, October 28, 2010 3:35 AM

I disagree

Rabbi, The reason we have a Fairness doctrine is proved to be correct by your very characterization of what constitutes a "Major" party. You and you alone have decided that the Green and Liberterian parties have millions of followers who all have excellent points and initiatives that could improve America. I saw the gentleman fron the "Rent" party, and he was fervent in his care for those less fortunate. If we left the debates up to people like you, we'd never hear these arguments, and they need to be heard. They candidated filed the proper paperwork according to the law. They got the requisite signatures on their petitions. And they paid the fees. They know they don't have a snowballs chance in hell to get elected. But they are so motivated to tell their story and press their case that they do it anyway. Then you come along and tell them they are not relevant. Not important enough to be heard. Not American enough. By the way, sir, who says you're important enough to have a place in AISH? Do you draw enough internet traffic to be considered relevant? Important? Who gets to judge you?

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