Media Matters for America
Media Matters for America is an organization with members in major media outlets which aims to highlight what it considers conservative misinformation in mass media organizations. Primarily, they target prominent conservative public figures, although Democrats and non-partisan personalities are frequently criticized as well. They were instrumental in lobbying for the firing of Don Imus, whom they considered a moderate for endorsing John Kerry for president in 2004.
Since 2004, Media Matters has monitored conservative media and attacked high-profile conservatives with provocative language. In addition, it is often accused of using out-of-context quote mining. It is headed by David Brock, a former conservative who claims he made up stories about such people as Anita Hill, who charged Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with sexual harassment during Thomas’s confirmation hearings. Brock developed a relationship in the 1990s with then-First Lady Hillary Clinton's press aide, Neel Lattimore, and came out of the closet, announcing he was a homosexual and joining the liberal cause. Brock later hired Lattimore at Media Matters as director of "special projects."
Brock is a self-proclaimed fabricator of lies who strong-armed sources that didn’t agree with him. While writing Blinded by the Right, Brock was hospitalized in a mental facility where he spent time in a "quiet room" and "had delusions, he thought people were trying to kill him," according to the Drudge Report.
Brock outlined his lies and conversion to liberalism in his 2002 book, Blinded By The Right. He launched Media Matters in 2004 after conferring with Hillary Clinton.
“David Brock has invented a new form of political organization: a tax-exempt group that is subsidized by taxpayers while Brock gets to spew his hate/smears,” said Anthony “Andy” Martin, a journalist suing Brock & Media Matters for defamation.
Jamison Foser is described on the Media Matters website as having "served as Research Director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) for the 2002 cycle" and is one of several staffers with connections to the faction of Democratic Party linked to the Clintons.
Glenn Thrush of Newsday has reported very close ties between Brock and the Hillary Clinton campaign, noting that Hillary "advised Brock" on creating his organization. He added, "For her part, Clinton's extended family of contributors, consultants and friends has played a pivotal role in helping Media Matters grow from a $3.5 million start-up in 2004 to its current $8.5 million budget." While speaking at a Daily Kos event; Hillary bragged about her role in "institutions that I helped to start and support like Media Matters and Center for American Progress."
For 2005 Media Matters of America showed assets of $6,344,165 and income of $8,489,663.
- How Hillary's Hit Man Got Imus, Cliff Kincaid, April 17, 2007.
- Video: Tammy Bruce exposes far-left outlets’ hit list on everyone to their right, FOX News, April 17, 2007.
- Media Matters: Defaming Journalists, Getting Sued, by Catherine Moy, Human Events, 05/15/2007.
- Slime-master: inside the `vast right-wing conspiracy' - Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative - Book Review, Christian Century, Nov 6, 2002 by Gary Dorrien.
- Moy, Human Events.
- AIM Report: Hillary's Hit Man Strikes Again, Accuracy in Media, June 19, 2007.
- "Hillary Clinton Told YearlyKos Convention She Helped Start Media Matters" News Busters, October 1st, 2007
- Media Matters For America Website
- Media Matters for America Financial Data Retrieved from Guidstar, the registered trademark and operating name of Philanthropic Research, Inc.
- Rich Liberals Vow to Fund Think Tanks, By Thomas B. Edsall, Washington Post, August 7, 2005.
- The Shadow Party: Part II Continued , By David Horowitz and Ben Johnson, FrontPageMagazine.com, October 7, 2004.
- David Brock: Media Liar, By Jacob Laksin, FrontPageMagazine.com, September 21, 2005.
- Misleading Matters, by Bob Parks, TheRealityCheck.org, retrieved 15/06/07.