You’re All Working For Media Matters Now
If Al Gore was patient zero in the now largely forgotten disease called Bush Derangement Syndrome, George Soros, Hungarian billionaire and checkbook journalist daddy rabbit for Media Matters for America (a ‘left-leaning research group’), had to be in the single digits.
The manifestation is seen in an article at the Daily Caller which reveals how the Democrat Party, in addition to the traditional liberal media, has also become dependent on Media Matters. The article is a confirmation of everything you likely already knew, with a number of names and specifics filled in.
First, both are dependent on Media Matters to form, defend, and articulate their agenda.
Second, Democrats use at least one Media Matters mouthpiece for fundraising.
Third, both are dependent on Media Matters to do their jobs.
The usual suspects who lie prostrate before Media Matters include MSNBC as well as Greg Sargent who is singled out as a particularly pliable and willing toady:
“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.
Of course, there are more usual suspects:
“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…
The lessons of Media Matters?
- Money matters. If you have the money, you can rent the media.
- Make yourself useful to others (like writers who have deadlines and television, which has lots of airtime to fill) and they will in time become your servants.
- Outsourcing your core responsibilities to a third party like Media Matters is not is not a useful political or business model.
- You’re all working for
Media MattersGeorge Soros now.