Is the White House manipulating the media through Media Matters?

posted at 9:15 am on February 13, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The Daily Caller has a multipart exposé on David Brock and Media Matters which will surprise … well, probably no one who reads this site.  Speaking with former and current employees, Tucker Carlson, Vince Coglianese, Alex Pappas, and Will Rahn paint a picture of Brock as paranoid and out of control, but still supremely effective at getting his message out through the mainstream media:

Extensive interviews with a number of Brock’s current and former colleagues at Media Matters, as well as with leaders from across the spectrum of Democratic politics, reveal an organization roiled by its leader’s volatile and erratic behavior and struggles with mental illness, and an office where Brock’s executive assistant carried a handgun to public events in order to defend his boss from unseen threats.

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.

Well, in the interests of full disclosure, I often carry a handgun to public events  — where it is legal to do so — thanks to threats that turned out to be real enough to prosecute.  Then again, I’m not funded by gun-grabbers like George Soros, either.  Given the personal attacks that Media Matters is given to making, I have no doubt that at least a few of their threats are not “unseen” as in “unreal,” but it’s more than a little hypocritical to carry around a concealed weapon (presumably illegally, especially in Washington DC) while supporting tougher gun-control regulations.

The DC has plenty of juicy and salacious anecdotes about Brock, but the real story is how successful Brock has become in shaping the narrative of the national media.  MSNBC is a given, but it’s also become a hard-Left backwater.  Media Matters has done better than MSNBC in setting the table:

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 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.”

Smith, who refused to comment on the substance of these claims, later took to Twitter to say that he has been critical of Media Matters.

However, their real success has been accessing the halls of power, especially the Obama 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.

The actual story here might be the reverse of how Carlson et al frame it here.  This sounds as though the White House uses Brock and Media Matters to conduct a proxy war against its perceived enemies in the news media and to push its propaganda out through the MSM.  The DC’s descriptions of attacks on reporters and media outlets who don’t fall in line would make MMFA a very valuable pitbull for Jarrett and Obama, and one with some plausible deniability, at least until now.  This should really be the screaming red flag in the article, rather than some of the salacious tidbits about Brock.

Interestingly, just a few days ago someone else connected the White House to Media Matters, along with a warning that their relationship could cost Obama the next election.  The name of that right-wing nut?  Alan Dershowitz:

Much more newsworthy than the silly spitballs Blumenthal threw with his screaming article was Dershowitz’s conviction that Blumenthal and his buddies at Media Matters (a media watchdog organization affiliated with the Democratic party and which has recently been widely accused of engaging in anti-Semitism) were going to cost this president the election.

Asked at the pre-event press conference whether he had seen Blumenthal’s article, Dershowitz’s immediate and angry response was: “I have, and let me tell you, Max Blumenthal and Media Matters will be singlehandedly responsible for [Obama] losing this election.  They [the Democrats] cannot win the election and keep this affiliation with them [Media Matters].”

When shown this statement, all Blumenthal could muster (via Twitter) was that “I haven’t been at mmfa [Media Matters] since 2007.”  It was pointed out that Blumenthal’s then-current Facebook page listed him as working for the “progressive organization Media Matters for America.”  Blumenthal did not respond, but he has since altered his Facebook page so that only those “lucky” enough to be his FB friends can see it (although you can still look at the dozens of pictures he posts of himself there).

Dershowitz could be wrong, though.  It might be that the only thing keeping Obama competitive for a re-election bid is Media Matters.


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Read Romney’s political record. It would put Obama to shame.

timberline on February 13, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Repeat:

FOCUS.

Romney is not the enemy.

Good Lt on February 13, 2012 at 10:15 AM

I’m quite looking forward to Part 2 and thereafter from Daily Caller. Part 1 is a very good read.

Lourdes on February 13, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Awww! Conservatives are so scawie of Media Matters.

Uppereastside on February 13, 2012 at 9:32 AM

AAAAAAAAHHHH!

FOX NEWS! ROGER AILES!@!@!!!!

NOOOOOOo!

Good Lt on February 13, 2012 at 10:17 AM

FOCUS.

Romney is not the enemy.

Good Lt on February 13, 2012 at 10:15 AM

DITTO.

Lourdes on February 13, 2012 at 10:17 AM

What was it, three days or so?

rogerb on February 13, 2012 at 9:55 AM

You didn’t think he/she/it was serious did you? It’s getting paid to troll, were talking money here. It will continue until banned I tell ya!

D-fusit on February 13, 2012 at 10:20 AM

How is that different from the Bush whitehouse manipulating the media through Faux?

Example please

LeftCoastRight on February 13, 2012 at 10:20 AM

They would have done better not to include the parts about mental illness. Now its sounds more like a hit piece.

