Yesterday, a website that has long been rightly criticized for helping those who wish to paint the frumcommunity in a negative light struck again, this time publishing a news report about a rov who is going to be jailed. The report appeared with no emendations, no careful editing, and no disclaimers. It appeared as is, just as every secular media outlet reported it.
It’s not the first time this has happened on that website, but every time this so-called “frum” site openly violates the laws of lashon hara, motzie sheim ra and the entirety of hilchos sehmiras halashon, one can’t help but wonder why and how there are still “rabbis” and others who support, abet and otherwise allow themselves to be associated with that website.
Are their eyes closed?
Would they turn a blind eye if they were the rabbis in the article, whose names appear in clear violation of halacha?
Would they be so nonchalant about the harm rendered upon our frum communities by that website if it was their family members whose names were plastered online on a supposedly frum news medium?
Do those who advertise or otherwise patronize this chillul Hashem of website not see past the might dollar?
When, oh when, will it end?
How many more instances of deliberate, barefaced, unconcealed lashon hara and motzie sheim ra must be committed by the website in the name of “neias” before it will be understood that anyone writing, interviewing, advertising or otherwise associating with that website will automatically be removing themselves from our machaneh for good?
How much longer must we tolerate this disgrace?
Boro Park, Brooklyn
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