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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Media Matters for America

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Posted on March 28 2011 8:00 am
Jesse Hathaway survived the progressive re-education camps of Ohio University and the People’s Republik of Athens, and now lives and blogs in beautiful Myrtle Beach, SC. Follow him on Teh Twitter, and become part of his Right Turns Only posse.

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David Brock and his group of merry men at Media Matters for America would like you to know that they’re no longer “media watchdogs.” They’re now “guerrilla warriors.”

In what can only be a desperate cost-cutting maneuver to stay afloat financially, Media Matters for America will no longer monitor the media at large for phantoms of conservative bias, narrowing its focus to criticizing a single television network.

Or, to hear Brock—who used to be a conservative until he, apparently, got whacked on the head by a 2 x 4 and lost his mind, or something—tell it, the new focus of Media Matters for America will be waging “war on FOX.”

Did I mention that George Soros appears to believe that Media Mutters is only worth $10 million, or less? The fact that—despite their bluster—they’re only slightly better funded than a mildly successful small-town charity to restore the local Giant Ball of Yarn, is hilarious.

With 90 employees, furiously transcribing every word uttered on Fox News, every day… that’s 90 basement-dwelling liberal arts majors and political science undergrads that would otherwise be pwning 10-year-olds on Call of Duty or Halo.

But is this new Media Mutters strategy—focusing on Fox News (and nothing else!) with the same ambient lighting-like focus that President Obama promised to have on jobs—an efficient use of progressives’ donated money?

MMFA plans to prepare dossiers on everyone in the veritable army of middle managers, behind-the-scenes workers, and other rarely-seen people who help Fox News run, from day to day. They’re assembling a crack legal team to “help people who have clashed with Fox,” and they’ve even hired two reporters to write a book about Fox News.

They’re shifting from “media critic” to “arm of the Democratic Party,” as David Brock’s memo explains:

“Criticizing Fox News has nothing to do with criticizing the press. Fox News is not a news organization. It is the de facto leader of the GOP, and it is long past time that it is treated as such by the media, elected officials, and the public.”

This dovetails nicely with past comments from Democratic Party officials, which leads one to believe that MMFA is giving up the “Media” part of its name, in favor of becoming an outright Democratic Party political campaign office.

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