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I'm sorry but Attkisson has some serious temperament issues.
Let's be frank: Media Matters is quite openly an activist media watchdog operation. Its brief is to provide a counter-balance to hackish and/or biased rightwing media and to make sure Republicans get plenty of scrutiny.
If you like them you think they provide a counterbalance to bad, biased reporting. If you don't like them, you think they're there to beat up on reporters who are consistently unfriendly to Democrats or progressive policy goals.
On either theory, it's pretty obvious that they wouldn't be friendly in the least to Sharyl Attkisson. They certainly wouldn't need anyone to pay them off to go after her. It's more like people fund Media Matters precisely so they can keep tabs on and bust the chops of people like Sharyl Attkisson.
Again, if Media Matters' intention was to gaslight her, they appear to have succeeded in spades.