Dershowitz declares war on Media Matters

posted at 11:35 am on February 27, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Media Matters for America took a big hit to its credibility when Tucker Carlson and the Daily Caller ran a multiple-installment exposé of the political non-profit, which laid bare the group’s hypocrisy on gun control and, more problematically, their close coordination with the Obama White House.  MMFA has managed to find itself in another bruising political battle, this time with Alan Dershowitz, a man normally inclined to support the Left.  Dershowitz has pledged to personally make Media Matters an issue in the election by actively campaigning against anyone supporting the group:

Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, a leading Democratic lawyer who takes a hawkish line on Israel, has declared a personal war on the liberal group Media Matters, which has branched out into sharp criticism of Israel.

“Not only will [the Media Matters controversy] be an election matter, I will personally make it an election matter,” Dershowitz, a professor at Harvard Law School, told WABC’s Aaron Klein today.

Dershowitz has been sharply criticizing Media Matters for weeks, but suggested for the first time today he intends to drive the controversy into the political conversation.

“I don’t know whether President Obama has any idea that Media Matters has turned the corner against Israel in this way,” he 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 [writer and activist MJ] Rosenberg is fired from Media Matters, or Media Matters changes its policy or the White House disassociates itself from Media Matters.”

True to his word, Dershowitz takes his personal battle to the pages of the New York Daily News today, and minces no words:

It’s the kind of virulent hate speech you’d expect to find on a neo-Nazi website or in a Patrick Buchanan column: American Jews who support current Israeli policies are accused of dual loyalty and called “Israel firsters.”

AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) fares even worse: “Saying AIPAC is guilty of dual loyalty is giving it credit for one more loyalty than it holds.”

In other words, this widely respected American organization, and the hundreds of thousands of Jews (and Christians) who support it, have absolutely no loyalty to our nation; their sole loyalty is to the foreign nation of Israel.

This false accusation of disloyalty to country was a central tenet of Nazism, Stalinism and other anti-Semitic regimes. Today, it is the mantra of Jew haters and neo-Nazis.

So who is spouting this hateful rhetoric today?

I first came across some of these vile quotes about “Israel firsters” and “dual loyalty” on an actual neo-Nazi website. Surprisingly, however, they were attributed not to the usual suspects, but to a spokesman for Media Matters, a hard left Democratic media attack and watchdog group that started out as an antidote to Fox News, and that still has close connections to the Obama White House.

Nazis, anti-Semites, and … Obama?  Oh my.  Dershowitz explains that Media Matters seems to only have dual-loyalty issues on one topic alone:

Let there be no doubt that Rosenberg’s accusation of dual or singular loyalty to a foreign country is an anti-Semitic canard historically reserved for Jews. Rosenberg doesn’t accuse Arab Americans who support Hamas and Hezbollah — America’s sworn enemies — of being “Palestine firsters.” Nor did he accuse Irish Americans who supported the Sinn Fein of being “Ireland firsters.”

Well, as an American of Irish descent, I can tell you that I had a term for the latter group, which I can’t write here at Hot Air but which rhymes with “bassbowls.”  I never thought of them as less than American; I thought they were less than sentient, supporting terrorism in the name of political change in someone else’s country. That only substantiates Dershowitz’ point, of course, and he’s absolutely correct in exposing that hypocrisy.

Don’t expect Dershowitz to let up.  If Tucker Carlson made Media Matters toxic for at least a few weeks, Dershowitz might make that status permanent.  How long will it take for the Obama White House to throw David Brock and his outfit under the bus?


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 2

Don’t expect Dershowitz to let up. If Tucker Carlson made Media Matters toxic for at least a few weeks, Dershowitz might make that status permanent. How long will it take for the Obama White House to throw David Brock and his outfit under the bus?

As someone else said upstream: Don’t hold your breath. MMFA is a Soros funded entity, leaving little Bammie to choose between Dershowitz or Soros. Does anyone on this site believe that little Bammie would actually do the tiniest thing to offend King George? It would break Bammie’s Golden Rule: He who has the gold makes the rules.

catsandbooks on February 27, 2012 at 1:01 PM

and, more problematically, their close coordination with the Obama White House.

This is not a problem for the White House at all.

