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Media Matters breaks kayfabe

What’s kayfabe? Well, up until recently, professional wrestlers denied that anything they did in or out of the ring was staged. They insisted the outcomes of their matches weren’t predetermined, the feuds were real, etc. This front, this code among insiders, was known as kayfabe. But it became harder and harder to maintain in the Internet age, so finally Vince McMahon said the hell with it. He admitted that it was all made up and rebranded pro wrestling as “sports entertainment.” He took all the criticism and mockery of his business and made it part of the act.

Now David Brock is doing something similar. He’s admitting — hell, bragging — that Media Matters’ mission is exactly what we all knew it was, while they pretended to be a “media watchdog” group. Steven Nelson reports:

Politico published an eye-opening report on Saturday by Ben Smith about “Media Matters’ war against Fox.” Smith wrote that the organization continues to transform itself into an exclusively Fox News-battling group.

Media Matters founder David Brock told Politico that his organization’s activism has developed into a “war on Fox.” This strategy includes extensive work to compile intelligence on the employees of the cable news channel.

“We made a list of every single person who works for Fox and tried to figure out who might be disgruntled and why, and we went out to try to meet them,” Media Matters executive vice president Ari Rabin-Havt told Politico. “Somebody in that organization is giving us primary source documents.”

Rabin-Havt also told Politico that Media Matters was compiling “opposition research” files on “mid- and senior-level execs and producers.”

“Criticizing Fox News has nothing to do with criticizing the press,” read a 2010 memo by Brock that was acquired by Politico. “Fox News is not a news organization. It is the de facto leader of the GOP, and it is long past time that it is treated as such by the media, elected officials and the public.”

Wait, I thought Rush Limbaugh was the de facto leader of the GOP? I guess the de facto leader of the GOP is whoever its enemies choose, at the time of their choosing.

So Media Matters has given up pretending they’re about media criticism, which everybody has always known is a bunch of crap. They’re conceding that they’re exactly what they claim Fox News is: a political organization. And now that they’ve given up their biggest lie — “Look, ya got us, we admit it, okay?” — we’re supposed to trust them. We’re supposed to believe all their other lies.

It might be time to reassess Media Matters’ tax-exempt status, huh? But that’s another story

P.S. An oldie but a goodie:

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P.P.S. Oh yeah, I forgot about Media Matters’ nauseating “media boot camp.” They’re not the first TV pundit training program out there, but it tells you something that they don’t want anybody to know who their graduates are.

  • kookie

    Obviously, Media Matters realizes that Fox tells the truth, otherwise why bother.

  • truebearing

    Once again, we have malignant projection from the left. If they are lying their worthless asses off, Fox must be too, and they’re just the moral champions to prove it! What a load.

    Brock is a delusional fool. I want to see him wearing a coxcomb in his next appearance on Redeye, and no, by coxcomb I don’t mean his teeth. I guess if he wore one on his head he could be a two-coxcombed fool.

  • partymanrandy

    I mean, you started off talking about professional wrestling, and that’s ok. But then you start talking about Media Matters and the people who work for them, and it’s just depressing. I’m an optimist that likes to believe there is hope for the world. Whenever I have to think about Media Matters, it takes like 8 hours of America’s Funniest Videos to balance it out.

  • Political Championship Wrestling

    Really? David Brock? Former right wing extremist turned left wing extremist? That one?

  • wrenchie

    So professional b#ttplug David Brock is running a BOOT CAMP? Do they have a policy of DADT? Do the recruits drill to GLEE tunes? Does this ‘camp’ offer flavored lubricants? Does General Soros inspect the troops for hygiene?

  • OthugoisaLOSER3

    Does anyone KNOW just how much into MEDIA MATTER LOUGHNER was at the time of the SHOOTING????? It might be FUN to see just HOW CLOSE they were