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Monday, May 03, 2004
Minded By The Bright
The New York Times > Business > Media & Advertising > New Internet Site Turns Critical Eyes and Ears to the Right
With more than $2 million in donations from wealthy liberals, Mr. Brock will start a new Internet site this week that he says will monitor the conservative media and correct erroneous assertions in real time.
Like it's not what all the rest of us (see links to the side, and follow their links, and follow their links, etc.) have been doing for the past several years. His open letter makes it sound like he single-handedly has come to save us and we should follow his luminescence.
Finally, Media Matters for America will build a community of activists who will take action against conservative misinformation in the media. Our Activism Project is in the planning stages, and I will report back soon on how you can organize and mobilize effectively, including through the use of Web-based tools that Media Matters for America is developing to keep the media free from malignant conservative influence.
Here's his site: Media Matters for America. The first thing that 2 million should buy is a web design team that didn't just graduate from junior tech college somewhere. I'm not talking slick (I dislike the design of Washington Monthly and Center For American Progress, for example). I'm talking hip. I am interested in every topic discussed here, but I nearly fell asleep before hitting the scroll bar to get to the end of the page. This is fine for bloggers and others who are quite possibly unemployed and doing it on their own dime. We librul wonks might read this, but it's no good just preaching to the converted. He has to want everyone to make this their home page, like he claims those in the media make Drudge theirs:
And it is an open secret that in newsrooms across the country, the right-wing Drudge Report website -- judged to be only 80 percent accurate by its proprietor -- is the home page for many editors, reporters, and TV and radio producers.
OK, I had to do the snarky comment, since David Brock has a long way to go before he is absolved of his crimes against democracy.

That said, once you prod yourself awake, the items he presents are choice. I don't have cable and try to stay away from the morning propaganda on Today, etc., so this is the first I'd heard of a guest on Hannity & Colmes comparing the torture of Iraqi prisoners to frat hazing. So go look.

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