Media Matters Accuses U.S. Of Bombing Al Jazeera Bureau
In stunningly anti-American remarks delivered at an Al Jazeera forum on social media at the Sheraton Hotel & Resort in Doha on May 22, 2010, Media Matters's M. J. Rosenberg claimed the U.S. deliberately bombed Al Jazeera's Baghdad news bureau. Rosenberg also pronounced Al Jazeera a "mainstream" news organization, said Fox News was dangerous, host Sean Hannity was a "right-wing liar" and appeared to celebrate Barack Obama's aloof treatment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the leader of something less than a unique and strong U.S. ally - according to a Daily Caller report by Jamie Weinstein.
“Yes, I applaud too. Which means people from the United States government go on Al-Jazeera. This is very significant. Under the Bush administration, Al-Jazeera was boycotted by the United — it was worse than boycotted: As you well know, it was bombed by orders of the United States government.”
Rosenberg was presumably referring to either the U.S. bombing of Al-Jazeera’s Baghdad bureau in 2003, which killed one journalist, or the bombing of an Al-Jazeera office in Kabul in 2001. The U.S. government maintains both were accidental, not intentional.
Rosenberg's opinion of Al Jazeera contrasts significantly with that of Fox News, which he labels "dangerous" and basically dishonest.
While Rosenberg called Fox News “a very, very dangerous force in the United States” and Fox News host Sean Hannity “one of the biggest right wing liars on Fox News” during the speech, he praised Al-Jazeera as “mainstream” and “factual.”
“It just shows that everywhere in the world people are watching Al-Jazeera because people know it’s going to be — one, it’s factual,” he said.
Given these revelations, one gets a sense that Media Matters for America (MMfA) isn't simply antisemitic, it's un-American, as well. Rosenberg seems to think that any outlet the least bit supportive of Israel is somehow biased and not to be trusted, while also accusing America's major news outlets of censoring news from the Middle-East.
“It has footage, it has pictures which we are essentially not allowed to see in the United States, that the networks don’t allow of what is going on in Iraq, what’s going on in Afghanistan.”
Bizarrely, Rosenberg also claimed the left-of-center New Republic magazine, which regularly defends President Obama, was “very much of a right wing, Jewish publication.”