Zaggs on February 13, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Wrong. Wrong, as in, it doesn’t “sound like a hit piece” because of inclusion of the issue of Brock’s mental illness. I’m better informed that they included that bit because, clearly, Brock is mentally ill. What that is remains his information but he sure “sounds” like he’s manic depressive and perhaps schizophrenic (acute paranoia, among other delusions)…just a guess…

Lourdes on February 13, 2012 at 10:20 AM

The actual story here might be the reverse of how Carlson et al frame it here. This sounds as though the White House uses Brock and Media Matters to conduct a proxy war against its perceived enemies in the news media and to push its propaganda out through the MSM. The DC’s descriptions of attacks on reporters and media outlets who don’t fall in line would make MMFA a very valuable pitbull for Jarrett and Obama, and one with some plausible deniability, at least until now. This should really be the screaming red flag in the article, rather than some of the salacious tidbits about Brock.

Yep, and it’s a red flag I’ve been following closely for a couple of years.

“Media Matters war against Fox”

“Fox host blasts White House for refusing to make Clinton, Gates available”

Orlando Sentinel Reporter Sequestered In A Closet At Joe Biden Fundraiser

Obama’s Media Machine: State Run Media 2.0? – Feb. 15, 2011

As the 2012 presidential campaign kicks into gear, President Obama’s White House media operation is demonstrating an unprecedented ability to broadcast its message through social media and the Internet, at times doing an end-run around the traditional press.

The White House Press Office now not only produces a website, blog, YouTube channel, Flickr photo stream, and Facebook and Twitter profiles, but also a mix of daily video programming, including live coverage of the president’s appearances and news-like shows that highlight his accomplishments…

…But while these innovative communications tools ostensibly offer greater transparency and openness, critics say they have come at a troublesome expense: less accountability of the administration by the independent, mainstream press.

Over the past few months, as White House cameras have been granted free reign behind the scenes, officials have blocked broadcast news outlets from events traditionally open to coverage and limited opportunities to publicly question the president himself…

…”The administration has narrowed access by the mainstream media to an unprecedented extent,” said ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton, who has covered seven administrations. “Access here has shriveled.”

Members of the press have always had quibbles with White House media strategies, calling cut-backs in access an affront to transparency, even as administration officials insist they’re simply taking advantage of new technologies.

But some say the current dynamic is different, and dangerous.

“They’re opening the door to kicking the press out of historic events, and opening the door to having a very filtered format for which they give the American public information that doesn’t have any criticism allowed,” said University of Minnesota journalism professor and political communication analyst Heather LaMarre.

Press ‘constantly’ pushing for more access to Barack Obama – May 20, 2011

A frustrated White House Press Corps chief says her members are “constantly fighting” for more access to the media-elusive President Obama — who hasn’t fielded questions from reporters since early April, despite an onslaught of major events, from the “birther” controversy and spiking gas prices to the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Heavy-handed dealings with the press, limited access and strong efforts at message control are emerging as patterns in the Obama White House, journalists and media watchers say.

SF Chronicle video prompts White House threat – Published 04/29/2011

The White House threatened Thursday to exclude The San Francisco Chronicle from pooled coverage of its events in the Bay Area after the paper posted a video of a protest at a San Francisco fundraiser for President Obama last week, Chronicle Editor Ward Bushee said…

White House credibility gap on press coverage – Published 04/30/2011

The White House communications operation has a credibility problem. On Thursday, key people in that office told The Chronicle in plain language that reporter Carla Marinucci would be banished as a pool reporter for future presidential visits because she shot video of a protest inside an Obama fund-raising event in San Francisco. The White House further threatened “retaliation to Chronicle and Hearst reporters if we reported on the ban,” said Editor Ward Bushee.

On Friday, the White House flat-out denied that such exchanges took place.

“Not true,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told Politico.com when asked about the threat.

This is not a matter of spinning reality.

“It is not a truthful response,” Bushee said, bluntly…

White House shuts out Herald scribe – May 18, 2011

The White House Press Office has refused to give the Boston Herald full access to President Obama’s Boston fund-raiser today, in e-mails objecting to the newspaper’s front page placement of a Mitt Romney op-ed, saying pool reporters are chosen based on whether they cover the news “fairly.”

“I tend to consider the degree to which papers have demonstrated to covering the White House regularly and fairly in determining local pool reporters,” White House spokesman Matt Lehrich wrote in response to a Herald request for full access to the presidential visit.

RISE OF THE OBAMABOTS

WHCA VP “concerned” over WH press access policies

White House Beefs Up Online Rapid Response

Press barred from campaign event – June 14, 2011

Journalist: Health and Human Services new media policy ‘Soviet-style power grab’ – Sept 28, 2011

Obama freezes local reporters out of S.F. event – Oct. 25, 2011

Obama White House on press access: a Nixonian quality – Oct. 25, 2011

Journalists complain the White House press office has become overly combative – Dec. 22, 2011

Flora Duh on February 13, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Obama seems to seek out extremists and embrace their ideas and they his. Starting with Reverend Wright(and Michelle but that’s a given),David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett. Some, like Rahm,have something click into place and they bail. Axelrod has partially bailed too.Jarrett probably will not as she has no other place to go.The Media Matters nut is just part of this pattern. The thing is, why can’t people see this, why does he remain acceptable on any level? I guess they want a sneaky, lying, lazy and manipulative prez telling them what and how to think. The worst of it is the MSM themselves–when to they reclaim the 4th estate?

