by Scoobie Davis
I don't mean this as fulsome praise but I think every Democrat and progressive in this country should thank God for Media Matters. Their simple approach is one that I have advocated on this site: 1)monitor the right's media apparatus; 2) keep a paper trail of their words; and 3)hold the right's media people accountable for their words.
I'm grateful to Media Matters because I know that Rush, Hannity, O'Reilly and others are being monitored and that I don't have to listen to them as much (a few months ago, I had to get an 8 to 5 office job to get the student loan people off my back so I'm not able to listen to morning talk radio).
In fact, this morning it was the first time in months that I listened to Bill O'Reilly's Radio Factor. I am to the point where, on aesthetic grounds, I can't listen to him for more than ten minutes without a break--that lame-o windbag creeps me out big time. Anyhow, today he was bashing the Washington State Supreme Court for ruling that it's illegal for parents in that state to electonically eavesdrop on their children's conversations. I don't think O'Reilly's position was unreasonable but his rationale for it was. O'Reilly said the decision by the court wasn't some kind of nefarious plot and then he introduced a nefarious plot to describe the court's reasoning. O'Reilly rehashed the shopworn urban legend, the Communist Rules for Revolution in order to describe people who want to take power from parents regarding how they raise their children. Unfortunately, I didn't record it but I believe this is an accurate summation.
Right now, Media Matters is holding an end of the year fund drive. If you have a little spare cash, send it to them. If you're a bit short on cash, there's another way you can help. Send an email to your favorite member of the MSM (mainstream media) telling him/her to read Media Matters on a regular basis. If you're too lazy to look anyone up, send the email to Howard Kurtz at firstname.lastname@example.org