Media Matters Exposed

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Media Matters, the left-wing media watchdog, has had a rough time of late. Notwithstanding its mission of “comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media,” it is Media Matters that has come under withering media scrutiny.

The group’s troubles started in December when M.J. Rosenberg, a senior foreign policy fellow at Media Matters Action Network, a sister site, set off a media firestorm by calling Israel’s supporters “Israel firsters.” Media Matters’ use of the term, whose implication of loyalties to Israel first and America second echoes a classic anti-Semitic trope, was widely panned by the Jewish community and by newspapers like the Washington Post. The ensuing backlash cast a harsh light on Media Matters’ extremist politics, all the more so when neither Rosenberg nor Media Matters abandoned the slur.

Now Media Matters is once again in the crosshairs following a damning exposé by Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller. One of the Daily Caller‘s more notable revelations is the extent to which Media Matters has become successful in dictating the content of left-liberal media. As documented by the Caller, newspapers like the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times all take their editorial cues from Media Matters’ talking points.

Prominent columnists like the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne have been among the most receptive to Media Matters spin. Indeed, as a follow-up investigation by Front Page shows, it is remarkably easy to trace a direct line from Media Matters to Dionne. In March 2007, Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert charged that Republicans and Fox News were waging “a smear campaign against NPR.” Dionne clearly got the message, because just a few months later he was reprising the charge of a Fox News “smear campaign against NPR” during an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press and denouncing Fox as a “Republican propaganda network.” The latter attack echoed Media Matters founder David Brock’s charge that Fox was part of a “Republican noise machine.” If nothing else, Dionne’s faithful recitation of the Media Matters line on Fox shows that the left-wing pundits most willing to ascribe a political agenda to the network are themselves being directed by partisan interests.

Even as it was denouncing Fox as Republican propaganda, Media Matters was putting its own propaganda on the air via left-wing networks like MSNBC. So minimal was the fact-checking and editorial supervision at MSNBC, apparently, that a Media Matters source boasted to the Daily Caller, “We were pretty much writing their prime time.” Left-wing bloggers were even more willing to serve as mouthpieces for Media Matters, most notably Washington Post blogger Greg Sargent. Embarrassingly for Sargent, Media Matters sources describe him as being so eager to rehash their editorials that the organization considered him a reliable dump for its content. As one source boasted to the Daily Caller, “If you can’t get it anywhere else, Greg Sargent’s always game.”

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  • Dissertation

    Nice post about "Media Matters Exposed"

    • jenifer

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  • Rifleman

    When media matters projects about Fox being an arm of the GOP, what they're really saying is cnn, nbc, abc, nbc, and npr are all arms of the dp.

  • kafir4life

    Anybody know if there's anything to the rumor that when Brock visits the White House that he and BO go private on the "down low", similar to what B-Rock would do in the back seat of cars back in college? Rumor has it that he liked to snort coke off the "laps" of some of the brothers, and was a very popular fellow, and now likes to "treat" David as thanks for the Goebbels-esque treatment. I've heard that Moochella likes to watch.

    • mlcblog

      Eeeeuuww! that is gross.

  • pstmeoff

    In response to the Valerie Jared exposure I would like to just iterate that nothing needs to be made up. Use their own words to hang them!

  • WilliamJamesWard

    That media matters is a front for those persons that would bring down liberty by
    way of falsehood and subversive misinformation they should be under investigation
    by the FBI. As our Government is in the hands of subversives we will have to
    wait and see what happens after the next general elections. Closing them down
    and let all know that freedom of the press is not freedom for falsehood……….William

  • Mike

    Lets get on with the revolution already. Im ready to take this country back from the leftist hacks and restore it back to its constitutional roots. No more dirty politicians spending my money on things like foreign aid and welfare. The time has come to stop playing nice. In the words of Nugent – Suck on my machine gun!

  • Brujo Blanco

    Control the content and flow of information you control the people.

    • Blaze Pascal

      They are working on it.