jeanie on February 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

I guess I was the only one who saw the media’s shameless boosterism during the buildup and first year of the Iraq war…..

libfreeordie on February 13, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Oh please. That was the longest runup to a war I’ve ever seen and every scrap of protest was covered in detail and non-stop. Those who opposed the war, lost most of the votes in the UN and they lost most of the votes in Congress which passed with the heavy baking of such liberal luminaries as Clinton and Kerry.

rhombus on February 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM

The actual story here might be the reverse of how Carlson et al frame it here. This sounds as though the White House uses Brock and Media Matters to conduct a proxy war against its perceived enemies in the news media and to push its propaganda out through the MSM. The DC’s descriptions of attacks on reporters and media outlets who don’t fall in line would make MMFA a very valuable pitbull for Jarrett and Obama, and one with some plausible deniability, at least until now. This should really be the screaming red flag in the article, rather than some of the salacious tidbits about Brock.

Yep, and it’s a red flag I’ve been following closely for a couple of years, particularly after reading this.

Obama’s Media Machine: State Run Media 2.0? – Feb. 15, 2011

As the 2012 presidential campaign kicks into gear, President Obama’s White House media operation is demonstrating an unprecedented ability to broadcast its message through social media and the Internet, at times doing an end-run around the traditional press.

The White House Press Office now not only produces a website, blog, YouTube channel, Flickr photo stream, and Facebook and Twitter profiles, but also a mix of daily video programming, including live coverage of the president’s appearances and news-like shows that highlight his accomplishments…

…But while these innovative communications tools ostensibly offer greater transparency and openness, critics say they have come at a troublesome expense: less accountability of the administration by the independent, mainstream press.

Over the past few months, as White House cameras have been granted free reign behind the scenes, officials have blocked broadcast news outlets from events traditionally open to coverage and limited opportunities to publicly question the president himself…

…”The administration has narrowed access by the mainstream media to an unprecedented extent,” said ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton, who has covered seven administrations. “Access here has shriveled.”

Members of the press have always had quibbles with White House media strategies, calling cut-backs in access an affront to transparency, even as administration officials insist they’re simply taking advantage of new technologies.

But some say the current dynamic is different, and dangerous.

“They’re opening the door to kicking the press out of historic events, and opening the door to having a very filtered format for which they give the American public information that doesn’t have any criticism allowed,” said University of Minnesota journalism professor and political communication analyst Heather LaMarre.

Flora Duh on February 13, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Good job, Tucker! The Daily caller has been full of interesting reading lately.

rogaineguy on February 13, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Obama seems to seek out extremists and embrace their ideas and they his.

jeanie on February 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Now where would you get that idea?

Lanceman on February 13, 2012 at 10:26 AM

The people in these institutions that engage in this are corrupt–they’re sellouts–they are NOT professionals. A man who sits down and is fed a story that was produced by some “news clearinghouse” and fed to them by the White House and contains a narrative that the White House wants to get out is not a professional.

ted c on February 13, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Obviously, their concern and goal is not to be “professional” and it’s wrong for those of us not among “them” (Media Matters, specifically and other sources under their influence) to expect them to be “professional.”

It’s like (on another post on this site earlier in comments) how someone was opining about the ethics and ideals of being a journalist and trying to defend those ethics and ideals when Journolisters (among which I include Brock, Media Matters, and others of their association) are not engaged in “professional” or journalistic ethics — they are AGENDA-driven, it’s a political movement, it’s not journalism in the sense of any professional standard, specifically, anything an idealist would expect or recognize.

Thus, it’s wrong or time-wasting to linger and expect a “professional” or professional-ethic to be adhered to by this lot, they’re in it for-to-accomplish an agenda (theirs) and not to practice anything along the way that isn’t a tool toward achieving that.

Lourdes on February 13, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Why yes, yes they are.

That was a rhetorical question, correct?

GrassMudHorsey on February 13, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Vast right left wing conspiracy???

Nothing new. Remember when Gibbs was having morning talking points memos conference calls with ABC, NBC, NYT et al.?

Nothing to see here. Move along. Ignor the man behind the curtain.

Glenn Jericho on February 13, 2012 at 10:28 AM

It is the love affair between Media Masters and the Democrat party that persuades the left that the Republican party has the same relationship with Fox News. What has always ammused me is that the left, while villianizing Fox, finds the over the top smooch fest between the Dems and the fawning press so normal. So normal in fact that they cannot see the relationship.

David, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Don’t forget to send Obama flowers.

Ufdaubet on February 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Flora Duh on February 13, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Whoa! This is getting scarier. How do they live with themselves.

D-fusit on February 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

…”The administration has narrowed access by the mainstream media to an unprecedented extent,” said ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton, who has covered seven administrations. “Access here has shriveled.”

Flora Duh on February 13, 2012 at 10:26 AM

I’ve always liked Ann Compton. Like Wendell Gollher she seems to actually be an objective reporter.

Lanceman on February 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

So the MSM isn’t a ‘watchdog’, it’s a “lapdog”.

