(Manic) Media Matters

Media and White House take marching orders from MMFA

February 13, 2012

In the first of a purported series on Media Matters for America, the Daily Caller highlights the way in which the liberal organization sets the agenda for the media—as well as the questionable behavior of MMFA's head, David Brock. Writes the Caller:

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."

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."

For more, including allegations of illicit drug use by Brock, check out the whole story at the Daily Caller.

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