The left-wing Soros-funded “watchdog” group Media Matters often cracks me up for many reasons (especially when they “debunk” comments of mine that anybody with an IQ over their hat size could tell were intentionally snarky). Their latest debunking has to do with a headline at the Fox Nation blog, and it’s a classic example of Media Matters-style “fact checking.”
The Media Matters headline (I won’t link… Google search if you wish) is “Fox Nation debunked by Fox News.”
They want you to immediately think, “Wow, a conservative news organization debunks a conservative blog… how embarrassing!”
As usual with Media Matters, you have to examine their methods — or lack thereof. Here’s what happened: A Fox Nation headline that ran after Obama’s SOTU speech read, “Obama pleads for billions in new deficit spending.”
Media Matters as usual immediately clicked into “literal” mode and claimed that the very article Fox Nation linked to at Fox News debunks that, because the article at Fox News quoted Obama in his SOTU speech saying “nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime.”
Everybody with a brain producing at least as much energy as a potato clock knows Obama’s claim is BS, but because the sole arbiter of fact-or-fiction for Media Matters is whatever Obama says, it’s the undeniable truth.
Here’s how it works. Let’s take as an example Obama claiming “if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.” Now let’s also assume the USA Today runs that quote. Now let’s assume Mr. Generic Guy wrote an article pointing to evidence that there’s a good chance millions of Americans won’t be able to keep their doctors because of Obamacare. Media Matters would have their next headline: “USA Today debunks Mr. Generic Guy’s claim about health care law.” It’s their way of getting around coming right out and saying “that person is wrong — how do we know? Obama said so.” Not that Media Matters would have an aversion to the latter.
That’s just one example of the kinds of tricks they play, and I wouldn’t mind as much if our tax dollars weren’t helping fund the joke.