Friday, February 3, 2012

The Lid: Media Matters Digs In Its Heels

[We've been following the "Israel-firster" controversy, so we crossposted this from the Lid. MJ Rosenberg's tweets are as informative as always, even while he cleans up his act on the Huffington Post.]

Not all George Soros-funded groups are alike. Both Center For American Progress (CAP) and the "media watchdog" it formed, Media Matters for America (MMFA) have been roundly criticized for their use of anti-Semitic memes. Most recently the focus has been on the use of the term "Israel-firster" a term meant to portray that Jewish Americans are somehow less loyal to the United States than other religious groups. 

While CAP seems to have taken the charges to heart, and is seeking to change its ways, the Obama/Soros-firsters at MMFA are digging in their heels. 

Like most anti-Semitic memes, this dual-loyalty charge runs counter to Jewish-law.  As it says in Jeremiah Chapter 29:7
seek the peace of the city where I have exiled you and pray for it to the Lord, for in its peace you shall have peace.
Despite Jewish tradition, the dual-loyalty charge made by these progressive groups have been around since biblical times, 
A new king arose over Egypt, who did not know about Joseph. He said to his people, "Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more numerous and stronger than we are. Get ready, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they increase, and a war befall us, and they join our enemies and depart from the land."Exodus Chapter 1:8-10
Jewish sources from all over the political spectrum have denounced the CAP and MMFA use of Antisemitism in their political writing.  Not many people were surprised when the Simon Wiesenthal Center denounced the use of the dual loyalty term, but when the very progressive magazine, The Tablet condemned CAP and MMFA for its use, eyebrows were raised.
The root of this problem is not a twenty-something blogger writing something stupid on the Internet. Rather, it is that anti-Semitic rhetoric and logic are being protected and justified by those who are supposed to be gatekeepers. These people, often in the service of their larger political aims, are willing to apologize for or ignore what is obviously Jew-baiting and Jew-hatred.....

This isn’t how the world works. Americans’ sensitivity to racist language directed at African-Americans has not made Americans insensitive to “real” anti-black racism. Rather it has made us scrupulous about our language, and subsequently our beliefs and practices have come to reflect, if not wholly fulfill, the promises embodied in this country’s founding documents. 

What makes people insensitive to racism is when American political and intellectual elites refuse to confront racist language. The use of phrases like “Israel Firster” and “dual loyalist” that are based on anti-Semitic tropes is anti-Semitic. So is the belief that Jews fan the flames of hatred for discussing the opinions of those who hate them
CAP has denounced the term and instituted "oversight" changes -- while the staffer who used "Israel firster" on his Twitter account apologized, deleted the tweets and has since left CAP for another group. The Wiesenthal Center has applauded CAP for making the changes.

The Anti-Defamation League also said in a written statement that the Center for American Progress "took the matter seriously and understood the anti-Semitic nature of raising dual-loyalty canards. The ADL praised CAP for taking "concrete steps" to address the problem.

But as for Media Matters and its Jew-hater in Chief MJ Rosenberg, the talons are out.  These pages have provided many examples over the years how Rosenberg accuses American Jews of dual loyalty with the term Israel-firsters), or how he claims the  "evil Zionist lobby" controls both the media and the U.S. foreign policy.

Rosenberg eve uses the term neo-con in a similar fashion to another Jew-Hater Pat Buchanan, as a slang pejorative term for Jews who are politically conservative. Rosenberg accuses those Israel-firster neo-cons of everything from pushing the US into the war with Iraq and now trying to manipulate the US into a war with Iran. 

MJ Rosenberg is not backing down.  Ever since the controversy began to build he has dug in his heals, tweeting hatred and claiming that those who criticize the use of the term are just trying to silence his "progressive Jewish voice.

Here are just a few of his tweets from the past few days:

Gee, I thought the article was about Obama, not the US. Obama is so wrong about so many things like taxes, Obamacare etc., along with the Middle East.  Wait does that make MJ Rosenberg an Obama-firster?

So now the line is--"Bash the Jews and it will prevent a war with Iran?"

Is he really is claiming that no one cared about the Holocaust until the 6-Day-War when Jews could begin to exploit it to protect Israel?

I will disagree with anybody who calls Media Matters for America's MJ Rosenberg a self-hating Jew. People who have met him in person have told me that he is not a self-hater in fact he is very much in love with himself.

No... MJ Rosenberg is a Jew-hating Jew.  This characterization has nothing to do with his unfavorable feelings toward Israel, but because he uses anti-Semitic stereotypes in his writings that would make the authors of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion proud.  And the fact that his Jew-hatred is condoned a group closely aligned with President Obama such as MMFA makes his constant spewing of Antisemitism particularly disturbing.

His hatred of Jews whether real or just paid for by MMFA has become so intense that he forgets to step back and look at things logically. Now that CAP as fixed the problem all eyes are on Rosenberg and MMFA, and the fact that he is digging-in rather than recognizing the validity of the criticism proves (thankfully) that MJ  more like a Peter Principle than a Peter Piper. 

1 comment:

  1. " It is becoming increasingly fashionable in certain left-wing Jewish circles to put down anything Jewish. These Jewish leftist still hung -up because they were not born Protestant, find they can glibly resort to anti-Jewish stereotypes today without being referred to a psychiatrist. It is now quite acceptable for the Jew to attempt to ingratiate himself with the goyim by condemning what he has always been ashamed of. It's a sad sight"
    quote MJ Rosenberg 1969

    I wonder if we should stop giving this man in his own words in need of a psychiatrist, any more attention than praying for him to get well, so no more blood may be on his hands.

    I don't know that there is a cure for narcissism, or pure evil, but we can pray.


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