Think that Silicon Valley’s plan for censorship of conservative media sprang fully formed, like Athena, from the Zeus-like heads of Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey? It makes for a nice tale, as all Greek myths do, and it certainly fits our preconceptions of Silicon Valley liberalism.
Alas, it’s simply untrue. This has been a long time in coming, sadly. If it sprang from anyone’s head, it was from the cranium of one of the left’s most bizarre, unserious anti-free speech voices. And he gets a goodly portion of his money from none other than George Soros, because of course he does.
Let’s connect some dots here. In January, The Washington Free Beacon obtained a “confidential” 49-page report from Media Matters for America that was presented to donors at a retreat in January 2017, just after Trump’s inauguration. In it, the group lays out a plan to basically get social media giants to silence conservative voices.
So, here’s a bit of education about Media Matters for America. The group was founded in 2004 by former right-wing journalist turned rabid Clintonista David Brock, whose original target for takedown, according to New York magazine, was Fox News — a campaign he said he would wage by “guerrilla warfare and sabotage,” according to LifeSite News.
Brock is a curious character. A 2012 investigation by The Daily Caller alleged Brock was a paranoiac who “feared he was in imminent danger from right-wing assassins and needed a security team to keep him safe,” was an enthusiastic user of certain Schedule I controlled substances that might, ahem, be responsible for that paranoia, and had that aforementioned security team carrying firearms even though he (and his most prominent patrons) are fervent gun-control advocates.
“George Soros and a lot of groups connected to gun control are funding this group, and they wouldn’t be too happy that an employee of Media Matters was carrying a gun, especially when it was illegal in D.C.,” one source told The Daily Caller. While Brock is no longer the president of the organization per se, he remains such a presence with it and its related groups that he could still be considered the group’s de facto leader by any standard.
Two things here. First, in the interests of disclosure, Media Matters has written fact-challenged hit pieces on The Western Journal in the past. I don’t think this can really be seen as a motivation for us pointing out Media Matters’ war on social media speech, however. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, the only thing in conservative media worse than having Media Matters running a hit piece on you is nothaving Media Matters running a hit piece on you.
Also, trust us — if being attacked by Media Matters precluded you from talking about how much of a parasite on free speech and American democracy the organization is, anything to the right of The Nation would be silenced on the matter. Which, I think, is pretty much the point as far as Media Matters is concerned.