Media Matters attacks mainstream media on Earth Day

The grousing grumblers at Media Matters are appalled at the lack of Earth Day and climate coverage. Photo: NASA

CHICAGO, April 23, 2012— Yesterday Media Matters for America issued a scathing indictment of the “mainstream media” for failing to promote, acknowledge, or cover Earth Day.   

The media is a business. Business is about money. Business is not non-profit like Media Matters. If the media decides not to cover something it means there is nothing to cover. It is not worth their time and money.

Gaia did not buy ads.

The energy companies and their advocates ran ads on Earth Day.

MMofA also moaned that climate coverage has “plummeted” on broadcast networks since 2009, despite major climate news. Memo to Media Matters, if there were news it would be reported. The Earth is not making news.

Earth is not as newsworthy, funny, or pathetic as our government and its employees. Think Secret Service and GSA.

If the coverage dropped it only means one thing. There are no interesting planet stories to cover and there is no public interest. People have heard too much about the earth, while struggling to put food on table and fossil fuels into their cars. Most coverage of earth issues are boring and contentious. There is already too much contentiousness in the media for the publics taste. 

So Earth Day came and went. There was no Pomp and Circumstance, no parades, no speeches in the public squares, no sermons in church, and no reason for any of it. No corporate driven events.

It was just another Sunday for most people, church, baseball, family time, and Sunday dinner. You know, the quality of life things that really matter. 

A variety of Sunday ‘s morning news shows reported on the important issues people really care about; jobs, the election, jobs, President Obama, jobs, the economy, jobs, Mitt Romney, jobs, oil prices, jobs, gasoline prices, jobs, price increases in staples like food and clothing, jobs, the House and the Senate, jobs, the Secret Service scandal, jobs, the GSA, jobs, and the Trayvon Martin case. Did I mention jobs? 

Does Media Matters actually think their mewling over Gaia and climate is going to make a difference?

Media Matters should be more concerned about their own problems.

Their resident anti-Israel senior analyst, M.J. Rosenberg, is leaving under a cloud. He supposedly does not want his anti-Israel and Israel-firster rants to tarnish Media Matters. He is going to start his own “blog.” Good luck with that.   

Then there was Rosenberg’s major gaffe when he accused the Drudge Report of racism in their reporting of the Trayvon Martin Case. He wound up apologizing to Matt Drudge. That must have really stung and damaged his fragile self-esteem.  

There have been other problems with their so-called research and analysis. 

There are accusations of serious religious bias at Media Matters and their alleged reports, analysis, and research. They have been accused of prejudice, sometimes extreme, against Christians and Jews. 

Humorist Greg Gutfeld hit the nail on the head when he called employees at Media Matters “inept unhirable harlots”.  From all appearances, Media Matters hires people who cannot get jobs elswhere.  Actually it was started David Brock who could not get a job elsewhere once he was ejected from the so called evil “Main Stream Press”.

Read: Media Matters for America: A media critic or political operation?

It’s really too bad that non-profits are not held to Federal Trade Commission standards of truth in advertising like their for profit counterparts. Media Matters would be fined into eternal bankruptcy and David Brock imprisoned.

They advertise they are media watchdogs. In reality they’re an extremely pro-active advocacy group. 

Media Matters is turning into the same hateful vile entity they accuse their targets of being. Because of this attitude, Media Matters doesn’t matter. They are irrelevant and insignificant. 

Of course David Brock will not wallow in self-pity as long as the big buck donors keep paying his high salary and perks. He will wage his irrelevant guerilla warfare against everyone who does not agree with the progressive agenda, a smaller and shrinking group of people every day. 

So Earth Day came and went with a whimper. I personally celebrated. I luxuriated in a long, hot shower, left all the lights, television, and radio on all day while I was out, flushed every time I passed the bathroom, kept the heat set at 72 degrees even though I wasn’t home, drove to church and lunch instead of taking the El, which is around the corner, and fired up the grill blasting smoke all over the neighborhood. 

I did clean the yard. The dog droppings are not aesthetically pleasing to Gaia. I just put them in the trash, wrapped up in all the junk mail I get from progressive and environmental groups. 

By the way the first ever National League Baseball game was played on April 22, 1876. I am appalled and issuing a scathing indictment against the mainstream media and Media Matters for their lack of coverage of this significant historic event. 


Though MMfA says no one cared aboput Earth Day, Communities did; Obviously MMfA did not bother to do the simpliest of Google searches as these articles are just some of the more than 29millionsearch responses to key words “Earth Day”.

A few of the stories written by Communities journalists about Earth Day:

Earth Day Dallas and the Conservative Case for Conservation

Earth Day on National Mall - Schedule and events

What’s up with two separate Earth Days?


Peter V. Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance journalist and photojournalist, cook, and raconteur.  He likes to be the irreverent sharp stick that pokes, prods, and annoys.  His opinions are his and his alone. 












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