Media Matters, the White House and the MSM

In the first of a series, the Daily Caller has a piece that should surprise no one. What many of us believed is confirmed. Media Matters went on the hunt to remove Imus, Dobbs and Beck from the Air, as well as a concerted effort to attack Fox. In a lengthy expose we learn about the machinations. Here we go:

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.

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

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.”

“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.

“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.” Read more: Dailey Caller

For a taste of what Media Matters does, try this video over at Media Matters:

Dobbs Panel’s Conspiracy Theory: Schools Using Media Matters “Propaganda” At The Request Of Union Leaders

Did White House push Dobbs from CNN?

Lou seemed be a bit tippled last night?? Anyone notice? Hard to miss that last second of broadcast, when he clearly raised a glass. Well, thirty years at CNN could just put him over the edge. First Fox gets Imus and John Stossel — and now Dobbs to join? Did the Whitehouse put pressure on CNN? Anita Dunn- calling Anita! His contract’s not up; he negotiated a release with management, effective … immediately. What’s going on? The cryptic money line:anita dunn

“Some leaders in the media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond my role here at CNN and engage in constructive problem-solving” Well, we will just have to stay tuned.

Anita– were you up to your old tricks with Axelrod again???????

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