Accomplices

A Daily Caller piece exposes Media Matters’s operation for channeling opposition research to the legacy media:

  • “[MSNBC was] using our research to write their stories. They were eager to use our stuff.” Media Matters staff had the direct line of MSNBC president Phil Griffin, and used it. Griffin took their calls. . . “If we published something about Fox in the morning, they’d have it on the air that night verbatim.”
  • “Greg Sargent [of the Washington Post] will write anything you give him. He was the go-to guy to leak stuff.”
  • “If you can’t get it anywhere else, Greg Sargent’s always game,” agreed another source with firsthand knowledge.
  • “The people at Huffington Post were always eager to cooperate. . .”
  • “Jim Rainey at the LA Times took a lot of our stuff,” the staffer continued. “So did Joe Garofoli at the San Francisco Chronicle. We’ve pushed stories to Eugene Robinson and E.J. Dionne [at the Washington Post]. Brian Stelter at the New York Times was helpful.”
  • “Ben Smith [formerly of Politico, now at BuzzFeed.com] will take stories and write what you want him to write,” explained the former employee, whose account was confirmed by other sources.
  • Staffers at Media Matters “knew they could dump stuff to Ben Smith, they knew they could dump it at Plum Line [Greg Sargent’s Washington Post blog], so that’s where they sent it.”

None of which is a surprise, of course. What is amazing is somehow Media Matters is tax-exempt.

POSTSCRIPT: In another Daily Caller article, we find that Ben Smith was grateful enough for all the free content that when he found himself in possession of a scoop about Media Matters, he chose not to report it.

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