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Major Introductory Resources:

David Brock: Media Liar
By Jacob Laksin
September 21, 2005

“What’s the Matter with Media Matters?” (pdf)
By Matthew Vadum
April 2009

Media Matters: Agendas, Activities, and Worldviews
By Jacob Laksin
2005

Take a Close Look at the Liberal Watchdog That Recently Smeared Limbaugh
By Rondi Adamson
October 26, 2007

The Unreal David Brock
By Will Harper
May 15, 2002

Media Matters for America (pdf)
By Rondi Adamson
July 2007

Media Matters: Hillary’s Lap Dogs
By John Perazzo
July 13, 2007


Additional Resources:

David Brock: Fox Hound
By Jacob Laksin
March 14, 2012

Citizen Soros: Manipulating the Media
By Matthew Vadum
January 2011

How to Defend an Indefensible “Safe Schools Czar”
By Robert Knight
December 15, 2009

Media Matters & President Obama in Lockstep
By Kyle-Anne Shiver
October 21, 2009

When a Pot Calls a Kettle “Black,” Is that “Racist”?
By Kathy Shaidle
October 7, 2009

Socialism We Can Believe In
By Ben Johnson
October 29, 2008

Inside the Disinformation Machine (pdf)
By Matthew Sheffield and Noel Sheppard
September 2008

Left-Wing Group Claims Media Bias in Favor of McCain
By James Hirsen
August 5, 2008

David Brock, Dems Plan $40M Hit on McCain
By Ben Smith
April 10, 2008

David Brock Plans $40M Anti-McCain Fund
By Newsmax.com
April 10, 2008

Hillary's Henchmen Neuter Chris Matthews
By Ben Johnson
January 21, 2008

Media Matters for America Treasurer among Who's Who on George Soros Democracy Alliance
By Judi McLeod
January 14, 2008

Hillary Talks about 'It'
By Daniel Henninger
October 11, 2007

Nice Try, Media Matters Nazis, But Ann Coulter is No Anti-Semite
By Debbie Schlussel
October 11, 2007

Rush Limbaugh, Vindicated
By Brent Bozell III
October 10, 2007

Radio Station Hushes Rush Amid 'Phony Soldiers' Feud
By Art Moore
October 9, 2007

Answering Media Matters: A Real Time-Line of the "Phony Soldiers" Controversy
By Carrie Lukas
October 8, 2007

The Real Media Matters
By Byron York
October 4, 2007

The Return of "That'll Teach 'Em" Hillary
By Tom DeLay
October 3, 2007

Media Matters -- Doesn't
By Cal Thomas
September 20, 2007

America a 'Progressive Majority,' Liberal Group Claims
By Nathan Burchfiel
June 14, 2007

Media Matters' Hit Job on Bay Buchanan
By Ericka Andersen
May 18, 2007

Media Matters: Defaming Journalists, Getting Sued
By Catherine Moy
May 15, 2007

Media Matters' Birthday Suit: Exposing the Distortion
By Catherine Moy
May 3, 2007

What's Next for the Activists Who Called for Don Imus's Head?
By Byron York
April 13, 2007

'It's Not Just Imus,' Warn Talk-Radio Headhunters
By WorldNetDaily.com
April 13, 2007

Behind the Fall of Imus, A Digital Brush Fire
By Brooks Barnes, Emily Steel and Sarah McBride
April 13, 2007

Hillary and the Fairness Doctrine
By Joseph Klein
January 22, 2007

Media Matters Says It's Raining
By Democracy Project
December 21, 2006

An Odd Complaint
By James Taranto
November 3, 2006

Media Matters’ Attack on The Shadow Party
By Richard Poe
October 30, 2006

Soros' Team Steps up to the Plate
By David Horowitz
August 4, 2006

Spawn of Soros
By Robert Huberty
March 2006

Who Is Katie Barge?
By Richard Poe
September 30, 2005

Schumergate: The Brock Connection
By Richard Poe
September 28, 2005

Franken-Style Smears From David Brock’s Noise Machine
By David Horowitz
December 1, 2004

