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Media Matters, the watchdog group that loves to hate Fox News-"Fox Keeps Fear Alive," -"Restore Sanity, Fight Fox,"

 
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Media Matters, the watchdog group that loves to hate Fox News
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By Paul Farhi
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 2, 2010; 8:09 PM

It takes only an instant for a visitor to Media Matters for America's headquarters in downtown Washington to sense its mission, if not its methods. A few steps into its modern offices, which resemble a newspaper newsroom, a pair of prominently displayed signs spell out the basics: "Fox Keeps Fear Alive," reads one; "Restore Sanity, Fight Fox," reads its companion.

Fighting Fox is what Media Matters does, relentlessly and obsessively. In the six years since its founding, the watchdog group has evolved from an all-purpose scourge of the conservative media into Fox News Channel's veritable shadow and constant irritant. From well before sunrise to long after it each day, teams of young researchers sift through video clips and transcripts of programs hosted by Fox stars such as Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly to find dubious facts, logical contradictions and poisonous - at least to Media Matters' liberal sensibilities - rhetoric.

Media Matters watches other conservative media figures - your Rush Limbaughs and Michael Savages - but Fox has become the focus. On most days, the majority of the blog items, video excerpts and commentaries that the organization posts to its Web site concern some perceived outrage perpetrated by one of Fox's pugnacious hosts and commentators.

"Sarah Palin joins Glenn Beck in desecrating MLK's legacy," read a headline on the site the other day.

"Fox News hosts tell [billionaire Warren] Buffett to 'quit lecturing' the rich," read another.

"REPORT: Fox donates at least $40 million in airtime to potential GOP presidential candidates," read a third on a posting that cited Media Matters' estimate of the value of airtime soaked up by Fox commentators/would-be presidential candidates Palin, Mike Huckabee, John Bolton, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.

The dogged pursuit of Fox, says Media Matters' founder David Brock, reflects not just the cable network's popularity among conservatives but its power to set, and perhaps distort, the political agenda. Brock and his staff say they regard Fox as something more than just the televised equivalent of talk radio; they describe it as a de facto political operation, with a leading role in disseminating conservative messages, supporting conservative candidates and mobilizing voters.

"I don't consider it a media institution," Brock says. "It's a political institution that [Fox News Chief Executive Roger] Ailes created after Obama came into office. . . . We're here to counter their lies and misinformation." ........

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Re: Media Matters, the watchdog group that loves to hate Fox News-"Fox Keeps Fear Alive," -"Restore Sanity, Fight Fox,"
Fuck media matters, and that rat bastard Soros.
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Re: Media Matters, the watchdog group that loves to hate Fox News-"Fox Keeps Fear Alive," -"Restore Sanity, Fight Fox,"
Glenn Beck isn't exaggerating when he calls them a bunch of idiots sitting around in their underwear with cheetos in their parents' basement.

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