So much for cooling down the rhetoric. At a time when liberals are blaming the “vitriol” of the conservative movement for violence in America, Media Matters (a liberal group which targets conservative media) is planning what it calls a campaign of “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” against Fox News. It just goes to show that if liberals can’t win on message, they will seek to destroy the messenger.
In a story running on Politico.com, Media Matters founder David Brock described the old strategy against Fox News as one of “containment.” The new strategy is simple: “War on Fox.”
In an interview and a 2010 planning memo shared with POLITICO, Brock listed the fronts on which Media Matters — which he said is operating on a $10 million-plus annual budget — is working to chip away at Fox and its parent company, News Corp. They include its bread-and-butter distribution of embarrassing clips and attempts to rebut Fox points, as well as a series of under-the-radar tactics.
Media Matters, Brock said, is assembling opposition research files not only on Fox’s top executives but on a series of midlevel officials. It has hired an activist who has led a successful campaign to press advertisers to avoid Glenn Beck’s show. The group is assembling a legal team to help people who have clashed with Fox to file lawsuits for defamation, invasion of privacy or other causes.
Amazing, isn’t it? Rather than focusing on doing a better job of getting out the liberal message and promoting left wing policies, this group seeks to bring down the most popular cable news outlet in America. Instead of putting out a better product, they seek to destroy the other product using “under-the-radar tactics” and attacks on those who work at Fox. This is nothing short of pathetic.
Taking a casual look at the Media Matters web site, one will find a plethora of headlines aimed at Fox News:
- Who Is G. Edward Griffin, Beck’s Expert On The Federal Reserve?
- Fox News Astoundingly Claims The Press Was Tough On Bush In Lead-Up To Iraq
- Fox Hypes Trump’s Birtherism
- Brit Hume Resurrects Myths About Health Care Reform’s Passage
- Fox Mocks DOJ For Bringing Lawsuit To Defend Religious Practices Of Muslim
- Hemmer Cherry Picks “Unscientific Poll” To Distort Public Support For Collective Bargaining
The list goes on and on and on.
Here’s an example of their “reporting:”
Media Matters purportedly received $1 million last year from left wing billionaire George Soros, and Politico.com reports that the organization has around 90 people on staff with a $10 million (or higher) budget — all aimed at bringing down Fox News.
It all goes back to the fact that Americans don’t buy the left wing agenda. It was soundly rejected in the last election. Americans don’t want big government; they don’t want more spending; they don’t want more debt; and they don’t want higher taxes. Yet that is exactly what the left wing is selling. Their only hope is to be the only product. Then Americans would have no choice. So they seek out and attack, embarrass, sue, threaten, and otherwise harass members of the conservative movement. Some message, eh?