The vast majority of 0bama’s supporters are woefully misinformed and will probably never even know about it. And the few who do know about it either don’t care, or wholeheartedly agree with such tactics.

UltimateBob on February 27, 2012 at 1:03 PM

catsandbooks on February 27, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Dershowitz is in influential voice among Jews. I hope that PBHO can’t break ties with Soros and MMFA. He’s between the Devil and the deep blue sea. He cannot win FL without the Jewish vote. It could also tip the balance in PA and even NJ.

MJBrutus on February 27, 2012 at 1:07 PM

http://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/politics/us-foreign-aid.htm

Maybe this might have something to do with it….

gaius on February 27, 2012 at 12:41 PM

That was the funniest website I’ve seen for a while. I like the part where he describes the “physical traits” of the Left (“Where most of us are, yet we allow the RIGHT to control us”) as Volvo driving basketball fans, and the NEOCON RIGHT as Rolls Royce driving landlords. And then he’s still pissed about the NeoCons “stealing” the 2004 election.

Thanks for the laugh, that was good. Don’t let the NeoCons get you.

bernverdnardo1 on February 27, 2012 at 1:08 PM

bernverdnardo1 on February 27, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Maybe this will be more to your liking. Someone how Thailand doesn’t make the list…

http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s1299.pdf

gaius on February 27, 2012 at 1:12 PM

For some reason I’ve always had a soft spot for Mr. Dershowitz but I cannot put my finger on it. Perhaps it’s his stance on Israel.

Logus on February 27, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Alan usually calls it how he sees it. Sure, he usually sees it as a lefty, but he has strayed from the reservation on a number of occasions. And not just when the subject is Israel.

MJBrutus on February 27, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Dershowitz has been addressing variations of this same issue for decades, literally decades, anticipating the day the loyalty of Jews who support Israel would be put into question. Media Matters really stepped in it.

Only problem is, the Left hates Dershowitz the second he talks about Israel. I doubt he has anyone’s ear.

contrarytopopularbelief on February 27, 2012 at 1:15 PM

I’m not typically a fan of Mr. Dershowitz but I have to applaud him on this one. He is absoluetly right and not just politically speaking.

Art on February 27, 2012 at 1:17 PM

David Brock of Media Matters has other problems. Read this link: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/27/media-matters-boss-paid-former-partner-850g-blackmail-settlement/

SC.Charlie on February 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM

I never knew Brock was gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. According to the lawsuit, Brock allegedly stole the ex-lover’s $8,000 Louis Vuitton suit bag.

$8000 for a suitcase? Who says corruption doesn’t pay?

UltimateBob on February 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM

How long will it take for the Obama White House to throw David Brock and his outfit Alan Dershowitz under the bus?

Much more likely.

ITguy on February 27, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Alan Dershowitz is a pretty honest guy generally. I may not agree with him very often, but he certainly seems like a decent person.

I’d like to see what comes of this.

Vanilla Salt on February 27, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Maybe this will be more to your liking. Someone how Thailand doesn’t make the list…

http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s1299.pdf

gaius on February 27, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Thailand
Total
$16,841,000
Partly Free
Medium Corruption
Medium Development
Global Health and Child Survival – State
$500,000
Global Health and Child Survival – USAID
$1,000,000
Developmental Assistance
$6,151,000
Economic Support Fund
$2,500,000
International Narcotics Control & Law Enforcement
$1,740,000
Nonproliferation, Anti-Terrorism, Demining, and Related Programs
$1,850,000
International Military Education & Training
$1,500,000
Foreign Military Funding
$1,600,000

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/02/foreignaid.html

ButterflyDragon on February 27, 2012 at 1:31 PM

UltimateBob on February 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM, I knew he was gay too and I don’t care. But, I do care about Media Matters retaining their tax free status.

SC.Charlie on February 27, 2012 at 1:31 PM

ButterflyDragon on February 27, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Thanks! How does that compare with Israel, so we can answer bernverdnardo1′s question?

gaius on February 27, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Let there be no doubt that Rosenberg’s accusation of dual or singular loyalty to a foreign country is an anti-Semitic canard historically reserved for Jews. Rosenberg doesn’t accuse Arab Americans who support Hamas and Hezbollah — America’s sworn enemies — of being “Palestine firsters.” Nor did he accuse Irish Americans who supported the Sinn Fein of being “Ireland firsters.”