GarandFan on February 13, 2012 at 10:31 AM

I don’t think this surprises anyone, but now there are records as to meetings and WH visits. I know the assumption is that the WH is using Media Matters for their purposes, but what if it’s the other way around? George Soros is dictating to Obama on what his agenda should be. Interesting conspiracy theory at this point. I never thought Obama was in charge.

lea on February 13, 2012 at 10:35 AM

So the MSM isn’t a ‘watchdog’, it’s a “lapdog”.

GarandFan on February 13, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Attack dog, with rabies.

the_nile on February 13, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Goodness … David Brock looks like a corpse with no teeth. I guess working for the left ages you dramatically. He could be a zombie for all I know.

darwin on February 13, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Smoking meth will do that to ya too.
It also effects ones cognitive abilities.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 13, 2012 at 10:35 AM

May be somewhat related.

What did Stephanopoulis know and when did he know it?

WisRich on February 13, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Propaganda Media Arm of the White House / Progressives. Joseph Goebbels would be soooo proud.

bob77 on February 13, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Common sense should tell you that’s just not possible.

bflat879 on February 13, 2012 at 10:01 AM

I think I found the reason many haven’t noticed: common sense is no longer common.

Pattosensei on February 13, 2012 at 10:39 AM

So the MSM isn’t a ‘watchdog’, it’s a “lapdog”.

GarandFan on February 13, 2012 at 10:31 AM

A designer dog held under the arm of the Celebutard-in-Chief while the wife goes shopping.

Left Coast Right Mind on February 13, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Smoking meth will do that to ya too.
It also effects ones cognitive abilities.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 13, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Excellent.

rogaineguy on February 13, 2012 at 10:40 AM

They are a coalition of the willing so it isn’t any real victory by media matters. The media is lapping it up already.

tomas on February 13, 2012 at 10:40 AM

How is that different from the Bush whitehouse manipulating the media through Faux?

Awww.

Widdle lefties scawie of Fox News Channel?

Good Lt on February 13, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Obvious article is obvious. Still it is nice to see MM exposed for the trash that it is.

rightConcept on February 13, 2012 at 10:41 AM

I always kind of suspected David Brock as suffering from a mental illness, truth be told. Having an entourage of bodyguards to defend him from non-existent threats seems to confirm that.

Red Cloud on February 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM

May be somewhat related.

What did Stephanopoulis know and when did he know it?

WisRich on February 13, 2012 at 10:36 AM

A very nice catch. Very nice.

rogaineguy on February 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM

MMFA

MMFO

rightConcept on February 13, 2012 at 10:43 AM

What!?!
No!?!
Shocking!

(sarcasm font here please)

gooeylong on February 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Here’s how it all works:

(1) FoxNews reports “Operation Fast and Furious”, Brian Terry’s murder linked to it, ATF, FBI and DOJ officials directly linked to gun-walking fo 2,000 weapons to the Mexican cartels. Memos and proof abounds. Officials resign or are re-assigned. Holder is subpoenaed and threatened with contempt of Congress.

(2) Media Matters says it is all a “manufactured scandal”

(3) Brian Williams reads Media Matters, agrees, does not mention any of the above facts or events, or ANYTHING about Fast and Furious in the now 12 months since Agent Terry’s death.

Damn straight Brock has “succeeded”: a pliant media worthy of Stalin.

-J.H.
http://www.standwitharizona.com

John Hill on February 13, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Like many folks, I wonder how MMFA can get away with being a 501(c)3 org. They’ve been overt in their support for one party, and their attacks on the other. They should lose their nonprofit status. I’m on the boards of several non-profits, and we are extremely scrupulous about how we advocate on political issues, and what percent of our spending goes for that.

juliesa on February 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM

David Brock is not a nice man. He’s not any sort of American. Good for the Caller.

The problem with all of these Sock Puppets, is that “normal” people don’t find this stuff credible.

The question of “Why” has never been adequately answered. (I might suggest that this is a continuation of WWII.)

CrazyGene on February 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM

juliesa

When the cops are corrupt, you can get away with anything. When the cops and the courts are corrupt, there is no hope.

CrazyGene on February 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Brock shares a lot of traits with Olbermann.

Wigglesworth on February 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Them: NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, NY TIMES, WA/PO, LA TIMES, MTV, 95% of Hollywood, 95% of music industry

Us: WSJ, FNC, Rush Limbaugh

Yeah…it’s a really fair fight.

angryed on February 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM

May be somewhat related.

What did Stephanopoulis know and when did he know it?

WisRich on February 13, 2012 at 10:36 AM

A very nice catch. Very nice.

rogaineguy on February 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Actor Ron Silver, conservative convert, relates a story while he was at the inauguration of BillyJeff as the Air Force performed a nifty fly-by.
To Paraphrase …
A disgusted R. Silver: “Just look at those military planes overhead!”
Georgie Fullo’CrapOlust: “But those are OUR planes now”.

Uh Huh …
Every Islamist country on the planet still thanks BJC and wee Georgie.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 13, 2012 at 10:56 AM

YIKES!