How Unreliable Is David Brock?
By David Horowitz
June 25, 2004

David Brock Is Buzzing Again
By Byron York
May 28, 2004

The Real David Brock
By Christopher Hitchens
May 9, 2002

Brocked Again
By David Horowitz
April 30, 2002

Believe David Brock at Your Own Risk
By David Horowitz
April 17, 2002

David Brock, Liar
By Timothy Noah
March 27, 2002

Today Showcases Brock's Smears
By Media Research Center
March 14, 2002

Brock's Self-Borking
By Jonah Goldberg
June 28, 2001

The David Brock Affair: Murder or Suicide?
By David Horowitz
April 1, 1998

David Brock's New Liberal Friends
By David Horowitz
March 23, 1998
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  • Conservative journalist turned left-wing activist
  • President and CEO of leftwing watchdog group Media Matters
  • Complains about the “undue influence” of the “right-wing media”



Born in 1962, David Brock is an openly gay author, a former conservative turned leftist, and the founder of Media Matters for America, which monitors the media for evidence of “conservative misinformation.”  

Brock first achieved public prominence with his 1993 book The Real Anita Hill, in which he exposed the leftwing smear campaign against the future Supreme Court Justice. Throughout the 1990s, Brock was a muckraking investigative reporter for the conservative magazine The American Spectator. On a contract that paid him $350,000, he produced just six articles; these focused on President Bill Clinton’s sexual farragoes and brought Brock much additional fame.

Soon thereafter, Brock accepted a million-dollar advance from a conservative publisher (Free Press) to write an investigative biography of Hillary Clinton that would expose her in the sensational and salacious way he had discredited Anita Hill. An initial press run of 200,000 copies was announced for this projected best-seller. But Brock failed to produce the book he had promised. When The Seduction of Hillary Rodham was released in October 1996, it was a pedestrian account of a well-intentioned liberal, misunderstood by the “mainstream media,” and “seduced by the talented boy from the Arkansas backwoods.” As word of the book’s tepid contents spread, its sales plummeted.

In the June 1997 issue of Esquire magazine, Brock wrote “Confessions of a Right-Wing Hit Man,” in which he claimed that conservatives were now punishing him for his independence of thought in refusing to vilify Hillary Clinton. Brock followed up his Esquire article with a March 1998 public letter of apology to Bill Clinton, in which he repudiated his own past reporting on the former President’s private life. Brock also condemned the Arkansas state troopers who had been the sources for his 1994 “Troopergate” story on Clinton, now claiming that they had “greedy and had slimy motives.” He similarly denounced Clinton’s Arkansas critics as “segregationists” who “hated Clinton for his progressive record on race.”

In 2002, Brock published the book Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative, a series of ad hominem attacks on his former conservative colleagues. Brock interrogated the ethics of his onetime friends and co-workers, heaping contempt on everything from their views to their wardrobe. “It’s only since coming out of the right wing that I’ve been able to see beyond partisan politics and careerism to what’s really important in life,” Brock said in a 2002 interview with the Washington Post.

Brock was now working as a research assistant for Democratic political operative Sidney Blumenthal, a former top advisor and confidante to President Clinton. In his sympathetic 2004 book about the scandals that had embroiled the Clinton administration, The Clinton Wars, Blumenthal revealed that Brock had helped him construct a partisan narrative that painted Clinton’s critics as agents of a well-organized ideological onslaught laying siege to the office of the presidency.

In May 2004, Brock announced the creation of Media Matters, a political rapid-response website for the Democrats’ Shadow Party operation. George Soros and former Clinton chief-of-staff John Podesta helped Brock raise $2 million for the venture.

“The right wing in this country has dominated the debate over liberal bias, Brock said. “By dominating that debate, my belief is they’ve moved the media itself to the right and therefore they’ve moved American politics to the right.” Brock made the point more simply in his 2004 book, The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How it Corrupts Democracy, an invective-fueled broadside against “biased right-wing media,” “biased right-wing commentators,” and a “mainstream media susceptible to right-wing scripting.” “My view,” said Brock, “is that unchecked right-wing media power means that in the United States today, no issue can be honestly debated and no election can be fairly decided.”

