Tucker Carlson is on a mission to call out liberal news site Media Matters and its shady news reporting practices, citing a memo that sought to hire private investigators to look into the personal lives of Fox News employees. But, is anyone taking a look at Andrew Breitbart’s sites and Newsbusters affiliation with the right? Here’s an excerpt from the Daily Caller:
A little after 1 p.m. on Sept. 29, 2009, Karl Frisch emailed a memo to his bosses, Media Matters for America founder David Brock and president Eric Burns. In the first few lines, Frisch explained why Media Matters should launch a “Fox Fund” whose mission would be to attack the Fox News Channel.
“Simply put,” Frisch wrote, “the progressive movement is in need of an enemy. George W. Bush is gone. We really don’t have John McCain to kick around any more. Filling the lack of leadership on the right, Fox News has emerged as the central enemy and antagonist of the Obama administration, our Congressional majorities and the progressive movement as a whole.”
“We must take Fox News head-on in a well funded, presidential-style campaign to discredit and embarrass the network, making it illegitimate in the eyes of news consumers.”
The idea that Media Matters could have looked into hiring private investigators to do some dirty work on another media outlet is unconscionable and is in the same vein as the telephone hacking allegations against Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers in the United Kingdom. I don’t think too many people will cry foul on Media Matters because of the history of Rupert Murdoch and the poor and unbalanced brand of journalism Fox News practices. The expose makes for good reading though.
The latest news is that a Politico reporter withheld information on Media Matters.