Media Matters Shifts Focus to New Media Targets

Media Matters Shifts Focus to New Media Targets

On Friday, Media Matters for America announced victory in its longtime war with Fox News. The George Soros-funded organization announced to Huffington Post that “in the coming years, Fox will no longer be the center of Media Matters’ universe.” Vice President Angelo Carusone explains, “The war on Fox is over. And it’s not just that it’s over but it was very successful. To a large extent, we won.”

How, exactly, did Media Matters win if Fox News remains a prohibitive ratings monster against competitors MSNBC and CNN, and retains far more of the public trust than either of those networks? Carusone does not say.

Nonetheless, Media Matters says it is now moving on to smaller targets in the new media. According to Huffington Post, Media Matters wants to center in on “new, increasingly influential targets, including Spanish-language media, social media streams, alternative online outlets and morning and entertainment sources.”

Presumably, that means bringing its media thug tactics to bear on new media sources. Of course, Media Matters has already jumped into the business of monitoring and demonizing those in the online right (including a huge amount of attention for Breitbart News and its various writers and editors). So what Media Matters frames as victory looks significantly more like a “Mission Accomplished” moment for an organization desperately seeking its next battle – with somebody less powerful than Fox News.

Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013). He is also Editor-in-Chief of Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.

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