Media Matters has glommed on to the Left’s current obsession with so-called fake news
Jan 26, 2017 By Matthew Vadum
Another spectacular scoop from the brilliant Lachlan Markay at Washington Free Beacon: Markay reports that Facebook’s anti-“fake news” censorship efforts are being driven by the George Soros-funded slander shop Media Matters for America.
Media Matters told current and prospective donors at a retreat in Florida over the weekend that it has been in discussions with Facebook leadership about their policies on inaccurate and partisan news stories on the website that many liberals blame for political losses last year.
“We’ve been engaging with Facebook leadership behind the scenes to share our expertise and offer input on developing meaningful solutions,” the group said in a briefing book obtained by the Washington Free Beacon at the conference.
Markay posted a PDF copy of the MMfA briefing book online. It may be viewed here.
Conservatives complain that Facebook deliberately squelches right-leaning voices, “a theory that could be fueled by the social media network’s ties to Media Matters, among the harshest critics of conservative figures and ideas,” he writes. MMfA has glommed on to the Left’s current obsession with so-called fake news, “a loosely defined category of misinformation that has been invoked to attack everything from Russian propaganda efforts to political blogs deemed factually dubious.”
Media Matters founder David Brock blames “fake news” and other things for Democrat Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump.By the way, Brock should be in prison.
This is not mere rhetoric. All of these assertions are documented. (I have profiled Media Matters and Brock exhaustively over the years. Here are two examples: Organization Trends, December 2014; and Townhall, April 2009.)
Instead of biding his time behind bars, Brock keeps ripping off left-wing donors and fouling up every project he touches.
He swore his “Brocktopus” of pressure groups and big money super PACs would keep Donald Trump out of the White House. He failed.
Now he promises to “kick Donald Trump’s #” by leading resistance to the new president’s agenda. Chances are he will fail at that too.
Brock’s crusade against Trump is already meeting resistance on his own side, reports Asawin Suebsaeng at the Daily Beast.
Many Democratic Party insiders “talk about the man not as a sought-after ally in the fight against Trumpism, but as a nuisance and a hanger-on, overseeing a colossal waste of cash,” Suebsaeng writes. He adds that Brock’s “former employees say that he has hurt the cause.”