Professor Alan Dershowitz exchanged blows with Max Blumenthal of Media Matters in his recent address at a University of Pennsylvania event intended to counter the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement on campus.
In response to Dershowitz’s visit to campus, Blumenthal wrote an article entitled, "Torture, Violence Advocate to Keynote anti-BDS Event," with the sub-heading, "Alan Dershowitz, supporter of bulldozing Palestinian towns and torturing criminal suspects, is coming to campus." Blumenthal attacked Dershowitz for being “an open advocate of torture who has urged Israel to destroy entire Palestinian villages, attack civilians and bulldoze their homes.”
Blumenthal of Media Matters, the Democratically-aligned media watchdog organization, has been widely accused of engaging in anti-Semitic discourse, namely the repeated use of the term “Israel firster” by senior foreign policy fellow M.J. Rosenberg, to describe American Jews whose main concern in American politics is its effect on the State of Israel.
In response to what Blumenthal’s article that he saw as slanderous, Dershowitz said, “Let me tell you, Max Blumenthal and Media Matters will be singlehandedly responsible for (Obama) losing this election. They (the Democrats) cannot win the election and keep this affiliation with them.”
Sarah Palin endorsed Dershowitz comments and said, “I agree with Prof. Dershowitz, though obviously I think there are many, many more reasons why President Obama should lose this election (trillions, if you consider his latest budget proposal),” IsraelMatzav reported.
She said that it is right to draw attention to the Media Matters organization in particular, as Big Journalism points out, "Media Matters has been condemned by the Simon Wiesenthal Center for their continued use of an anti-Semitic slur" and even "their own allies have even thrown them under the bus for anti-Semitism.
“This just shows that Americans of all political stripes are awakened to the dangers of unethical journalists and media organizations that deceive their audiences and use bullying tactics to unfairly target political opponents,” Palin continued.