Exposed: Media Matters Collaborated With Obama White House and News Organizations, Made Enemies List Of 'Preliminary Targets'

Posted on February 14, 2012 by

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Conservatives have known this for years, but Media Matters is NOT a non-partisan “fact checker.” It is a Soros-funded attack dog dedicated to discrediting conservative individuals, groups and media outlets that dare to speak out against the Left’s agenda.

Vince Coglianese reports at the Daily Caller:

An internal Media Matters For America memo obtained by The Daily Caller reveals that the left-wing media watchdog group employs an “opposition research team” to target its political enemies. Included in the list of targets are right-leaning websites, conservative think tanks, prominent financiers and donors, and more than a dozen specific Fox News Channel and News Corporation employees.

“We will conduct extensive public records searches and compile opposition books on individuals,” declares the memo, likely written in late 2009. Investigations, it says, “will focus on the backgrounds, connections, operations and political and financial activities of the individuals.”

Read the complete “Enemies List” at the Daily Caller

Fox News reports that its employees were being specifically targeted by Media Matters:

Liberal media watchdog group Media Matters once contemplated harassing Fox News employees with yard signs in their neighborhoods, hiring private investigators to dig into their personal lives and retaining a “major law firm” to study legal action against the network, according to a report Tuesday in the Daily Caller.

Read more at Fox News

The Daily Caller’s damning investigation reveals “erratic behavior, close coordination with White House and news organizations“:

…Media Matters has to a great extent achieved its central goal of influencing the national media.

Founded by Brock in 2004 as a liberal counterweight to “conservative misinformation” in the press, Media Matters has in less than a decade become a powerful player in Democratic politics. The group operates in regular coordination with the highest levels of the Obama White House, as well as with members of Congress and progressive groups around the country. Brock, who collected over $250,000 in salary from Media Matters in 2010, has himself become a major fundraiser on the left. According to an internal memo obtained by TheDC, Media Matters intends to spend nearly $20 million in 2012 to influence news coverage.

Donors have every reason to expect success, as the group’s effect on many news organizations has already been profound. “We were pretty much writing their prime time,” a former Media Matters employee said of the cable channel MSNBC. “But then virtually all the mainstream media was using our stuff.”

The report continues:

Media Matters has perhaps achieved more influence simply by putting its talking points into the willing hands of liberal journalists. “In ‘08 it became pretty apparent MSNBC was going left,” says one source. “They were using our research to write their stories. They were eager to use our stuff.” Media Matters staff had the direct line of MSNBC president Phil Griffin, and used it. Griffin took their calls.

Stories about Fox News were especially well received by MSNBC anchors and executives: “If we published something about Fox in the morning, they’d have it on the air that night verbatim.”  […]

The entire progressive blogosphere picked up our stuff,” says a Media Matters source, “from Daily Kos to Salon. Greg Sargent [of the Washington Post] will write anything you give him. He was the go-to guy to leak stuff.” […]

“The HuffPo guys were good, Sam Stein and Nico [Pitney],” remembered one former staffer. “The people at Huffington Post were always eager to cooperate, which is no surprise given David’s long history with Arianna [Huffington].”

“Jim Rainey at the LA Times took a lot of our stuff,” the staffer continued. “So did Joe Garofoli at the San Francisco Chronicle. We’ve pushed stories to Eugene Robinson and E.J. Dionne [at the Washington Post]. Brian Stelter at the New York Times was helpful.”

“Ben Smith [formerly of Politico, now at BuzzFeed.com] will take stories and write what you want him to write,” explained the former employee, whose account was confirmed by other sources. Staffers at Media Matters “knew they could dump stuff to Ben Smith, they knew they could dump it at Plum Line [Greg Sargent’s Washington Post blog], so that’s where they sent it.”

Reporters who weren’t cooperative might feel the sting of a Media Matters campaign against them. “If you hit a reporter, say a beat reporter at a regional newspaper,” a Media Matters source said, “all of a sudden they’d get a thousand hostile emails. Sometimes they’d melt down. It had a real effect on reporters who weren’t used to that kind of scrutiny.”

Read more at The Daily Caller

Most damning are the revelations about Obama’s partnership with Media Matters, which gave him unprecedented influence over the content of news reports regarding his administration, the Democrat party and the “progressive” agenda:

Media Matters also began a weekly strategy call with the White House, which continues, joined by the liberal Center for American Progress think tank. Jen Psaki, Obama’s deputy communications director, was a frequent participant before she left for the private sector in October 2011.

Every Tuesday evening, meanwhile, a representative from Media Matters attends the Common Purpose Project meeting at the Capitol Hilton on 16th Street in Washington, where dozens of progressive organizations formulate strategy, often with a representative from the Obama White House.

Still, this dangerous level of controlled media messaging wasn’t enough for Obama.  In 2009 he attempted to block Fox News from the press pool because of their unfavorable reporting.  He has routinely intimidated  and bullied reporters, often restricting their access to the White House if they dared to step out of line.  He had the Department of Homeland Security monitor journalists online.  He’s collaborated directly with journalists, hosting them at White House gatherings where they were given talking points to coordinate the message for the 2012 election.  Even veteran liberal reporter Helen Thomas complained that ‘not even Nixon’ tried to control the media like Obama does.

Obama has tried to control the message via his infamous “fishy list,” the “Attack Watch” snitch site, his own “Ministry of Truth,” and now his new “Truth Teams” project.

This latest exposé of Obama’s collaboration with the Lefitst propaganda machine is sure to bring up plenty of questions about how little he was vetted prior to 2008, and how much he is still hiding now.

If you’re looking for an alternative media watchdog, TruthOrFiction.com is a TRUE non-partisan urban legend fact checker.  Newsbusters is also a great independent media watchdog resource which is unapologetically conservative and honest, and doesn’t collaborate with any political party.

Cross posted at ThoughtsFromAConservativeMom.com

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