Ben Smith over at Politico must think this is some sort of revelation, the fact that Media Matters is targeting Fox News but really it is just an affirmation of what we already knew. I guess if there is some new news in the article it is the level of venom and hatred that resides in the hearts and minds of the Media Matters myrmidons. Really this level of obsession is unhealthy and borders on the Andrew Sullivan's degree of craziness associated with all things related to the reproduction abilities of the Palin's.
The liberal group Media Matters has quietly transformed itself in preparation for what its founder, David Brock, described in an interview as an all-out campaign of “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” aimed at the Fox News Channel.
I guess that civility memo just flew right across their desk and into file 13 faster then their writers could generate it.
Media Matters are acting like some sort of Borg collective, running around demanding that everyone assimilate, but in that regard they act no different then any liberal who when confronted with a conservative African American don't immediately start hurling the Uncle Tom references at them. Progressives and liberals despise anybody or anything that will not reside in the designated group that they have assigned them to. Their interpretation of free speech means you are free to have free speech as long as you use our talking points.
There is a reason Fox News is #1 but as an employee of Fox News, regardless of capacity from the secretaries to Rupert Murdoch, knowing that you have a group of unhinged people monitoring your every move and poring over your personal information has got to be a little unnerving and knowing that for this group nothing is beneath them I would be looking to take measures to protect myself.
Don't ever think Media Matters is just an innocent bunch of obsessed bloggers. If they put you in their crosshairs they will stop at nothing to destroy you. They will make the stuff up knowing full well that many traditional media outlets not only have their back but will work with them to promote the storyline regardless of if there is one bit of factual information in it or not.
The on air Fox personalities are one thing, but Media Matters is making it clear they don't care if you are janitor or the night watchman, if you work for Fox News they are coming after you.
“We made a list of every single person who works for Fox and tried to figure out who might be disgruntled and why, and we went out to try to meet them,” he said. “Clearly, somebody in that organization is giving us primary source documents.”
Media Matters, he said, is also conducting “opposition research” on a dozen or so “mid- and senior-level execs and producers,” a campaign style move that he and Brock said would simply involve recording their public appearances and digging into public records associated with them.
My sympathies are with the Fox News employees who are going to have to endure this self declared war and I would think somewhere out there are some lawyers who would be willing to help these folks with the invasion of their privacy and with what will no doubt manifest itself in some physical confrontations with the minions of this progressive organization because that is exactly how they operate. Intimidation, fear, and threats.
Being a big dog lover I might also suggest that Fox employees look into some sort of canine companionship so that when the Media Matters employee who forgets to take his meds that day and shows up on your front lawn can also be given a chance to evaluate their cardio vascular conditioning level.