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By Jacob Kornbluh & JI Staff

SCENE LAST NIGHT: The Endowment for Middle East Truth held its 8th annual dinner last night at the Grand Hyatt in downtown D.C. The evening’s featured speakers were Dr. Charles Krauthammer, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Krauthammer noted that while there are multiple narratives in the Middle East today, there is only one history and one set of facts…. Krauthammer compared middle east news analysis to watching the weather. “The evening news shows present the weather with a map of the entire United States and then five minutes later – when they move on to cover the middle east – Israel takes up the same screen space as the entire U.S… In reality, the Jordan River is like Rock Creek Park after a rainstorm… Mt Olives is a speed bump… And the Sea of Galilee is a pond that could easily disappear in Cape Cod. Your job is to tell Americans the reality and the truth.” (more…)

Jarrod Bernstein, former White House Jewish Liaison, joins MWW PR

Jarrod Bernstein, former White House director of Jewish outreach, joins MWW public relations as Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, New York office.

Jarrod Neal Bernstein is a former Obama Administration Counter Terrorism and Community Outreach Official. Bernstein was appointed Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement in October 2011 and served until January 2013. From April 2009 to September 2011 Jarrod served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and the Acting Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs for United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

During his tenure at DHS, Jarrod worked extensively on numerous responses to significant events and policy initiatives including on the response to the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the earthquake in Haiti, as well as the dissemination of intelligence information to state and local governments during periods of increased threat.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Jarrod was dispatched by the White House to New York City to help coordinate the Federal Response.

Prior to his service at DHS, he served as Deputy Commissioner of Community Affairs in the office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. There he was responsible for community crisis management and outreach around mayoral programs. These outreach efforts involved working with diverse communities across the Five Boroughs of New York City to ensure community engagement in the policy process.

From 2002 to 2007 he was the chief spokesman with the New York City Office of Emergency Management where he managed the citywide public information efforts around dozens of large-scale emergencies. These included the 2003 Blackout, multiple periods of heightened threat, multiple aircraft and boat crashes, dozens of building collapses, as well the 2006 anthrax scare. He was also responsible for writing New York’s Emergency Public Information Plan, still in use today.