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Ten years ago, Media Matters launched with a revolutionary mission: to systematically monitor the U.S. media for conservative misinformation every day, in real time. 
Since then, we’ve worked with our online community (that’s you!) to win real battles in the fight for a better media.
And guess what? We’re not even close to done yet.  Let’s keep this fight going strong! Help celebrate our anniversary and donate $10 for 10 more years of media accountability. Ten years ago, Media Matters launched with a revolutionary mission: to systematically monitor the U.S. media for conservative misinformation every day, in real time. 
Since then, we’ve worked with our online community (that’s you!) to win real battles in the fight for a better media.
And guess what? We’re not even close to done yet.  Let’s keep this fight going strong! Help celebrate our anniversary and donate $10 for 10 more years of media accountability.

Ten years ago, Media Matters launched with a revolutionary mission: to systematically monitor the U.S. media for conservative misinformation every day, in real time. 

Since then, we’ve worked with our online community (that’s you!) to win real battles in the fight for a better media.

And guess what? We’re not even close to done yet.  

Let’s keep this fight going strong! Help celebrate our anniversary and donate $10 for 10 more years of media accountability.

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Fox PR staffers were expected to counter not just negative and even neutral blog postings but the anti-Fox comments beneath them. One former staffer recalled using twenty different aliases to post pro-Fox rants. Another had one hundred. Several employees had to acquire a cell phone thumb drive to provide a wireless broadband connection that could not be traced back to a Fox News or News Corp account. Another used an AOL dial-up connection, even in the age of widespread broadband access, on the rationale it would be harder to pinpoint its origins. Old laptops were distributed for these cyber operations. Even blogs with minor followings were reviewed to ensure no claim went unchecked.
Murdoch’s World, pg. 67, on Fox News reportedly using dummy accounts to fill comments sections of critical blog posts w/ pro-Fox arguments
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CBS News can’t “find anyone who’s enrolled” in Obamacare exchanges. We’ll help them out with that one: 
Joshua Pittman, a libertarian Republican from Alabama “successfully enrolled" in a Bronze-level Obamacare health insurance plan.
Phil Sherburne “struck gold" when he purchased family health coverage through the ACA online exchange for $123 a month.
Alexandra Brewer of Fort Worth, Texas was able to enroll after 15 minutes on the phone with a representative.
Tonia McMillian, a freelance filmmaker in California was “just floored” that she was able to obtain insurance for herself and her son for $183 a month.
Leslie Foster, a Californian who received a “great deal” on health insurance for $62 a month
And there’s more. 
Photo credit: Chris Detrick, The Salt Lake Tribune 

CBS News can’t “find anyone who’s enrolled” in Obamacare exchanges. We’ll help them out with that one: 

  • Joshua Pittman, a libertarian Republican from Alabama “successfully enrolled" in a Bronze-level Obamacare health insurance plan.
  • Phil Sherburne “struck gold" when he purchased family health coverage through the ACA online exchange for $123 a month.
  • Alexandra Brewer of Fort Worth, Texas was able to enroll after 15 minutes on the phone with a representative.
  • Tonia McMillian, a freelance filmmaker in California was “just floored” that she was able to obtain insurance for herself and her son for $183 a month.
  • Leslie Foster, a Californian who received a “great deal” on health insurance for $62 a month

And there’s more. 

Photo credit: Chris Detrick, The Salt Lake Tribune 

We made a bad mistake by reporting a story based on poor research that was not true.

Fox News, after being called out for reporting a story that they pulled from satire website National Report . Based on this fake story, Fox initially claimed, “President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture” during the shutdown. 

They took a full week to admit that this story was false.  

