Check out our article Sensationalism or Racism in Media’s Distortions of the Zimmerman-Martin Shooting? over at Political Realities if you get the chance!
Imagine if a political organization filed for tax exempt status – say the Heritage Foundation – and in their application to the IRS they said that it was common for “news and commentary by the press to represent viewpoints that tend to overly promote…a” Liberal, Islamic-influenced “ideology.”
What do you think the reaction would be from journolists..? Would the Heritage Foundation be called “racist” and “anti-Islam” and “filled with hate” or would it simply be accepted because its premise was true?
This is a rhetorical question, of course, as we all know what the answer would be.
Amazingly, Media Matters filed a similar status with the IRS but instead said that “news and commentary by the press to present viewpoints that tend to overly promote…a conservative, Christian-influenced ideology.”
The premise of Media Matters’ filing is patently false and sweeping.
Few people are going to bother and research a tax exempt filing with the IRS.
Here’s an exercpt of Media Matters’ mission statement from their website:
Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.
Of course, when you look at their website the obvious mistake is that “media” is used instead of “Fox News” since Media Matters seems to only exist to nit pick on every minute of programing found on that network.
And since the U.S. Department of Justice began referring questions about the Fast and Furious gun running operation to Media Matters, they have apparently become an official Federal mouthpiece.
The only reason I can divine as to why there is no outrage over this filing by Media Matters is because the jounolists writing for news organizations agree with it.
For an exclusive look into what it’s like to work for Media Matters – and to investigate Fox News – check out this interview with Red Eye: