Blogging AIPAC

This morning Eli Lake predicted the pounding that the NetRoots would put on Democrats for appearing at AIPAC’s Washington conference. It’s no surprise, then, to find lots of commentary doing exactly that. Exhibit A: M.J. Rosenberg’s commentary at TPMCafe.

Writes Rosenberg: “But, according to CQ some of the same Democrats most vehement about ending the Iraq debacle are resisting denying the President unilateral authority to go to war in Iran. The hypocrisy is astounding. It is worth noting that the AIPAC conference begins in Washington this weekend with thousands of citizen lobbyists being deployed to Capitol Hill to deliver the message that Iran must be dealt with, one way or another.

This battle over the Pelosi language is part of the overall Iran effort.

And you thought it couldn’t happen again!”

But Rosenberg neglects to provide one central fact in his blogging — his relationship with a rival organization to AIPAC! Rosenberg’s bio states that he “works in Washington supporting US efforts to advance an Israeli-Palestinian agreement.” Rosenberg fails to disclose how or where he works to that effect. For that, you can go to Back in January, I wrote “as far as M.J. Rosenberg goes, he is the Washington representative of a national group, the Israel Policy Forum, that has been trying to supplant the primary pro-Israel lobbying group in America, AIPAC, for more than a decade, another old story.”

According to the IPF website, Rosenberg is “the Director of Israel Policy Forum’s Washington Policy Center.”

If ethics on the blogosphere mean anything, the rule is that people have to disclose their relationships. Marshall got some interesting stuff out of Rosenberg, who has essentially endorsed the hateful Walt-Mearsheimer “Israel Lobby” thesis. (He told The New York Times: “‘The way it works is that most members of Congress feel that saying things on the Middle East that are not strictly the Aipac line will get them in more trouble than it’s worth.”)

Look, blogging is difficult. The demand for speed sometimes gets in the way of accuracy. I tend to make more mistakes blogging than in my written work — both in terms of typos and mistakes of clarity. But when they arise, it’s important to correct them. And, most of all, readers have to know your biases, conflicts and interests in these items.


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