Look who’s pulled on a pair of big-boy pants! Tucker Carlson. He of the sophomore Ivy League bow-tie and fraternity sneer has decided he’d like to try something new. He’d like to take a crack at being the man. Good for you, Tucker.
Try something simple in these first heady days, buddy. Chop some wood. Barbecue something with a hide. You know, take on a task that’s small enough to build your confidence. Rearrange the tool shed. Don’t go all crazy and . . what’s that? You’d like to destroy Media Matters? By doing a giant expose’ on them? Dear me. And after you’re done with them, they’ll be nothing but whispers and bones. I see.
Yes, well, that’s a bad idea. For all sorts of reasons. The first of which is that you’re an idiot. The second of which would be you’re as tawdry as hooker’s lace. Put those two together, and you get one piss-yellow journalist.
Your idea of “reporting” looks like “Mike Tyson: Sarah Palin met ‘the wombshifter’”. A Daily Caller traffic-beggar, the piece you defended as legitimate Sarah Palin news focused attention on a rapist’s comments about a celebrity politician who may or may not have dated a basketball player:
“Glen Rice is a wonderful man,” Tyson said. “He’s a wonderful guy. You want her to be with somebody like [Dennis] Rodman getting up … in there. Pushing her guts up in the back of her head!”
I’m betting that article got more hits than any other in your website’s one year history. That’s why you went out of your ecstatic way to go on TV and whine at Greta Van Susteren like a hot teen about the “controversy.” The only reason for featuring the lurid comments, Greta, was that I was appalled by them. That’s why we appended a warning to the post saying “these quotes are bad” long after it went viral. Some dog took a sizable crap on my lawn this morning, so I saved it, Greta, and brought it into the studio for you. These are the same habits the Wall Street Journal lives by.
So we know, with regard to Media Matters, you’re only out to do a hatchet job, utterly devoid of honesty, facts or credibility. You’re gonna make plenty of stuff up. Call everybody drugged out and gay, or something. Where’s the article, incidentally?
Inside Media Matters: Sources, memos reveal erratic behavior, close coordination with White House and news organizations
By Tucker Carlson, et. al. | The Daily Caller | 10:02 PM 02/12/201
There it is. And that’s it? You’re going with erratic behavior? That’s how you’ll vaporize the enemy? Allegations of moods. This should be good.
David Brock was smoking a cigarette on the roof of his Washington, D.C. office one day in the late fall of 2010 when his assistant and two bodyguards suddenly appeared and whisked him and his colleague Eric Burns down the stairs.
Brock, the head of the liberal nonprofit Media Matters for America, had told friends and co-workers that he feared he was in imminent danger from right-wing assassins and needed a security team to keep him safe.
The threat he faced while smoking on his roof? “Snipers,” a former co-worker recalled . .
. . “What movement leader has a detail?” asked someone who saw it.
What a devastating lede. God damn, you are funny, Tucker. The “movement leader” quote is a dead giveaway, by the way — liberals wouldn’t use such a term because we’re not followers. You guys are the “movement” people.
But if you think Brock is paranoid and that’s enough to end his career, you should meet the guy who runs Fox News, Roger Ailes:
Barricading himself behind a massive mahogany desk, Ailes insisted on having “bombproof glass” installed in the windows – even going so far as to personally inspect samples of high-tech plexiglass, as though he were picking out new carpet. Looking down on the street below, he expressed his fears to Cooper, the editor he had tasked with up-armoring his office. “They’ll be down there protesting,” Ailes said. “Those gays.”
What does this qualify Roger for? Permanent retirement?
Inside his blast-resistant office at Fox News headquarters, Ailes keeps a monitor on his desk that allows him to view any activity outside his closed door. Once, after observing a dark-skinned man in what Ailes perceived to be Muslim garb, he put Fox News on lockdown. “What the hell!” Ailes shouted. “This guy could be bombing me!”
Or merely a funny jacket? Anyway, I gather from the Brock smear, which you believe is the highlight of your reporting, that actual facts about the work Media Matters engages in will not be forthcoming. Instead you’ll mine or make up a pile of quotes from unnamed sources to make your target seem somehow less than decent and civilized. And that’s what you did.
Check these ‘page’ sub-headings and companion quotes.
–“How Media Matters targets network anchors, while avoiding taking credit”:
“In ‘08 it became pretty apparent MSNBC was going left,” says one source. “They were using our research to write their stories. They were eager to use our stuff.” Media Matters staff had the direct line of MSNBC president Phil Griffin, and used it. Griffin took their calls.
Unnamed source. Unfounded fact.
–“Sources reveal reporters, bloggers among those who lean on Media Matters”:
“The entire progressive blogosphere picked up our stuff,” says a Media Matters source, “from Daily Kos to Salon. Greg Sargent [of the Washington Post] will write anything you give him. He was the go-to guy to leak stuff.”
“If you can’t get it anywhere else, Greg Sargent’s always game,” agreed another source with firsthand knowledge.
More unnamed sources. For some reason, they engage in dialogue out of a two-bit screenplay. “It was Sargent, see? He was the guy! He was itchin’ for it . . real bad, man.”
–“Media Matters’ weekly call… with the White House”:
Less than a month later, in language that could have been copied directly from a Media Matters press release, White House communications director Anita Dunn leveled almost precisely the same charge, dismissing Fox as “more a wing of the Republican Party.”
Were the lines of attack coordinated? “To my knowledge, there wasn’t coordination,” says a source. But at times there has seemed to be a kind of mind meld between the Obama political team and Media Matters.
Unnamed sources that can’t even connect your villains. So you had to mind-meld them.
–“Brock’s behavior becomes a problem”:
“Some days he’d come in and you could tell he was on his meds because he would just sit in his office alone and not engage with staff,” says a coworker. Other days, “he’d be intensely engaged. He’d get manic, very reckless and grandiose. You’d see this level of self-confidence in him that would spiral.”
Last spring, some at Media Matters headquarters and in other parts of the progressive world were caught off guard by an interview Brock gave to Ben Smith at Politico, in which he promised to wage “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” against Fox News. “It was insane,” says a coworker. “David was totally manic at the time. We were all shocked.”
Friends say Brock, who has publicly admitted drug use in the past, was working obsessively and staying out late with compatriots. “They’d close [local bars] and party till six in the morning,” said one.
Said one. Thought some. Says a coworker. Says a coworker. Tucker, you’ve got a six page article full of nothing. Sheer trash. The worst sort of journalism. And then you finish it off with this final, earth-shattering revelation:
The atmosphere in the office was considerably more tolerant on non-editorial matters. “There were these two folks who got caught [having sex] in the communications war room on the weekend,” said one employee.
“People came in, and lo and behold there were two of their colleagues doing the nasty on a desk.” Neither one was fired.
Pow! No one was fired. And why was that? Because Media Matters are unstable, conspiratorial liars. That is, of course, when they’re not forthright honest souls who seek out Tucker Carlson to tell him the truth, anonymously.