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Like his fellow Israel-bashers at Al Jazeera and elsewhere, Rosenberg likes to spin a conspiracy theory asserting that Israel’s lobby is so strong in the United States that Israel is the “boss” in the U.S.-Israeli relationship. And he blamed the United States for the impasse with Iran. “The US, to this day, has never attempted a true dialogue with Tehran,” he wrote in one of his numerous columns appearing on the Al Jazeera website.
The same year that Al Jazeera was hosting Media Matters’ senior foreign policy fellow in Doha, the then-director general of Al Jazeera, Wadah Khanfar, visited Media Matters’ offices in Washington, according to two Daily Caller sources. There he met with David Brock and Media Matters’ president, Eric Burns.
Under Khanfar’s leadership, by the way, Al Jazeera broadcast extremist Islamist views without any counter-balance. It broadcast tapes produced by terrorists in Iraq where US soldiers were being killed, and it provided heavily biased anti-Israel coverage of the 2008-2009 Israeli operation in Gaza. Yet Brock and Burns made it a point to meet with him.
Professor Alan Dershowitz said it best when he declared: “There is not enough room under the big tent for people like me…and the bigots of Media Matters… Just in the same way that President Obama totally terminated his association with the Reverend Wright, he has to terminate any association with Media Matters and with the intellectual thugs who are behind it.”
Fat chance of that happening any time soon. If anything, Media Matters and the Obama White House are more tightly entwined than ever before.
The Center For American Progress’ blog, ThinkProgress, is also in bed with Al Jazeera. In addition to the standard bashing of Israel that they have in common, they formed a curious alliance in attacking the wealthy contributors to conservative causes, the Koch brothers, as symbols of the dreaded top 1%. Al Jazeera produced an anti-Koch “documentary,” which was promoted on the ThinkProgress web site.
Al Jazeera’s so-called “documentary” included a lengthy interview with one of ThinkProgress’ crackerjack “investigative reporters.”
Here is an excerpt from ThinkProgress’ promotion of Al Jazeera’s hit job on the Koch brothers:
The documentary features a lengthy interview with our colleague Lee Fang, an investigative reporter with Think Progress, who has played a major role in uncovering the strong “web of influence” of the Koch Brothers on state and federal politicians. The film touches on the Koch role in everything from health care to energy policy. It’s worth the watch.
In another example of solidarity, Al Jazeera conducted an interview with Wajahat Ali, lead researcher and writer for the Center for American Progress’ discredited report on the so-called “Islamophobia” network in America.
Al Jazeera has found common cause with ThinkProgress and Media Matters. Their mutual enemies include Israel, American capitalism and, of course, Fox News. The close alliance of ThinkProgress and Media Matters with the Obama White House indicates that the latter is embracing Al Jazeera as well. After all, Hillary Clinton spoke for the Obama administration in 2011 when she said — practically parroting Rosenberg’s characterization — that Al Jazeera is “real news” as opposed to the “arguments between talking heads and the kind of stuff that we do on our news.” One wonders what it is exactly that Clinton, Rosenberg and other left-wing Al Jazeera supporters find so “factual” and convincing.
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