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Some Explosive Revelations About Media Matters

The Daily Caller has published some explosive revelations about Media Matters–the group that calls itself a watchdog of the “conservative media”, but more and more is acting like a harasser of prominent conservatives.

Somehow the Daily Caller obtained internal memos of Media Matters and got employees of Media Matters to reveal some very damaging facts about the organization.  Some of those facts include:

* The Founder of Media Matters, David Brock (see photo), exhibited erratic, sometimes bizarre behavior, according to some of his present and former colleagues.  This included hiring a security detail to protect him.  One member of the detail, Haydn Price-Morris, carried a holstered and concealed Glock handgun when he accompanied Brock to events, including events in Washington, D.C., a city with famously restrictive gun laws.  As the Daily Caller also notes:  ”The intensity of the 2008 campaign, say those who knew Brock at the time, seemed to exacerbate his bouts of what appeared to be mania, a condition from which he had apparently suffered for some time. In 2002, the Drudge Report reported that Brock had ‘suffered a breakdown’ the year before and was treated in the psychiatric ward of Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington.”

* Media Matters has had regular contact with  the Obama White House, including a weekly “strategy call.”

* Media Matters shaped news coverage by harassing journalists.  One Media Matters staffer described how the organization would retaliate if a journalist wouldn’t cooperate:  “If you hit a reporter, say a beat reporter at a regional newspaper, all of a sudden they’d get a thousand hostile emails. Sometimes they’d melt down.”

* One internal Media Matters memo described something of an enemies list.  The list contained many people you’d expect to be on such a list–such as Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, and Sean Hannity–but also some people you might not expect–such as Peter Thiel (founder of PayPal), Eric Cantor (the House majority leader), and Carly Fiorina (former HP CEO and candidate for U.S. Senate).

* Another internal memo at Media Matters noted, “We should hire private investigators to look into the personal lives of Fox News anchors, hosts, reporters, prominent contributors, senior network and corporate staff.” 

The Daily Caller series, it is obvious to me, is the product of tremendous effort and some outstanding sleuthing.  As I write (11:30 am Pacific), Media Matters has not posted a response on its web site, nor even mentioned the series.  Further, with only one small exception or two, no mainstream media outlet has mentioned the series either.  (Slate and Politico have mentioned tiny aspects of the series. )

  1. Spin

    Of course this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.  But it is important to point it out.  The left are the “say anything, do anything crowd”, and will stick-at-nothing to enact their progressive agenda.  I think it is interesting that Burns said, referring to Fox News “is a political organization, and their aim is to destroy a progressive policy agenda.”  I didn’t know that was a bad goal for Fox News to have.  Don’t try to destroy our political agenda, but we’ll destroy yours, is the message.

  2. EJHill

    These folk need to lose their 501(c) status. Now.

  3. Tommy De Seno
    C

    I’m still holding my breath waiting for an apology from Media Matters for the pieces they wrote about me (Obama’s release of his long form birth certificate proved me correct and Media Matters’ criticisms of me wrong).

    Turning blue in the face here….

  4. kesbar

    This certainly won’t spur the Journalism profession to hold itself accountable.    Self-interest trumps all.  It’d be like IRS agents auditing each other.  Won’t happen without major public pressure.

  5. DrewInWisconsin

    “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.”

  6. Daniel Perez
    etoiledunord

    What’s It Like to Work at Media Matters?

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/3961622/whats-it-like-to-work-at-media-matters/ · 18 minutes ago

    Edited 17 minutes ago

    Hahahaha, nobody like Gutfeld to handle these issues..

  7. flownover

    “… with only one small exception or two, no mainstream media outlet has mentioned the series either.

    The silence is probably more powerful that the work that Media Matters actually gets out. 

    Alot of attention is being given to their ability to plant stories. Please take a peek at the killing of stories, as this had possibly had a bigger impact on events and opinions. 

    The “friday night news dump” is a catchphrase many Americans are learning, but what they aren’t forced to disclose or acknowledge is a large body of facts and we need to fashion a mechanism to toss that ball over the heads of this media defensive squad and into the public’s eye.

  8. doc molloy

    Brock seems to have a touch of the Assange’s.. I doubt Rupert Murdoch has a security detail to protect him and he has the likes of Brock harassing him every day. Media Matters isn’t just wiki it’s wacky.. and weird.

  9. Colin B Lane

    With all due respect, these revelations aren’t exactly news. When you announce a campaign of “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” against a television news network, as MMfA did last March, it’s probably safe to conclude that they consider no tactics to be off limits.

    That they coordinate this campaign with the Alinsky Administration should come as no surprise. 

  10. 10 cents

    Job Opening

    We want to start a liberal web site that exposes the right wing.

    Requirements:

    1.  You must be an ex-conservative that has seen the compact florescent light. Remember to tell people that you were a liar then now you are a “truth sayer”. 

    2.  You must be able to “use” employees in a “sweat way”. (Please pronounce this as sweet way. It is the liberal way to effectively get production.) 
    3. You must destroy all conservatives ruthlessly. For the simple reason they could become an ex-conservative and take your job.
    4. Normal well-adjusted people need not apply.  The more dysfunctional the better.

    You maybe wondering why we only hired ex-conservatives to head sites like Huffington Post and Media Manners. Seriously, would you trust a liberal to run anything. Remember Air America. Look at Current TV.  Only an ex-C gives any chance at success.

    Please send resumes to Dr Faust who will make you a  bargain oh, I mean job offer.

  11. DocJay

    These are the kind of pieces needed to deal with the left wing spin machine.  Gutfeld discussed this on The Five yesterday.  I’ll get the lotion.

  12. Cutlass

    “The intensity of the 2008 campaign, say those who knew Brock at the time, seemed to exacerbate his bouts of what appeared to be mania, a condition from which he had apparently suffered for some time. In 2002, the Drudge Report reported that Brock had ‘suffered a breakdown’ the year before and was treated in the psychiatric ward of Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington.”

    I’ve always wondered what could inspire the rare shift from conservative to liberal.  Book sales alone always seemed too cynical, but outright madness makes perfect sense. 

  13. Bereket Kelile

    Boy, David Brock sounds like the guy from The Office (UK version) who would carry a cellphone in a gun holster like the ones that detectives wear under their suit jackets.

  14. flownover

    Brock sounds alot like guys I knew in the 70s, coked up and playing with guns. Paranoid to the max. Good to know someone like that is having a weekly call with the White House, that Soros gives him millions, and that his blathering ends up on the front pages for an unwitting and gullible public.  Does this guy entertain any other perversions we should know about ? Or is that racist to ask ? Does he have any Belgian blood ?

  15. Sisyphus

    I’m okay with not making the enemies list myself. Just an obscure blogger and they don’t even list Breitbart or Malkin (sorry guys, I share your pain), but to not go after Ricochet, that nest of sock puppets trying to make conservatism sound civil and, dare I say it, compassionate…that’s just too cruel.

    Let’s redouble our efforts gang, and knock one out of the park for Peter and Rob. (They left Woo and Epstein off! Who are these guys reading, anyway???)