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The right-wing media is now claiming that the U.S. could prioritize payments to bondholders as a way to avoid default, instead of raising the debt ceiling.
Actual experts prove that’s a complete a total lie:
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew: If Debt Ceiling Not Raised, ”We Will Be In Default.”
Moody’s Mark Zandi: Failure To Pay Any Obligations Is “Default In Anything Perhaps But Name.”
Economist Jared Bernstein: If Treasury Pays Creditors Over Other Obligations, “That Is Default By Another Name.”
Paul Krugman: Even If U.S. Could Prioritize Debt Payments, Economy Could Enter Recession.
Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich: Claim That U.S. Won’t Default Is “Crazy Talk.”
Center On Budget And Policy Priorities: Debt Prioritization Is Just ”Default By Another Name.” 

The right-wing media is now claiming that the U.S. could prioritize payments to bondholders as a way to avoid default, instead of raising the debt ceiling.

Actual experts prove that’s a complete a total lie:

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew: If Debt Ceiling Not Raised, ”We Will Be In Default.”

Moody’s Mark Zandi: Failure To Pay Any Obligations Is “Default In Anything Perhaps But Name.”

Economist Jared Bernstein: If Treasury Pays Creditors Over Other Obligations, “That Is Default By Another Name.”

Paul Krugman: Even If U.S. Could Prioritize Debt Payments, Economy Could Enter Recession.

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich: Claim That U.S. Won’t Default Is “Crazy Talk.”

Center On Budget And Policy Priorities: Debt Prioritization Is Just ”Default By Another Name.” 


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This is about media as well. These poll numbers are about a totally different media culture than we’ve had in the past…we need to start covering this story not 50/50 — this much on this side, that on the other — we need to cover it factually
Investigative journalist Carl Bernstein slams media’s poor coverage of the government shutdown, and how they’ve been presenting false equivalencies that legitimize arguments from both sides, regardless of where the facts actually lie. 

(Source: talkingpointsmemo.com)

Fox News and others in the conservative media are saying the government shutdown is "just not that big a deal" and that they’re "beginning to enjoy it."  
Meanwhile, the rest of America feels the pain of the shutdown:
Families of 5 service members who were killed in Afghanistan last week will not be receiving military death benefits. 
The National Institute of Health is turning away 200 patients per week for clinical research, which impacts treatment for cancer patients. Many children are being affected by the closure of NIH centers.   
Border patrol training centers in New Mexico, which train tens of thousands of federal law enforcement officers each year, have been closed.
Some veterans will not receive federal tuition assistance that they depend on. Access to regional VA offices has been suspended. 
The CDC  will be "unable to support the annual seasonal influenza program."
The National Head Start Association says there are 19,000 fewer children in pre-school now. 
After serving over 5,000 victims last year, the only organization in DC that provides immediate services to victims of domestic violence will close if they don’t raise $19,000 within the week.  Many other domestic violence centers are being hit as well.
FDA safety inspections have been suspended, and the CDC furloughed most scientists who track food safety outbreaks. 
…and there’s so much more. 

Fox News and others in the conservative media are saying the government shutdown is "just not that big a deal" and that they’re "beginning to enjoy it."  

Meanwhile, the rest of America feels the pain of the shutdown:

…and there’s so much more. 

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Let’s put down this rumor: Right-wing media outlets have been claiming that the government turned off AMBER Alerts because of the shutdown. 
But AMBER Alerts never stopped. In fact, there have been several since the shutdown began. However, the DOJ’s website that listed them did go down due to lack of funding. 
UPDATE: The Justice Department’s Amber Alert website AmberAlert.gov has been restored. In a tweet, a spokesperson from the Department explained that at “no point has AmberAlert system been interrupted during shutdown. to prevent confusion, informational DOJ site has been restored”

Let’s put down this rumor: Right-wing media outlets have been claiming that the government turned off AMBER Alerts because of the shutdown. 

But AMBER Alerts never stopped. In fact, there have been several since the shutdown began. However, the DOJ’s website that listed them did go down due to lack of funding. 

UPDATE: The Justice Department’s Amber Alert website AmberAlert.gov has been restored. In a tweet, a spokesperson from the Department explained that at “no point has AmberAlert system been interrupted during shutdown. to prevent confusion, informational DOJ site has been restored”

(Source: mediamatters.org)