Wednesday, June 24, 2009

David Brock, Media Matters: We must be doing something right...

"Scum-sucking vermin"... "Insane"... "Brownshirts"... "Swine"... "Little nerdlings"... "Guttersnipes"... "Little Nazi block-watchers..."

That's just a sampling of what Media Matters for America has been called by right-wing media figures over the past five years.

I know something about this type of hate. I used to be part of the far-right media culture that thrives on tarring its enemies with vicious slurs and baseless accusations -- that is, before I came to my senses and walked away from it all. Today, looking back on comments like these, it's clear that we must be doing something right. You can support the kind of work that elicits reactions like these from the conservative echo chamber by going to the following link:

Watch a video our online team put together chronicling the relentless attacks against us, then show your direct support by making a small donation of $25, and you will receive our new fifth anniversary limited-edition T-shirt featuring some of these outlandish attacks on Media Matters. Let's continue teaching them that the truth hurts for another five years.

I founded Media Matters in 2004 because, at the time, there was no organization devoted to monitoring and correcting conservative misinformation and propaganda in the media in real time, and because there was no group dedicated to fighting back against the efforts of hate-mongers to twist journalism to their ends. And in spite of the attacks against us, Media Matters has been able to sharpen and increase its influence on the media every year. Given the reactions we've seen from the conservative echo chamber, it's clear we are having an impact. Help us continue our fight today so that we can hold them accountable tomorrow.

Watch our new video and make a small donation of $25 to Media Matters in exchange for a limited-edition shirt that proudly displays the best compliments paid to us by the Right. We'll use your contribution to keep winning the crucial fight against their smear machine.

This newfound culture of accountability has not been welcomed by all. But I know it has been welcomed by you.

Thank you for your continued help in holding the media accountable.

David Brock
Founder & CEO
Media Matters for America

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