There is understandable caution among the governments of the U.S. and Israel, and people who care about avoiding a destabilizing Iranian-style revolution.
But the Media Matters anti-"Israel lobby" machine never pauses for thought or reflection. And neither does M.J. Rosenberg of Media Matters, a former "Israel lobbyist" whose new religion is bashing the "Israel lobby."
Media Matters "Political Correction Project," through Rosenberg, already is seeking to blame Israel's supporters in the U.S. for the crisis, AIPAC's Egypt Miscalculation:
If one needs additional proof that the "pro-Israel" lobby and the policies it dictates to US policymakers are bad for both the U.S. and Israel, look no further than what is happening in Egypt.The notion that the "Israel lobby" is responsible for the problems in Egypt is preposterous.
The regime that the Israeli government and its U.S. lobby have depended upon to enforce the status quo is going down. It is not clear when, but it's going to be soon, much sooner than anyone ever anticipated. And you can be sure that any democratic government that takes Mubarak's place is not going to play the role of America's (let alone Israel's) enforcer in the Middle East.
Using that logic, why isn't the anti-Israel lobby to blame; after all, those who argued that the U.S. needed more "balance" in the Middle East long have advocated greater support for existing governments of Egypt and other Arab countries. The calls for greater democracy in the Middle East, even at the risk of destabilizing authoritarian governments, have come not from the anti-Israel lobby, but from the pro-Israel "neocons" and George W. Bush.
In the quest to demonize the "Israel Lobby," Media Matters and Rosenberg take two unconnected issues and create a false causation argument.
At least they haven't blamed Sarah Palin. But give it time.
Update: By the way, if you want a good example of how Media Matters deceptively spreads its talking points, Rosenberg wrote the column linked above for a Media Matters project as part of his job for Media Matters, but then re-posted the same column at TPM without any indication that the column originally was written for and paid for by Media Matters.
Update 2-1-2011: I brought the lack of attribution to Josh Marshall's attention on January 29, but so far no response or updated disclosure at TPM.
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