Brock is one of the leading exponents of the conspiracy theory ascribing Al Gore’s defeat in the 2000 presidential election to the corrupting influence of the conservative media. As he told Mother Jones magazine in 2004, “The Republicans knew they couldn’t win on the issues in 2000, so they developed an explicit strategy to attack Gore’s character—and that ultimately seemed to have worked.”

In February 2005, in the course of giving a talk to interns at the Center for American Progress run by John Podesta, Brock stated: “We have seen the mainstream media increasingly accommodating conservatism and this is not an accident. This is the result of coordinated and financed effort by the right wing to pressure, push and bully the media to do that.”

Brock has become one of the leadings proponents of the jettisoned Fairness Doctrine. Enacted in 1949 by the Federal Communications Commission, the unconstitutional legislation required radio and television programs to obtain licenses before broadcasting controversial views, and mandated that those views be presented in a "fair and balanced" manner—thereby setting bounds on free speech and limiting the diversity of viewpoints that could be freely aired. The repeal of the major provisions of the Fairness Doctrine in 1987 ushered in a boom of new media formats, including political talk radio.

In 2005, Brock joined forces with Thomas Athans, Executive Director of the radio program Democracy Now, and Andrew Schwartzman of the leftwing advocacy group Media Access Project, to author a petition calling for the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine. The petition claimed that “news consumers…are overwhelmingly exposed to a single [conservative] point of view” which is “presented in a manner not conducive to the listeners’ receiving the facts and range of opinions necessary to make informed decisions.”

Notably, in the aforementioned 2004 interview with Mother Jones magazine, Brock, dismissing conservative complaints about liberal bias in the news media, derided “this phony notion of balance—that we need to hear all sides of a story, and that everyone’s entitled to express their opinion.”

In April 2008, Politico.com reported that Brock was collaborating with billionaire donor George Soros and longtime Democrat operative Paul Begala to launch a four-month, $40 million media campaign whose mission would be to publicly discredit Republican presidential candidate John McCain. Brock was slated to lead the media campaign through an organization called Progressive Media USA, whose chairmanship he had assumed in March 2008. Brock complained that because “the press is in love with John McCain,” the Republican senator “is allowed to say [things] without being challenged by facts that will show him to have said something different in the past.” “Progressive Media USA will be a permanent part of progressive media infrastructure,” added Brock.

In 2010 Brock founded American Bridge 21st Century, a self-described “progressive research and communications organization” that conducts opposition research designed to help Democratic political candidates.

In January 2013 the Daily Caller (DC) reported that Brock’s one-time aide, Media Matters staffer Haydn Price-Morris, had "committed numerous felonies in the District of Columbia and around the country by carrying a firearm to defend" Brock. According to DC: "multiple firearms used to protect the Media Matters founder were purchased with Brock’s blessing — and apparently with the group’s money." DC added:

Brock, whose struggles with mental health have seen him hospitalized in the past, became increasingly concerned by late 2010 that he was being targeted by right-wing assassins.... [B]y that time, Brock had armed his assistant — who had no permit to carry a concealed firearm — with a Glock handgun. According to an internal email exchange obtained by TheDC, the gun was purchased with cash in Maryland, likely to diminish the chances such a purchase would appear on the tax-exempt group’s books. Between Price-Morris’ early 2009 arrival and late 2010 departure from Media Matters, he also acquired a shotgun for Brock’s protection. Price-Morris was regularly armed when accompanying Brock on trips around the country, according to a source, and his firearm possession in Washington, D.C. constituted multiple felonies."

According to Stephen Halbrook, a D.C.-area lawyer with more than 35 years of experience practicing gun law, Price-Morris, for the offense of carrying a fully-loaded Glock in Washington without a permit, “could be looking at some substantial prison time because if we use the low-end felony sentence of five years, you could get five years for the non-registration, five for the carrying, and then [more for] the second offenses of the magazine being over 10 rounds and then the cartridges.” Halbrook also said that Brock could be charged as "a conspirator, or maybe an aider or abettor of a crime."


Much of this profile is adapted from the article  "David Brock: Media Liar," written by Jacob Laksin and published by FrontPageMagazine.com on September 21, 2005.

 

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