Media Matters

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Media Matters is a Washington, DC-based organization that is part of the family of left-wing groups funded by the Democracy Alliance.

Funding the Resistance

In March 2017, The Daily Beast reporter Lachlan Markay wrote about Media Matters as a "prominent liberal group" which is "running high-level campaigns opposing the Trump White House and Republican policies at the federal level."[1]

"Democracy Alliance-backed organizations include some of the most prominent liberal groups currently running high-level campaigns opposing the Trump White House and Republican policies at the federal level.
"Those include the Center for American Progress, a liberal policy shop that has turned its 501(c)(4) arm into an anti-Trump “war room,” and Media Matters, a media-focused rapid response group that has recently retooled its efforts toward “fake news” and pro-Trump disinformation.


Media Matters was launched in May 2004 and is a web-based, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission of:[1]

"comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media."

Drop Fox Campaign

On Oct. 20, 2010, Media Matters partnered with People for the American Way to launch its "Drop Fox" project. The project is "calling on advertisers to drop Fox News or risk being complicit in the network's promotion of Glenn Beck's dangerous extremism." Media Matters founder and CEO, David Brock stated,[2]

"Despite hundreds of sponsors refusing to advertise on Glenn Beck's program, Fox continues to provide him a platform for unhinged rhetoric and blatant lies that have real, and potentially deadly, consequences. That's why targeting Glenn Beck's advertisers is no longer enough -- we need to hold the entire network and its sponsors accountable. Advertisers need to be aware that they are funding a network that promotes a climate of fear and suspicion that could lead to another Oklahoma City."

Tides Center CEO and founder Drummond Pike reiterated these sentiments in his open letter to advertisers on Fox:[3]

"On behalf of my organization, and many others like it, I ask that you cease advertising on the Fox News Channel... I respectfully request that you bring this matter of your company's sponsorship of hate speech leading to violence to the attention of your fellow directors as soon as possible. I believe no responsible company should advertise on Fox News due to its recent and on-going deplorable conduct... This is not a partisan issue. It's an American issue. No one, left, right or center, wants to see another Oklahoma City. The next "assassin" may succeed, and if so, there will be blood on many hands. The choice is yours. Please join my call to do the right thing in this regard and put Fox News at arm's length from your company by halting your advertising with them."


The following people work for, have worked for or serve in an advisory capacity to Media Matters as staff, bloggers,[4] or executives: [5] [6]


Equality Matters

Media Matters Action Network



Contact Details

Media Matters for America
455 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Suite 600
Washington DC 20001

Telephone: 202-756-4100
Fax: 202-318-0836

RSS Feed:

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Daily Beast: Democratic Donors Gather in D.C. to Plot the Resistance (accessed on August 7, 2018)
  2. Media Matters: Drop Fox, Oct. 20, 2010 (accessed on Nov. 29, 2010)
  3. Media Matters: Drop Fox Project (accessed on Nov. 29, 2010)
  4. Media Matters Blog (accessed on Nov. 29, 2010)
  5. Site Listing of Staffing of Media Matters Scrubbed from the Web Way Back Machine, May 23, 2009
  6. Memo Listing of Staffing of Media Matters The Washington Post/The Plum Line, January 28, 2011