On Wednesday, Matzav.com published excerpts of a report by Stewart Ain of The Jewish Week following Ami Magazine’s publishing of a picture on its front page depicting the White House draped in Nazi flags with Nazi storm troopers marching in front.
Ain reported that the publisher admitted that the picture of a swastika-bearing White House “may have been a poor choice.”
In the excerpts published on this site, Matzav.com referred to the magazine as “fledgling,” meaning new or young. The year-old magazine took umbrage with that. Three members of its editorial staff, Rabbi Yitzchok Frankfurter, Mrs. Rechy Frankfurter and Rabbi Avi Shafran, contacted Matzav.com regarding the usage of the word “fledgling,” with the former two calling it “deliberate distortion.”
A Matzav.com editor explained that “fledgling” merely indicated that the magazine is relatively new, but the magazine demanded a “correction on the site no later than 4 p.m. today.”
At their request, the word “fledgling” was swiftly removed.
It should be noted that Matzav.com also mentioned that “In the same issue of the magazine, Ami has a feature about activist Yossi Gestetner, whom the publication calls ‘the chareidi Rush Limbaugh.'” The latter sentence did not appear in Stewart Ain’s column, but no objection was voiced by the aforementioned members of Ami’s staff.
Mrs. Frankfurter stated via email that “We took umbrage with your doctoring a post. How do we or any of your readers now know if your other posting[s] are not doctored?”
Rabbi Shafran indicated that he was not as upset as his publisher about the use of the word “fledgling,” but that “there is no doubt it was intended to belittle us.”
To clarify: that was, of course, not the intention by any means.
We wish Ami Magazine continued success.