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Media Matters ‘Watchdog’ Guts NewsReal Blog To Weaken It

November 9, 2009
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Beware of the Media Matters Watchdog.

Media Matters for America (MMA) thinks of itself as a watchdog of conservative media, but far too often their work shows they are more like an attack dog, and someone should be watching them. Their goal is to expose conservative ‘misinformation’ but to do so they often must slice up their writings to assist their own purposes. Now I’ve been placed on their chopping block.

On November 7th we posted a blog I wrote called,”Obama’s Ft. Hood Reaction is Far Worse than the Left’s Smear of Bush’s “Pet Goat” Moment”.  The blog got the attention of both The Week and Media Matters.  While The Week gave a brief and fair summary of the article’s point, Media Matters gutted the central proof of my blog (here is the link to their gut job.) Ironically, they gutted the part of the blog that The Week used to summarize it.

The case I make in my blog is that President Bush was unfairly attacked for his initial reaction to 9-11, because he did not frighten the kids around him when he heard a plane had struck the Twin Towers.  I went on to show that when he did speak to America he did so with leadership and strength.  I then compared that to President Barack Obama‘s initial reaction to the Ft. Hood Massacre.  Obama showed neither strength nor leadership as he first spent two minutes making statements about a small conference and giving shout outs.

At the key point in the blog where I compare Bush to Obama, Media Matters deletes what I wrote. Here is the section I wrote that Media Matters removed (the first and last sentence are added for context, though MMA did not cut them):

You can debate if [Bush] should have immediately ran out on the kids and then made his speech, but there is no debating the strength of his first public words on the incident.

As the world watched he started out his speech: (Bush’s speech video)

“Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward, and freedom will be defended.”

Now compare that to Obama’s first public statement on the Ft. Hood Massacre. (Obama’s speech video)

While the world was watching and waiting for a strong President – what they got were comments about how good some little conference was and shout outs to a buddy of the President.

Media Matters clearly gutted the blog in a key section to try to weaken its point.  They removed the Bush quote and my call to compare it with Obama’s quote.  They simply put:

“You can debate if he should have immediately ran out on the kids and then made his speech, but there is no debating the strength of his first public words on the incident.

[…]

While the world was watching and waiting for a strong President — what they got were comments about how good some little conference was and shout outs to a buddy of the President.”

The […] is the proof of my argument.  How does a group claim to be correcting misinformation when they turn the proof into […]?  Someone could even be confused and take it that I’m still writing about Bush and not Obama when right after I mention Bush the next line says, “While the world was watching and waiting for a strong President–what they got…”.

Their summary, at best,  is meant to confuse, but more likely they are simply trying to make NewsReal look like we are fabricating a non-story.  Both reactions can be seen in the comments of those who read Media Matters.

One MMA commenter was clearly confused by their edit job when he wrote,

“I believe that President Obama is generally a class act and acts appropriately for the situation. So, I’m disappointed by these allegations, but mystified by your post. I know what the Right is claiming happened. Please explain what actually took place.”

Others commented with 9-11 Truther nonsense or bit on MMA’s set up to make this event appear to be a fabricated non-story:

“The wingnuts are trying again to rewrite reality to suit their agenda.”

We at NewsReal would appreciate if Media Matters would either do legitimate summaries of our work or print the full text.  MM’s goal to undercut our work is obvious when they post an entire blog but then cut out the central part of it.

Are you really a watchdog or are you just trying to nip at our heels?

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11 Comments
  1. November 9, 2009 2:34 pm

    Media Matters – Not!

  2. F. Swemson permalink
    November 9, 2009 3:00 pm

    Paul;

    Do you know how big their audience is ?

  3. November 9, 2009 4:24 pm

    Media Matters is nothing more than a propoganda mill for the modern Liberal intelligentsia.

  4. Harmon permalink
    November 9, 2009 6:53 pm

    “The case I make in my blog is that President Bush was unfairly attacked for his initial reaction to 9-11, because he did not frighten the kids around him when he heard a plane had struck the Twin Towers.”
    That’s a weak argument, Paul, President Bush could have quietly excused himself without scaring the children.

    Also, he already knew that a plane had hit one of the towers, before he went in to the classroom. Granted he didn’t know the scope of what had happened, but when Andy Card told him the news of the second pleane he should have attended to the nations business whether the kids were frightened of not.

  5. Kai permalink
    November 9, 2009 6:54 pm

    Who watches the Watchmen?

  6. David Forsmark permalink
    November 9, 2009 9:42 pm

    Paul, congratulations!

  7. Freeme permalink
    November 10, 2009 5:27 am

    Media Matters is just like MSNBC’s henchmen for Obama, who follow Alinsky’s rules for radicals to the letter. RIDICULE is their greatest lethal weapon when “political correctness” imposed on only Conservatives fail.
    They are all good little mindless moronic Comrades willing to goose-step over The Constitution and YOU!

  8. Jack Hampton permalink
    November 10, 2009 5:56 am

    Congrats is in order Paul
    Only those that have never faced any real emetgency and do not have any understanding of the simplist things think that Bush should have jumped up and dumped the kids. Bush was a trained fighter pilot they remain calm under extreme duress and calm of voice. Again you are right and those that whimper are just plain old wrong. Great job.

  9. Roy McCormack permalink
    November 10, 2009 12:08 pm

    Subject CAIR WATCH

    I am sure that by this time that CAIr has condemened the killings committed at Fort Hood, but watch,, soon CAIR will be denouncing any action (s) by the authorities as the investigation progresses.

    Roy
    Limerick City Ireland

  10. peachey permalink
    November 10, 2009 12:35 pm

    Paul, congrats on your ability to touch a nerve of those that serve “the One”. You unfortunately had the audacity (just had to use the word) to speak the truth and point out Obama’s lack of experience and fortitude. That will teach you to be honest. It must be truly heart-breaking to the Left to see and hear the ineptitute of Obama and be forced to recognize and then reconcile the fact that he is an empty suit with an Ivy be-Leagured education devoid of experience and wisdom. But, not to worry. I am sure that we will be treated to many more examples and episodes of Obama’s inapropriateness for the position of the Presidency. So, just give a “shout out” to Mr. Obama. The emperor has no clothes.

  11. John Davidson permalink
    November 10, 2009 12:47 pm

    When the only argument made regarding an issue resorts to name calling, that signature identifies the source and should be discarded in a toilet: end of discussion.

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