The Center for American Progress and Media Matters are not just radical by American standards; they are extreme even by the standards of the Democratic Party. They are radical even by the standards of those who consider themselves liberal. They are the 1 percent of the party, funded by the actual 1 percent, and in control of the 99 percent. And it is specifically their extremism when it comes to Israel and the Jewish people that have touched off a growing rebellion among Jewish Democrats.
Obama has faked right on Israel in time for the election, but the radicalism of the Center for American Progress and Media Matters exposes the fakery for what it is. Whatever words may scroll over Obama’s teleprompter, the brain trust at the Center for American Progress, whose policies have dominated his administration, shows what the next four years will truly mean for Israel.
The animosity of the Center for American Progress and Media Matters for Israel is completely unsubtle. It can be seen at a glance on their websites. It can be seen on the Twitter accounts of their fellows where anyone opposed to the destruction of the Jewish state is branded an “Israel Firster”. It can be seen in reports which blame American attitudes towards Islam on a Jewish conspiracy. It can be seen in their obsessive campaign to deny Iran’s genocidal nuclear plot to carry out a second holocaust.
There has always been a schizophrenic split between Obama’s moderate image and his radical reality. That split came to the fore with the revelation of racist rants by his mentor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, but while Obama eventually set aside Wright when it was clear that he had become a liability and was unwilling to moderate his tone for the sake of the election, he has an entire gang of Jeremiah Wrights writing up his talking points, massaging his policies and setting the tone for his administration. A gang which operates out of the Center for American Progress.
The Obama Administration has tried to have it both ways, coating a radical interior with a moderate whitewash. Calling for a break with an organization that Time Magazine described as “Obama’s Idea Factory” is a courageous and important step. And it is not a step that Obama is likely to take.
Obama refused to break with Jeremiah Wright, until the latter left him no choice. He will certainly not break with two entire organizations of Jeremiah Wrights funded by a man who makes Wright seem like a saint and a model of tolerance and philosemitism by comparison. And that refusal exposes the lie of moderation, it is a refusal that cannot be disguised or dressed up.
Following an Uncle Howard policy, Obama tried to elevate Soros’ J Street anti-Israel lobby to the status of a major Jewish organization. A status that was completely undeserved and baseless. J Street has failed in its mission and that leaves major Soros funded groups like the Center for American Progress and Media Matters naked in their bigotry.
By demanding accountability, Dershowitz has transformed the Center for American Progress and Media Matters from assets to anchors around the neck of the 2012 Obama campaign.
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