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Media Matters for America

Left-wing "media watchdog" group headed by David Brock and funded with money from George Soros and others. Their overall goal is to stifle debate through the usual "liberal" practice of calling people 'racist" and the like. Their entries frequently have a pompous, faux-academic tone, a tone that the contents of those entries rarely if ever live up to. Some of their entries about anodyne comments from their opponents leave even those on their side scratching their heads wondering what was wrong about the comments that MMFA was shocked - shocked! - by.

Staff and helpers include the following persons of various levels of disrepute:
Eric Alterman
Duncan Black (Atrios)
Max Blumenthal
Eric Boehlert
Jamison Foser
Eric Hananoki
Paul Waldman
Oliver Willis

Last modified Dec 22, 2008
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Courage Campaign has no credibility or ethics (Russell Pearce, ALEC) - 02/06/14

... higher-profile groups including Media Matters for America [1]. A recent tweet [2] from them shows that they have no ethics and no credibility: Every wonder why @ALEC_states supports extreme anti-#immigration laws? Here’s a clue… #TBT #StandUpToAlec That links to the image embedded to the right (click for a larger version). The quote from former Arizona state senator Russell Pearce is such a...

Truth Revolt: yet another incompetent rightwing media watchdog (David Horowitz, Ben Shapiro) - 10/07/13

... Horowitz that aims to be the Media Matters for America of the right. A glance at their site shows that they aren't even close to rising to MMFA's low level. Given that Ben Shapiro is leading their efforts they probably never will. The MMFA link above currently has 62 posts, many of which are designed to show MMFA wrong to their audience. And, since 2003 or so I've left dozens of comments at MMFA...

Solange Uwimana of MMFA hypes Bloomberg / Rockefeller study designed to lower wages (immigration reform) - 09/17/13

... immigration point person for Media Matters for America - offers "New Study Shatters Conservative Media Claims About Immigration" ( peekURL.com/zkRAeZM ). A brief discussion of her post follows after the excerpt: One of the most repeated claims against immigration reform from conservative media is that legalizing immigrants would negatively impact the U.S. economy. Another is that immigrants take...

All in with Chris Hayes isn't diverse, despite his race obsession (MSNBC) - 03/30/13

... below. The picture below is a Media Matters for America chart that Hayes trumpeted to prove he's more diverse than others, and he recently crowed to the Columbia Journalism Review that he uses "hard quotas" (cjr . org/realtalk/chris_hayes.php): "We just would look at the board and say, 'We already have too many white men. We can't have more.' Really, that was it," Hayes says. "Always, constantly...

Pat Buchanan fired from MSNBC; why couldn't conservatives have kept him on the air? - 02/17/12

... Jones, Anti Defamation League, Media Matters for America, Human Rights Campaign, and others. Given that, you might think that at least conservatives would have at least tried to keep him on the air. So, why didn't they? Some Tea Parties types are willing to drive hundreds of miles to wave loopy signs, yet they weren't willing or able to try to keep Buchanan on MSNBC. It would greatly serve...

Daily Caller series on Media Matters: reporters they feed information; coordination with White House? - 02/12/12

... in a series of reports [1] on Media Matters for America ("MMFA") based on internal memos, statements from former staffers, and other interviews. Notes follow, first an excerpt: ...[a former staffer says] "We were pretty much writing (MSNBC's) prime time... But then virtually all the mainstream media was using our stuff." (an internal memo about their campaign against Lou Dobbs says:) "As part of...

How Glenn Beck could have kept his Fox News show - 04/07/11

... in the money. Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America crows about that here: mediamatters.org/blog/201104070011 As Boehlert points out, only a small set of low-level companies were willing to advertise on his show, due no doubt in large part to boycotts against those advertisers and the far-left's attacks on Beck. Absent those attacks and boycotts it's difficult to imagine why large...

Rightwing wants to stoop to MMFA, CAP level (opposition research, SHOCK!, hypocrisy...) - 04/03/11

... opposition research groups like Media Matters for America and the Center for American Progress. They certainly might have some short-lived success with it, especially due to Fox News no doubt retailing their reports. However, along the way they'll also negatively impact U.S. society almost as much as CAP, MMFA, and similar groups have. Thankfully, they won't be able to do as much damage to the U...

Reason Magazine misleads about Jared Loughner (+AllahPundit, Glenn Reynolds) - 01/18/11

... should be obvious that I'm not a Media Matters for America fan, but when they're right or close to it, they're right or close to it. And, they make a strong case to back up that claim here. Reason isn't doing their friends in the teaparties or in other parts of the deranged right any favors by trying to paper over the impacts of inflammatory rhetoric. Needless to say, the video is linked by...

