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May 31, 2012 2:49 pm
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Shahar Azani and Bill Kristol Talk Jews and Modern Media at Algemeiner ‘Editor’s Club’ Event

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Guest speaker William Kristol. Photo: Ruvi Leider.

The Algemeiner ‘Editor’s Club’ hosted Weekly Standard Editor William Kristol and Israel’s Consul for Media Affairs in New York Shahar Azani last week to discuss ‘Israel, Jews and Modern media.’

Over seventy people gathered at an exclusive Upper East Side venue for the cocktail reception in support of the Algemeiner and its parent Gershon Jacobson Foundation.

“The media’s take of Israel is no longer a dictatorship,” said Azani, who was introduced by Editor’s Club chair Barry Schiffman, “the gatekeepers have become weaker and weaker.” He Praised the Algemeiner’s use of the democratized content model as the key “to creating a community” around content and ideas

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Honorary Chairman Neil Book referred to the Algemeiner as “a great agent for truth,” as he introduced William Kristol as someone who has championed that mission.

Kristol expressed optimism over the current media environment saying,  “the ability to correct lies and to educate people,” has been enhanced through the growth of the “modern media structure.” He praised the Algemeiner as “a very important part” of this development especially as it relates to Jews and Israel.

Over 70 people attended the cocktail reception. Photo: Ruvi Leider.

The reception took place at a classy Upper East Side venue. Photo: Ruvi Leider.

Guests at the reception. Photo: Ruvi Leider.

French artist Ron Agam with philanthropist David Sterling. Photo: Ruvi Leider.

From right: ‘Editor’s Club’ Chairman Barry Schiffman, Committee Member Gene Rachmansky and Danielle Schiffman. Photo: Ruvi Leider.

Nira Abramowitz (R) and Judy Rosen (L) Photo: Ruvi Leider.

Honorary Chairman Neil Book (R) and Bob Book (L) Photo: Ruvi Leider.

Mr. and Mrs. Marc Hurwitz. Photo: Ruvi Leider.

Algemeiner Publisher Simon Jacobson (L) and Weekly Standard Editor William Kristol (R) Photo: Ruvi Leider.

Committee member Sam Chanin. Photo: Ruvi Leider.

Weekly Standard Editor William Kristol. Photo: Ruvi Leider.

Algemeiner Editor and Gershon Jacobson Foundation Director Dovid Efune. Photo: Ruvi Leider.

‘Editor’s Club’ Chairman Barry Schiffman. Photo: Ruvi Leider.

Israeli Consul for Media Affairs in New York, Shahar Azani. Photo: Ruvi Leider.

Honorary Chairman Neil Book welcomes the attendees. Photo: Ruvi Leider.

Attendees at the event. Photo: Ruvi Leider.

Dovid Efune. Photo: Ruvi Leider.

William Kristol. Photo: Ruvi Leider.

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