Media Matters Allegations: “Virtually all the mainstream media was using our stuff”…Politico Upset

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Politico is a bit upset about the recent investigative journalist piece done by The Daily Caller on Media Matters.

In that piece they spoke to many former staffers at Media Matters, and what did they find?

Yet those same interviews, as well as a detailed organizational planning memo obtained by The Daily Caller, also suggest that 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.

…Media Matters soon became more sophisticated in its campaigns against non-liberal cable news anchors…

…High profile though these victories against conservatives were, 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.”

But MSNBC executives weren’t the only ones talking regularly to Media Matters.

“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.”

“If you can’t get it anywhere else, Greg Sargent’s always game,” agreed another source with firsthand knowledge.

Reached by phone, Sargent declined to comment.

“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] 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.”

In part two they detailed the target list of Media Matters:

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.”

What is Politico’s beef?

In publishing those quotes without providing evidence, the Daily Caller has put accusations on the public record regardless of whether or not they carry any weight.


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“whether or not the sources carry any weight.”


Erick Erickson details how he became a target of the Media Matters machine:

On January 31, 2012, at 6:20 p.m.,Dylan Byers linked to a Buzz Feed storyabout me that had been posted at 4:10 p.m. The Buzz Feed story itself was nothing more than a straight regurgitation of a Media Matters hit job posted at 1:52 p.m. In fact, the Buzz Feed story was the first link to Media Matters and the Politico was the second according to my Google News Alert that day. You will be unsurprised to learn the Huffington Post was third.

And don’t forget the White House:

A group with the ability to shape news coverage is of incalculable value to the politicians it supports, so it’s no surprise that Media Matters has been in regular contact with political operatives in the Obama administration. According to visitor logs, on June 16, 2010, Brock and then-Media Matters president Eric Burns traveled to the White House for a meeting with Valerie Jarrett, arguably the president’s closest adviser. Recently departed Obama communications director Anita Dunn returned to the White House for the meeting as well.

It’s not clear what the four spoke about — no one in the meeting returned repeated calls for comment — but the apparent coordination continued. “Anita Dunn became a regular presence at the office,” says someone who worked there. Then-president of Media Matters, Eric Burns, “lunched with her, met with her and chatted with her frequently on any number of matters.”

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.

This is what they do…they send out the talking points, “whether or not the sources carry any weight” and then the liberal lapdogs in the media lap it up and regurgitate it.

And who led it all?

This kind a guy:

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.

During a 2008 meeting of the left-wing umbrella group Democracy Alliance outside San Diego, Brock’s unusual behavior drew considerable attention. According to a fellow attendee, “David completely lost his shit. He started getting incredibly aggressive. He alienated important people in the progressive movement, like John Podesta [of the Center for American Progress] and Anna Burger [of the Service Employees International Union]. Lots of drama. There were a lot of conversations about David’s mental health.”

Two years later, at another Democracy Alliance meeting shortly after the 2010 election, Brock behaved in a way one prominent liberal who was there described as “erratic, unstable and disturbing.” Brock’s aggression, this person said, was “hard to ignore and noticed by a number of people,” generating “quite a bit of concern” about his condition. A number of demonstrably odd media appearances Brock made around this time only reinforced those concerns.

…Friends say Brock, who has publicly admitted drug use in the past, was working obsessively and staying out late with compatriots. “They’d close [local bars] and party till six in the morning,” said one.

A number of people in Brock’s orbit believe he was regularly using illegal drugs, including cocaine. “It’s not like he was trying to keep it a secret,” says a female friend of Brock’s.

Sources back at the Media Matters offices describe an atmosphere of tension and paranoia. “Many of us lived in fear that at any point we could be fired,” one said. Brock believed he had received credible death threats, and employed a two-man security detail, at least one of whom was armed and acted as his driver. A new security system was installed in his house. He became concerned that one of his bodyguards was plotting against him.

…Meanwhile, Brock became rigid and harsh with his employees — “viciously mean,” in the words of someone who witnessed it. “He spent a lot of time ripping up researchers. It was abusive. I never understood why more people didn’t quit.” One staffer recalls Brock saying he would like to fire a researcher for being physically repugnant. “David definitely does not like ugly people.”

Yup, sounds like someone liberals would look up to.

Curt served in the Marine Corps for four years and has been a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles for the last 24 years.

26 Responses to “Media Matters Allegations: “Virtually all the mainstream media was using our stuff”…Politico Upset”

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    Media Matters, according to its 2010 tax filing, gave a $200,000 grant to Citizen Engagement Laboratory, Color of Change’s parent group.

    A quick look at CEL Internet IP address shows that it is host to a whole bunch of other “progressive” gestation centers.

    Remote Address Found 20 domains hosted on the same web server as ( (linkback) (progressive artists) (linkback) (linkback) (get Lou Dobbs of CNN) (linkback) (linkback) (linkback) (linkback) (food nanny site) (linkback) (linkback) (GMO food nanny) (linkback) (watch AGW denier weathermen) (linkback) (sharing health care) (linkback) (#Occupy) (linkback) (political voice of Latinos) (linkback) (Latino anti-Marco Rubio) (linkback) (DREAM act) (linkback) (linkback) (linkback) (turn off Fox News) (linkback) (linkback) (poll watching)

    The most interesting is the last, If Republicans tried to do this, they would be under investigation by the Voting Rights Section of DOJ. It’s interesting that PBS is a partner with Common Cause, Rock The Vote, People for the American Way, and others.