Sorry for the almost duplicate posts. I thought the first one didn’t make it through a filter for some reason.

Flora Duh on February 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Propaganda Media Arm of the White House / Progressives. Joseph Goebbels would be soooo proud.

bob77 on February 13, 2012 at 10:37 AM

As would Lenin.

“The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.” Vladimir Lenin

Flora Duh on February 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

On the Big sites, they make the point that the difference between us and the left, in the form of MMFA, is that when we see the media misbehaving, we seek corrections, or just mock them unmercifully. In contrast, MMFA singles out individual journalists for coordinated mass attacks and tries to get them fired. People on the right even came out in support of Keith Olbermann when he was suspended for making a political donation. KO would never in a million years do that for any conservative, as he himself admitted. They have no principles, and their main aim is to intimidate the media into obedience.

juliesa on February 13, 2012 at 11:03 AM

“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.”

As a lifelong S.F. resident who over a decade ago vowed never to pay for another issue of the Chronicle (I only read it online or others’ discarded copies), I can attest to Garofoli being a MMFA parrot, although when local stories within California go national or a Bay Area pol is involved in a national issue, you can also count on his colleague, Carla Marinucci, joining in. Marinucci at all times has Nancy Pelosi’s hand up her behind as if she was a Muppet.

L.N. Smithee on February 13, 2012 at 11:05 AM

There’s no question that the only thing keeping Obama competitive is the media; how much of that is due to Media Matters, I don’t know. Personally, I don’t think it takes a whole lot of bullying on the part of MMFA to persuade the rest of the press to carry on the cheerleading.

I wrote the other day in J.E. Dyer’s blog post that I think the media is carrying Obama’s water in part because they agree almost completely with his agenda and because the WH is basically supplying the media with it’s copy. The text could conceivably be coming from MMFA, though I suspect they’re not entirely responsible for it. Rather, my guess is what the media is reporting is coordinated directly from the communications office of the WH.

BKeyser on February 13, 2012 at 11:06 AM

George Soros is dictating to Obama on what his agenda should be. Interesting conspiracy theory at this point. I never thought Obama was in charge.

lea on February 13, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Be sure to check out the 2 stories Noel posted yesterday over at Newsbusters…noted O’bama Fluffer GPS-Guy Zakaria had Soros as his guest yesterday on his O’bama Worship Show.

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/02/12/fareed-zakaria-asks-george-soros-will-you-create-super-pac-help-presi

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/02/12/zakaria-asks-soros-if-republicans-want-economy-stay-weak-election-yea

Del Dolemonte on February 13, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Is it really manipulation when the media is so eager to go along? You can’t rape the willing…

Jim Treacher on February 13, 2012 at 11:12 AM

knew they could dump stuff to Ben Smith

And they would then get picked up by other news organizations, Huffpo, Hotair, etc….

(Thanks, allahpundit!)

/s

cs89 on February 13, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Whoa! This is getting scarier. How do they live with themselves.

D-fusit on February 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

The same way they live with themselves after Fast & Furious I would suppose. The end justifies the means,

I’ve always liked Ann Compton. Like Wendell Gollher she seems to actually be an objective reporter.

Lanceman on February 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

She and Jake Tapper are the best of the crop at ABC. I haven’t seen a report by Ann in a long time because I refuse to watch any ABC News programs.

I’d also like to give kudos to Sheryll Attkinson of CBS. She’s the only alphabet network reporter that’s reporting anything about Fast & Furious.

Flora Duh on February 13, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Is it really manipulation when the media is so eager to go along? You can’t rape the willing…

Jim Treacher on February 13, 2012 at 11:12 AM

It begs the question as to what information those news outlets would’ve used had MMFA not been there.
The alphabets obviously deem the information as valid and reliable, thus newsworthy, and ignore information to the contrary. Now, its easy to pain with a wide brush, but it appears that these guys obviously had some very willing and capable accomplices within these organizations. I mean, they name names.

ted c on February 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM

How is that different from the Bush whitehouse manipulating the media through Faux?

liberal4life on February 13, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Link? And did you just admit the Obama Whitehouse manipulates the media?

Nom de Boom on February 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM

pain=paint I mean.

ted c on February 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM

this liberal is using the “bush did it too” validation argument. Really? I mean, really? Yeah, Bush had a real tight fisted hold upon the media. Mr. O is to the media and to the use of force what the liberals only dreamed that Bush was to those concepts.

Project We Much.

ted c on February 13, 2012 at 11:18 AM

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

Well, it’s not like that’s very hard considering that the media are so willing to go that direction anyway. It’s like congratulating someone for being able to sell ice water to a thirsty man in the desert. BFD.

jnelchef on February 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM

How is that different from the Bush whitehouse manipulating the media through Faux?

liberal4life on February 13, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Let’s get something straight, shall we? Fox News Channel is the number one cable news outlet. It has more viewers than the other cable nets combined. That does NOT mean that its power extends beyond cable news and overwhelms the big three network’s nightly newscasts, their news programs, AP, Reuters, and other wire services, the major newspapers through the nation, and local newspapers and television stations. The New York Times & the Washington Post are still the go-to authorities as to What Is News This Morning — nobody in the MSM begins a story by citing an earlier Fox News Channel report even when they should.