Bravo, Dershowitz. While you’re at it, you need to rethink your democrat party affiliation. The DNC has/is/will betray you.

And some castigated the movie “Act of Valor” for “needlessly” protraying one of the villians as a Jew. My initial thot was to respond with a question: “Why then does Israel need a police force”. The simple matter is that just as in any other culture/group, there are good folks and bad/evil folks.

Maybe Christo is a stand-in for Soros? Who cares, the fact is there are a number of evil Jews acting on the world stage, no more, no less than other ethnic groups. I don’t know if Rosenberg is a Jew or not, but if he is, then he’s of a feather with the other self-haters. I mean, heck, there were Jews that attended the Islamic sponsored “International Conference for the Defense of Occupied Jerusalem”, yesterday & today. The goal of which is to exterminate Israel. And these Jews want to help bring the rope for the lynching.

AH_C on February 27, 2012 at 1:37 PM

I don’t think Obama is racist, anti-semitic, or communist. He’s a scammer, and he sells jealousy and hate to the dumber among us. This is what works for him and his business partners.

bernverdnardo1 on February 27, 2012 at 12:38 PM

If you truly believe this, you are very naive or very under-informed.

silvernana on February 27, 2012 at 1:40 PM

gaius on February 27, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Okay, I see your point. However, even as the most expensive aid case, its still only a small fraction of the total. Egypt recieves half as much. Somehow I don’t think this is the major gipe.

And compared to the domestic spending, foreign aid is a pittance anyway. Like everything else Ron Paul, its this symbolic red herring. The obsession over foreign aid, always aimed at Israel in particular, seems like a weird hang-up to me.

bernverdnardo1 on February 27, 2012 at 1:41 PM

I don’t think Obama is racist, anti-semitic, or communist. He’s a scammer, and he sells jealousy and hate to the dumber among us. This is what works for him and his business partners.

bernverdnardo1 on February 27, 2012 at 12:38 PM
If you truly believe this, you are very naive or very under-informed.

silvernana on February 27, 2012 at 1:40 PM

He’s a barely functioning idiot who was bought by others and sold by others.

By himself, he’s nothing of note. His entire presidency is a triumph of marketing and manipulation.

NoDonkey on February 27, 2012 at 1:44 PM

The obsession over foreign aid, always aimed at Israel in particular, seems like a weird hang-up to me.

bernverdnardo1 on February 27, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Much of the “foreign aid” comes back to us in the form of weapons/expertise purchases and the amount of intel we get as the result of this relationship far outweighs the expenditure.

NoDonkey on February 27, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Dershowitz declares war on Media Matters
…I expect dershowitz to be kicked off the faculty at the leftist training school hAHrvAHrd by the end of the week.

TeaPartyNation on February 27, 2012 at 1:55 PM

When liberals strike their own…

For some reason I’ve always had a soft spot for Mr. Dershowitz but I cannot put my finger on it. Perhaps it’s his stance on Israel.

It’d be quite lovely to see Media Matters fold up or at least shrink considerably before the election. There’ll be someone to take their place though. Always is.

Logus on February 27, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Yeah, Like CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC & CNBC

CA_Conservative on February 27, 2012 at 2:18 PM

In other words, this widely respected American organization, and the hundreds of thousands of Jews (and Christians) who support it, have absolutely no loyalty to our nation; their sole loyalty is to the foreign nation of Israel.

I notice he left out the millions and millions of Muslims who support Israel’s right to exist.

Oh…

KGB on February 27, 2012 at 2:20 PM

http://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/politics/us-foreign-aid.htm

Maybe this might have something to do with it….

gaius on February 27, 2012 at 12:41 PM

I found it very interesting that ACORN was not on the list. Must have been more sleight of hand by Obama.

DevilsPrinciple on February 27, 2012 at 2:26 PM

I support Mr Dershowitz stance on Israel by default for obvious reasons. However,in the same vein, I would also like him to be consistent in his thoughts and actions by supporting gun rights and the Catholic Bishops.