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    is in that fraud, how come they are still doing it,
    after they gone under, there will be stories coming out that would raise the hairs of AMERICANS IN FEAR.

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    Why is this crap any surprise to anyone? Being from Texas, I am familiar with Democrat, socialist, uh, progressive ways of forcing themselves back into power.
    Let’s start with LBJ’s resurrecting a whole graveyard in Duvall county, with the help of crony Jim Parr (LBJ won that Senate seat by 28 votes), to the assassination of JFK- done by LBJ, (according to all the well- connected Dems, including Jackie Kennedy). There have been many other Dem, progressive, socialist schemes including the (not one, but two) famous runs for the border that the Leftist legislature did, all in order that they wouldnt be around to do the job that the people elected them to do.
    Once again, I ask- Is anyone really surprised? I think they are traitors, plain and simple.

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    and who ever hurt them well like contributors and journalist, and authors, will sink deep in the mud
    and will be exposed for all to see as soon as the fraudulent anti FOX NEWS BEGIN.
    they at FOX have the guts to bury them and are not to be underestimated ever.

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    Reconstruct the ” T – Line ” at the top of this piece to read ” COCAINE – ILLEGAL DRUG USE RAMPART AT MAJOR WHITE HOUSE LIBERAL-PROGRESSIVE NEWS SERVICE ” then mention Politico. This all goes back to Jason Blair, the plagerist in chief, at the New York Times who was paid 80K/yr doing blow while supplying the city news room with cocaine, Horse, Crack, Ecstacy, and other drugs. Scratch beneath the thin veneer of any of the Leftist-Progressive-Socialist agenda and there arises, like the ghosts in Raiders Of The Lost Ark, the beautiful then hideous images of drug addiction. In terms of Chicken-Egg is it not true that George Soros was the Golden Hen that laid the Media Matters egg?

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    I wish I could understand all of it, because I see something dangerous in there,
    should we do something about it? and what?

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    I got that one too on my own site, and I heard of that CHAVEZ NAME BEFORE
    and found it very surprised and out of place for AMERICA’S FLEETS

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    Richard Wheeler

    Soothsayer I believe JFK assassination most likely involved a conspiracy,Oswald not the lone shooter and Ruby “probably” a paid conspirator. It’s possible Ruby acted on rage alone when killing Oswald. Can’t be sure on that.

    Many wanted Kennedy dead more than Johnson did.. Mafia,Castro,Diem’s wife,the military complex looking to build up in V.N Think any of these had the desire and the means.
    Johnson was personally close to and respected JFK. He and RFK disliked each other.

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    We’re approaching “Grassy Knoll” stuff which means we are all certifiable. As a kid on the Northside, trying to get back to the house in one piece, it was said that it was a hit by the Boyz from Illnoiz (aka: The Outfit”). In 1963, Dallas was a small city with a total population about that of the southside and it was a pit stop for the mule trains transporting Michwachan-Guerro quality weed up into the states. Those trade routes go back to Prohibition when Mexico supplied a lot of quality whiskey and when the 2222 Four Douces Club on Clark Street was an agreed safe haven from all syndicate violence. There was a documentary many years ago on cable television that proported proof that the job was done by a squad of five Corsacians assassins paid off in cocaine on the Mexican side of the border and when filmed only one survived dying in a Marsailles prison.

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    Hard Right

    @Richard Wheeler:
    You wouldn’t know what clarity is if it bit you on the ass. Again, unlike you I know what I’m talking about.

    As for Ruby, he idolized JFK big time. The son of a burlesque club owner stated that Ruby went into his fathers club and flipped out over the fact he was open for business- either on the day of JFKs funeral or the assassination. There was no conspiracy and no shooter on the grassy knoll. When the conspiracy books are compared to each other and the Warren Commission report, it becomes clear beyond a shadow of doubt there was no conspiracy. Oswald the marxist loser acted alone and simply got lucky with lax security which allowed him to murder JFK. Only those who want to believe otherwise do after reading what I did.

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    THEM EVEN ON A PERSONAL VICIOUS WAY, BY USING AND LYING OVER THEIR PERSONAL LIFE,that is how low they are becoming to win the election.

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    obama is cutting billions from the military,and putting them in more dangers than they already have more than they can take
    is that a PRESIDENT who care for AMERICA ? NEVER

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    The news from the Daily Caller website is surprising: David Brock, the founder of Media Matters, had a personal assistant illegally publicly carry a concealed handgun in the District of Columbia in order “to protect Brock from threats.” Few organizations have declared their opposition to gun ownership or concealed carry laws as strongly as Media Matters.

    The group’s opposition to guns has largely been a “scorched earth” approach, demonizing supporters of gun ownership and concealed handgun laws.

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    hi, and they try to convince AMERICANS THEY ARE THE GOOD GUYS SELLING OBAMA,
    they are a dangerous crowd, they will do anything to get OBAMA REELECTED, NOW THEY ARE FREAKING UP CARRYING GUNS illegally FOR THEIR SAFETY, they are now the hunted , quite a big turn of event.
    they under estimated AMERICANS. and they better be scare.

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    @Richard Wheeler: Richard, I know more about LBJ than you, and he is the logical person- sure he didn’t shoot the Prez, but 1)- it happened in Texas, where LBJ was as powerful as anyone, and 2)- had all the resources in Texas to do it, and 3)- even Jackie Kennedy believed it.
    Now, I doubt we will ever prove it one way or another, but if LBJ had the power, (with the help of a few freinds) to raise the dead in Duval County in order that they could vote, he had the power to do this.

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