I’ve always been hit-and-miss on puzzles. I can dope my way through mazes, some logic puzzles grab me and others leave me cold. I dated a woman who loved jigsaw puzzles, but never had much patience.
I’ve got a rather odd set of pieces before me right now, and I can’t quite find a way to put them all together — if they even do fit together at all.
Media Matters For America describes itself as “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.” Founded by David Brock, former conservative attack dog who found his liberal bent when he came out of the closet, and funded by convicted felon billionaire George Soros, they put their energies into uncovering and eradicating any trace of what they consider “right-wing bias” in the media. (Left-wing bias isn’t really a problem for them, it seems.)
They don’t talk much about their funding, but a couple of stories have come out of late that pique my curiosity about Media Matters.
First, Captain Ed of Captain’s Quarters (celebrating his third blogiversary today, as Lorie noted) pointed out this post, where a blogger thought to track down a couple of former Democratic operatives who had impersonated Maryland’s Lt. Governor, Michael Steele (who is currently running for the US Senate), and stolen his credit report. It turns out that Katie Barge, who had had to quit working for Congressman Charles Schumer (who, ironically, had crafted the identity-theft law that Barge ran afoul of), now is employed as “Director of Research” at Media Matters — hopefully, NOT directing research into Republicans’ credit ratings and other private information yet again.
Next up, we have this rather interesting tale. In Minnesota, the Republicans are finding themselves assailed by a couple of so-called “independent” sources. The Minnesota Monitor posts material by “Fellows of the Center for Independent Media,” but it turns out that the Center shares office space with Media Matters in Washington, DC.
I once briefly visited Media Matters’ headquarters, on an unannounced visit while I was in DC just to see what it was like. They have a beautiful space, a good chunk of a whole floor (I didn’t get past the reception area) in a building that also houses the Airline Pilots union (I think the union owns the whole building). Do they have enough space to loan it out to this other group? Do some people “work” for both Media Matters and the Center? I don’t know.
There’s a lot of good material on all those sites, and they all trace back to Media Matters — and their sugar daddy, George Soros. I just can’t see how it all ties together.
Perhaps one of Media Matters’ more vocal employees can clear this up for us in one of his first video blogs.