FNC is successful beyond all expectations, but is still ostracized and stigmatized within the MSM establishment. It will go along with being manipulated by MMFA because they have the same purpose; promotion of a left-of-center lens through which America and the world is viewed, which they believe will somehow improve the world.

L.N. Smithee on February 13, 2012 at 11:21 AM

And to top it all off, Media Matters is a tax exempt organization…so we all get to help them with the propaganda…What a country!

d1carter on February 13, 2012 at 11:21 AM

By Devin Dwyer | ABC News Blogs – 3 hrs ago

The Obama campaign is today beginning a new effort to enlist and educate at least 2 million supporters for a “grassroots communications team” they’re calling the Truth Team.

“The goal is to ensure that when Republicans attack President Obama’s record, grassroots supporters can take ownership of the campaign and share the facts with the undecided voters in their lives,” the campaign said in a statement.

The teams will be first launched in 13 “swing states,” including Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.

The rollout also includes a social media blitz, directing supporters to three new websites: KeepingHisWord.com, which highlights Obama’s record and “promises kept”; KeepingGOPHonest.com, which highlights GOP policy positions; and AttackWatch.com, which fact-checks claims made against Obama on the campaign trail.

“If the other guys are going to run a campaign based on misrepresenting the president’s record – and their own – we have two options: sit back and let these lies go unchallenged, or fight back with the truth,” deputy Obama campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said in an email. “We’re fighting back.”

So far, the “other guys” mentioned on the three websites are almost exclusively limited to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. There is one mention of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and one mention of the pro-Republican super PAC Americans for Prosperity.

Obama organized a similar grassroots effort in 2008 – Fight the Smears – that involved more than 1 million supporters, campaign aides said.

ted c on February 13, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Is it just me or is the media complicity with this administration frightening? And I don’t use that word lightly.

We have 5 of the 6 major TV news organizations in the country parroting what the administration says without any backbone.

I mean the President’s Chief of Staff and the Senate Majority Leader are doing their best Baghdad Bob impression and the media are either ignoring it or purposely burying it.

They, like so many in America, have willingly given up their Constitutionally protected freedoms, for what????

oconp88 on February 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM

How is that different from the Bush whitehouse manipulating the media through Faux?

liberal4life on February 13, 2012 at 9:49 AM

So demand that Obama be impeached for doing so, since you demanded it of Bush.

Or is your whining completely opportunistic and unprincipled, like everything else you liberals do?

northdallasthirty on February 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

The Obama campaign is today beginning a new effort to enlist and educate at least 2 million supporters for a “grassroots communications team” they’re calling the Truth Propaganda Team.

ted c on February 13, 2012 at 11:23 AM

FIFY

Dasher on February 13, 2012 at 11:26 AM

If you want proof that Obama is a heterosexual listen to his brief rendition of Let’s Stay Together, the man has what we might call panty dropping vocals.

libfreeordie on January 21, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Maybe commenting on matters of bias isn’t for you…

Nom de Boom on February 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Obama does not need Media Matters to spread their talking points, the MSM are already their chief purveyors of WH propaganda.

Dasher on February 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Full disclosure Ed….How many times do you print off of Heritage cheat sheets?

freshface on February 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I wonder is Greg Sargent is in big trouble at the WaPo…?
Naw….

d1carter on February 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Journalism. Just ain’t what it once was.

Bitter Clinger on February 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM

liberal4life on February 13, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Link? And did you just admit the Obama Whitehouse manipulates the media?

Nom de Boom on February 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I believe she just did.

But I won’t say manipulates as much as the Socialists in the Downgrade Administration and the Socialists in the National Media being on the same page of Marxism.

They’re fellow travelers – manipulation isn’t necessary.

Chip on February 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM

This liberal is using the “bush did it too” validation argument. Really? I mean, really? Yeah, Bush had a real tight fisted hold upon the media. Mr. O is to the media and to the use of force what the liberals only dreamed that Bush was to those concepts.

Project We Much.

ted c on February 13, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Yeah, we can all remember the fawning coverage of President Bush by the Media….

Oh right we can’t remember because IT DIDN’T HAPPEN!.

Chip on February 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM

And to top it all off, Media Matters is a tax exempt organization…so we all get to help them with the propaganda…What a country!

d1carter on February 13, 2012 at 11:21 AM

This is what’s most irritating of all.

Bitter Clinger on February 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM

While Mr. Brock may not be well, the notion that his organization coordinating with the White House being REALLY, REALLY, BAD may be tough to argue.
I recall a very public meeting between a number of talk radio folk (Medved, Ingraham, and others) and President Bush himself during the Bush administration. Can anyone argue that this Brock meeting with Jarrett is somehow problematic and these meetings between Bush and talk radio folks was NOT ?

mdavt on February 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Awww! Conservatives are so scawie of Media Matters.