DevilsPrinciple on February 27, 2012 at 2:30 PM

More than 70% of military aid to Israel must be spent in the USA with US companies buying US goods, and all economic aid was phased out some time ago. Further many of these links I saw above are frankly not accurate. Palestinians gets hundreds of millions in USAid programs, UN funding is not in these figures either, the US funds the UN, the UN in turn funds many Arab causes.

US military aid to Israel is good for the US economy, is good for keeping the US on the cutting edge weapon wise, it’s also the will of the majority of US tax payers that the US be allies w/ Israel.

Further, the US Israel alliance saves US lives. US soldiers and generals have trained with Israel on the most advanced counter terror + counter insurgency warfare on the planet. Training and strategies the USA has used to turn wars around, protect Americans. The US security industry, including police forces and counter terrorism routinely train and learn from Israel. So do the Marines. Advanced weaponry flows from Israel, not just from the US to Israel. The armor that has protected untold amounts of US soldiers’ lives in MWRAP vehicles was invented, and is made in Israel for US armed forces use. Israel is a world leader in drones, Israel in fact invented the drone.Israel is also a world leader in ballistic missile defense, with US assistance! Together these co-developped technologies save and will save countless lives both through future interception as well as a deterent, just look at how Russia gets its panties in a bunch over missile defense to see how valuable these leading edge technologies are. Tons of US military hardware is stored in Israel for emegency contigency use. Israel is a safe harbor for the US military and Navy..

I can keep at this all day…

saus on February 27, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Ed, our founders were the terrorists against England in the American Revolution. Ireland had much more justification for rebelling against England than our founders ever did. England made it a dirty war during the modern Troubles. Do you support magnet bombs on cars blowing up Iranian scientists? Is that terrorism?

drlax15m on February 27, 2012 at 2:40 PM

what’s “CAP-like” mean?

ted c on February 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Sorry; Center for American Progress.

J.E. Dyer on February 27, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Sinn Fein also had a great participation in the peace process, bringing even some of the previously bigoted loyalists on board, as opposed to the british government who colluded with loyalist paramilitary groups (or terrorists), at least one IRA infiltrator who obtain a position where he was torturing Endland’s own informants, and carried out other policies that prolonged the Troubles unnecessarily. They also used this dirty war to build up their own police state, where their media is even more obedient than ours.

drlax15m on February 27, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Alan Dershowitz needs a Facebook page to get his message out more quickly and effective.

thuja on February 27, 2012 at 2:53 PM

I’ve been reading some MMfA comments…they’re criminally stupid over there. It reminded me why I visit so infrequently.

DHChron on February 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM

I never thought of them as less than American; I thought they were less than sentient, supporting terrorism in the name of political change in someone else’s country. That only substantiates Dershowitz’ point, of course, and he’s absolutely correct in exposing that hypocrisy.

Israel apparently funds Jundallah, a civilian-murdering terrorist group operating inside Iran.

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/01/13/false_flag

So, Ed, supporters of Israel are “less than sentient”? So, you’re either (a) an anti-semite (b) a hypocrite, or (c) an ignoramus.

zarathustra on February 27, 2012 at 3:38 PM

$8000 for a suitcase? Who says corruption doesn’t pay?

UltimateBob on February 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM

I think it speaks more about his own idiocy and that of his choices…he sure isn’t a millionaire or someone whose investments (apart from that house that apparently is raising in value but which he already refinanced twice to pay other debts)- make him a heavy-weight financially speaking… so, for someone like him, buying a 8,000 suit is rather an inept choice (unless he sends his bills directly to Soros operations hq :)…but then of course, it’s his money, he can buy whatever he wants, but you bet there are actually really rich people who probably think it’s awfully silly to buy a 8,000 usd suit…

jimver on February 27, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Dershowitz is in influential voice among Jews. I hope that PBHO can’t break ties with Soros and MMFA. He’s between the Devil and the deep blue sea. He cannot win FL without the Jewish vote. It could also tip the balance in PA and even NJ.

MJBrutus on February 27, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Yes, I know Dershowitz is influential, but the problem is with the Jews themselves. After eighteen hundred years plus of religious persecution, I believe far too many American Jews equate religion with persecution and stick with the Democrats because Republicans are perceived as being too closely aligned with an intolerant species of Christianity.