Juan Williams fired by NPR, and his supporters won't be able to do anything about it - 10/21/10

... Now, tasting blood, groups like Media Matters for America are going after NPR's Mara Liasson for her appearances on Fox [2]. Needless to say, rightwing bloggers and the like are up in arms about the firing. However, unless they manage to make an awful lot of noise very quickly, what they're doing is going to have little or no long-term effect. The effective way to do things would involve a two-...

Jocelyn Fong of Media Matters misleads about immigration (Harold Hurtt, ICE) - 06/27/10

Former Houston police chief Harold Hurtt was recently named to a leadership position at ICE; see the backstory here. He took heat from Fox News and others because, as explained at the link, under his leadership Houston was one of the sanctuary cities.

Mari Del Carmen Aponte nominated Ambassador to El Salvador: NCLR, PRLDEF links; cleared of being Cuban spy - 12/21/09

Barack Obama has nominated Mari Del Carmen Aponte to be Ambassador to El Salvador: 1. About a decade ago she was accused of being a spy or asset for Cuban intelligence; her boyfriend at the time visited the Cuban consulate in Washington DC on a regular basis and she broke up with him after he wanted to take a trip to Cuba. She was apparently cleared of the charges. For excerpts from...

Drop Dobbs: illegal activity-supporting racial power groups and far-left want Lou Dobbs off CNN - 09/17/09

... about hate crime statistics) * Media Matters for America * Frank Sharry * Reform Immigration for America * Center for New Community * Hispanic Institute (see below) * Dolores Huerta Foundation (promoted demographic hegemony, hatred against Republicans) * National Hispanic Media Coalition * National Puerto Rican Coalition * New Democratic Network * Netroots Nation (from Dailykos and others) *...

Media Matters lies: Hawaii has not authenticated the certificate on Obama's site (Corsi, Dobbs, FAIR) - 09/16/09

Media Matters for America offers a smorgasbord of smears in "At "hate group" event, Dobbs embraces discredited birther Jerome Corsi" (mediamatters.org/research/200909150042, not bylined): On his radio show -- broadcast from the anti-immigration organization Federation for American Immigration Reform's (FAIR) "Hold Their Feet to the Fire" legislative advocacy event -- Lou Dobbs interviewed...

Alexandra Marks of CSM lies: Hawaiian officials never confirmed the certificate on Obama's site - 08/05/09

... controversy" [1] about an ad Media Matters for America is running against Dobbs for him daring to mention the Obama citizenship issue. It includes this: Officials in Hawaii have confirmed multiple times that the birth certificate produced by the Obama campaign in 2008 is legitimate. Factcheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, has also seen...

When even Glenn Beck turns on the "Birthers", should they get a clue? (+ HotAir <3 MMFA) - 08/04/09

... that the love affair between Media Matters for America and HotAir continues, with Allahpundit embedding the audio at MMFA's link at [1]. Maybe if I FAXed the link above to HotAir or Beck in a nice crayon font they might be able to understand this. [1] hotair.com/archives/2009/08/04/audio-birtherism-ripped-to-shreds-by-glenn-beck

Media Matters lies about Obama certificate issue ("The Definitive Birther Takedown") - 08/01/09

Media Matters for America offers the un-bylined "The Definitive Birther Takedown" (mediamattersaction.org/factcheck/200907280002). A brief glance shows it contains at least one lie and other misleading statements. 1. They proclaim the following as a "fact": "Not Only Has The Certificate Of Live Birth Been Verified By Numerous Officials, Other Primary Source Documents Verify Contents". That's an...

Ed Morrissey must think that Hawaiian state law is a "Birther theory" - 07/23/09

... special treat: a shout-out from Media Matters for America in their article 'Unlike Dobbs, some conservative media think birthers are "nutburgers"' (by Julie Millican, mediamatters.org/research/200907220051). Rather than criticizing him, they were giving him a cookie for helping "[to] debunk[] the birth certificate rumors" about Barack Obama, linking to Morrissey's "The sadly obligatory SCOTUS...

MediaMatters, Campaign for America's Future cheer political benefits of declining numbers of whites (Eric Lotke) - 05/27/09

... Campaign for Americas Future and Media Matters for America - have released a report authored by Eric Lotke entitled "America: A Center-Left Nation" (ourfuture.org/report/center-left-nation): The wind is at our backs. It's safe to push. It's important that we do. We need to channel the energy of our center-left nation, and achieve the promise, not the compromise. The crisis is great, bold action...

