Media Matters Whines That Media Isn’t Covering… Fox News?
Is Media Matters schizophrenic? Their entire purpose for existing is to “correct right wing misinformation” in the media. They’ve spent years trying to undermine Fox News and make the case that it’s a mouthpiece for the Republican Party. They even have an entire campaign to get advertisers to “Drop Fox.” They wrote a book called “The Fox Effect” where they chronicle their supposed evidence that Fox is… well, the conservative version of what MSNBC actually is for Democrats / liberals.
So it comes as a complete shock that they’re now whining that the media isn’t covering something that only aired on Fox.
Last night, newly ensconced Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan sat down for his first solo interview with Fox News’ Brit Hume and let slip an admission about Mitt Romney’s budget plan – an admission that’s receiving surprisingly little press attention. Asked by Hume when the Romney plan would balance the budget, Ryan said he didn’t know because “we haven’t run the numbers on that specific plan.”
Thus far only a few media outlets have noted Ryan’s comments. They include MSNBC’s Morning Joe, which aired the clip three times, prompting Mika Brzezinski to quip that she hates it when people “don’t run the numbers on the budget they propose.” CNN aired a clip of them last night on Anderson Cooper 360, and this morning on Starting Point host Soledad O’Brien said of Ryan’s remarks: “He doesn’t want to get wonky because he hasn’t run the numbers because the plan is very vague.”
But there’s been no print coverage, and no coverage on network news. Ryan’s comments really should be getting more attention, for a number of reasons.
So which is it, Media Matters? Is Fox only a valid source when convenient? (Of course, this particular issue isn’t the groundbreaking news Media Matters is trying to make it out to be. No one gets that specific during a campaign. Hell, Obama hasn’t gotten that specific while in office.)
What we have here is an actual mouthpiece for the DNC, aka Media Matters, desperately trying to do what it can to help the flailing Obama Administration. Hello? IRS? How does Media Matters still enjoy tax-exempt status?