Uppereastside on February 13, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Are your English skills so deficient that you have to write this way, or do all liberals express themselves like two-year-olds?

zoyclem on February 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Full disclosure Ed….How many times do you print off of Heritage cheat sheets?

freshface on February 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

You are aware this is a conservative blog with no pretense of non-partisanship, right? As opposed to say, the fair and objective “journalists” at WaPo or some of the other dino media outlets mentioned in the DC piece?

Nom de Boom on February 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM

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

Hard to tell who is at the center of the coordination. They are all wrapped around the One’s finger together.

democratsarefools on February 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM

And right on schedule, the White House announced today an expansion of their AttackWatch.com website, opening two new propaganda sites and the organization of an ambitious 2 million strong “truth squad” program to intimidate those who speak ill of the Democrat tyranny and the President.

MTF on February 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM

We need more media covering the Common Purpose Project meeting so we can get read the stories a week early…

d1carter on February 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Full disclosure Ed….How many times do you print off of Heritage cheat sheets?

freshface on February 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

And another shift checks in…

Del Dolemonte on February 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM

They’re fellow travelers – manipulation isn’t necessary.

Chip on February 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM

That’s generally true, but some of these reporters are probably so dumb they have to be told 2 and 3 times what to write. MSNBC was using Media Matters stuff verbatim on the air. I’m sure there were scripts prepared by the White House as well.

Nom de Boom on February 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM

While Mr. Brock may not be well, the notion that his organization coordinating with the White House being REALLY, REALLY, BAD may be tough to argue.
I recall a very public meeting between a number of talk radio folk (Medved, Ingraham, and others) and President Bush himself during the Bush administration. Can anyone argue that this Brock meeting with Jarrett is somehow problematic and these meetings between Bush and talk radio folks was NOT ?

mdavt on February 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM

One BIG distinction. Brock’s organization is a tax-emempt one. The talk radio folks aren’t. Otherwise, I wouldn’t care that he coordinates with the WH.

Bitter Clinger on February 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Whatever the libs say – The polar opposite is the truth. Vast RIGHT wing conpiracy??? Puhleeeease.

bob77 on February 13, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Get real, everybody plays the game. Conservatives own the airways in regards to talk radio (dinosaur), Liberals own everything else. If we can’t improve our game, then yes the Liberals will win and have their way. I would only be preaching to the choir to state who is currently caring Mr. Obama’s water. Lets just say, we need more written press pushing our side of the story. How do we do this, blogs, blogs, blogs and more blogs. Keep them simple to the point and do not tear down the opponents, only bring to light the error of their ways.

DDay on February 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM

While Mr. Brock may not be well, the notion that his organization coordinating with the White House being REALLY, REALLY, BAD may be tough to argue.
I recall a very public meeting between a number of talk radio folk (Medved, Ingraham, and others) and President Bush himself during the Bush administration. Can anyone argue that this Brock meeting with Jarrett is somehow problematic and these meetings between Bush and talk radio folks was NOT ?

mdavt on February 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I think you just answered your own question. There is a difference between open meetings and closed-door, weekly message coordination.

Nom de Boom on February 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Common Purpose Project’s team pretty much looks like a bunch of Obama people. And what’s “Obama University”???

Nom de Boom on February 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

The rollout also includes a social media blitz, directing supporters to three new websites: KeepingHisWord.com, which highlights Obama’s record and “promises kept”; KeepingGOPHonest.com, which highlights GOP policy positions; and AttackWatch.com, which fact-checks claims made against Obama on the campaign trail.

“If the other guys are going to run a campaign based on misrepresenting the president’s record – and their own – we have two options: sit back and let these lies go unchallenged, or fight back with the truth,” deputy Obama campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said in an email. “We’re fighting back.”

So far, the “other guys” mentioned on the three websites are almost exclusively limited to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. There is one mention of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and one mention of the pro-Republican super PAC Americans for Prosperity.

ted c on February 13, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I follow the Attack Watch Twitter stream. They have been going hot and heavy at Romney for the past couple of weeks.

Flora Duh on February 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Journo-list 2.0….

We knew it was out there, coordinated messages, common themes, a pack attacking in unison and refusing to admit, they are wholey owned by the progressives.

Just proof of what we knew in our gut, and have been seeing bits and pieces of all along. They co-opt reporters, and are proud of it.. every liberal mentioned as a shill, including Ben Smith, should resign, and never again, work in the media.. it’s the same as Treason, selling out the truth for personal political gain.

I’m sorry however, to hear of one thing.. Mr. Morrissey, you had a credible death threat that was prosecuted?.. Oh man, I’m sorry someone caused you and your family that much grief, really I am.. I hadn’t heard this before. I hope that someone paid full price for it..

Take care of yourself sir.. your family.

This coming year is going to be insane. Everyone knows it, the left is desperate, Obama is staring straight into a Carter style debacle. The extreme left, is going to be even more evil than ever.

Please all of you at Hotair, stay careful, stay safe.

mark81150 on February 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Is it just me or is the media complicity with this administration frightening? And I don’t use that word lightly.

We have 5 of the 6 major TV news organizations in the country parroting what the administration says without any backbone.

