Fair Policy, Fair Discussion

October 26, 2009

J Street blogger panel full, chaotic, fun

Filed under: American attitudes,Discourse in America — Helena Cobban @ 8:00 pm

Our decidedly “off-Broadway” blogger’s panel took place at noon today, tucked into something slightly larger than a broom closet in the bowels of J Street’s conference hotel.

There were about ten of us on the panel and three additional panelists participating remotely, via the craziest kind of phone/Skype connections. Audience people (who also included some really cool people like Australian-Jewish blogger Antony Lowenstein) were literally pasted to the walls and would have hung from rafters had there been rafters.

At one point J Street head Jeremy Ben-Ami put in a small cameo appearance at the back of the audience. I believe he was not there when blogging superstars like Phil Weiss and Max Blumenthal were deciding whether to give J Street one thumb’s-up, one and a half, or two…

Anyway, bottom line, the panel was an independent activity. J Street did not endorse the views expressed there, and we weren’t obliged to line up like clockwork behind all of J Street’s positions, either. But all in all, huge kudos to J Street for embracing the idea of a free-speech forum like this.

From my perspective, it was just an amazing opportunity, to be able to meet people like Phil Weiss, Richard Silverstein, Max B., Jerry Haber, etc, in person for the first time.

More later, if I can escape again from administrative challenges here at CNI…



  1. J Street and Kadima : same fight ??
    Not very promising…

    Comment by Yann — October 28, 2009 @ 6:31 pm | Reply

  2. thanks so much for the positive comments…it was a wonderful event, thoughtful, challenging and necessary.
    send me an email…love to keep in touch.

    Comment by Antony Loewenstein — October 30, 2009 @ 3:25 am | Reply

  3. Impressive Article , I considered it grand

    I look ahead to more interesting postings like this one. Does Your Blog have a newsletter I can subscribe to for fresh posts?

    Comment by Gortpharp — November 24, 2009 @ 1:23 am | Reply

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