Alan Dershowitz declares war on Media Matters
Blasts Media Matters' Israel policy
- Duration 4:02
- Date Mar 2, 2012
Blasts Media Matters' Israel policy
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Media matters the liberal left wing organization with close ties to the White House may and president Obama's hopes of getting reelected in November.
Those words now coming from a well known Harvard law professor.
Professor Alan Dershowitz he says media matters is quote.
Anti Israel hate speech on their site and that their rhetoric is dangerous for the president and said attorney and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz joins us from Miami for more -- answer.
Good morning thank you for having me it's pretty heavy you have declared war on media matters why.
Well you know I'm a liberal Democrat but I can't tolerate bigotry on.
Any -- of political spectrum media -- cross the line -- accused any supporters of Israel being Israel first here's.
They've accused a -- the organization that president Obama's gonna speak in front of as having only one loyalty to Israel not to America all of -- this essentially.
Of treason is the oldest of charges that goes back to the Bible to fair wrote -- came into -- to Hitler.
Accusing Jews of dual loyalty and it can't be tolerated whether -- in the left -- the right.
And there is of.
A Fella in particular on the staff over there who is really raised -- -- his name is MJ Rosenberg he's -- senior fellow.
Here is a quotation on white media matters hired him he said quote they hired me specifically to be involved with this issue with the Palestinian issue with the issue of stopping the war with -- -- and they -- say as long as he is on the staff.
You're going to have this war against media matters what -- want them to do with him.
Well I want them to fire him here's a man who praised Helen Thomas for saying did you should -- get the hell back to Poland.
He said she should be saluted he has supported statements back Ahmadinejad denying that Ahmadinejad wants to wipe Israel off the map -- saying we can tolerate a nuclear Iran.
He's called Benjamin Netanyahu with terrorists Shimon Peres a war hawk on Iran.
He has crossed all the lines in media matters has to fire him -- the president in the white has have to disassociate themselves from media matters.
The -- does not -- enough.
To include people who have engaged in bigotry against the Jewish people bigotry against Christian supporters of Israel.
A bigotry against anybody who thinks it's in America's interest.
To support Israel in relation to Iran or Hamas or Hezbollah or other Israel's enemies look I'm a loyal American I love America I would die for my country.
I believe it's best for America and for world peace.
What the United States and Israel to work together to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and for that he calls me and Israel first during disloyalty to America disloyal to America.
And his response by the way very intelligent response.
He said go to hell to me and the best response to me is to have.
People -- my classes that's no answer immediately it matters has to take this issue up professor is media matters and types medic.
Well I think that Rosenberg's cross the line when you accuse Jews of dual loyalty.
You invoke a canard that goes back hundreds of years and falls into the category of anti semitism.
To the extent that media matters hired him to do that and is tolerating him they have crossed the line to anti -- And you say professor that this issue could become the Jeremiah Wright for this administration for 2012.
That's right and less the administration disassociate itself from media matters stops having.
Strategy session stops inviting them to the White -- stops being associated with that.
The president should do to media matters what he did to Jeremiah Wright.
Review and say I stand with Israel he has an opportunity to do that when he meets -- eight back.
I think you will show support for Israel and support for -- -- but he also has to distance himself from media matters they're too close today for comfort.
It's gonna hurt him in the reelection campaign.
Professor we thank you very much for joining us from Miami and there are a lot of people across this country who had no idea.
Media matters was involved -- yes sir thank you very much.
Thank you can.