Media Matters on Gun Control Binge Since Obama's Re-Election
The far left-wing, George Soros-backed Media Matters for America organization has been on a gun control binge in recent weeks, aligning its advocacy efforts with those of President Barack Obama’s push for restrictive new laws since his re-election.
In the less than three months since Obama’s re-election on November 6, 2012, the liberal advocacy group--that maintains a 501(c)3 tax exempt status--has written 186 posts tagged with the term “guns,” a Breitbart News search on the site shows.
To put that in comparison, it took Media Matters from March 23, 2012, until Election Day--almost seven and a half months--to write as many posts on gun control before the election.
Media Matters’ ramped up gun control advocacy comes even though the organization has come under scrutiny for arms carried by the bodyguard assigned to the organization's leader, David Brock.
One reason why Media Matters may have juiced up its anti-gun push in recent weeks is because the president has as well. Media Matters has closely coordinated its messaging with that of the Obama White House, as The Daily Caller’s Vince Coglianese has reported before.
Obama largely avoided talking about guns ahead of his re-election. Save for a debate comment in which he said he’d support reinstatement of the 1994 assault weapons ban that expired in 2004, Obama didn’t say much about the Second Amendment or about firearms until after he was re-elected.
Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action noted after that debate comment that “[s]ome gun owners took Obama at his word four years ago, when he said he wouldn't take their guns away” but after that debate comment Obama “finally let it slip… that he supports the most draconian form of gun control - a gun ban” after “years of paying lip service to the Second Amendment.”
As Obama has boosted his gun control efforts--alongside those of California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein--Media Matters has clearly joined in.