“This is not about women,” said Rachel Nelson, Premiere spokeswoman. “It’s not about ethics and it’s not about the nature of our public discourse. It’s a direct attack on America’s guaranteed First Amendment right to free speech. It’s essentially a call for censorship masquerading as high-minded indignation.” (Spokesperson for Premiere Radio Networks/Washinton Times.)
CHICAGO, March 22, 2012—Media Matters for America (MMfA) is launching a national radio attack ad campaign against Rush Limbaugh. They reportedly are spending $100,000.00 to buy radio advertising in markets where Limbaugh’s show may be vulnerable.
Media Matters is not a journalistic or media entity. They are not media watchdogs either. Watching denotes just that, watching. MMfA describes their role as “progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.”
They are pseudo-journalists. They are pretenders.
At best, they can be described as advocacy journalists, or journalists whose goal is to promote a narrow opinion or point of view regardless of the reality of any developing story.
David Brock started Media Matters. Brock is an admitted liar who started out making big bucks writing about liberals, his big break coming with an exposé of Anita Hill and a book about Bill Clinton’s “Troopergate.” Liberals called him a liar, but when Conservatives had the unmitigated audacity to pan a complimentary book he wrote about Hillary Clinton, he switched sides and was embraced by Liberals as one of their own.
The left decided that it’s entirely acceptable to lie after all, as long as the target of the lie is conservative. They love rock-star liars who become traitors. They brought Brock into the fold, accepted him, financed him, and allowed him to live and work in the manner he was accustomed to. Spewing lies for big bucks.
It is unfortunate that MMfA is taken seriously in the world of journalism. It is appalling that they are quoted or cited as sources by professional journalists and other media entities.
It is appalling that radio stations will run MMfA’s attack ads. They are complicit in their own demise as they chase radio advertisers, who decide they’d rather not be associated with anything remotely controversial, away, probably not to return.
If MMfA can successfully go after Rush Limbaugh and Premiere Radio Networks, who will be next? Success breeds success. And advertisers will stay away from everyone for fear they will be next.
The war on Rush is the template for censorship of all thought, expression, and speech.
Media Matters, other progressive groups, and even elected Democrats have been waging an unsuccessful war of attrition against Rush Limbaugh since 2009. There has been a concerted drive to get him off the airwaves; to silence him and deny him his right to free speech and expression.
Sometimes Limbaugh’s commentary is repugnant to polite people, as is commentary from the likes of Ed Schultz, Al Sharpton, Mike Malloy, Keith Olbermann, Randi Rhodes, Bill Maher, and others of their ilk. Media people can be as repugnant as their audiences will allow.
In this battle, the progressives and their supporters in government practice a level of blatant hypocrisy that shocks the conscience.
Be very clear: This is not about the young ingenue, Sandra Fluke. It has nothing to do with women’s health, birth control, health care, repugnant language, or the totally manufactured, concocted, and contrived war on women.
This is all about Rush Limbaugh. It is about silencing Limbaugh. It is about eliminating him from the public market of ideas.
The radio stations that took those MMfA ads should be ashamed of themselves. They are in collusion with those who would deny a fellow broadcaster and media company their rights. They are being complicit in their own demise.
They should all say not just “no,” but “hell no!” to those ads. Maybe they still can. Maybe, if they have an ounce of self-respect they will.
This is also not a liberal or conservative issue. It is a civil liberties issue. Anyone who values freedom, especially freedom of thought, expression, speech, and a free press should be rising up in anger against Media Matters for America.
People like Larry Flynt, who fought hard, long, and was willing to face prison over what was deemed obscene should be standing up for Limbaugh. Not because they like him, agree with him, or think he is a hale and fine fellow, but because it is the right thing to do.
Sometimes you just have to put partisan politics and personal hatred aside to do what is right.
Media Matters for America just showed the whole world how dangerous and wantonly reckless they are. They do not believe in free speech, diverse expression, or a free press. They believe in censorship. If the government can’t do it, they will.
They should change their name, taking America out of it. They are un-American, unpatriotic, and stand for all the things that go against what our nation was founded upon. Media Matters are not critics. They are a pure propaganda machine masquerading as a journalistic and media entity, but that’s not the real problem with them. Fox News, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times have all been accused of being propaganda machines. The real problem with Media Matters is that they want to shut down speech.
No journalists should cite their work, quote them, or use them as a source.
If Media Matters continues their quest to stifle anyone who they do not agree with then we, as citizens, journalists, media people, pundits, writers, pornographers, artists, and Americans have a duty and obligation to stop their actions and assaults on the First Amendment by whatever legal means necessary. We have responsibility to each other, no matter our political persuasions or beliefs, to use whichever direct action works.
Silence is deadly. If they come after Limbaugh because he is repugnant and we say nothing, whom will they come after next? Who will they silence next? Who will they force to self censor themselves out of fear?
Who will stand up for you?
We are Americans. We should be fearless. We should not fear expressing things or fear disagreeing with others. If we do not like Rush Limbaugh, we have every right not to listen to him, publicly disagree with him, criticize him, castigate him, and denigrate him. We have no right to silence him, or anyone else for that matter.
It is time to let Media Matters know that in America, freedom is cherished. It is time to let people know how dishonest, disingenuous, and dangerous MMfA are. It is time to expose how irresponsible and unethical they are.
It is time to do to Media Matters what they do to others. Attack them viciously, wage war on them, and force them to act in accordance with American principles. Force them to act by the same ethical, moral, and responsible standards the media and journalism claim they practice.
Peter V. Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance writer and photographer, cook, and raconteur. He likes to be the sharp stick that pokes, prods, and annoys. His opinions are his and his alone.
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