Today’s far-left “smear merchant”… Eric Burns, the president of Media Matters. Funnily enough, Burns used to be the host of Fox News Watch a current affairs program focused on the media (much like CNN’s Reliable Sources).
For the Fox News take on Media Matters, here’s John Gibson (“Gibby” to his friends) trotting out the party line from back in 2007:
George Soros is after Bill O’Reilly, and he’s enlisted the help of CNN and NBC.
This is the fabricated flap over some benign remarks Bill made on his radio show. But it has been turned on its ear by George Soros’ Media Matters, a Web site that was funded by Soros and is dedicated to discrediting conservatives and folks like Bill who don’t toe the Soros line. They do this by the purposeful misinterpretation of one’s words.
It isn’t just Bill. Media Matters has done it to me, too.
NBC News has been using Media Matters as a script service for some time now, with certain anchors over there just lifting misinterpretations wholesale from the Web site and sending the Media Matters words directly to the teleprompter.
Ah yes, “purposeful misinterpretation of one’s words” — as in reprinting them verbatim.