A senior official at Soros-funded Media Matters falsely accused Matt Drudge of publishing a bogus picture of Trayvon Martin, that turned out to be genuine, taken from his Twitter page. After the bogus nature of his accusation was forcefully impressed upon him, senior analyst MJ Rosenberg apologized - not to Drudge, but to readers and the Martin family. This churlish inability to directly address the target of his libel marks Rosenberg almost as seriously as his readiness to accuse first, research later. Fox News reports:
"Racist demagogue Drudge continues to run photo of some kid, not Trayvon for incitement purposes," MJ Rosenberg initially tweeted at 10:56 a.m. ET, after drudgereport.com and other media sites posted a photo of Martin sporting a tank top, looking noticeably older and bigger than he appears in a photograph widely carried by media outlets that have reported on the story.
Rosenberg followed that posting by retweeting a message saying, "Matt Drudge has done more to debase American news coverage than anyone in history of country."
But he was tweeting a different tune at 1:03 p.m., when he wrote, "Mixed up Drudge photo of Trayvon w Michelle Malkin's. Malkin's is an admitted fake. Drudge? Don't know. Sorry." That tweet was immediately followed by another saying, "Malkin apologized for fake #Trayvon photo. I apologize for mixing up her photo with one Drudge used." (snip)
Media Matters is not accepting responsibility for the actions of its senior staff member:
A spokeswoman for Media Matters, a non-profit organization that professes to correct what it considers conservative bias in the media, declined to comment. But the spokeswoman noted Rosenberg's Twitter feed does not necessarily reflect his employer's views.
Rosenberg is a nasty piece of work.
Rosenberg has courted controversy before. Media Matters lists him as a senior fellow, and he specializes in issues involving Israel. He is a vocal opponent of Israel's government and an ardent support of Palestine who once branded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a "terrorist."
Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz has branded Rosenberg an anti-Semite for branding pro-Israel Americans with the name "Israel-firsters." Dershowitz, a lifelong Democrat, has called on the Democratic Party to distance itself from Media Matters. Rosenberg responded to Dershowitz by telling him to "go to Hell" and urging Dershowitz's students to boycott his class.
Now he has acknowledged making a false accusation, and all are warned that Media Matters uses such people.