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"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Media Matters!

I know that a lot of you who don't normally make contributions decided to loosen the pursestrings this year for the Democrats. Now that we're facing four more years of fascistic (up until about six months ago, I wouldn't have used that word-- it's pretty loaded, but it's exactly what I mean. Just look for the latest pix of Bush in his paramilitary uniform, folks...) rule, it's even more important to keep it up.

Here's my pitch. Give some dough to Media Matters. Follow the above link and give them something. Anything. Would it kill ya to give these guys twenty-five smackeroos? No, it wouldn't. We're constantly seeing hackery on the media, but the election results demonstrate that Democrats at the local level-- even in very red districts-- were winning their battles. I'm becoming more and more convinced the media's lack of accountability is at the heart of our failures in national elections over the last four years.

Here's a list of some of the good stuff they've accomplished since their inception, written by founder David Brock:

On Swift Boat Veterans for Truth:
"Long before newspapers and television networks began dissecting the claims of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, Media Matters for America, a new Website headed by conservative-turned-progressive David Brock was in hot pursuit of the anti-Kerry group." -- Scott Shepard, Cox News Service, August 26, 2004
On MSNBC canceling plans to have Republican pollster Frank Luntz conduct presidential debate night focus groups:
"Looks like the [Media Matters] letter had an impact ... the network [MSNBC] has decided 'not to go with Frank for the debate.'" -- Mary Ann Akers, Roll Call, September 30, 2004
On Sinclair Broadcast Group:
"[T]his [Sinclair pulling the anti-Kerry film Stolen Honor from its program schedule] was largely engineered by a terrific group, an independent group called Media Matters for America, a progressive group that monitors the media. ... Good for Media Matters for America." -- Paul Begala, CNN's Crossfire, October 20, 2004
FOX News Channel's Bill O'Reilly on Media Matters:
"That's just Joseph Goebbels Nazi stuff." -- The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly, September 14, 2004