Monday, May 03, 2004

David Brock launches "Media Matters for America" A real-time blowback of Right Wing Lies

David Brock launches "Media Matters for America" A real-time blowback of Right Wing Lies

Letter from David Brock, Founder of Media Matters for America

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Media Matters for America, a new Web-based, not-for-profit progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. Because a healthy democracy depends on public access to accurate and reliable information, Media Matters for America is dedicated to alerting news outlets and consumers to conservative misinformation -- wherever we find it, in every news cycle -- and to spurring progressive activism based on standards and accountability in media.

In the mid-1990s, as a conservative media insider, I saw firsthand (and participated in) the damage done to our democracy when conservative misinformation masquerades as journalism. In my book Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative (2002), I revealed how this misinformation -- deliberately bought and paid for by covert political forces -- enveloped the media, poisoned public discourse, and nearly toppled a president.


Some headlines from the premiere issue:

FOX's Chavez called Kerry a "communist apologist" -- and then lied about it

Backdating the Recession: A Report by Media Matters for America

Conservative pundits wrongly claimed Kerry lied about Vietnam decorations

Novak distorted Kerry's defense record, denied that Cheney cut defense

The Federalist's Alexander suggested Kerry responsible for soldier deaths

FOX's Hannity falsely stated Kerry's record on military funding ... again

Limbaugh lied about Republicans undermining the Kosovo war effort

Unsubstantiated Drudge rumor echoed through the media

FOX's O'Reilly engaged in same "pathetic rambling" he decried

Limbaugh dismissed questions about Bush's National Guard service

Insight, WorldNetDaily, FrontPage reported that Iraqi WMD have been found

Coulter lauded discrimination against Arab, Middle Eastern, and Muslim passengers

FOX's O'Reilly fabricated evidence of success of purported boycott of French imports

Weekly Standard's Kristol falsely claimed Kerry and Bush even on campaign funds

Drudge, Talon News distorted Kerry's abortion stance