Media Matters: Obama Administration Mouthpiece

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This time Media Matters’ Mark Gertz coordinated with Schmaler. On July 8, 2011, he wrote to Schmaler asking for her help “debunking what I think is a conservative media myth about Operation Fast and Furious” further noting that “Xochitl directed me to you as the person to talk to.” Xochitl Hinojosa is a DOJ spokeswoman–and a former Media Matters staffer. Gertz was apparently alarmed. “Several media outlets, including Fox News this morning, are claiming that Fast and Furious was paid for with stimulus dollars,” he wrote to Schmaler. “My research suggests that this is not true, and I was hoping you’d be able to confirm that,” further noting that he had to have the information quickly because the controversy was “likely to snowball if it isn’t stopped.”

The two remained in contact throughout media coverage of the scandal, including a Jan. 31, 2012 email chain titled “per our conversation,” during which Schmaler and Gertz collaborated on an article attacking House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa. Another effort initiated by Schmaler was aimed at orchestrating an attack against Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips for his public comments aimed at getting Republicans to take action on the gunwalking scandal. During a Fox News interview, Phillips said Fast and Furious “should be investigated, but we also have to remember the program itself was a partisan program.” Schmaler sent a transcript of the interview to Gertz with the talking points, noting that gun-walking had also been attempted during the Bush administration.

On the same day this exchange was taking place, Media Matters’ Chris Brown wrote a piece criticizing Phillips for referring “to Fast and Furious as a ‘partisan program’ despite the fact that Bush-era investigations featured similar ‘gun walking’ tactics as those used in Fast and Furious.” However, unlike Fast and Furious, the scope of the Bush program “Operation Wide Receiver” was far smaller, specific safeguards such as RFID chips were planted in the guns to keep track of them, the Mexican government was kept in the loop, and finally, no one died as a result of the program. As the Caller notes, within minutes of Brown’s piece appearing online, Schmaler sent an email to Gertz with the full text of the blog under the title “FYI.”

With respect to the bigger picture, the Daily Caller further revealed that there are “numerous examples” of Gertz and Media Matters staffers sending the DOJ full texts of blog entries attacking those in the media who challenged the DOJ. Those who were attacked include Townhall’s Katie Pavlich, writers Joel Pollak and Ken Klukowski; Fox News Channel’s William LaJeunesse, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Megyn Kelly, Martha MacCallum, Bill Hemmer, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity; Sipsey Street Irregulars blogger Mike Vanderboegh; DirectorBlue blogger Doug Ross; National Review’s Andrew C. McCarthy; and the Daily Caller’s Matthew Boyle, who broke this story.

The conclusions to be drawn from these email exchanges are obvious. Media Matters purports to be a “progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.” In reality, Media Matters is little more than a mouthpiece for the Democrat Party’s agenda in general, and a virtual public relations firm for the Obama administration’s agenda in particular. And when the mainstream media pick up their cues from Media Matters, which they frequently do, the unseemliness of the relationship, not to mention the Obama administration’s influence on the press, is only further compounded. That kind of unholy alliance isn’t about “correcting” misinformation. It’s about creating it.

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  • sononthe_beach

    Time and again the DOJ under Holder is found to be withholding evidence and pursuing a political agenda at the cost of justice. He uses the laws like they were putty to be molded as he sees it. Any other Attorney General who had practiced such blatant acts of deceit and deception would have been booted out of office by now. He exists in place only because he is black.

    • dmw

      RE: "He exists in place only because he is black." Disagree with "only". At a local town hall meeting with our Congressman a few weeks ago, he clearly stated that actions on a number of impeachable offenses are being ignored because of the make-up of the U.S. Senate. Consequently, they will do no action (i.e. not waste their time and create an issue that can damage any political capital they may have have) on anything that will ultimately go nowhere.

      • Roger

        This is where I become angry with the house. Impeach them!

        The Senate will have no excuse and we can go after them next. But for them to blame the senate for them not being one of the checks and balances at the time we need those checks the most?


  • Schlomotion

    I wonder which historical precedent Mr. Ahlert is drawing upon when he hopes to knock a seated President out of the race with petty scandal. The Clinton-Lewinsky thing was quite a media storm and even led to the President's impeachment. It also killed the impeachment process as it didn't amount to beans. As I read this article, I don't see how these "scandalous" findings will affect the election.

    • Roger

      Was Nixon a petty scandal?

    • jmz

      did you smoke some household cleaner? hows is gun walking where a border agent and hundreds of mecicans are dead, a voter intimidation, along with the tons of other bs this administration petty or comparable with getting a bj from an intern? I guess libs like you are so used to being lied too and lying and failing at it you dont trust anyone who tells the ruth. also Clinton was not impeached because of the BJ. He was impeached because he perjured himself which is a crime. I know you libs have to problem being lied to. but we hold our politicians to a higher standard. Its laughable that you are so ignorant and yet so smug. enjoy being a slave a little while longer R&R2012

  • κατεργάζομαι

    Ever since he was confirmed as attorney general, Eric Holder has had his own agenda, it is supported by the Obama administration.

    On Jul 2, 2012 … The House voted overwhelmingly to hold Eric Hold Himself ….
    ……in contempt of Congress for with-holding documents on the Fast and Furious scandal…….

    Holder is also taking away states' sovereignty through various lawsuits.
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  • Omar

    Media Matters doesn't care about monitoring "misinformation". Media Matters only cares about destroying the conservative and democracy movements in order to install its version of "democracy" and misinformation" which is left-wing dominance of everything in this country. Media Matters just likes to smear everyone who doesn't agree with the agenda of the so-called "media watchdog" organization. The American people need to defeat Media Matters and its extreme agenda.

  • BLJ

    Eric Holder and the Obama Adminstration's MSM toadies can go jump in a lake. Holder is a piece of human feces and the airheads in the MSM are too stupid (in most cases) to understand that in Obamaland there is no such thing as a free press.

    If by some god forsaken reason this tool gets re-elected I am going to proudly serve the opposition to stand up to his evil rule. It really is the patriotic thing to do.

  • clarespark

    We need to pay more attention to the education establshment, which is preaching the socially responsible message of Obama and company. Harvard trains the good balanced leaders, while their antitype is obviously the un-empathetic Republican. I wrote about their latest propaganda blast here: "Bullies." Just in time for the presidential election. Media Matters follows this line exactly.

  • Ghostwriter

    I don't know,Schlomotion. All of this stuff,combined with what's been going on in the Muslim world should give most Americans pause over should President Obama should be leading this country.

  • Ageofreason

    Information such as that posted in this article frighten me beyond words to describe. Free countries like mine, Canada, rely on the integrity of the people in office in the United States. If they lack integrity, we cannot rely upon them to be stalwart allies. I am at the point of urging our prime minister not to trust the United States in any matter as long as Mr. Obama is president. He is clearly integrity-challenged. I wonder what horrors are in store for Americans if he gains the presidency for another four years. If he does, it will have a devastating effect upon all of the free world. I must add that Congress itself controls spending, and not the President, something pointed out by one of the Frontpagemag writers. A little integrity by congressmen would also seem to be in order.

  • pyeatte

    Since the DOJ is collaborating with Media Matters, we must assume they collaborate with Foxnews. If not, why?