Monday, February 13, 2012

MEDIA MATTERS..... MORE THAN YOU MIGHT GUESS


There’s a news article today about an organization called Media Matters – a liberal ‘watchdog’ organization hell bent on destroying conservatives and conservative journalists.  It’s also said that they are in daily contact with Valerie Jarret, Obama’s ‘girl Friday’ in the White House, for what are called ‘strategy sessions.’  Questionable as ethics go, but who’s going to make a stink out of it?

According to Wikipedia, …Media Matters for America (MMfA) is a politically progressive media watchdog group which says it is "dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media."  Set up as a tax exempt, non-profit organization, MMfA was founded in 2004 by journalist and author David Brock.  Media Matters for America defines 'conservative misinformation' as "news or commentary presented in the media that is not accurate, reliable, or credible and that forwards the conservative agenda."

As an aside, it was Media Matters that jumped on the Don Imus comment about black players on the Rutgers girls basketball team, referring to them as "nappy-headed hos."  CBS eventually fired Imus from his long-running radio show.

Hmmmmm..  does the name David Brock ring any bells?

Brock was a conservative journalist during the 1990s, gaining notoriety for his book The Real Anita Hill [1993] and later authoring the Troopergate story [1994], which led to Paula Jones filing a lawsuit against Bill Clinton.  Among other things, the story contained the first printed reference to Paula Jones, referring to a woman named "Paula" who state troopers said offered to be Clinton's ‘partner.’

In July 1997, Brock published a confessional piece in Esquire magazine titled "Confessions of a Right-Wing Hit Man," in which he recanted much of what he said in his two best-known American Spectator articles and criticized his own reporting methods.   In February of 1998, Brock published a biography of Hillary Clinton entitled ‘The Seduction of Hillary Rodham’.  After the book’s failure,  David Brock [avowed that] the Road Warrior of the Right is dead."   And in the blink of an eye, he took a hard turn to the left.

Writing again for Esquire in April 1998, Brock apologized to Clinton for his contributions to Troopergate, calling it simply part of an anti-Clinton crusade.  He told a more detailed story of his time inside the right wing in his 2002 memoir, “Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative”, in which he settled old scores and provided inside details about the Arkansas Project's efforts to bring down Clinton.  Later, he also apologized to Anita Hill.

Brock has apparently turned into something of a left-wing-nut whose paranoia has convinced him that he’s the target of right-wing assassins.  In the first article that is a Daily Caller investigative series on Media Matters for America, published yesterday, the authors [Tucker Carlson and Vince Coglianese] say…"Brock… had told friends and co-workers that he feared he was in imminent danger from right-wing assassins and needed a security team to keep him safe."

Read Part 1 of the Daily Caller report here:


1 comment:

  1. Amazing that they [MMfA] can maintain their tax exempt status.... hmmmmm

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