Jesse Washington /AP mainstreams MMFA smears, shows no regard for protecting U.S. from epidemic - 05/02/09

... smear article from Tom Allison of Media Matters for America in which the latter downplayed the risk of illegal aliens bringing the swine flu into the U.S. The MMFA article used some admittedly offensive - and counter-productive - comments from radio hosts in order to attempt to prevent discussion about this topic, and it formed the basis for several posts at blogs and the like. Now, efforts by...

Low-wattage radio, TV hosts say dumb things about Mexicans and swine flu; leftwing attacks in order to support illegal activity - 04/30/09

... (huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/30/swine-flu-a-mexican-immig_n_193707.html), linking to a Media Matters for America video apparently containing instances of conservative radio and TV hosts discussing the issue of Mexicans - specifically illegal aliens from that country - bringing the swine flu into the U.S. At the same time, Ryan Powers of ThinkProgress offers "Conservative talker suspended after...

Tom Allison /MMFA downplays threat of Mexicans bringing swine flu across the border (+Olbermann, HuffPost) - 04/28/09

[UPDATES BELOW] Tom Allison of Media Matters for America offers "Paranoia pandemic: Conservative media baselessly blame swine flu outbreak on immigrants" (mediamatters.org/items/200904270037). He quotes various rightwing commentators but offers little analysis of his own, never attempting to refute any of their points. While I understand we're supposed to be shocked and mortified by their...

Irony meets stupidity: Chicago May 1 immigration rally might have gotten more people than all tea parties - 04/17/09

Media Matters for America offers a clip from Fox News in which Geraldo Rivera says (mediamatters.org/countyfair/200904160042): "[T]he grand total of all of the tea party demonstrators" was less than the number "at that immigration rally in 2006 in the city of Chicago alone" Even if the "parties" got a little more than that, Rivera isn't far off. And, that helps illustrate just how pathetic the...

Morgan Weiland of Media Matters leaps to defense of illegal aliens, ACORN - 04/07/09

Morgan Weiland of Media Matters for America offers "Conservative media consistently scapegoat undocumented immigrants, ACORN" (mediamatters.org/items/200904070005). That former United Nations intern is here to defend both, even if she doesn't do it so well. There are several parts and discussing what's wrong with those is left as an exercise. However, here are two:

Dennis Roddy /Pittsburgh PG, SPLC, LGF, HotAir, Kos use tragedy to smear opponents - 04/05/09

... York Times and Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America continue the smear (link, link).

McCain lashes out over leading on immigration "reform" and not getting "Hispanic vote"; not a moment of clarity - 04/03/09

... that. UPDATE 2: Dianna Parker of Media Matters for America uses the article to continue their tradition of misleading about McCain's position on immigration, saying (mediamatters.org/items/200904060003): Yet, despite repeatedly referring to how McCain "buck[ed] his party on immigration" prior to 2008, at no point did the article address McCain's flip-flop on immigration reform during the 2008...

Hannah Dreier /MediaMatters misleads about Nancy Pelosi position on raids (Lou Dobbs) - 03/25/09

Hannah Dreier of Media Matters for America offers a misleading view of Nancy Pelosi's recent remarks in Dobbs falsely claimed Pelosi said "immigration law enforcement is, quote-unquote, 'un-American" (mediamatters.org/items/200903240035): Summary: On his radio show, Lou Dobbs asked his guest for his "reaction" to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "saying last week that enforcement in the workplace,...

Terry Krepel needs logic lessons (Obama certificate issue) - 03/11/09

... Krepel - a a Senior Editor at Media Matters for America - shows his inability to understand basic concepts of logic:

Zogby poll shows how misinformed Obama's supporters are (and is yet another example of Obama's opponents making mistakes) - 11/19/08

John Ziegler - a former KFI talk jock who was pushed out after a dispute with John &amp; Ken - has a video documentary including interviews with Barack Obama supporters showing how ignorant and/or misinformed they are. His site (link) also includes a Zogby poll he commissioned that tries to show the same thing. Unfortunately, some of the questions that are supposedly true either aren't true or...

