How To Make Yourself Sound Nuts 101

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April 21, 2014 9:38 a.m.

Sharyl Attkisson is the former CBS News reporter who left the network over what she claimed was liberal bias. After her computer was allegedly hacked by someone in late 2012 (seemingly confirmed by a network investigation) she hinted that President Obama’s surveillance operatives might be behind it. Now she says Media Matters may have been paid to go after her because of her reporting on Benghazi and other rightwing bugaboos.

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.

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