osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,

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I Am Now Officially Embarrassed For Jews Everywhere

So I get an email and then phone call about puting together a panel for people of faith and media reform. The organizers have had no problem finding prominent representatives of other religions who can do a ten minute presentation on their faith and media reform. But they can't find any prominent Jewish leader who is involved in media reform. Do I know any? Barring that, am I willing to do the panel, as I am apparently the only openly religious Jew in the movement (and by that I include of ANY Jewish denomination -- we got a lot of Jews in the movement, but all others non-practicing or culturally affiliated).

DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW FREAKIN' EMBARASSING THIS IS??!!! Every year, I go to the C. Everret Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture Sponsored by the Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ, which is preceeded by a meeting of religious broadcasters of all faiths concerned with ethics in broadcasting. Every year, I AM THE ONLY FREAKIN' LID IN THE CROWD! There I am, with representatives from every major Christian organization and group -- U.S. Catholic Bishops, Evangelicals, Lutherans, Unitarians, etc. -- Imams and Moslem organizations, Native American Shamans, National Council of Churches, blah blah blah and NO JEWS. Because apparently, I am the only practicing Jewish person who gives a rats patootie about media reform, ethics in broadcasting, and the free flow of information necessary to democracy and self-governance.

And I don't mean stuff like CAMERA. Camera is not about media reform or even about the ethics of media. It is about fact checking broadcasts so that those broadcasting or otherwise invovled in mainstream media do not misrepresent (in the opinions of CAMERA) the State of Israel.

I wouldn't have any trouble finding Jewish organizations active in civil rights, the environment, or any other progressive social cause. But media reform? Apparently, we really do control the media, so we don't need to bother.

If US Conference of Catholic Bishops, National Council of Churches, The Christian Coalition, and other religious organizations and leaders can take an interest in this, why the heck can't the OU, or RCA, or whoever? Moreh d'Avraham!

On the plus side, it means that I will get to tell 3,000+ people at the National Conference on Media Reform in Memphis in January what "Jewish people" think about media reform and get to be the official designated spokesperson for all U.S. Jews everywhere on the subject.

After all, it's not like any other practicing Jews are going to be there to contradict me.

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