Just a few months ago, Media Matters delighted in mocking Fox News star Glenn Beck’s latest novelty: a red phone set up to take calls from the White House, should it ever care to correct Beck’s alleged “falsehoods” about its Mao-loving, 9/11 Truther staffers.
Media Matters even approvingly quoted Wall Street Journal columnist Thomas Frank assertion that Beck’s red phone “really symbolizes a new kind of ignorance”:
What Mr. Beck’s silent phone really symbolizes is a new kind of ignorance, a coming high-tech dark age in which people can choose to blow off professional standards of inquiry; in which they can wall themselves off with cable TV and friendly Web sites, dismiss what displeases as liberal bias, and demand that any contrary view be transmitted to them via telephone call from the president himself.
Oh, and Media Matters just semi-famously declared Glenn Beck its “Misinformer of the Year: 2009″.
Well, guess what? Media Matters has just unveiled… it’s own Glenn Beck Phone! They want him to phone them if they say something inaccurate about him or something. Get it?! Yep, it took them three months to think of that idea.
As Mediate’s headline put it — anticipating my response and yours — yes, “this is real.”
And so very, very sad.
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