  • astral

    So that's why the Ten Commandments piss of the progressives so much.
    Something about not bearing false witness?
    Oh and ditch Thou shall not Murder, too, so the PP crowd can feel better..

    • DMW

      But Commandments 1 and 10 bracket them so nicely (the ones about having no other Gods and not coveting, which they encourage others to do in spades).

  • reader

    The main point is that Media Matters must be prosecuted for violating its tax-exempt status granted to non-partisan organizations, which it clearly isn't.

    • soylent green

      Yeh, but who's going to do it? Eric Holder? I'm sure he'll do it right before he resigns for authorizing 'Fast and Furious'.

      • fred dawes

        you can see

  • mrbean

    Media Matters operates in regular coordination with the highest levels of the Obama White House, as well as with members of Congress and progressive groups around the country. Brock, who collected over $250,000 in salary from Media Matters in 2010, has himself become a major fundraiser on the left. According to an internal memo obtained by TheDC, Media Matters intends to spend nearly $20 million in 2012 to influence news coverage. They are in violation oftheir non-partisan non-profit tax status big time. When Obama is ousted, prosecute them big time.

  • Guest

    The sad part of this is not the fact that media matters has this power. We all know that. The conservatives have no such movement of power. We spend our time earning a living and caring for our families while the leftist can send out legions of government and union paid supporters oe have them write letters.

    • mlcblog

      Oh, I think we are not without power.

  • No Dhimmi tool

    I'm a "bleeding heart" liberal who agrees with the conservatives on the subjects of Islam and illegal immigration. I scoffed at the claims of the right that the lamestream media is heavily biased in favor of liberal and leftist views.

    Until the brouhaha over Lowe's and "All-American Muslim" – at that time, the preponderance of leftist media outlets on Google News became abundantly obvious. All I did was a search on Google News for "Lowe's," and a slew of critical, hateful articles came up, spewing and vomiting all over Lowe's. You could hardly find one supportive article on Google News.

    Moreover, CNN is left of center, while MSNBC is clearly leftist. Ditto with most other media outlets on basic cable TV. Only FOX consistently represents conservatives, so what is all the shrieking and wailing from liberals that the MSM is biased towards conservatives?

    Sorry, but that's just plain false. Looks more to me like conservatives have the run of radio, but not the rest of the media, especially not TV or news agencies in Google News.

    I remain a liberal centrist on pretty much all over subjects, but leftists clearly have their heads where the sun don't shine when it comes to Islam and illegal immigration – and these are two of the most pressing immediate threats to our civilization.

    • DrBukk

      It is not a lie that the lame stream media favors the left. Recall Dan Rather's attempt to smear Bush's military record and influence the presidential race based on laughable "evidence". How about the NYT trotting out McCain's "affair" while knowingly covering up John Edward's pregnant girlfriend while his wife was dying? How about ignoring the vacuum that is Obama's past


      They are trying to take radio from conservatives, which is why conservatives are gearing left.

  • Stephen_Brady

    Comments like yours give me some hope for the future … at least, on some issues!

    As a conservative since the Goldwater Campaign in 1964, I can tell you that the main reason I started listening to Rush Limbaugh, in the first year of his syndicated program, is that I finally heard someone who "spoke my language". Today, I sometimes get frustrated with the number of liberals on FOX, but their motto is "Fair and Balanced", so I generally give them a pass.

    I agree with you 100% about the threat posed by Islam and illegal immigration.

  • NotaBene

    I'd love to se any of their actual reporting challenged. Too bad FPM thinks the only crims worth condemning are thought crimes.

    • reader

      Reporting? Is this a news outlet? So, why won't they give up their non-profit tax exempt status then? Can't even get the story straight, "reporter".

      • NotaBene

        Ae you kidding me with this? Reporting, analysis…yeesh.

        • reader

          Do you even understand what the tax-exempt non-profit status is and what it entails? And if you do, do you really care? My hunch is, neither. Because, by and large, the left attracts mindless plunderers at heart.

