Alan Dershowitz smears Media Matters and deserves a hard pushback
I just received this article about Dershowitz from one of my Dad's old Jewish guy friends who is wrapped around the Likud Party line axle. My Dad's friend is one of those people I was talking about in an earlier post today who sacralize Israel and the Holocaust.
My feeling about Dershowitz is that he is an extraordinary legal mind. Also, his analysis of American Jewry in "The Vanishing American Jew" is first rate and worthy of the term profound. However, when he bullies and smears people on matters involving Israel, one often wants to hit back and say:
Alan, go register as a foreign agent when you talk about Israel.
There, Alan. How do you like bullying in reverse? Not enjoying it? Then cool it.
For the record, I've followed Media Matters since it began and have found it far more fair to its opponents in most instances than other media advocacy groups. Media Matters has nearly always provided the context of an opponent's words and the video surrounding the person's broadcast statements, which again makes them a cut above so many spin artists. The organization does not simply cite and twist the single sentence that offends them.
Have I agreed with everything MM has said? Not at all. But I should not expect that, any more than anyone should always agree with anyone else.
Media Matters has been an effective organization that does good in policing corporate media, which as we know, spins must more often on behalf of the wealthy and powerful in our society. This latest demonization which right wing neo-conservatives and their Israel Above All Else supporters such as Dershowitz have begun will unfortunately make some inroads, but it won't succeed.
Still, it is an ugly game Dershowitz is playing and, again, the time has come to call out and perhaps hit back against people like Dershowitz for their bullying. It is the least that should be expected when Dershowitz misleadingly paints an organization like Media Matters as aligned with Nazis, especially when M.J. Rosenberg is their Senior Policy Fellow...who used to work for the American-Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC), a notorious pro-Likud-oriented lobbying group. The irony is that Rosenberg was more extreme when he worked for AIPAC than he is working with Media Matters.
It's gonna be a long rest of the election year...