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    Media Matters Plans “Guerrilla Warfare and Sabotage” on Fox News And Conservative Websites

    Media Matters Plans “Guerrilla Warfare and Sabotage” on Fox News And Conservative Websites

    If you had any doubt that Media Matters — which just received an infusion of money from George Soros — is the most dangerous and intolerant media group in the nation, this piece by Ben Smith at Politico will convince you.

    Media Matters, which started as one of the usual-sort of “watchdog” groups (which exist on the left and right) has transformed itself recently into a group devoted towards sabotaging Fox News, Media Matters’ war against Fox:

    The liberal group Media Matters has quietly transformed itself in preparation for what its founder, David Brock, described in an interview as an all-out campaign of “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” aimed at the Fox News Channel….

    “The strategy that we had had toward Fox was basically a strategy of containment,” said Brock, Media Matters’ chairman and founder and a former conservative journalist, adding that the group’s main aim had been to challenge the factual claims of the channel and to attempt to prevent them from reaching the mainstream media.

    The new strategy, he said, is a “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 but also 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 attacks will be very personal, extending not just to Fox News coverage (which is fair game for criticism) but trying to dig up dirt on Fox News executives:

    Media Matters, he said, is also conducting “opposition research” on a dozen or so “mid- and senior-level execs and producers,” a campaign style move that he and Brock said would simply involve recording their public appearances and digging into public records associated with them.

    But it doesn’t stop at Fox News.  Media Matters also plans to attack conservative websites:

    The group, launched as a more traditional media critic, has all but abandoned its monitoring of newspapers and other television networks and is narrowing its focus to Fox and a handful of conservative websites, which its leaders view as a political organizations and the “nerve center” of the conservative movement.

    Media Matters has transformed itself into a very dangerous organization which engages in sabotage to disrupt opponents.  None of this is surprising.  When Media Matters says it wants freedom of speech and freedom of the press, what it means is that it wants freedom for its speech and its press.

    Guerrilla warfare and sabotage.  It’s what the most active Democratic media operation has come to.  Scary times ahead.

    And you don’t think they will do absolutely anything to get Obama reelected?

    Update:  I think it is a fair question to ask how what Media Matters plans differs from the recent sting operation against NPR.  First, Fox News does not get government funding, as did NPR.  The NPR story would have been a non-story were it not for the public funding of NPR.  Also, the NPR sting took place in a public place and stood on its own merits, whereas Media Matters plans to infiltrate Fox News and go after Fox News executives for reasons unrelated to Fox News (e.g., is there something in their background which could be embarrassing).  Finally, there is the scope; Media Matters has a $10 million per year budget, whereas James O’Keefe is out of money and in debt and runs his operation on a shoestring.

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    @LHC: your list does not include Althouse. Additionally, she and those on the list are new media types unlikely to want venues other than those they create or like to participate in, such as PJM and occasionally old media if it suits them. Old media network figures are hirelings, like pro sports players, gilded slaves.

    Generally: when one goes on attack, especially in spec-ops, one does not pre-announce the fact.

    Spec-ops cut both ways, in principle. In fact, depends on the quality of the teams and the importance of their objectives.

    Summary: I appreciate this announcement as a sign of weakness, thigh slapping. Answer: pound sand — and counter-op if one is of a mind to. I am not because MM and Soros are not in the area pointed to by the vector of attack that should govern effort: the consortium of Liberal Arts Faculties and Afro-Mohammedan Imperialists.

    I don't see this as a bad thing. They have not yet figured out that they have a way of making mountains out of molehills, and for every person who is against this new mountain there is someone who is curious about the new mountain (Sarah Palin and the Tea Party are examples. If not for the obsession by the left they may be less well known. However the constant exposure has made them as many friends as enemies.) My guess is that when this is all said and done Fox news will have made some more friends.

    @David R. Graham

    I'm an Althouse fan, too. I'd definitely include her and others (just too many to list).

    Scary times ahead.

    Pffft. It's not scary. It's a bunch of Leftist hacks preaching to their Leftist choir.

    The more time and money they spend chasing their tails on the eeeeeevil Fox News, the less time and money they're spending on other things.

    Have at it. The majority of people couldn't care less what Media Matters has to say.

    Laurie @ 1:05PM confuses criticism on this site of leftist's actions with "personal attacks". Strange misperception, that.
    So David Brock has come full circle and is now a destructionist? Failed at creating something positive so he decides to tear things down, instead. How mature is that? And all at the bidding of a former Nazi simpatico, too. Life achievements that make a parent proud.

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