In case you were getting tired of the endless birth-control flogfest, Fox News has come up with another bogeyman to weary your ears with. I refer to (shudder) the most villainous villain of LEFT WING MEDIA, Media Matters for America.
Bill O’Reilly gave plenty of air time on Monday to a Daily Caller “expose” of Media Matters, which he described as “one of the most vicious left-wing outfits.” (translation: it attacks O’Reilly a lot). He invited Fox News contributor and Daily Caller maven Tucker Carlson to share some MMFA horror stories with his audience.
Carlson started by saying that he used unnamed sources because it was so hard to get anyone to talk on the record, even people who were no longer with MMFA. “They’re still in the orbit of Media Matters. And frankly, I think virtually everyone we talked to was still a committed leftist.” He blamed their willingness to talk on their issues with the management of David Brock, who runs the organization.
He didn’t elaborate on Brock’s management deficiencies, though. Instead, Carlson told of a litany of “left-wing” media types who rely on information from MMFA, whether the info is true or false – people like the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson and Greg Sargent (author of the Plum Line blog) and anyone at MSNBC. “The line that we had from someone who worked at Media Matters for a long time was, and I’m quoting now, “We basically write [MSNBC’s] prime time. Anything we write, particularly anything that pertains to FOX News.” And: “there wasn’t one person virtually we interviewed from Media Matters who didn’t say…: if you’ve got something and you can’t place it, no one will take it, give Greg Sargent a buzz on his cell. He’ll take anything.”
Following that interview, it was time for Bernard Goldberg’s take on the issue. Goldberg noted that 10 years ago in his book “Bias,” he complained of “too many like-minded liberals in too many American newsrooms.” Now, he moaned, it’s even worse because of groups like Media Matters which is “masquerading as a media watchdog” but are really a “political assassination organization” and they have ties to the White House besides.
Look here, O’Reilly asked, is there a corresponding organization on the right? Yeah, Goldberg replied, there is the Media Research Center, which “does God’s work” exposing liberal media bias. (Just for your information, gentle reader, a few weeks ago Media Research Center announced a “$5 million campaign exposing media bias.”) But they’re not “character assassins” like MMFA, said Goldberg, who then wailed rhetorically, “Where can you go where you’re gonna get an organization that cares about media bias and corruption, not only when it’s from the right and not only when it’s from the left? That’s my concern.” (You really want to know, Mr. Goldberg? I’ll give you a hint: it’s not at Fox News.)
There are at least three posts about Media Matters on the Fox Nation right now some of which feature character assassination of Brock and there have been several segments on Hannity and elsewhere. Oh dear. This could go on for weeks.