I mean the President’s Chief of Staff and the Senate Majority Leader are doing their best Baghdad Bob impression and the media are either ignoring it or purposely burying it.

They, like so many in America, have willingly given up their Constitutionally protected freedoms, for what????

oconp88 on February 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM

No, it is not just you. As I said above, I’ve been following this clamping down and manipulation of the press for a couple of years.

And we should be frightened.

As President Kennedy said:

“A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”

Obama is desperate and terrified right now that he won’t be re-elected. If you aren’t aware of what can happen when a narcissist feels cornered and desperate, reading this will make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end.

Flora Duh on February 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Is it really manipulation when the media is so eager to go along? You can’t rape the willing…

Jim Treacher on February 13, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Back to Kennedy, eh?

Fallon on February 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

is this Son of JournoList?

ted c on February 13, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Back when JournoList first blew up and then went away, we also learned about several regular conference calls between liberal media bigs with a White House representative participating, which would set the liberal narrative. This is why they seem to ask the same questions of Republicans and write the same stories, -it’s no fluke.

JounoList went away, but the conference calls no doubt remain. It’s a faster method anyway.

slickwillie2001 on February 13, 2012 at 12:16 PM

This white house is more corrupt than Nixons the difference is the media hated Nixon and they worship Obama

steel guy on February 13, 2012 at 12:16 PM

J. Treacher has it right.

They are all intoxicated from what they consume, what they also dwell in.

They s/b very, very worried about the First Amendment.

With the Catholic Church they should fight to preserve what they all have in the First Amendment.

That Romney doesn’t fight on such a significant issue makes him utterly unfit to win anything.

Schadenfreude on February 13, 2012 at 12:20 PM

How is that different from the Bush whitehouse manipulating the media through Faux?
 
liberal4life on February 13, 2012 at 9:49 AM

 
Or is your whining completely opportunistic and unprincipled, like everything else you liberals do?
 
northdallasthirty on February 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

 
Think of the recent Sandusky/Penn State scandal. There’s very little difference in the mindsets. Ahem:
 

we’re more comfortable with Obama wielding this sort of power because he seems a hell of a lot more effective and responsible with it.
 
urban elitist on February 8, 2012 at 9:33 PM

 
Pedophilia? Well sure, of course sure it’s unfortunate for a couple of those non-celebrity kids, but we’re winning games…

rogerb on February 13, 2012 at 12:24 PM

“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.

Well no friggin’ sh!t.

Ever read a Ben Smith piece?

The guy’s an echo-chamber for crazy leftoid rhetoric.

Tim_CA on February 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Nom de Boom on February 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Obama U.

affenhauer on February 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Probably most of us are regulars at MRC and related sites, and are not surprised.

Just try to talk about it to some low-information voters though – they usually think I’m paranoid, a RW extremist or something. I wonder how many ‘moderates’ or ‘independents’ just lap up a few articles now and then and believe it all.

jodetoad on February 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Get real, everybody plays the game. Conservatives own the airways in regards to talk radio (dinosaur), Liberals own everything else.

Not exactly true. Fox’s ratings in cable news is higher than MSNBC and CNN combined for most time slots.

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/the-scoreboard-thursday-february-9-2_b111828

crosspatch on February 13, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Get real, everybody plays the game. Conservatives own the airways in regards to talk radio (dinosaur), Liberals own everything else.

Not exactly true. Fox’s ratings in cable news is higher than MSNBC and CNN combined for most time slots.

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/the-scoreboard-thursday-february-9-2_b111828

crosspatch on February 13, 2012 at 12:43 PM

ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, PBS I’m pretty sure if you add the viewers up, you may exceed Fox viewers. And stop taking my comments out of context.

DDay on February 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Here’s an excerpt of what I just posted in the Hot Gas “White House Snitch Site” thread:

Anyone remember when the late Tony Snow was Chimpy Bush’s WH Press Secretary?

He had the audacity to start something called “Setting the Record Straight”. It was a regular feature of the WH website, and had accurate facts about assorted stories that the Democrat Media were either not “reporting” or in fact totally ignoring.

The Democrat Media did not like this one bit. So they instructed their Attack Dog, Media Matters, to byte back:

Conservatives tout “combative” Snow’s barrage of false attacks on the media

The White House released a series of statements, reportedly initiated by new press secretary Tony Snow, attacking specific media reports and editorials as misleading. Conservatives in the media have touted the statements as indicative of a new willingness on the part of the White House communications office, led by Snow, to call the press on its misinformation. But Media Matters for America has found that, of the six “Setting the Record Straight” releases issued from May 8 to May 11, at least four are highly misleading.

Media Matters then dissects the 4 releases, which were all critical of the “reporting” of the Democrat Media; one was a criticism of a WaPo Editorial and another was a critique of a NYT Editorial.

To try and prove that these releases were “false”, Media Matters relied on one source, and one source only, to “refute” Snow’s claims. They repeatedly quoted their own coverage.

In the end, however, MM could not prove that any of Snow’s press releases were “lies”, so they had to whine that they “misled”.

Del Dolemonte on February 13, 2012 at 1:02 PM

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