Media Matters Declares 'War' on Fox News

Liberal group plans 'sabotage' campaign to discredit network

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 26, 2011 2:46 PM CDT

(Newser) – Nobody can accuse the liberal Media Matters group of having a hidden agenda. The mission is out in the open and called "war on Fox." That's how founder David Brock describes the group's new vision to Ben Smith of Politico. As part of this war, it plans a campaign of “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” on Fox News, its top and mid-level executives, its big-name anchors, parent company News Corp., and papa bear Rupert Murdoch.

Media Matters is putting together "opposition research" files on Fox honchos, along with a legal team to help Fox foes sue for defamation. It also has two reporters working on a book about the network that's due out next year. Fox has no comment, but a Fordham media professor thinks the network is probably tickled. “One way of keeping your core supporters happy is to be attacked by people your core supporters don’t like.”

Fox News CEO Roger Ailes in a file photo.
Fox News CEO Roger Ailes in a file photo.   (Getty Images)
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