Kathy Shaidle

Media Matters tries out "scare quote-fu" on Glenn Beck's Free Press report

Posted on October 8 2009 9:00 am
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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Nice work if you can get it.

Some folks work in coal mines. Others are waitresses who live on tips. But if you’re one of the lucky ducks in the “George Soros Steno Pool” otherwise known as Media Matters, you get paid to… post clips of other people’s tv shows without comment, then stick a few scare quotes in your headline.

Here’s one new scoop at Media Matters:

Beck attacks media-reform organization Free Press and its “radical, Marxist founder” Robert McChesney

Now remember: those scare quotes around the words “radical, Marxist founder” are a form of left wing shorthand, intended to convey the following:

  • Robert McChesney is NOT a radical Marxist
  • Being a radical Marxist is no big deal anyhow
  • Glenn Beck is a big fat wiener head

However, as we’ve been reporting here since July — when a Free Press staffer started working at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) — Robert McChesney and Free Press are, uh, radical Marxists.

Via Discover The Networks:

On January 12-14, 2007 in Memphis, Tennessee, Free Press sponsored another National Conference for Media Reform. Exhibitors at the event included the Revolutionary Communist Party; Mother Jones magazine; Pacifica Radio; Amy Goodman; and representatives of the so-called “9/11 truth movement,” which contends that the September 11 attacks were carried out by U.S. government officials who then blamed their deed on innocent Muslims.

Prominently featured for sale at the Conference were books authored by Barack Obama, Al Gore, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Mikhail Gorbachev, former White House reporter Helen Thomas, and Webster Tarpley, a former associate of Lyndon LaRouche.

And of course:

At a panel discussion moderated by Paul Waldman of Media Matters for America, participants argued that the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections had been “stolen” on behalf of Bush.

The libertarian free speech group Technology Liberation Front (their site’s Soviet style graphics are ironic) has more on McChesney:

He is the godfather of the media reformista movement, the founder of Free Press, and an avowed socialist. And he has made his intentions in this regard abundantly clear throughout his prolific career. In his book Rich Media, Poor Media, he says that “Media reform cannot win without widespread support and such support needs to be organized as part of a broad anti-corporate, pro-democracy movement.”

But I guess since McChesney doesn’t actually use the word “Marxist,” he can’t possibly be one!

So let’s review: Free Press advocates decentralizing ownership of broadcast media. And now a former Free Press staffer is at the FCC. Which ultimately controls what you hear and see on radio and television.

Speaking of which: given Glenn Beck’s eight-million daily listeners to his #3 rated nationally syndicated radio show, this biographical factoid is particularly amusing:

McChesney also hosts the “Media Matters” weekly radio program every Sunday afternoon on WILL-AM radio; it is the top-rated program in its time slot in the Champaign-Urbana area.

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