  • 11bravo

    Now that Judge Natalotano is out of work; someone should pay him to look into the constitutionality of such close media colusion with "any" presidency or political party. This could be seen as sedition in light of the fact of the brazen leftist marxist, anti-constitiutional slant the dems have shown. Trying to defeat the intent of the constitution through subverive means IS a crime.
    Their is a case to be made to impeach the entire government (it will never happen) but…they all took an oath to uphold the constitution not circumvent it.


    Here is the deal with these Stalinists as Dershowitz so eloquently put it;
    "The issue is never the issue, the issue is always the revolution'.
    Hence, Brock and MMFA are not bothered one iota about this.

    They will cont on their Jew hating diatribe and putting down Americans who are patriotic and stand up for allies, inc Israel.


    In fact, look at their page today, they dont care one bit about their Jew hate.
    HOW do the Jews that are over there stay with MMFA???

    Honestly, this is how conservative people should react to the leftists'
    Say nothing.
    Just push forward and expose.

  • BOB

    The voice of conservatism, whether talk radio or Fox News, to an extent, is anathema to liberalism, which cannot compete in the arena of ideas and talent.

  • Fred Dawes

    what media matters is all about control of you and make you think like some monkey and to keep you in line so you can't think out of that monkey box.

  • Stephen_Brady

    Many years ago, when Gary Hart was running for President, I called Walter Jacobson … a Chicago "journalist" … to tell him something about Hart. Gary Hart was once a ministerial student in a fundamentalist church, and was dirt-poor. When he attended Bethany Nazarene College, in Bethany, OK, he came under the influence of a professor at the school. The professor … who was later fired when it was revealed that he was a communist … saw the "promise" in Hart, and put him into contact with powerful people. Before long, he was in Yale.

    I thought the story was interesting, and called Walter. He told me, "Well, it is interesting, but I won't touch it with a ten-foot pole."

    I asked why, and he replied, laughing, "'Cause I want to see the guy in the White House, moron!"

    So much for fairness and honesty, and it's much worse, today …

  • mlcblog

    Like the rest of the left, they do the things they accuse others of.

  • maghrebchristians

    Good title for article.

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  • karen

    Where IS MaSM coverage on this errrant group????

  • fightwarnotwars

    The most notable omission from this so-called Daily Caller “exposé” is that it does not allege any inaccuracies in Media Matters steady stream of denunciations and corrections. MM have never hidden the fact that they are "progressive/liberals". So what's so shocking about this? Did the pay off journalists? Did they wiretap people's phones and hack their emails? (no wait! who did that?!).

  • Flowerknife_us

    The old saying that the truth will set you free really needs to be applied here.It's got to beat the snot out of going through anger management classes for the rest of ones life.

    Are any of this duds friends trapped in the US embassy in Egypt by chance?

    It would be a tad stressful to be stuck between the truth,lies and miss-representation of ones own making.

  • joseph

    Media matters people are not stupid, only insidious. They know that by peddling their spin and sending their goons out for PR promos on C span, etc., will result in more controversy and more agitation, hence a natural increase in curiosity ratings. Sort of like brawlers sent out by a corrupt city council to stir up unnecessary trouble and thereby justify their expansionist police force program. All news organizations will make mistakes or get a story wrong now and then, but 'progressive liberals' are under the delusion that this just happens with conservative outlets. You might want to get your head out of your______ and see how many wrong stories have been published by The New York Times (Jason Blair), Washington Post (manipulated by the CIA for decades), CBS (Dan Rather forced to resign for false reporting), and the list goes on and on and on…

    Media Matters, here's a challenge to prove that you are truly interested in news accuracy. For the next year, only go after MSM news orgs. If you do that with fervor and integrity then conservatives and independents will start listening.

  • Diane A.

    Shame on you Media Matters for collaboration w/AG Holders communications dept. to spin the news the way they want!
    Diane A.

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    any program with a political bias should be given a rough time.