M.J. Rosenberg


M.J. Rosenberg, journalist and former Senior Foreign Policy Fellow at Media Matters Action Network, discusses how his criticism of Israel made him a liability for his former employer; why members of Congress won’t take a risk on controversial issues, even when they have “safe seats;” why the Palestinian Authority risks losing US aid for giving an award to journalist Helen Thomas; billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s circulation-leading, money-losing, right-wing Israeli newspaper; the longtime friendship between Mitt Romney and Bibi Netanyahu; why Americans are free to badmouth US presidents and politicians, but risk being labeled an anti-Semite for criticizing Netanyahu; and the enigma of Alan Dershowitz.

MP3 here. (37:47)

M.J. Rosenberg was Senior Foreign Policy Fellow at Media Matters Action Network. He worked on Capitol Hill for various Democratic members of the House and Senate for 15 years. He was also a Clinton political appointee at USAID. In the early 1980s, he was editor of AIPACs weekly newsletter Near East Report. From 1998-2009, he was director of policy at Israel Policy Forum.


23 thoughts on “M.J. Rosenberg”

    1. Bribe the voting majority to go for peace — Is it doable?

      Well you would be in direct competition with our High Society, the rich nobility that keep 80% of wealth and pass 20% down to the voting majority, those most educated and wealthy who comprise the upper half of society, the only ones with great jobs, terrific homes and deluxe health care.

      So, if we had peace, if all our military hardware was sold at auction and everyone employed directly or indirectly in the business of Empire building, brutal imperialism and plunder, if they were all placed among the unemployed, High Society of course would stop passing down to the voting majority the 20% of its profits because of course it would have no profits.

  1. CNN international may be better than CNN but watching CNN international was still like watching a Cartoon for ADHD suffers with flashy computer animations and confusing changes between thematics and random talking head emissions that had to be under 5 minutes. And then there was Georgia.


    And nothing against Media Matters fighting the Good Fight but their chosen stances are really … could one say "expected"? … defending the "Buffett rule" ("tax us more" from a guy that has just made a paltry 63 million last year. No hidden motives here, ohno …) … and defending the current democratic nomenclatura at all? Attacking Ron Paul? I mean really, guys?

  2. Hats off to M. J. Rosenberg. Someone who has the extraordinary courage of standing up against the huge giant called AIPAC!

    I believe history will remember him as a conscientious soul who feels "the pains of others" no matter if "others" are adversaries of his own tribe.

  3. Arabs are Semites too. Ehud Barack Obama, Netanyahu and the Republicans except for Ron and Rand Paul are anti-Semites.

  4. The Napolitano quote is supposed to horrify you. Followed by their "analysis". These are "facts" that have all been checked by "fact checkers". This is all a bunch of garbage. It's no wonder these people cannot think straight on foreign affairs either. Middle Eastern peasants must be slaughtered so that Obama has the street cred to destroy our health care system.

    Napolitano: "If I Were In The Congress, I Would Encourage Everybody To Vote Against Raising The Debt Ceiling." On the April 11 edition of his Fox Business show Freedom Watch, host Andrew Napolitano interviewed Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ). During the interview, Napolitano spoke repeatedly about the debt limit and at one point said, "If I were in the Congress, I would encourage everybody to vote against raising the debt ceiling."

    But Economic Experts Have Agreed That Failing To Raise Debt Ceiling And Defaulting Would Have Disastrous Consequences – Economic Experts On Both Sides Have Said Balanced Budget Amendment Would Make Recessions Worse, Harm Economy

  5. FACT: Experts Reject Claim That Monetary Policy Is To Blame For Gas Price Spike

    MYTH: Conservative Media Claim Federal Reserve Is Causing Dollar To Fall, And Therefore Gasoline Prices To Rise.

    [Crazed MMTer inflationist] James Galbraith: "Dollar Has Not Been Falling" In Recent Months. Economics professor James K. Galbraith said the problem with blaming the gas price spike on the falling dollar is that "dollar has not been falling (against the euro, say) in recent months. Overall the dollar-euro exchange rate is about where it was when Obama took office." [Email to Media Matters, 3/29/12]

    Nothing but "facts" checked by "fact checkers".

  6. @redwood Only “racists” are concerned with such thing as aunty-sea-mites.
    In the real world theres only motherf…s and non-motherf…s

  7. The newspaper of Sheldon Adelson in Israel is called Israel HaYom (Israel Today) and it's a freesheet comparable to Metro.

  8. Kudos to Scott for pointing out that media matters is a partisan outfit that engages in the same behavior they accuse the 'right-wing' media of.

  9. Media Matters when it stand up to Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh but not when any heat is generated by speaking frankly about Israel?

  10. The compound burned down because on the day they chose to storm it the winds were 35 mph and there was hay stored inside the compound. Just a bad decision. It was a cult, by the way.

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