Lil' fascists: Barack Obama supporters on Jerome Corsi's detention in Kenya - 10/07/08

... a comment. * Hannah Dreier of Media Matters for America engages in various logical fallacies but in regards to the topic of this post she completely takes the Kenyan government's word for the facts of the detention (mediamatters.org/items/200810080027). A similar report from Julie Millican and Nathan Tabak focuses on a politically incorrect skit from G. Gordon Liddy and completely ignores any of...

Truth Fights Back, just not too well (John Kerry on anti-Obama smears) - 08/14/08

John Kerry's "Campaign for Our Country" has started a new website called Truth Fights Back (truthfightsback.com), and it's pretty bad. For instance, consider the post "Barack Obama is not aligned with Weather Underground", which combines 3rd-grade-level writing with 3rd-grade-level thinking. This is the "smear" (truthfightsback.com/site/smear/200): Republicans have repeatedly pushed a bogus story...

Judy Bachrach/Vanity Fair smears Lou Dobbs - 08/08/08

Freelance writer and Vanity Fair contributor Judy Bachrach offers a smear of Lou Dobbs in "Lou Doubts" (poder360.com/article_detail.php?id_article=549). It's yet another example of the illegal activity-supporting establishment trying to reduce his influence in order to profit from illegal activity in one way or another. It's not clear whether the article already appeared in VF, whether it will...

Pew Hispanic: interest in immigration lags behind education, cost of living, jobs, healthcare, and crime - 07/24/08

The Pew Hispanic Center has released their "2008 National Survey of Latinos: Hispanic Voter Attitudes". It finds that a great majority of those surveyed support Barack Obama over John McCain (66% vs. 23%). And, interest in immigration is lower than that in education, the cost of living, jobs, healthcare, and crime.

Paul Waldman wins the BOSA! (Barack Obama Sycophant Award) - 06/19/08

Congratulations to Paul Waldman of Media Matters for America, who's just now won the BOSA, also known as the Barack Obama Sycophant Award, the Toady, the Yglesias, and other names too numerous to mention! Last seen here calling the NAFTA Superhighway a myth and then admitting that it exists in one form, Waldman contributes to the American Prospect's TAPPED. BOSA judges "tapped" the following...

Media Matters for America on immigration "myths" ("Fear and Loathing in Prime Time") - 05/21/08

Media Matters for America offers a "report" called "Fear and Loathing in Prime Time/Immigration Myths and Cable News" (mediamattersaction.org/reports/fearandloathing/online_version). It attempts to address some of the "myths" supposedly promulgated by Lou Dobbs, Bill O'Reilly, and Glenn Beck. Not only that, but members of Congress are involved in helping them push their support for illegal...

Eric Hananoki/Media Matters tries pretending that McCain differs from Hillary and Obama on immigration - 03/26/08

Eric Hananoki of Media Matters for America offers "Chicago Tribune falsely claimed Clinton, Obama, and McCain "essentially agree" on immigration" (mediamatters.org/items/200803250002): Summary: In an article on immigration as a campaign issue, the Chicago Tribune reported that Sens. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John McCain "essentially agree on the need for an overhaul of U.S. Immigration...

Brave New Films: Robert Greenwald attacks Fox News "virus" - 03/16/08

Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films has a new crusade: trying to stop the Fox News "virus" that supposedly spreads from Fox to the rest of the MSM, specifically as it relates to criticism of Barack Obama. Their foxattacks.com/virus page makes it clear that, if Greenwald had his way, Fox would be off the air: Fox is a Republican mouthpiece, not a legitimate news organization.

We Can Stop The Hate: Mexico-linked groups try silencing opponents of illegal immigration - 01/31/08

... Conference on Civil Rights * Media Matters for America (has received money from George Soros) * Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund * Southern Poverty Law Center Their targets include Lou Dobbs, Glenn Beck, Pat Buchanan, and others, and a video from them is here. The easy way to defeat their effort is to go to public appearances by their representatives and ask them about their...

Barack Obama's extremist church? (Trinity United Church of Christ) - 01/17/08

Does Barack Obama belong to an anti-white, far-left church? Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ certainly appears to have made some interesting statements (link, link, link). The last includes excerpts from Obama's book.

CNN, the most Soviet name in "news" (plants at Democratic debate) - 11/17/07

Thursday's CNN Democratic debate featured more than wimpy questions and a CNN-approved lie. Some of the audience members who asked questions weren't just regular Joes and Janes. And, CNN failed to disclose those links. From the transcript: [Wolf Blitzer:] you're going to be hearing directly from voters here in Nevada. They're going to have a chance to ask these Democratic presidential candidates...