Dershowitz has been fighting leftist anti-Semitism for decades. I read Chutzpa when it came out in ’91 in which he stated that anti-Zionism is essentially pc for anti-Semitism. I just don’t think that Dershowitz alone can move American Jews away from Obama and the Democrat Party — especially if the MSM suppresses his voice.

catsandbooks on February 27, 2012 at 3:57 PM

suitcase not :-)…

jimver on February 27, 2012 at 4:01 PM

I think it’s laughable that Dershowitz thinks Obama doesn’t know that Media Matters is essentially an anti-semetic organization, when Obama’s administration is essentially anti-semetic.

jaimo on February 27, 2012 at 4:12 PM

How long will it take for the Obama White House to throw David Brock and his outfit under the bus?

Not going to happen…

MMFA has made itself a fairly important cog in the re-elect Obama machine.

“I don’t know whether President Obama has any idea that Media Matters has turned the corner against Israel in this way,” he 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 [writer and activist MJ] Rosenberg is fired from Media Matters, or Media Matters changes its policy or the White House disassociates itself from Media Matters.”

I vote that they’ll simply fire “[writer and activist MJ] Rosenberg”. MMFA & Obama could simply use him as a consultant…

Danny on February 27, 2012 at 4:31 PM

“Masscoals?” “Grassfoals?” “Passdoles?”

29Victor on February 27, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Dershowitz is a Red Sox fan. To hell with him

rickyricardo on February 27, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Interesting,a(real)infighting,within the
Progressive Socialist Liberal Democrat Party!

Man,the MSM will be on this 24/7,they love Political
Party Infighting….oh wait,only if its the GOP!!

canopfor on February 27, 2012 at 11:55 AM

So true. Next it will be the union people against the enviro-nuts over the XL pipeline.

Night Owl on February 27, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Dershowitz was shown to be a liar and a plagiarist by some other leftists, and he turned on them as a result. His relationship with Finkelstein was all hunkey dorey until he exposed Dershie. Dershie’s name is now mud among academics because he won’t put up or shut up.

Dershowitz has been on the Israel kick to cover up his own sins by changing the subject. He is not our friend in any way shape or form, nor is he all that influential anymore. He long ago quit mattering, and I doubt he has the credibility to make Media Matters toxic in any way.

Dershowitz would be better off simply going into retirement and well deserved obscurity.

Quartermaster on February 27, 2012 at 5:53 PM

I had a term for the latter group, which I can’t write here at Hot Air but which rhymes with “bassbowls.”

Space moles?

Grace tolls?

Bobby Shandy on February 27, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Do you support magnet bombs on cars blowing up Iranian scientists?

May their numbers increase.

Is that terrorism?

No it’s common sense.

rokemronnie on February 27, 2012 at 7:30 PM

“Dershowitz was shown to be a liar and a plagiarist by some other leftists, and he turned on them as a result. His relationship with Finkelstein was all hunkey dorey until he exposed Dershie. Dershie’s name is now mud among academics because he won’t put up or shut up.

Quartermaster on February 27, 2012 at 5:53 PM”

You’re kidding right? Using Finkelstein, a man rejected from tenure for improper conduct, as a scholastic moral compass, is an absolute joke. They smeared his character to try muzzling him because he is outspoken as a pro-Israel Jewish Democrat.

contrarytopopularbelief on February 27, 2012 at 8:21 PM

And for those whiny liberal b!tches who are going to cry about Obama getting tarred with this story on antisemitism, I have two words for you: Samantha Power.

Suck it.

Jaibones on February 27, 2012 at 10:05 PM

I think it’s laughable that Dershowitz thinks Obama doesn’t know that Media Matters is essentially an anti-semetic organization, when Obama’s administration is essentially anti-semetic.

jaimo on February 27, 2012 at 4:12 PM

+11

Oh, he knows. He pretends not to know, but he knows.

Jaibones on February 27, 2012 at 10:06 PM

No it’s common sense.

rokemronnie on February 27, 2012 at 7:30 PM

LOL!!! MooCow doth believe he has Crappaquiddick his pantaloons from laughing entirely too hard at your post.

+1

MooCowBang on February 27, 2012 at 10:21 PM

What I suspect is that Alan Dershowitz is about to find out what happens to someone on the left when they dare to think for themselves.

Jeff A on February 28, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Comment pages: 1 2