"Ami Magazine that presents an exclusive interview with the Skverer Rebbe, Rabbi David Twersky, who speaks out in depth about the horrifying events that occurred in New Square less than two weeks ago."
The ultra-Orthodox 'news' site, VosIzNeias, ran the Ami Magazine puff piece on the Skvere Rebbe yesterday.
That isn't news.
But what is news is how VIN introduced the article:
Ami Magazine that presents an exclusive interview with the Skverer Rebbe, Rabbi David Twersky, who speaks out in depth about the horrifying events that occurred in New Square less than two weeks ago.
Of course, as you can see here, the Skvere Rebbe did no such thing – unless "in depth" means the five short sentences uttered in response to this:
I told the Rebbe that there are people who are ready to have the world forget everything he has accomplished, to obliterate all this light and charity, because of the failings of one villain or of a few reckless people. He responded with a deep shrug of his shoulders.
The Rebbe responded:
“I condemn in the strongest possible terms any violence or coercion under any circumstances. The use of force violates the very precepts upon which this community was founded. My father was willing to sacrifice his life for peace, and has tried to instill this trait in the entire community. This is a sad episode for all of us. We must also pray for the speedy recovery of all those hurt in this incident,” he said.
In fact, that's half of the 'interview.' The rest of the article is fluff written by Ami Magazine's publisher, Rabbi Yitzchok Frankfurter, interspersed with Frankfurter's attacks on bloggers.
VIN knows better.
Most of VIN's commenters do, too. At this writing, most think the Ami piece is pure fluff, and they chide VIN for calling it an "in depth" interview.
But in the world of ultra-Orthodox journalism, it isn't truth that comes first.