Thursday, March 1, 2012

MJ Rosenberg Under Fire Again

We've been sitting on another Media Matters controversy but this article from Klein Online seems to have summed up the latest developments pretty:

In response to the controversy surrounding the organization, a top Media Matters for America official yesterday told one of his group’s main detractors to “go to hell.” 
“Best way to tell Dershowitz to go to hell (1) picket his classroom or (2) tell your friends to follow me on twitter,” tweeted Media Matters Action Network senior fellow M.J. Rosenberg, referring to liberal Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz.
Yes, one can always rely on Mr. Rosenberg to never admit that he is wrong about anything and respond with counter attacks, though I can't help but wonder if his anti-BDS article the other day is a backing down from his usual aggressive platform. What exactly happened though between those two? If you aren't familiar with it, the above article explains in further detail but Alan Dershowitz kind of got sick with Rosenberg's constant refrain of "Israel firster" and decided that he was going to make it his business for Media Matters to suffer for it. Specifically:
“I don’t know whether President Obama has any idea that Media Matters has turned the corner against Israel in this way,” Dershowitz said. “I can tell you this: he will know very shortly because I am beginning a serious campaign on this issue and I will not let it drop until and unless Rosenberg is fired from Media Matters, or Media Matters changes its policy or the White House disassociates itself from Media Matters.”
I don't agree with Dershowitz on that one. I can't imagine (a) that President Obama will care about Media Matters or about Rosenberg when, you know, he's running for President and (b) that voters care about either enough of those things to change their vote for President. As much as Rosenberg and Media Matters deserves the flak that they are getting, I question Dershowitz's choice of tactics. Plenty of Jewish groups already donate money to Media Matters, so just go with that. We also know from the Center for American Progress that they consider "Israel firster" to not be a legitimate thing to say, so he has the advantage of being right.

For the record, here are some more informative revelations from the article:

Rosenberg previously explained why Media Matters hired him: 
“Until I got there [Media Matters] had nothing on foreign policy. They hired me specifically to be involved with this issue, with the Palestinian issue, with [the issue of] stopping the war with Iran.” 
Rosenberg’s writings are routinely found on anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi websites.

Hm. I wonder if it would be possible for Media Matters to find a guy who is pro-Palestinian, anti-war with Iran, and not known for making incredibly anti-Semitic statements. And he has has been saying offensive things for years. We always knew that his comeuppance would come sooner or later. He can't say we didn't warn him.

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