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Media Matters Continues War Against the Right

When Media Matter’s mission to get Hillary Clinton elected failed miserably, the activist organization regrouped, gathering in secret to launch an all-out attack on conservative media for the sole purpose of booting Donald Trump from office either through impeachment or defeat in the next election. One of the main targets in that campaign has been Fox News, including a particular obsession with conservative pundit Sean Hannity.

Media Matters, under the leadership of Angelo Carusone, has been relentless in its witch hunt against the Fox News host because of his support of Trump and faithful grassroots following. They’ve pressured advertisers to pull from his programming, intimidating those who refuse to do so, and they’ve dogged him with hit pieces that range from dredging up alleged comments from decades ago to portraying his rise to fame in such a biased light that it should make any decent journalist bow his head in shame.

This won’t happen, of course, because journalists who peddle propaganda for Media Matters have no shame. They claim to stand for truth, but they propagate their own misinformation. They say they’re watchdogs for the American people, but they’re really wolves in sheep’s clothing. And as they engage in the character assassination of others, they hide their own hypocrisy in shadows.

Earlier this year, Media Matters founder David Brock, met with liberal donors to map out a four-year attack plan to defeat Trump and Republicans who support him. In that meeting, he presented a confidential memo in which he stated Media Matters’ ultimate goal: to “fight against any attempt to erode the cornerstone work and values of the progressive movement” and anything that opposes the “tenets of egalitarianism that must serve as the bedrock of our democracy.”

This, in a nutshell, reveals how Media Matters is no friend to America. Our country is not founded on Marxist, progressive, egalitarian ideology but on principles of liberty as framed in our Constitution. Regardless of who their target-of-the-day might be, the “conservative disinformation” Media Matters says it opposes is ultimately the foundational principles of Americanism.

In this war against our nation as founded, Media Matters has deemed all who oppose progressivism as “serial misinformers and right-wing propagandists” who must be “exposed” and “discredited.” To accomplish this, Media Matters says it will use all its power to make sure “Internet and social media platforms, like Google and Facebook, no longer uncritically and without consequence host and enrich fake news sites and propagandists.” And “toxic alt-right social media-fueled harassment campaigns that silence dissent and poison our national discourse will be punished and halted.”

Notice how they use the terms “punished and halted” and how they are the ones who define “alt-right” and “media-fueled harassment campaigns.” Those of us who actually value the civil society prefer to challenge self-defined political enemies through debate and discourse, not through silencing and punishment.